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Danish Sisters

Princesses Dagmar and Alexandra of Denmark when they visited England in 1865. Both sisters became Queens of two of the major world powers in history, Great Britain and Russia. Dagmar to become the Empress Marie Feodorovna, Tsarina to Tsar Alexander of Russia and Alexandra to become the Queen of England, consort of King Edward VII of Great Britain.

The two sisters remained very close through their entire lives and it was Queen Alexandra (Dagmar) who offered to send the British battleship H.M.S. Marlborough to remove Tsarina Marie Fedorovna and those close to her from Russia and the terror of the Bolsheviks.

Taken on the occasion of the Romanov Tercentenary in 1913, The Grand Duchess Olga Nicolaevna was the oldest of the four daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra. Olga Nicolaevna
Danish Sisters

Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra , the Grand Duchesses and the Tsarevitch Alexei. The girls were in their teens and Alexei was quite a bit younger. He, of course, would have followed his father as the next Tsar if the revolution had not occurred. They were all massacred, mercilessly, early on in the revolution.

The Grand Stairs of Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, "the Tsar's Village," which is 15 miles south of Saint Petersburg. Catherine Palace was built by the Empress Elizabeth, daughter of Peter the Great, who ordered the architect Rastrelli to "build a palace which would outshine Versailles." It had over 200 rooms. Nicholas and Alexandra preferred to live in the Alexandra Palace. It was cozier -- it had only 150 rooms.

The 9th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and their sons. The Duchess was the former Consuelo Vanderbilt, daughter of W. K. Vanderbilt of the United States. The portrait was painted by John Singer Sargent in 1904. The Marlboroughs are included here because in 1902 when visiting Russia, the Duchess ordered an Egg from The House of Fabergé. The Egg is called Duchess of Marlborough Egg. It holds the distinction of being the only major Fabergé Egg made for an American. It is part of the Forbes Collection and will be going back to Russia as part of the recent purchase by the Russian industrialist.

Nicholas was 35 years old when this portrait was painted and had been on the throne for nearly a decade. He ascended the throne in 1894 after his father died of complications arising from injuries received some years earlier in a train wreck.

The Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia in 1913. The photograph was taken at the Alexander Palace in St. Petersburg.

The Romanovs - the last Imperial Family of Tsarist Russia.

The Double Headed Eagle, TheRussian Imperial Crest.

Nicholas II and Alexei, the heir apparent to the throne of Russia.

After having four daughters Nicholas and Alexandra were blessed with a son. The throne of Russia passed through the male line only in the Romaov dynasty, which made the birth of this small boy such an important event. He was born a hemophiliac, a disease which prevents the clotting of blood, which passes through the female line only and affects only male descendants. Tsarina Alexandra was the grand daughter of Queen Victoria of England and it was from Victoria that the disease stemmed. Prior to their discovering it in one of Victoria's sons nothing was known about the disease. Several of Queen Victoria's five daughters passed it on to their sons as well. (This photograph, a rare one, came to us from KE as did all of the others in this album.)

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