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gaoshan1021 12-04-2002 09:37 AM

The Nicholas and Alexandra Picture Thread
 
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A thread for pictures of Nicholas and Alexandra



Her Imperial Majesty Tzarina Alexandra Feodorovna

Mary Anne 12-04-2002 09:41 AM

The Nicholas and Alexandra Picture Thread
 
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Tsarina and Anastasia

Count Von Schonborn_Wiesentheid 10-11-2003 01:36 AM

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Czar Nicholas II of all Russia

Count Von Schonborn_Wiesentheid 10-11-2003 01:37 AM

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Empress Alexandra in her Court Dress and Jewls

Empress Alexandra with her daughters

Alexandra, Empress of all Russia

Count Von Schonborn_Wiesentheid 10-11-2003 01:42 AM

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A Formal Potrait of Empress Alexandra

The Grand Duchesses in the Formal Reception Room of Alexander Palace

TOMMIX 10-14-2003 03:08 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by wills_gurl0824@Sep 10th, 2003 - 5:48 pm
he's traitor!! he not born in russia! he born in spain! he's not full russian!! :angry:
What is your point?....the last Czar, HIM Nicholas II, had VERY little Russian blood flowing through his viens. According to the experts he was only 1/264 th. Russian.
He was mostly GERMAN in decent.
GD Maria Vladimirovna[mother of GD Georgi], according to most experts, has the best claim to the Romanov throne. What difference does it make where they were born. The Romanov House laws do not exclude the rightful hier just because he/she happened to be born outside of Russia. Get a grip on reality! :rolleyes:

cuervo 11-08-2003 06:49 PM

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Pathfinder clubs - ~ R U S S I A~of all Times and all Eras.......

moody 12-11-2003 02:41 PM

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:blush: https://groups.yahoo.com/group/Russia-/

gaoshan1021 12-12-2003 12:51 AM

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Her Imperial Majesty Tzarina Alexandra Feodorovna

Blueice 01-01-2004 09:58 PM

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Tsarina Alexandra and Tsarevich Alexis
Tsarina Alexandra of Russia with her son, the Tsarevich Alexis.

gaoshan1021 01-01-2004 10:29 PM

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1. Her Imperial Majesty Tzarina Alexandra Feodorovna with her son His Imperial Highness Tzarevitch Alexei
2. Her Imperial Majesty Tzarina Alexandra Feodorovna with Their Imperial Highnesses the Grand Duchesses Olga Alexandrovna, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia

Layla1971 10-27-2005 11:21 PM

Rare photographs of the Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarevitch Aleksey.
Taken at Stavka (Army Headquarters) in Mogilev, there is an inscription in pencil (in Russian) on the back of photo saying "Stavka 1915".

I'm sorry, but I don't know the source, these photos were from my grandmother in Russia. She bought them a long time ago, but she doesn't know who took them. Besides they're copies of the originals.
I did some research and I think they may have been taken by T. Kon or D. Asikritov who were the main photographers to the Imperial Court.

https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1.../Phtgrps14.jpg

https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1.../NIIAlexei.jpg

Layla1971 10-27-2005 11:51 PM

Portrait of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (wife of Nicholas II), taken in 1894 by T. Kon or D. Asikritov.

Inscription near the upper edge in ink: "Her Majesty Empress Alexandra Feodorovna". The upper edge is cut off, probably, to fit the frame. The photograph is bigger than the usual court portraits.

https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...1/AFphotoM.jpg
https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1.../AFphotoM1.jpg
https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...ImpPhNAlex.jpg

Layla1971 10-27-2005 11:59 PM

Photograph of Tsar Nicholas II at parade of the Life Guard Cossack Regiment in 1907.
Photographers marks on the reverse are: Ist Ural Squadron of the Cossack Regiment. 3rd Brigade, 1st Life Guard Cavalry Division.

Taken by T. Kon or D. Asikritov

https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...971/kazaki.jpg

Another photograph of Nicholas II at parade of the Life Guard Cossack Regiment, taken in 1907. Photographers's marks in pencil on the reverse: 1st Ural Squadron of the Cossack regiment, 3rd brigade 1st Life Guard Cavalry Division.

Taken by either T. Kon, or D. Asirkritov.

https://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b1...71/kazaki1.jpg

Jil 10-29-2005 07:40 AM

Photos of Russian Royals
 
Here are some photos of Russian Royals from my postcard collection:

https://photobucket.com/albums/y138/l...Family1904.jpg


I have included the back of the postcard of the "Czar and Family". The writer talks about seeing the King of Spain driving into Kensington Palace in London, England!

juliamontague 10-29-2005 02:23 PM

Thanks Jil, they're great. Can you read what is written, I can't really written the scripture, something that the one who wrote it saw the King of Spain?

Jil 10-29-2005 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by juliamontague
Thanks Jil, they're great. Can you read what is written, I can't really written the scripture, something that the one who wrote it saw the King of Spain?

Here is what I can read from the postcard: (The message begins on the back and ends on the front of the postcard):

"Aleck to go too, but he can't come up for it. I do hope they will ask me to take someone in his stead!! You ought to have been here on Sunday "the bob" was in church. I went and had tea with them in the afternoon so you can imagine my joy!!! I saw the King of Spain this morning just as he was driving into Kensington Palace gates on the High Street. Sally was here on Saturday and seem quite sad that you weren't here. Certainly you made a deep impression. It has pelted with rain all day as well as yesterday. There is a doodie Band playing just now. Hope you will be able to read these. Best love, Y.L.C. Gladys. June 6th 1905."

Addressed to:
Miss Marjorie Gem
The Picarage
Bucklebury
Reading
Berkshire
Postmarked: June 7, 1905 from South Kensington, England.

*I am not sure what a "doodie Band" is but I think it might be a band that plays in front of the palace. I watched such a band play at Buckingham Palace in front of the guards.

Lady Jennifer 08-26-2006 11:15 AM

25 August 2006, 11:32

Exhibition of photos of Nicholas II to open in St. Petersburg


St. Petersburg, August 25, Interfax - The last days of the Romanovs exhibition of photos by Pierre Gilliar, the teacher of the children of the last Russian emperor........
https://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=1892

aussiechick12 08-27-2006 01:36 AM

https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...lexandra48.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...andAlicky1.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...exandra4-1.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...lexandra35.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...lexandra33.jpg

https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...xandra1894.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...h_06846b36.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...h_e3b82922.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...h_8c525d40.jpg https://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...ndNicholas.jpg

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pedro1968 03-28-2008 11:21 AM

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Beautiful picture of the last Tsar. He was a powerful tsar but he lost everything, his trone and love from his people.
More pictures of the tsar Nicholas II. With his son, grand duke Alexei, with kosaks troops and a 1896 picture,The Coronation Day in Moscow.

christowilson 08-04-2008 09:54 AM

Romanovs at Livardia
 
I would be most grateful if anyone can recommend the best book or lengthy article which covers the life of the Russian royal family at their summer palace. Also if anyone knows of photographs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family holidaying there. Many thanks.

Avicenna 08-04-2008 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by christowilson (Post 807060)
I would be most grateful if anyone can recommend the best book or lengthy article which covers the life of the Russian royal family at their summer palace. Also if anyone knows of photographs of Tsar Nicholas II and his family holidaying there. Many thanks.

Imperial Easter at Livadia - Alexander Palace Time Machine

Have you tried the Alexanderpalace Website? Plenty of articles and pics there. Enjoy. :wave:

AnastasiaEvidence 08-14-2008 03:53 PM

I think Nicholas and Alexandra-the family albums is a great book by Prince Micheal of Greece. It has a lot of great photos of the imperial family on the standart, finland and the beach.

Ekaterina Romanova 09-04-2008 09:08 AM

So many info over here!! when i get some time, i ll read all the post. In the meantime, here s some of my work on Nicky s pictures

https://img68.imageshack.us/img68/978...0m0rxe8.th.jpg https://img68.imageshack.us/img68/359...0aderx0.th.jpg https://img68.imageshack.us/img68/456...1d74ry6.th.jpg https://img68.imageshack.us/img68/939...ent0vg1.th.jpg https://img233.imageshack.us/img233/4...9211jn6.th.jpg

Warren 09-04-2008 09:52 AM

Thank you Ekaterina Romanova. The "Recolouring the Tsar" link contains some wonderful pictures. :flowers:

Michael HR 09-04-2008 09:54 AM

I wish I knew how people did the re coloring. Very good indeed.

Ekaterina Romanova 09-04-2008 12:49 PM

Thanks you both!. Michael...is very easy to do whern you got programs like "recolored". Just takes loads of patience and love (yes..those pics were recolored with tons of love!

AnastasiaEvidence 09-04-2008 05:20 PM

I would recommend Adobe photoshop Elements 7, Adobe Photoshop cs3, and Paint shop pro 9. Those are very great colouring programs.

AnastasiaEvidence 11-14-2008 06:18 PM

These are very nice photos of Alix. I notice that close resemblence to Ella.
https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...sse/alix25.jpg https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...90s8qh-938.jpg
https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...alixpretty.jpg. . . https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...se/1aaakp3.jpg
https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...esse/alix6.jpg. . https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...esse/alix7.jpg

https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...sse/alexad.jpg

CarolinaLandgrave 11-15-2008 10:54 AM

Thanks for posting all the great pictures!!
As elegant and regal as she is, Alix always looks so sad.......
Nicholas just has a boyish, charming look - even as he got older...

AnastasiaEvidence 11-15-2008 07:39 PM

I know, Alix has a very tragic look on her face. I think after her mother, Alice and sister May died Alix felt quite shy and sad. Especially, in the forth photo. It seems like she somehow knew that later her life would be in danger or something bad was going to happen. That's a feeling when someone in your family was going to die next. This reminds me of Princess Kaiulani of Hawaii when her mother, family and close friends died I notice she too also had a sad look in her photos; just like Alix.She was very shy, reserved and serious just like Alix was!

CarolinaLandgrave 11-17-2008 03:36 PM

I am sure that tragedy will do that to you - losing one's mother (esp as a young person) alone would do that.
Or like you said, maybe she somehow new that her later life would be so full of sorrow.

AnastasiaEvidence 11-19-2008 08:22 PM

Yes, it especially would make me feel truely upset. Once a love one dies, you began to have a feeling that your children, husband, and cousins. That's how Alix felt towards Alexei, especially since he had the hemophilia disease...it's very terrible that your son could bleed to death whenever he fell or when he had a bruise. There was no cure for the disease, and not much was known about it. Even if Alexei didn't have hemophilia Alix would have been just as worried about her son, and daughters. She was over protective and worried about their safety, just like any other mother does.

FabianJ 11-20-2008 02:16 AM

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Originally Posted by AnastasiaEvidence (Post 819203)
I would recommend Adobe photoshop Elements 7, Adobe Photoshop cs3, and Paint shop pro 9. Those are very great colouring programs.

I have all those of photoshop programs and recolored, I try to coloring some photos and I did not have good results:bang:. Ekaterina, very good.;)

AnastasiaEvidence 11-20-2008 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by FabianJ (Post 855913)
I have all those of photoshop programs and recolored, I try to coloring some photos and I did not have good results:bang:. Ekaterina, very good.;)

That's good, the best program I've used was Adobe Photoshop 7. I have it on my laptop! I've went to computer stores and seen Adobe Elements 6.0 for 110$. I was impressed about how the colour came out I used dodge tool, blur tool, and most importantly the paintbrush tool!

Here are my colourings from before (They're a little too light)


https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...-tatiana01.jpg https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...87kids8vrg.jpg https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...res/th_33j.jpg https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...iaCourtBig.jpg https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...604b06074b.jpg

Ekaterina Romanova 12-26-2008 06:16 PM

Thanks Fabian!!

Well i have more of Nicky. The originals are public domain, but these , since i recolored them, are not

https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3148/...57beb9e4c0.jpg

https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3208/...c679b070_o.jpg

https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/...56677710a5.jpg

https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3186/...2d375f44e6.jpg

https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3103/...d6efe0e156.jpg

AnastasiaEvidence 01-01-2009 09:36 AM

Nice colourings, Ekatrina. You did a great job. I especially like the first photo of Nicholas on a bike. The third one is also great, too! Are you using the program recoloured? I've tried this program, and I wasn't so happy about the way the quality came out. I remember colouring around areas, and pressing the 'recolour' button and the results would come out somewhat messy. I'm not use to the program, and can't operate it well.


I'm more used to Adobe Photoshop 7. It's easier for me.

Kalafrana 01-21-2009 01:47 PM

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Here is the picture I am referring to (unfortunately, when photographing the photograph, I missed the horse's nose off).

AnastasiaEvidence 01-22-2009 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Kalafrana (Post 882721)
Here is the picture I am referring to (unfortunately, when photographing the photograph, I missed the horse's nose off).

I've been trying to find better versions of this photo...

This is one of my favorite photos of Alix>>>
https://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u...vs/th_Hat1.jpg

queenofthelight 02-17-2009 01:25 PM

I really happy that you are interested in the Russian history, the history of my country!
Czarevitch Nicholas II:
https://s5.tinypic.com/292r7o5.jpg
https://s5.tinypic.com/2u8ds86.jpg
https://s5.tinypic.com/25z6x40.jpg

queenofthelight 04-04-2009 08:53 AM

Alex and Nicholas.
https://i42.tinypic.com/9se9a8.jpg
https://i39.tinypic.com/350l25f.jpg

AnastasiaEvidence 04-09-2009 12:26 PM

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Originally Posted by FabianJ (Post 855913)
I have all those of photoshop programs and recolored, I try to coloring some photos and I did not have good results:bang:. Ekaterina, very good.;)

I don't like recolored either. It was a ripoff even buying it. No wonder it was 30 dollars. The whole program is cheap. My colorings came out horribly. It was absolutely embarassing. The good coloring programs cost 60 dollars and above!:bang:

Ekaterina Romanova 04-10-2009 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by AnastasiaEvidence (Post 873959)
Are you using the program recoloured?

Thanks!! well, yes i use recolored . I got the program for free and suits me very well since doesnt occupate much space on my computer and its easy to use. I couldnt change it for any other program!:lol:

AnastasiaEvidence 04-14-2009 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Ekaterina Romanova (Post 920320)
Thanks!! well, yes i use recolored . I got the program for free and suits me very well since doesnt occupate much space on my computer and its easy to use. I couldnt change it for any other program!:lol:

You're so lucky, you got a coloring program for free. I remember trying recolored and I wasn't happy with it, because there is not tools to enhance the quality and make it clearer.

I've been using Adobe Photshop 7 for a year now, and I'm satisfied with it. The program is very easy for me to use and color quickly.

silverstar 07-05-2009 08:29 PM

https://i41.tinypic.com/1zxs7mc.jpg

Alix was really a beauty , as these pics show.
( a little like Lady Diana in the above pic ! )

https://i41.tinypic.com/16huvf7.jpg

In the French Rev... Marie Antoinette was made into a hate figure and it was used
by revolutionary forces to ridicule the Monarchy and incite the population.
This was often done with illegal printing presses printing what was virtually pornography
with Marie Antoinette playing a central role.

I read somewhere that similarly in the Russian Rev.. Alix became a hate figure
and was used by the Revolutionaries to stir up the populace.

AnastasiaEvidence 08-01-2009 10:43 AM

Beautiful portraits of Alix, silverstar!
It's very sad how Alix was being blamed for Russia's revolution and was accused of being a German spy. Many others, like Grand Duchess Ella, tried to warn Alexandra of how dangerous Rasputin was. Of course, she was stubborn and refused to listen to anyone. Alix even hired and fired on governer positions based on what Rasputin told her. I think her faith in Rasputin help cause the Russian Revolution and destroy the dynasty. Rasputin was used by a secret group behind the communist revolutionaries, which acted to destroy the Romanov dynasty and the monarchy.

It all was terrible because her son, Alexei was very ill and she didn't have much help. Since Rasputin was there to stop Alexei's bleeding Alix had no other choice but to trust him.

silverstar 08-01-2009 10:52 AM

as with Marie Antoinette in the 1780s, from
being the darling of the Parisians and feted by
society, Marie became the hated figure... the German
bitch... suddenly there were dark, evil forces at large
like hungry wolves seeking to bring the French monarchy down.
Conspiracy theorists will say that the same evil forces
were at work in Moscow 120 years later.

susan alicia 08-01-2009 11:55 AM

some posting re Alix looking sad, they just did not ask you to smile when taking a picture in those days and being serious was a virtue. She mercifully had no way of knowing how terrible her life would end.

AnastasiaEvidence 08-05-2009 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by susan alicia (Post 974016)
some posting re Alix looking sad, they just did not ask you to smile when taking a picture in those days and being serious was a virtue. She mercifully had no way of knowing how terrible her life would end.

Before Rasputin died, he told Alix and she and her family would die within 2 years. Since she believed everything that Rasputin said, she definitetly was worried and very sad during her last months of her life.

silverstar 08-05-2009 11:25 AM

I recently read the autobiography of Elinor Glyn...." Romantic Adventure...."
well worth a read if you can get hold of it.
Elinor was of course the writer of racy novels in the Victorian era
in later life she even went to Hollywood to write and direct movies ! she had a
certain old world style that Hollywood was much in need of at the time.
She also travelled widely in Europe.. including Russia.......

.......... " In Moscow I was shocked to find that the Empress's unpopularity
amounted to hatred ... even as early as 1910 .
Because of her English descent I felt a natural sympathy for her.... but gradually I
came round to the general view of her as the evil genius of the country.

I was told that the Emperor was a genuinely nice man and capable of being friendly and human... when not under the influence of the Empress.... who... from the first, seemed to shed an atmosphere of unhappyness and dread over the whole court.
He would have liked to have enjoyed the companionship of the ladies of the Court... but the Empress would not allow it keeping him alone with her at Tsarskoe Selo... his only relaxation being regimental dinners with men where far too much wine was drunk.

She was of course strongly reactionary in her politics and in her later years seems to have imagined herself a second Catherine the Great . She appeared to have a positive hatred for the Russian people and to have determined to flout all their prejudices from the beginning.
Rasputin had originally been brought to the Court by the Duchess of Leuchtenberg.. a Montenegrin.
The Empress at that time had a great friendship with one of her ladies in waiting. This lady fell under the spell of Rasputin and she became his mistress.
She then introduced Rasputin to the Czarina who also fell under his influence and believed that he could cure her son.
The whole story is too appalling and only madness will explain it !

Grace Angel 08-05-2009 03:48 PM

I think had Nicholas and Alexandra been more open about why Rasputin was in the palace, instead of keeping their son's illness secret because they wanted him to be seen as a strong heir, people would have realized that madness wasn't the explanation, nor was the explanation the untruth that Alexandra and Rasputin were having an affair. But, it was easy to assume when you didn't know, and so the reputation of Alexandra got even worse after Rasputin was with the IF. Not that Rasputin should have been there of course.

Velkoknezna Maria 08-11-2009 11:42 AM

Nikolai and Alexandra
https://i243.photobucket.com/albums/f...ix/th_b072.jpg

Dierna23 08-11-2009 11:45 AM

:previous:

Never seen this version of the picture before - very beautiful. Thank you! :flowers:

silverstar 08-11-2009 11:48 AM

funny how my pics in this thread have remained up
and running, yet every other pic I posted in this forum
has been deleted.
I started a Fergie thread with pics, the whole
thread was deleted.
This has made me give up the ghost with this forum
the mods are just a bit too precious..... as far as pics are concerned.........
and a forum...( like a book....) without
pictures .... is very dull indeed.

Warren 08-12-2009 07:08 AM

...and a Forum that ceases to exist because the owner has been sued for breach of copyright is even less appealing.

It's quite simple:
photos subject to copyright cannot be posted directly to the Forums;
photos not subject to copyright (most everything first published prior to 1923, or photos taken by yourself, or public domain and "free use" photos) can be posted directly.

Thus pictures of the late Imperial Family may be freely posted; pictures of Sarah Ferguson (unless taken by yourself) may not.

AnastasiaEvidence 09-28-2009 10:19 AM

Amazing photos of Alix and Nicky.
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...nova/th_40.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...nova/th_43.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...nova/th_49.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...nova/th_56.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...nova/th_67.jpg

Dierna23 09-28-2009 10:36 AM

:previous:

Very nice pictures, the secound one is one of my favourites of Alix, she was so beautiful. :flowers:

https://i36.tinypic.com/2uyg0o7.jpg

Velkoknezna Maria 10-06-2009 03:34 PM

Moscow 1914
Same

Engagement photo 1
Second version
And another one

silverstar 10-06-2009 04:10 PM

https://i33.tinypic.com/b3sda9.jpg

AnastasiaEvidence 10-06-2009 08:22 PM

Sliverstar! That's amazing. Emperor Nicholas II, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and King George V! I like it, very much...
This is my favourite portrait of Empress Alexandra. She's so beautiful!
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._of_Russia.jpg

Archduchess Zelia 10-25-2009 09:55 AM

^^ Oh, t is SO beautiful Anastasia! (: She is very gorgeus in that picture!

AnastasiaEvidence 10-26-2009 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Archduchess Zelia (Post 1009827)
^^ Oh, t is SO beautiful Anastasia! (: She is very gorgeus in that picture!

I know, Alix was so stunning in her coronation pictures. I especially love the dress!!!;)

Patra 10-26-2009 11:31 AM

I love the pic of Alix looking out to the water on the ship- ahhh to know what her thoughts migh have been.....?

Archduchess Zelia 10-26-2009 11:39 AM

Me too Anastasia XD

susan alicia 10-26-2009 11:44 AM

probably what's for dinner, she looks quite fat here

https://nd02.blog.cz/458/499/46cd336ebd_54239397_u.jpg


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Originally Posted by Velkoknezna Maria (Post 1000745)


Velkoknezna Maria 10-26-2009 01:47 PM

Engagement 1
Engagement 2
Engagement 3

AnastasiaEvidence 10-26-2009 03:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by susan alicia (Post 1010291)
probably what's for dinner, she looks quite fat here

https://nd02.blog.cz/458/499/46cd336ebd_54239397_u.jpg

Alix aged a lot. Notice the photos after 1912- she started to gain weight and appeared older than her actual age. I think she gained weight due to stress.
I have some photos of Alix and Nicholas, after 1912.

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00074012.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00074014.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00074015.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00074018.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00074020.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00084003.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00084008.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00094005.jpg

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00094014.jpg
https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00104002.jpg

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...h_00114003.jpg

AnastasiaEvidence 12-03-2009 11:06 AM

More photos of my favourite Empress- Alexandra. I like the photo of her holding Lili Dehn's baby. This particular photo is great.

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1001397.jpg
I also love the rest of these photos.

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1000900.jpghttps://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1000908.jpghttps://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1000917.jpg

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1000993.jpghttps://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1001305.jpghttps://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1001312.jpg

https://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1001323.jpghttps://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1001328.jpghttps://i531.photobucket.com/albums/d...th_1001713.jpg

Dralcoffin 06-27-2010 08:47 PM

One of my favorite royal pictures: Nicholas and George V a year before WWI broke out:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...g_George_V.JPG

From Wikipedia (here); Nicholas is on the left; the main difference to me is that the Tsar's face is thinner than George's.

At home, I have a thick (American) atlas of the world from 1911, and in it are detailed write ups of each country from some time before 1905, before Bloody Sunday. The final paragraph has an eerie sense of foreboding to it:

Quote:

Who can forecast the development of Russia? With a total war-footing of more than two and one-half million troops, an irresponsible monarch, a discontented populace, and the dogma of hereditary aggression as a ruling motive of imperial action, dare we augur peace?
The write up finds conditions in the empire "sufficient to stamp Russia not only as the most despotic, but most barbarous, of civilized nations." But personally I do not blame Nicholas or Alix for this. I see the Tsar as simply the person on top of a desperately rotten system, someone trying to deal with a complex government far too disconnected from a battered people. He was an irresponsible monarch, but sadly ruled in a land that could not handle an irresponsible monarch. Russia was a power keg by the time Nicholas got to the throne, and I personally think no one could have saved the Tsarist Empire.

Nicholas' hesitation over major decisions, Alix's aloofness, the specter of Rasputin, and the divine right of kings mentality were major setbacks, but they alone did not ensure Nicholas would see revolution. Instead, I point to the bloody history before Nicholas, the backwardness of Russia economically, industrially, militarily, politically, etc. I'm fascinated by Russian history (and am majoring in the language in college), and I'm one of those people who emphasize trends in history. Russia's Tsarist history was leading to disaster; Nicholas was the wrong ruler to be caught in the middle but I'm not sure there could have been a "right" tsar at the time.

P.S. I read through the thread, and figured out who Minnie was but who was Ducky?

Nicholas at age 8 (1876) from PictureHistory
https://www.picturehistory.com/images.../prod_7784.jpg

Furienna 06-27-2010 08:54 PM

Oh my God! Nicholas and George look more like brothers than like cousins!

About whether or not another tsar could have prevented the revolution, who knows? But it seems like Nicholas and Alix didn't improve the situation either.

Vasillisos Markos 06-27-2010 09:33 PM

Nicholas and George V when together, were often mistaken for one another by family and courtiers. Their mothers as sisters had a strking resemblance to one another so it is understandable the two rulers resembled each other. Nicky was so cute as a young boy as shown in the last photograph.

pamela18335 06-27-2010 10:38 PM

Quite right, Vasillisos. If I recall correctly, Nicky represented his parents at the marriage of George V and May of Teck in 1893. During that visit, he was, to his great amusement, mistaken by someone for his cousin, which he mentioned in a letter home to Minnie and Sasha.

Al_bina 07-28-2010 08:44 PM

https://kp.ru/daily/24531.3/675793/
https://kp.ru/photo/gallery/25527/?showall=1

The above article contains rare photos of Russian leaders during their holidays. These photos are from the Kremlin archives that have not been declassified.
The first on the list is Nicholas II swimming in skerries in the Gulf of Finland.

Katrianna 07-29-2010 02:06 AM

Thank you for sharing these very rare pictures of the Tsar. I couldn't help looking at the rest of the pictures of the other Russian leaders. Very fascinating!

Vasillisos Markos 07-29-2010 11:13 AM

Whoa! Is that a photograph of Nicholas's bare bottom?? I am surprised that photograph was not destroyed once it was developed.

pamela18335 07-29-2010 12:03 PM

Vasillisos, it sure is ~:rofl:~. It's not the first time I've seen the Sovereign in the altogether....there is a film clip extant, which I've seen a number of times, showing Nicholas II swimming with other men, including the heir, and they're all swimming that way! At one point, I believe you can see him diving off a deck or a boat.

When watching that clip, I distinctly got the impression that bare-bottom swimming was quite respectable and ordinary. Of course, I rather think that would emphatically not be the case when in mixed company.

Duchessmary 07-29-2010 12:05 PM

:::GASP::::: So it is

Russophile 07-29-2010 03:49 PM

I've seen the first two pictures before. I believe they are in my Peter's book: Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas & Alexandra and another book I cannot remember. It was by one of the Grand Duchess George's decendants, I think. Please correct me if I am wrong.:flowers:

Vasillisos Markos 07-29-2010 03:49 PM

I have no doubt that there was nothing scandalous about the men swimming in the nude because there were no women present. I am just surprised that a photograph was taken and it was not destroyed or suppressed once it was developed. But maybe the Tsar was not aware of its existence or maybe he did not care. But I suspect Alexandra would have been appalled.

Al_bina 07-29-2010 07:25 PM

I am sure there is a legitimate reason for keeping inappropriate photos. In truth, I am surprised that such photos were allowed to be taken at all.
According to the article, Nicholas II could not stand the summer heat well. Thus, he swam in cold waters in the Gulf of Finland.

pamela18335 07-29-2010 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vasillisos Markos (Post 1118173)
I have no doubt that there was nothing scandalous about the men swimming in the nude because there were no women present. I am just surprised that a photograph was taken and it was not destroyed or suppressed once it was developed. But maybe the Tsar was not aware of its existence or maybe he did not care. But I suspect Alexandra would have been appalled.

Quite right about Alexandra, Vasillisos. It's entirely possible that the pictures in question actually were suppressed at the time. I cannot imagine that the imediate or extended family would have been happy with their publication, as it would seem to me that it would have been felt that they were disrespectful to or detracted from Nicky's image. Perhaps they only surfaced from private sources in later years.

Furienna 07-30-2010 01:53 AM

:previous:

Yeah, that's probably it.

Warren 07-31-2010 10:11 AM

It's funny how some of us in the early 21st century appear more taken aback by innocent and private nudity than they were at the beginning of the 20th. Photographs of a naked Tsar (see Russo) and film of him diving naked (see Pamela) have been around for yonks. It would be a rare family, commoner or royal, that didn't and doesn't have photographs or home movies that are considered "family" and private and not intended for public consumption.

Sorry, but I don't understand why these recently released pics of the Tsar's bare bottom should cause such surprise when more revealing pictures are on the record.
It's not as if these images of nude Nicky were postered around St Petersburg or reproduced on cigarette cards to be swapped and collected by schoolboys.

Vasillisos Markos 07-31-2010 12:05 PM

Well, then, are there similar photographs taken of Nicky's contemporaries? If so, I've never heard of them. You seem taken aback that others would express surprise at these photographs. I am no prude but it seems to me, at that time in history, august persons such as the Tsar would not allow photographs to be taken. Am I wrong in this belief?

Warren 08-01-2010 08:41 AM

The first part is hard to answer because, for example, we haven't a clue what's in the private family albums of the Windsors, and probably never will.
As to the Tsar, he was both photographed and filmed, so august though he was, he didn't appear concerned. I imagine that he assumed they would remain safely within the confines of the private family albums and archives. But they didn't, and we are fortunate to glimpse the Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias enjoying a private pursuit that was not much different to that of many of his subjects.

vsriCo 08-01-2010 09:08 AM

Warren, were these photos/videos of the Tsar naked released recently by the Russian government? Or have they been in circulation for a while?

Russophile 08-02-2010 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vsriCo (Post 1119185)
Warren, were these photos/videos of the Tsar naked released recently by the Russian government? Or have they been in circulation for a while?

Warren knows the specifics, however, they ARE in books. Tsar by Peter Kurth has many of them in it. And another one I can't remember the book. It was a whole book devoted to photos of the IF. All their personal snapshots. The library had it.

Marengo 08-02-2010 10:26 PM

Well, Peter Kurth's book is from the early nineties. I haven't seen them in books published before the fall of the communist government so my guess is that after 1989 the files in Russia were opened, resulting in these pictures popping up.

Russophile 08-03-2010 12:11 AM

Margeno, I think the book I am referring to is The Romanovs: Love, power and Tragedy by Aleksandr Nikolaevich Bokhanov. It is full of many photographs and was published in 1993 which supports your theory.

Warren 08-05-2010 08:54 AM

I first saw the film of the Tsar swimming naked in a 1990s doco about the lead-up to WWI; it's been in a few others since then.

lucien 08-06-2010 02:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Warren (Post 1118895)
It's funny how some of us in the early 21st century appear more taken aback by innocent and private nudity than they were at the beginning of the 20th. Photographs of a naked Tsar (see Russo) and film of him diving naked (see Pamela) have been around for yonks. It would be a rare family, commoner or royal, that didn't and doesn't have photographs or home movies that are considered "family" and private and not intended for public consumption.

Sorry, but I don't understand why these recently released pics of the Tsar's bare bottom should cause such surprise when more revealing pictures are on the record.
It's not as if these images of nude Nicky were postered around St Petersburg or reproduced on cigarette cards to be swapped and collected by schoolboys.

Imagine,In those days swimming nude was normal practice among men,it's the prudes that rule today that muffle and stumble thinking how rediculous they might look doing so.These "objections" had no ground in those days,as I said,it was normal practice in Russia at least as that was always way less prude then the "West".No,you won't find any of these pics in official albums on the family,but why should they,they are "private" moments all of us,btw,see appearing in a Romanov thread for the umptiest time,and still people blush.Telling tho...:whistling:.

Russophile 08-06-2010 05:29 PM

Agreed. In most of the books we all have read the authors tell us when the IF was sailing around on the Standart they thought nothing of taking a skinny dip in Finnish waters, hunting for mushrooms and having a picnic. All perfectly normal things for a family to do.

CyrilVladisla 02-27-2015 07:55 PM

These are truly magnificent photos of a younger Nicholas and Alexandra.
Nicholas resembles his cousin, Prince George, Duke of York like they were twins in a mirror.
These pictures of Alexandra remind me of some of her mother when Alice was first married to Louis of Hesse.

COUNTESS 03-02-2015 11:10 PM

Alexandra's faced is pinched and hard, unlike her mother, who had a sweet look on her face.

Grand Duchess Ayla 08-05-2016 07:52 PM

My favourites of them:

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CyrilVladisla 11-14-2019 07:41 PM

Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra during a hunting expedition in the Bialowieza Forest in 1897
https://www.gettyimages.com/license/822507394


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