More rares- and what’s more, now we know it’s Olga! (One of these pics has floated around for years in bad quality, making people argue whether it was O or M!)
20.05.1916: “We made photos on the balcony in our lazaret” - Tatiana Nikolaevna
These wonderful rare snaps were originally shared by Antonina from the Alexander Palace forum!
Grand Duchesses Olga and Maria building the snow mountain with some soldiers in the Alexander Palace Park: 1916.
Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia visiting with nurses outside their hospital in Tsarskoe Selo: 1916.
The Order of St. George Egg: presented to the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna in 1916. It commemorates the award of the Order of St. George to the Tsar and a lesser version of the medal to the Tsarevich in 1915.
The Dowager Empress wrote to her son to thank him for the gift “with all my heart for your dear cards and lovely egg with miniatures, which dear old Faberge brought himself. It is beautiful. It is so sad not to be together. I wish you, my dear darling Nicky, with all my heart all the best things and success in everything. Your fondly loving old Mama.”
This was the only Faberge Egg to leave Russian soil in the hands of its original recipient. The Dowager Empress kept it in her jewel case until her death, when it was passed on to her daughter, Grand Duchess Xenia, and then to her youngest son, Prince Vasily Alexandrovich who sold the egg to Sotheby’s in 1961.
Source: Jewels of the Romanovs: Family and Court by Stefano Papi