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Nicholas II and some officers carrying wood that they chopped in the Alexander Palace park: 1917. 

Nicholas II and his children on the roof of the greenhouse at the Governor’s Mansion in Tobolsk: 1917.

Nicholas II and his children on the roof of the greenhouse at the Governor’s Mansion in Tobolsk: 1917.

Under house arrest at the Alexander Palace: 1917.

1. Nicholas II, Grand Duchesses Anastasia and Tatiana, Tatiana’s French bulldog Ortipo, and a guard

2. Grand Duchess Maria, Nicholas II, and Grand Duchess Olga with officers of the guard

3. Grand Duchesses Tatiana filling a watering can for the garden

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large, good quality version of this pic before!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large, good quality version of this pic before!

Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Anastasia, and Olga: 1917.

Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Anastasia, and Olga: 1917.

June 27, 1917: Grand Duchess Tatiana and Empress Alexandra in the garden. The Empress is holding a little rabbit they they had rescued from Joy the dog.
Maria wrote to Lili Dehn on June 30: “I took this snapshot in the park three days ago. Mama is holding a little rabbit which Alexei’s dog almost killed…” 

June 27, 1917: Grand Duchess Tatiana and Empress Alexandra in the garden. The Empress is holding a little rabbit they they had rescued from Joy the dog.

Maria wrote to Lili Dehn on June 30: “I took this snapshot in the park three days ago. Mama is holding a little rabbit which Alexei’s dog almost killed…” 

Grand Duchess Anastasia and Nicholas II under house arrest in the garden at Tsarskoe Selo: summer 1917. 

I don’t think I’ve seen this one before! It’s from the Royal Collection Trust.

Also one of the few pictures I’ve ever seen of Anastasia with her hair up!

The top is the regular photo and the bottom is zoomed in slightly. 

"The Grand Duchess rarely spoke of the massacre of her brother’s family, but the tragedy haunted her all her life. "It must have been terrible," she once exclaimed, recalling the agony suffered by her brother’s family during the long imprisonment that began in Tsarskoe Selo in August, 1917, and ended in their massacre in Ekaterinburg in July, 1918. She spoke the words with a shudder that transformed the simple sentence in to a searing memory which had nagged her heart for forty years.

"All of the girls and even the poor boy were by temperament gay and vicacious," she said, "but they had all inherited that certain sense of tragedy from their mother. They all knew they were going to die. I am sure of that." "


Olga Alexandrovna also told her biographer that she loved her nieces, especially Anastasia, as much as if they had been her own daughters. 

Poor Olga A.! 

Source: The Last Grand Duchess by Ian Vorres

This was a really cool documentary! There is a lot of cool information about the jewels and the Romanovs. It includes testimony from Prince Michael of Kent, Prince Michael of Greece, and Princess Olga Romanov (daughter of Prince Andrei Alexandrovich, Xenia and Sandro’s son). My only beef with it was the horrifically erroneous information about Rasputin and his involvement with the Imperial Family. 

A note written by Grand Duchess Olga to her friend at the Tsarskoe Selo lazaret, Valentina Ivanova Chebotareva: 1917. 
She signs herself Sister O. Romanova.

A note written by Grand Duchess Olga to her friend at the Tsarskoe Selo lazaret, Valentina Ivanova Chebotareva: 1917. 

She signs herself Sister O. Romanova.