Alexandra Feodorovna with her daughters in the park: 1902.
This is an early brassiere, the kind which would have been worn by the Grand Duchesses at the time of their deaths. These were what was altered to conceal their jewels. Here is Shura’s testimony on the concealment of the jewels:“They put the jewels in wadding, covered it with two brassieres of heavy linen, and then sewed these together and covered them with wadding on both sides. The Empress’ jewels were hidden in two pairs of double brassieres, each weighing four and a half pounds in all and each containing brilliants, emeralds, and amethysts. The Grand Duchess Tatiana wore one and the Grand Duchess Anastasia the other.” Another brassiere was made for the Grand Duchessses’ jewels and was worn by Olga. As you can tell from the earlier post showing the corset, the jewels could NOT have possibly been in the corsets, as they would not have protected the girls’ bust and chest area from bullets or bayonets.
This is the style of corset most likely worn by the Grand Duchesses from 1913 to their deaths in 1918.
The Grand Duchesses watching a performance with wounded soldiers at Maria and Anastasia’s hospital c. 1915.
Grand Duchesses Maria, Olga, Anastasia and Tatiana with their mother, Alexandra Feodorovna aboard the Standart: 1905.
1. Bolyus, Stephania, and Lenka; the children photographed with Olga, Tatiana, and Anastasia at Mogilev in 1916. ( Their names were recorded by Tatiana in her photo album.) What a shame Maria missed out on all the fun that day!
2. Stephania is the little girl on Olga’s lap and Lenka is next to Anastasia.
3. Bolyus is with Anastasia here, and is the same boy who she hauled out of the pit in an earlier photograph.
Edit: I suspect that Maria volunteered to stay with her mother on the train that day, as the girls usually took turns keeping Alix company. I very much doubt she was the photographer on this day as I don’t think she could have resisted joining in on the fun with the children!
I think it is very sweet that the girls thought it was important to remember what the children’s names were. If Tatiana hadn’t meticulously recorded their names in her album, they probably would have just been lost to history.