Grand Duchesses Tatiana and Anastasia and Tsarevich Alexei aboard the Standart: 1910.
Left to right: Prince Henry of Prussia (1862-1929), Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1860-1919), Prince Wilhelm of Prussia (1859-1941), and their cousin Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863-1950). Princess Charlotte and Princess Victoria are both wearing hats. Seated in front of them are two younger children. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864-1918) is sitting on the right next to another child who is possibly Prince Sigismund of Prussia (1864-66).
The First Ball of Princess Alix of Hesse
"In the autumn the Princess’s coming-out was celebrated by a ball at the New Palace, for which the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Serge came specially from Russia. The Grand Duchess saw to every detail of her young sister’s appearance. She wore white muslin, with bunches of lilies of the valley on her hair and dress, and contemporary accounts say that she was very much admired."
— The Life and Tragedy of Alexandra Feodorovna
Alexei playing in Livadia
Ever more and more, stronger and deeper, grow my love and devotion, and my longing for you. Never can I thank God enough for the treasure He had given me for my very own—and be called yours, darling, what happiness can be greater? … No more separations. At last united, bound for life, and when this life ended we meet again in the other world to remain together for all eternity. Yours, yours.
Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna in Russian Court Dress, 1897.
The Romanovs and their palaces. Ливадийский дворец | Livadia Palace | Russia | Crimea | a few miles west of Yalta.
“We cannot find any words to express our joy and pleasure to have such a house, built exactly as we wanted. The architect Krasnov is an amazing fine fellow" - wrote Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on September 20th, 1911, after his first visit to Livadia.
Livadia was originally built in 1911 as a summer palace for Nicholas II. The palace was designed by the Russian architect Nikolay Petrovich Krasnov in the Italian Renaissance style with some features of Byzantine, Arabian and Gothic architecture in addition. N.P. Krasnov managed to successfully inscribe the palace into the surrounding landscape and situate the building in such a way that all its sides were absolutely open for the sun. The palace contains 116 rooms, with interiors furnished in different styles. There are 5 grand rooms in the palace: Vestibule, the majestic Dining room (so-called “White Hall”), an English billiard-room, Rest room and a Tsar’s study of maple wood. This palace was the site of the historic Yalta Conference of 1945, when Joseph Stalin hosted the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, and the U.S. president, Franklin Roosevelt, as these three world leaders decided the fate of eastern Europe after World War II. Today the palace is a museum.