The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg has been waiting to share its intimate details in English.
It is a story of a palace of immense size and of an Imperial family of immense wealth. It is a story of the daily public and intimate life in the palace that was loved and disdained and withstood decades of changes.
The Dowager Duchess Augusta of Saxe-Coburg described
the birth of her grandson Albert on August 26th 1819 in her diary: ‘I had no suspicion that Louise would be
confined this morning. At seven a groom rode over bringing me the news that she
had been safely delivered at six of a son. I hurried to the Rosenau’.
Aerial view (below) of Schloss Rosenau northeast of Coburg
A photograph that was taken of the Winter Palace
guards during a ceremony on Palace Square reveals a rare sighting on the right
of a window washer. He is on a ladder at the 3rd floor windows of the
lady-in-waiting’s rooms. Note the three men at the base of the ladder who were
assisting in securing the ladder but turned towards the photographer.
Photograph c1900 (below) of the Winter Palace facing