Monday, 19 July 2021
Prince Albert’s sister-in-law Duchess Alexandrine created an illustrated album as a gift to her husband Duke Ernst of Saxe-Coburg: ‘In joy and sorrow, the faithful love of our life is light; I dedicate to you, my dear Ernst, on the day of our silver wedding these commemorative sheets of beautiful collective memories of our 25 years of happy coexistence.’ Prince Albert’s first return to Coburg was in 1844 for the funeral of his father (below)
Monday, 12 July 2021
In 1857 Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich the youngest son of Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra married Grand Duchess Olga Feodorovna the former Princess Cecilia of Baden. The New Mikhailovsky Palace was constructed for their St. Petersburg residence. Early images of the interiors from the 1860s are rare. E. Hau’s watercolors (below) of the Green Drawing Room, Grand Duchess Olga’s Bedroom and Study, Grand Duke Mikhail’s Office and Study and the Interior of the Church.
Thursday, 8 July 2021
The scope of the reconstruction for the Lower Dacha reveals the floorplans and the first of the designs for the memorial rooms of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra (below).
Sunday, 4 July 2021
After the marriage of Princess Victoria Melita and Grand Duke Kyril in 1905 the couple resided in Paris and Coburg before returning to St. Petersburg in 1910. The location of the photograph below of the grand duchess with her daughter is unknown.
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
The clarity of the rare photograph below of Anna Vyrubova’s Little House on Srednaia Ulitsa in Tsarskoe Selo c1925 reveals the porch and iron fencing survived the revolutionary years.
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
The clarity of the previously unknown photographs below reveals a different view of Empress Alexandra’s Mauve and Maple Rooms in the Alexander Palace:
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
In Peterhof on August 13th 1888 Alexander wrote to his brother Sergei ‘I am terribly happy to stay with you and Ella in sweet Illinskoe. Misha is delighted and has already brought his saddle to pack since Ella told him that Bormann can be ridden. Just do not tell anyone yet that we are coming and I beg you not to arrange any special meetings. I hug you tightly. Your brother Sasha.’ Photographs (below) of Illinskoe Main House (#1 on plan), Terraces, Alexander and Sergei in the garden.