Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Lunch in the Winter Palace – Supper in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
On Monday, January 19th, 1898 Grand Duke Konstantine Konstantinovich had lunch with Nicholas II and Alexandra in the White Dining Room on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace.
The Grand Duke wrote in his diary “… After luncheon Nicky and Alix were in an affectionate mood, she sat on his knee, he caressed her and they kissed …”
Photograph (below) of the White Dining Room c1899
Photograph (below) of the White Dining Room today (note the table is not the original one)
Later that night at 11:00 PM, Nicholas and Alexandra went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the General Staff Building for a supper for the Minister Count Muraviev.
Nicholas wrote in his diary “… We knew everyone. We spent a very pleasant time there. We listened to the Neapolitan singers and dancers and looked over the place. We were home at 1 AM.”
Photograph (below) of the General Staff Building c1900s
Photographs (below) of the interior of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Apartment c1900s and today