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The Romanov Family’s Alphabet - B is for the Ball in the Winter Palace.

The famous luxurious ball during the reign of the emperor Nicholas II of Russia in the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg (February 11 and 13, 1903). All the visitors were in fancy dresses on a fashion of 17th century, the times of Alexis of Russia, the second Tsar from Romanov dynasty.

Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich recalled the occasion as “the last spectacular ball in the history of the empire…[but] a new and hostile Russia glared through the large windows of the palace…while we danced, the workers were striking and the clouds in the Far East were hanging dangerously low. “The entire Imperial family, the Tsar as Alexei I, the Tsaritsa as Maria Miloslavskaya, all dressed in rich 17th century attire, posed in the Hermitage’s theatre.

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