1890s-1900s: Tsar Nicholas II clowning around with friends

Persons in the photos include. Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, The Duchess of Darmstadt, Prince Nicholas of Greece,

7 Responses

  1. Mike Withers

    Really quite funny to see them clowning around with all of their medals and sashes on.

  2. PenguinRetro

    Alexandra had little to smile about with her hemophiliac son and threats of revolution. Many of these monarchs, family by blood with Queen Victoria of England, would be swept away by England and her allies in WW 1.

    • Thorfin

      Not quite PenguinRetro: Russia was allied with Great Britain in World War I.
      The Tsar and his family were killed by the Bolsheviks (Russian communists) after the war.
      The only blood relative of Nicholas to lose his crown after World War I was Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany.

    • Gerry

      Actually, the peasants starved later, in the ’20 and ’30s, when the systematic starvation of the peasantry and the collectivization of its remains began by the very same people who spread around the propaganda you’re parroting a hundred years later.

  3. Ska'dForLife

    You are obviously a diligent scholar of historical fact. No-one in Russia went hungry, or got shot by government troops, or driven from their home by the Okhrana until the Bolsheviks came along. And Elvis isn’t dead. And the Nazis are running the world from the centre of the Earth.

    History’s a doddle when you believe what you want to believe, don’t you find?

  4. David

    To all of the apologists for the Tsar’s dynasty, please get your facts straight. People obviously were starving before the Bolsheviks came into power. Just because we don’t like the communists doesn’t mean we should pretend that the Russian Empire, one of the most autocratic in the world, was a utopia. It wasn’t. Poland and a host of other nations were repressed. Pogroms killed hundreds of Jews. Thousands died in famines. The very reason the Bolsheviks came into power with the slogan peace, land, and bread, is a testament to the fact that the peons were starving, especially by the end of World War I. The peons were being conscripted to fight in a bloody dynastic war, and the railroad transport system that fed the urban lower class was breaking down.
    Nonetheless, of course the Bolsheviks were just as bad, and most likely worse because they had the technology and willpower to kill political opponents en masse. And it’s nice to see this sort of humanity from these early historical figures. It’s a shame that they lived in a tottering system that was about to collapse. From these pictures, it’s obvious that they could also be quite friendly human beings.


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