"I am leaving a glittering world where I had a glittering position, but with all of you I am descending into a greater world - the world of the poor and the suffering." - St. Elizabeth Feodorovna
A cute candid of Tsar Nicholas II and spouse, tsaritsa Alexandra Fyodorovna.Denmark C 1899.
BPJs favourite royal portraits: [ 9 / 15 ] Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna by Konstantin Makovsky (1914), after the original by Frederick August von Kaulbach (1903).
"My blood run cold when I think of her, placed on that very unsafe throne. The state of Russia is so bad, so rotten, that at any moment something dreadful might happen. And the wife of heir to the throne is in a most difficult and precarious position." - Queen Victoria
Princess Olga Paley’s Cartier Aquamarine Parure
In 1902, the Grand Duke Pavel Alexandrovich caused a great scandal within the House of Romanov by marrying his long-time mistress, Olga Pistohlkors, with whom he had three children. Olga was eventually accepted by the Tsar and Tsarina and made Princess Paley, allowing her a place within the Russian Imperial Court- (though she for some time remained an outsider). Nevertheless, Olga had a brilliant jewel collection. This aquamarine parure was its crowning glory.
Consisting of a tiara, necklace and corsage brooch, the parure’s singular feature was its glorious aquamarines. Cartier created it in 1912 and used only the finest rose-cut diamonds and jewels. The tiara, set in the aigrette style holds a large stone in the middle of the circular diamond set, with another atop it like a beacon. The necklace and brooch accompany the tiara perfectly, suspending aquamarines from a glistening diamond chain.
These pieces miraculously survived the Revolution with their owner, but were later sold to provide for Olga and her two surviving children. The three pieces sold at Sotherby’s in 2011 for a combined $1.7million!! [x]
Императрица Александра Фёдоровна. ♔
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
Grand Duchess Olga of Russia with Princes Aage, Erik and Axel of Denmark
New rare of baby Anastasia and Alexandra
I think the other woman is Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna..
В. Е. Маковский в мастерской за работой. Фотограф К. К. Булла. Санкт-Петербург, 1911 г. / В. Е. Маковский. Портрет императрицы Марии Федоровны.