nastasia, the youngest daughter, destined to become the most famous of the children of Nicholas II, was a short, dumpy, blue-eyed child renowned in her family chiefly as a wag. When the saluting cannon on the Imperial yacht fired at sunset, Anastasia liked to retreat into a corner, stick her fingers into her ears, widen her eyes and loll her tongue in mock terror. Witty and vivacious, Anastasia also had a streak of stubbornness, mischief and impertinence. The same gift of ear and tongue that made her quickest to pick up a perfect accent in foreign languages also equipped her admirably as a mimic. Comically, sometimes cuttingly, the little girl aped precisely the speech and mannerisms of those about her. Anastasia, the L’Enfant terrible, was also a tomboy. She climbed trees to dizzying heights, refusing to come down until specifically commanded by her father.

Robert K. Massie, Nicholas & Alexandra


"Marie, the third daughter, was the prettiest of the four. She had red cheeks, thick, light brown hair and dark blue eyes so large that they were known in the family as ‘Marie’s saucers.’ As a small child, she was chubby and glowing with health. In adolescence, she was merry and flirtatious. Marie liked to paint, but she was too lazy and gay to apply herself seriously. What Marie, whom everyone called ‘Mashka,’ liked most was to talk about marriage and children. More than one observer has noted that, had she not been the daughter of the Tsar, this strong, warmhearted girl would have made some man an excellent wife.

Robert K. Massie, Nicholas & Alexandra


 Queen Adelaide of Sardinia (nèe Archduchess Adelaide of Austria)

Adelaide of Austria 3 (June 1822 – 20 January 1855) was the first wife of Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia, future King of Italy. She was the mother of some eight children including the future Umberto I of Italy. She was the Queen of Sardinia from 1849 until 1855 when she died as a result of childbirth.


25 Photographs of The Romanovs in the Summertime {6/25}


Queen Mathilde drops Princess Elisabeth on her first day of the new school year at Sint-Jans Berghmans College.

Source: Mark Renders/Getty Images Europe


Beautiful photo of Princess Elizabeth absent watermark, found on pinterest

Happy 1st anniversary, Andrea and Tatiana! 

August 31, 2013

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall; Princess Anne; and Princess Margaret (not pictured) playing around on bicycles at Balmoral in ca. 1953. The footage is shot by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Princess Beatrice of Edinburgh in her wedding dress 1907