"At nine o’clock the Empress breakfasted with the Emperor; it was a simple meal A I’Anglaise, and after breakfast she went upstairs to see the children. Then Anna Virouboff arrived, and, if certain interviews were imperative, these were usually given during the morning, but, if the Empress found herself " free," she went to inspect her training college for domestic nurses, which was arranged entirely on English lines. She had great faith in the value of English-trained nurses for children, and she put all her usual "thoroughness" into the working and management of this institution.
Lunch was at one o’clock, and at twelve-thirty on Sundays; but when, as it often happened, the Empress was indisposed, she either lunched in her boudoir or alone with the Tsarevitch. After lunch the Empress walked, or drove herself in a little open carriage. Tea was at five, but sometimes receptions were held between lunch and tea.
The Imperial Family all met at tea, which was quite “en famille”; and dinner, which was at 8 o’clock, was often a movable feast in the literal sense of the word. The Emperor disliked dining in one special room, so a table was carried to whichever room he happened to fancy that evening. Dinner over (and it was a very simple dinner) the Imperial Family spent the remainder of the evening together, and the Grand Duchesses, who had a flair for puzzles, usually indulged in puzzlemaking: sometimes the Emperor read aloud whilst his daughters and their mother worked.”
Anna Vyrubova lived in a house which stood close to the Alexander Palace until the year 1917, paying roughly $100 (which today, in Britsih money, roughly £63) a month for it. Anna wrote of the house:
"The little house, however, was far from being the luxurious in which I have often been pictured as living. As a matter of fact, it was frightfully cold in winter because the house had no stone foundation but rested on the frozen earth. Sometimes when the Emperor and Empress came to tea we sat with our feet on the sofa to keep warm. Once the Emperor jokingly told me that after a visit to my house he kept himself from freezing only by going directly to a hot bath.
The terrace around the house could be dangerous in the winter. The Empress once slipped and fell flat on her face and once, after a gracious entrance to a dance, Maria slipped and fell right infront of everyone. The Grand Duchesses loved visiting Anna’s house. She would invite young men to tea, which the girls loved as they longed for contact with the outside world more.
Hi! Finally I've found a blog about the Romanovs :) I am kinda obsessed with them ever since I studied about them. My favourite Romanov is Anastasia because well... I don't really know. I've watched the movie for like a lot of times! Where did you get all these photos of them?
Hello! :) Well there are lots of Romanov blogs, if you want to follow some more! The other three I know what are good are:
Out of the 4 daughters, my favourite is most definitely Olga. I said why on my About me page: Simply because of her personality, her cleverness, her love for writing, reading, learning and how thoughtful, kind and caring she was.
However, I do like all of the Imperial Children, and their unqiue and kind, charming personalities.
I saw that someone who reblogged my Anastasia post earlier today wondered if Anastasia may have gotten married young if the war had not intervened, in response to my statement that she had no specific romantic interest that we know of.