‘THE LAST OF THE TSARS’
From one Royal Family that still exists to another who had a turbulent reign and, unfortunately, a terrible end!
Tsar NicholasⅡcame to the throne of Russia in 1894 and was alas destined to be its last Emperor after his abdication in 1917.
During his reign, Russia embarked on agreat series of reforms that benefitted civil liberties, education, literacy and parliamentary representation. He also attempted to modernize Russian industry and the country’s outdated infrastructure.
His progress however was undermined by his own personal commitment to autocratic rule and the oppressive policies employed by his secret police to crush and punish any kind of dissent from any quarter.
Nicholas’ rule also coincided with a series of disastrous events and upheavals both in and out of Russia. Among these was the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 where Russia was soundly defeated and humiliated by the recently-emerged Japan.
One year later, in 1905 in St. Petersburg, a peaceful demonstration by thousands of workers and their families asking for small increases in their pay and better working and living conditions was met by deadly force with infantry soldiers opening fire and cavalry charging defenseless protestors. Hundreds of unarmed civilians; men, women and children were killed and injured by this official armed and violent response.
In addition Nicholas’ regime did little to prevent a series of Anti-Jewish pogroms that targeted this particular religious community and led thousands of Russian Jews to flee to the west for refuge, religious freedom and a better life.
THE ROMANOV TERCENTENARY 1613-1913
Amidst all of this doom, gloom and tragedy was one particular event that for a brief moment enthused the nation and Nicholas himself... The Tercentenary Celebrations (1613-1913) marked 300 years of the Romanov Dynasty ruling this massive and far flung empire.
This happy and momentous anniversary has inspired the first part of a 3-part release of Imperial Russian Royalty at their most splendid...
Both father and son are dressed in the ceremonial dress uniforms of two different Imperial Russian Guard regiments.
NicholasⅡ is dressed as the Colonel-In-Chief of his Regiment while his son, the Tsarevich Alexei is uniformed as a junior subaltern of his particular regiment.
Few could have predicted that both of them together with the rest of their Royal Family would be cruelly murdered by the Bolsheviks just five years later...
After this first release there will follow a figure of Nicholas’ wife, the Tsarina Alexandra and then his two eldest daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, both in military uniform.
The final release will be of the two youngest Royal daughters, the Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia, later in 2021.
Scale 60mm / 1:30