Newly-discovered photos show Tsar Nicholas II's family at play before Russian revolutionaries executed them

14:12 • 24.09.18



Rare photos have emerged of the Russian royal family enjoying a carefree existence of hunting trips and boat outings, showcasing a life of opulence and seemingly unending prosperity.


Less than three years later they would be murdered. 


The pleasant snaps of Tsar Nicholas II leading his children on sleigh rides through the snow are a far cry from the turbulent last few years of brewing revolution that would mark the end of the family's prosperous lives, the Daily Mail reports.


Private photos of the Romanov family dressed in crisp white at a summer outing on the lake  give an intimate look behind the scenes of the imperial family at the heart of one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century.


The Romanovs enjoyed a life of seemingly endless prosperity and ruled of a sixth of the surface of the Earth in the early 20th century.


They were the last imperial monarchs of Russia, but mysteriously disappeared in 1918 at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries.  


One hundred years later, the investigation into the disappearance of Tsar Nicholas II, his family and entourage, remains open today. 


Snapshots of their lives were captured by Herbert Galloway Stuart, an English tutor to the nephews of Tsar Nicholas II, between 1908 and 1916.


This was a time of social upheaval, war and brewing discontent that would ultimately lead to the fall of the 300-year-old Romanov dynasty. 


It was also a time of personal turmoil for the family who was grappling with the illness of the Tsar and Tsarina’s young son Alexei Nikolaevich who had life-threatening haemophilia B, a rare blood condition and infamous “royal disease” passed down from Queen Victoria. 


Now on display for the first time, the photos are part of a huge collection filling 22 albums at a special exhibition at the Science Museum in London.


But their discovery was purely by chance when Natalia Sidlina, a curator of the new Science Museum exhibition, was searching for unrelated material.


During the search, the curator came across a wooden crate and inside she unearthed the long-forgotten photos.


'What amazed me was how alike those albums were to any other family albums we have … the Romanovs looked just like any middle-class family,' Ms Sidlina told The Guardian.

'This [exhibition] uncovers previously shadowy sides of the very complex story which still holds people's attention 100 years after their passing.' 


As well as providing a fascinating glimpse into their daily lives, the photo display comes as DNA advances may reveal the final answers to the family's death. 

 

Formal identification of the remains of the last members of the imperial family is expected to be announced this week, which will finally bring closure to this historic case.


'This [exhibition] uncovers previously shadowy sides of the very complex story which still holds people's attention 100 years after their passing.' 


As well as providing a fascinating glimpse into their daily lives, the photo display comes as DNA advances may reveal the final answers to the family's death. 


Formal identification of the remains of the last members of the imperial family is expected to be announced this week, which will finally bring closure to this historic case.

 

The pleasant snaps of the imperial family's children at play on holiday are a far cry from the turbulent last few years of brewing revolution that would mark the end of their lives

Two children dressed in immaculate white outfits teamed with wide-brimmed hats stand on a wooded path during a family trip away. This was commonplace for the Romanovs who enjoyed a life of seemingly endless prosperity and ruled of a sixth of the surface of the Earth in the early 20th century

Five of the Romanov children are seen enjoying a sled ride in the snow.  The photos give an intimate look behind the scenes of the imperial family at the heart of one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th century

Tsar Nicholas II (left) and the Tsarina (second from right) are seen playing in the snow in St Petersburg around 1915. The discovery of the images was purely by chance when Natalia Sidlina, a curator of the new Science Museum exhibition, was searching for unrelated material

A few members of the family ride bikes through the snow. Many of these photos were captured by Herbert Galloway Stuart, an English tutor to the nephews of Tsar Nicholas II, between 1908 and 1916

Despite happy appearances, the family experienced personal turmoil and grappled with the illness of the Tsar and Tsarina’s young son Alexei Nikolaevich who had life-threatening haemophilia B, a rare blood condition and infamous ‘royal disease’ passed down from Queen Victoria

Outside the palace, members of the family sit on sleds and a horse-drawn carriage during a cold Russian winter. Formal identification of the remains of the last members of the imperial family is expected to be announced this week, which will finally bring closure to this historic case

The collection, which fills an entire 22 albums, helps bring the personal lives of autocrat Nicholas II and his family to life

Three younger boys join Nicholas II for a hunting trip. The Romanov's were the last imperial monarchs of Russia, but mysteriously disappeared in 1918 at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries

This photograph was taken during a time of massive social upheaval, war and brewing discontent that would ultimately lead to the fall of the 300-year-old Romanov dynasty

An outdoor banquet can be seen with a table spread adorned with copious bottles of wine - a reflection of enormous wealth and power the Romanovs enjoyed





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