the first waltz: a historical photoblog

Maria Vittoria, Duchess of Aosta. Later Queen of Spain as the consort of King Amadeo I of Spain. 
Jul 23

Maria Vittoria, Duchess of Aosta. Later Queen of Spain as the consort of King Amadeo I of Spain. 

carolathhabsburg:

Queen Victoria of Sweden when Crownprincess. Late 1880s
Jul 23

carolathhabsburg:

Queen Victoria of Sweden when Crownprincess. Late 1880s

Crown Princess Victoria of Germany, nee Princess of the United Kingdom as the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. Mid-1870s. 
Jul 23

Crown Princess Victoria of Germany, nee Princess of the United Kingdom as the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria. Mid-1870s. 


Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
Jul 22

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

(Source: teatimeatwinterpalace, via letterstomashka)

olga-nikolayevna:

♥ Maria Hair-Up Spam ♥ [7/25]
High quality version of notable photograph, zoom. Courtesy of TatianaZ.
Jul 22

olga-nikolayevna:

♥ Maria Hair-Up Spam ♥ [7/25]

High quality version of notable photograph, zoom. Courtesy of TatianaZ.

tiny-librarian:

The Danish princess remained a prime candidate for a bride of Russia’s imperial family. In 1864, the Tsarevich Nicholas (“Nixa”) accordingly paid a visit to Denmark. Nixa promptly became infatuated with the comely princess. In reporting his impressions, Nixa wrote to his mother excitedly: “How can I describe her? She is so pretty, direct, intelligent, lively yet at the same time shy. She is even prettier in real life than in the portraits that we had seen so far. Her eyes speak for her: they are so kind, intelligent, animated.” Dagmar greatly appreciated the twenty-one-year-old tsarevich, a slightly built, intelligent young man who was popular with all who knew him. His teachers referred to the heir as “Russia’s hope” as well as “a brilliant young man.” Grand Duke Constantine was no less enthusiastic about his nephew, this future tsar, referring to Nixa as “the crown of perfection.”
From Splendor to Revolution - Julia P. Gelardi
Jul 22

tiny-librarian:

The Danish princess remained a prime candidate for a bride of Russia’s imperial family. In 1864, the Tsarevich Nicholas (“Nixa”) accordingly paid a visit to Denmark. Nixa promptly became infatuated with the comely princess. In reporting his impressions, Nixa wrote to his mother excitedly: “How can I describe her? She is so pretty, direct, intelligent, lively yet at the same time shy. She is even prettier in real life than in the portraits that we had seen so far. Her eyes speak for her: they are so kind, intelligent, animated.” Dagmar greatly appreciated the twenty-one-year-old tsarevich, a slightly built, intelligent young man who was popular with all who knew him. His teachers referred to the heir as “Russia’s hope” as well as “a brilliant young man.” Grand Duke Constantine was no less enthusiastic about his nephew, this future tsar, referring to Nixa as “the crown of perfection.”

From Splendor to Revolution - Julia P. Gelardi

teatimeatwinterpalace:

Tsesarevich Nicholas, July 1893, it was taken while he was staying in England on the occasion of his cousin’s wedding, the Duke of York.
Jul 22

teatimeatwinterpalace:

Tsesarevich Nicholas, July 1893, it was taken while he was staying in England on the occasion of his cousin’s wedding, the Duke of York.

bulletproofjewels:

♔ Romanov Family Photo Spam ♔ 

3 / ∞ : Family of Tsar Alexander III & Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

From left to right: Tsar Alexander III, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, (front) Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, (behind) Grand Duke George Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. Missing is Grand Duchess Olga who was an infant at the time.
Jul 22

bulletproofjewels:

♔ Romanov Family Photo Spam ♔ 

3 /  : Family of Tsar Alexander III & Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

From left to right: Tsar Alexander III, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, (front) Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, (behind) Grand Duke George Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. 
Missing is Grand Duchess Olga who was an infant at the time.

(via romanovdreams)

royalwatcher:

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at one year old, 1922.
Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.
Photo: © Getty Images
Jul 22

royalwatcher:

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at one year old, 1922.

Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark.

Photo: © Getty Images

(via theladyintweed)

Jul 22

royalwatcher:

Maria Feodeorvna’s Sapphire Bandeau

Originally owned by Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, the tiara was bought by Queen Mary after the Russians went into exile. As Maria was born Princess Dagmar, sister to British Queen Alexandra, it’s rather fitting that her tiara ended up in England.

Mary left the tiara to the Queen Mother, who lent it to Princess Margaret on several occasions.

It’s unknown what happened to the bandeau.