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Royal Family Snapshots: The Romanov Family Albums

In observance of Russian Family Contact Day, let us take a glimpse on the life of the Romanov Family, the last of Russia's monarchs, through beautiful photos from their family albums.

As its name suggests, the annual Russian Family Contact Day, conducted every September 12 in the Ulyanovsk region, is not only about babies and alleviating the nation’s population crises, but also about building a family and promoting family values. Speaking of families, why don’t we take a look at the life of a Russian family well-known throughout history—the Romanovs, the last of Russia’s monarchs.

Russia’s Royal Family. Tsar Nicholas II surrounded by his family (left to right): Olga, Maria, Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna, Anastasia, Alexei, and Tatiana. Taken in Livadiya, 1913. Portrait by the Levitsky Studio, Livadiya. Photo via Wikipedia

The House of Romanov, Russia’s second and last imperial dynasty, ruled the nation from 1613 until monarchy was dissolved during the February Revolution in 1917. The last of the Romanov monarchs were Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and consort Tsarina Alexandra, and their four children: Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei. The royal family’s life, which began with opulence and ended in brutal violence, has been capturing the interest and imagination of many through the decades.

Although nearly a century has passed since the decline of monarchy in Russia, the Romanovs left behind a large collection of photographs that many still find captivating to this day. As an offshoot of the 1917 uprising that pushed for political reform, the Romanov monarchs were placed under house arrest, and eventually murdered by the Bolshevik authorities in 1918. Since then, materials concerning the Russian Imperial Family were kept hidden and inaccessible. It was only after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 that the public was given access to the archives of letters, diaries, and over 150,000 photographs taken by the last Emperor and his family alone.

Here are some snapshots from the Romanov family albums, obtained by Anna Vyrubova, the Tsarina’s friend, and photographed between 1905 to 1915. These beautiful family photos that chronicled the daily lives and activities of the last Romanov monarchs show that they too did what every normal family does—playing around, posing for the camera, parents watching over their children, brothers and sisters spending time outdoors, and having family excursions:

What do you think of these family photographs? Tell us with a comment below!

Lomography has its own crazy twist on the Russia’s “Conception Day!” Curious? Head over to the Car for a Baby Competition, the Lomo LC-A Russia Day Edition, and the Russia Day Microsite for more information!

Sources and additional readings:
Royal Russia
House of Romanov — Wikipedia
Shooting of the Romanov Family — Wikipedia
Romanov Family Albums

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