Queen Victoria at Balmoral with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarina Alexandra and Grand Duchess Olga, 1896

A rare peek inside the Queen’s holiday photo album

Queen Victoria at Balmoral with Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Tsarina Alexandra and Grand Duchess Olga, 1896

Tsar Nicholas II in Balmoral castle. 1896. Here Tsar Nicholas II is with (from left to right) Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna, Grand Duchess Olga, Queen Victoria, and Edward, Prince of Wales. The Tsar said he hated Balmoral Castle as it was 'colder than Siberia' !

Tsar Nicholas II in Balmoral castle. 1896. Here Tsar Nicholas II is with (from left to right) Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna, Grand Duchess Olga, Queen Victoria, and Edward, Prince of Wales. The Tsar said he hated Balmoral Castle as it was 'colder than Siberia' !

Tsar Nicholas ll of Russia. Nicholas II – (The Romanov dynasty) is remembered because of his poor ability to govern Russia. The decisions of the Tsar provoked the Russian Revolution of 1905. The Tsar Nicholas II's ignorance led to 'Bloody Sunday'. The events of bloody Sunday resulted in resentment for the Tsarist government, the articulation of revolutionary ideas, and the influence of leadership on revolutionary movements.

Tsar Nicholas ll of Russia. Nicholas II – (The Romanov dynasty) is remembered because of his poor ability to govern Russia. The decisions of the Tsar provoked the Russian Revolution of 1905. The Tsar Nicholas II's ignorance led to 'Bloody Sunday'. The events of bloody Sunday resulted in resentment for the Tsarist government, the articulation of revolutionary ideas, and the influence of leadership on revolutionary movements.

Prince Edward of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) with Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarevich Alexei and Prince George of Wales (later George V) at Cowes. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1910

Prince Edward of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) with Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarevich Alexei and Prince George of Wales (later George V) at Cowes. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images). Circa 1910

Romanov Tsars that ended with the  Revolution and murder of Nicholas II and his family..

Romanov Tsars that ended with the Revolution and murder of Nicholas II and his family..

Empress Alexandra, Tsar Nicholas II, Grand Duchess Olga, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert at Balmoral  (1896)

Empress Alexandra, Tsar Nicholas II, Grand Duchess Olga, Queen Victoria, and Prince Albert at Balmoral (1896)

Tsar Nicholas II (Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov) (1868-1918) Russia & 5th child & only son Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (1904-1918) Russia

Tsar Nicholas II (Nikolay Alexandrovich Romanov) (1868-1918) Russia & 5th child & only son Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (1904-1918) Russia

Tsar Nicholas Romanov in unifor, 1917.  Илья ГАЛКИН (1860-1915). Николай II. 1898.

Tsar Nicholas Romanov in unifor, 1917. Илья ГАЛКИН (1860-1915). Николай II. 1898.

Russian Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, with their five children dressed in sailing outfits (clockwise from left: Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Alexei). Circa, 1907.

Privilege, passion and the last Russian princesses

Russian Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra, with their five children dressed in sailing outfits (clockwise from left: Olga, Maria, Tatiana, Anastasia, Alexei). Circa, 1907.

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