Photographs and family snapshots from six albums rescued by a family friend of the imperial family. Romanov Family Albums by Beinecke Library, via Flickr The officers are of His Majesty's Leib-Guard Hussars Regiment. The ladies are probably Ladies in waiting.
PETS OF THE ROMANOVS ~~ In Tzarskoye Selo museum there is one interesting picture named as 'The Dogs' by I.Shvabe, 1867. The painting presents 11 dogs and one little monkey. Less known there all are the pets of Alexander II of Russia. Within 300 years the Romanovs loved animals, especially dogs, except Elizabeth I that was a real fan of cats and has got 18 of them in her palaces.
Alexei's pet spaniel Joy. He survived the execution of the family and was later found wandering the streets of Ekaterinburg. Later, he was found in the home of Michael Letemin, one of the Ipatiev House guards. Eventually he was brought to England by Paul Rodzianko. (from an article by Marion Wynn entitled "The Last Resting Place of Joy").