Topic: Alexander III
The Russian Imperial family at Gatchina: Emperor Alexander III (with his favourite dog, Kamchatka), Tsarevich Nicholas (the future Emperor Nicholas II), Empress Maria Feodorovna with Grand Duke Michael), Grand Duke George and Grand Duchess Xenia
This years marks the 167th anniversary of the birth of the Emperor Alexander III. Some years back the palace at Gatchina began an annual tradition marking the Russian monarch's birthday with a series of special events.
This year was no exception. On Saturday, visitors were invited to take part in a special program entitled Alexander III, A View from the 21st Century. A special tour was offered which included a visit to the former apartments of Alexander III and his family at Gatchina. This was followed by a short documentary film about his life. At the end of the program a concert was enjoyed, with music by some of the Emperor's favourite composers, including Liszt, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Taneyev and Rachmaninoff.
Gatchina served as the official residence of the Emperor Alexander III from 1881 to 1894.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 March, 2012