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This video is a compilation of historic newsreels dating from the years 1896 to 1916. It is divided into five parts and includes events during the reign of Emperor Nicholas II and his family;
(1) Coronation of Emperor Nicholas II on 14th May, 1896 at Moscow.
(2) Dedication of the Monument to Emperor Alexander III on 30th May, 1912 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow.
(3) 300th Anniversary of the House of Romanov, May 1913, Moscow.
(4) Sovereign Emperor Nicholas II, the early years of World War I.
(5) Crowned Family
My personal favourite newsreels include the children of Nicholas II participating in the White Flower Day at Livadia, and film footage of the Tsesarevich Alexei sitting next to Baron Fredericks in an automobile. The young Tsesarevich turns to face the camera and offers history an enigmatic smile.
The entire video is without narration, however, it is accompanied by haunting music from the Tsarist era, including God Save the Tsar.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 January, 2013