Rare Voice Recording of
Tsar Nicholas II

A rare voice recording of the Emperor Nicholas II, during the parade of His Imperial Majesty's Grenadier Corps in honour of the birthday of the Sovereign.

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Note: the times noted below indicate the person speaking, as well as a rough translation.

Commanding the parade is Lieutenant-General Baron Eduard Vladimirovich von Eck.

01 - 16 sec. The voice of Lt. Gen. Eduard V. von Eck:

"Listen to (inaudible)! Brothers! I drink to the health of our dear Sovereign Leader Emperor Nicholas Alexandrovich! Hurrah!"

18 sec. - 1 min. 02 sec:

The orchestra plays the Russian Imperial anthem, "God Save the Tsar."

1 min. 03 sec. - 1 min. 12 sec. The voice of Lt. Gen. Eduard V. von Eck:

"To the ceremonial march - rifle on his shoulder! Quick march!"

1 min. 13 sec. - 1 min. 48 sec:

The orchestra plays the Kroup military march "Homesickness."

1 min. 49 sec. - 1 min. 53 sec. The voice of Emperor Nicholas II:

"Brothers! Thank you for the full parade!"

2 min. 08 sec. - 2 minutes. 13 sec. Again, the voice of Emperor Nicholas II:

"Thank you, brothers, for a excellent apprenticeship!"

Lieutenant-General Baron Eduard Vladimirovich von Eck, April 11, 1851 - April 5, 1937

Lieutenant-General Baron Eduard Vladimirovich von Eck was born on April 11, 1851. He graduated from the Nicholas General Staff Academy in St. Petersburg. He was a hero of the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878, the Russian-Japanese War of 1904-1905 and the First World War. During the First World War, he commanded the 7th Army Corps and was awarded the Order of St. George of 4th Degree during the battle with the Austrians near Lviv in August 1914. He was also awarded the Order of St. George Third Degree, after battle in 1915. After the evacuation of White Russian Troops from the Crimea, he lived in Yugoslavia. He died in Belgrade on April 5, 1937.

The voice recording of Nicholas II is available on the CD, "Tsar Nikolai" by the Russian folk singer and poet Zhanna Bichevskaya

Source & Copyright: Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
16 February, 2012