Axenoff Tiara Ball. Portraits of the Romanov family by the artist Tania Rivilis. Astoria Hotel. Sankt Petersburg

On November 24 all the secular Moscow relocated to the northern capital. The reason was the presentation of a new line of jewelry brand Axenoff called Princess Anastasia – in honor of the youngest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II. For one evening, the St. Petersburg Astoria Hotel moved its guests to the real tsar’s ball at the beginning of the last century: the walls of the halls were decorated with portraits of representatives of the House of Romanovs, which the artist Tania Rivilis made specifically for Tiara Ball.

 

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The walls were decorated with portraits of the Romanov family by the artist Tania Rivilis, who created them specially for the Ball. Decorators Julia Nguyen and Oksana Babayeva built a „royal box“ with a huge canopy, gilded porcelain eagles and an ermine mantle.

As soon as the guests gathered, two cavalrymen in the front door opened the doors of the Winter Garden „Astoria“ and the guests waltzed to the music of the „Swan Lake“ ballet pair. Having seen enough, the guests themselves began to spin in a waltz. Then they sang „God Save the Tsar“ and gave an idea where Anastasia Romanova, a student of the third course of the Moscow State Academy of Art, Anastasia Thompson, in which Peter Aksenov saw the incarnation of the Grand Duchess, performed. At the height of the evening the lights went out in the hall, thunder struck, lightning flashed in the windows and Grigory Rasputin appeared on the royal throne, from nowhere. In an improvised dance-fight, the Romanovs‘ family led by Anastasia drove him away, of course, away.

The gypsy choir sang. Women in white dresses and men in Circassians (as in the famous scene from the movie „My sweet and affectionate beast“) performed romances. The tables were full of caviar and sturgeon fishes, Peter himself put his hand to the Amber Room dessert in the form of a precious casket. At the end of the curtain, the guests made a selfie with a stuffed bear and literally swam in the symbols of power: if the Russian soul launched into all serious, it can not be stopped.

The House of Romanov was the second dynasty to rule Russia, after the House of Rurik, reigning from 1613 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the February Revolution.

The Romanovs achieved prominence as boyars of the Grand Duchy of Moscow, later the Tsardom of Russia. In 1613, following years of interregnum (Time of Troubles), the zemsky sobor offered the Russian crown to Mikhail Romanov. He acceded to the throne as Michael I, becoming the first Tsar of Russia from the House of Romanov. His grandson Peter I established the Russian Empire and transformed the country into a continental power through a series of wars and reforms.

The direct male line of the Romanovs came to an end when Elizabeth of Russia died in 1762. After an era of dynastic crisis, the House of Holstein-Gottorp, a cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg that reigned in Denmark, ascended the throne in 1762 with Peter III, a grandson of Peter I. All rulers from the middle of the 18th century to the revolution of 1917 were descended from that branch. Though officially known as the House of Romanov, these descendants of the Romanov and Oldenburg dynasties are sometimes referred to as Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov.

In early 1917 the Romanov dynasty had 65 members, 18 of whom were killed by the Bolsheviks. The remaining 47 members went into exile abroad. In 1924, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, the senior, surviving male-line descendant of Alexander II of Russia by primogeniture, claimed the headship of the defunct Imperial House of Russia. Since 1991, the succession to the former Russian throne has been in dispute, largely due to disagreements over the validity of dynasts‘ marriages.

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia claims to hold the title of empress in pretense with her only child, George Mikhailovich, as heir apparent. Others have argued in support of the rights of the late Prince Nicholas Romanovich Romanov, whose brother Prince Dimitri Romanov was the next heir male of his branch after whom it is now passed to Prince Andrew Romanov. There is also a rival non-Romanov claim put forth by Prince Karl Emich of the House of Leiningen supported by the Monarchist Party, who has founded Romanov Empire.

Quelle – wikipedia

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