"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity" Cicero
Tea Time at Winter Palace

Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria with their uncle Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse.


Selfie. 1900s

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Anthonis Mor, Portrait of Mary of Austria, wife of Maximilian II (detail)




this day in horrible history 

↳ 23 April - Birth (1564) and Death (1616) of William Shakespeare. 

his lil “idek man i do what i want” shrug in the final gif tho


HISTORY MEME | one person | Grigory Rasputin

Everyone was talking about the need to get rid of Rasputin. Attempting to enlighten the royal couple about the danger they were in, many influential people approached both Nicholas and Aleksandra with the truth about Rasputin and with the rumors that were circulating. To everyone’s great dismay, they both refused to listen. So who was going to kill Rasputin before the monarchy was completely destroyed?


this side of mortality is scaring me to death

don’t think about it at all 

just keep your head low 

Emperor Nicholas II

Yeah, I saw it…

The Duchess of Kent and her eldest two children, Edward and Alexandra

Royal cousins Tsesarevitch Nicholas and George, Duke of York - 1893.


Me too Jackie. Me too. 

According to Caroline Kennedy, her father didn’t like to read to his children. He preferred to make up stories instead. Many of them starred Caroline and a pony, and in his stories she frequently won the Grand National horse race, beating a Miss Shaw and Mrs. Throttlebottom. In his tales, there were also sharks, a girl named Maybelle who hid in the woods, and sometimes the kids would join him on a PT boat and sink a Japanese destroyer.

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