"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

Princess Dagmar of Denmark the year she arrived in Russia in 1866, upon his departure into exile on Marlborough 1919.

"The news that the Dowager Empress and the Grand Duke Nicholas were on the verge of departure spread through the town like wildfire and caused a panic. Requests poured in from thousands of refugees, begging to be evacuated. But one warship could not take off all those whose lives would be endangered by the arrival of the Bolsheviks. Irina and I went on board the Marlborough after the Empress, the Grand Duchess Ksenia and my brothers-in-law had embarked. When Irina told the Empress that nothing had been organized or provided for the evacuation of all these poor people, Her Majesty told the Allied authorities that she refused to leave unless immediate steps were taken to rescue them.

As a result of her firmness, a number of allied warships steamed into Yalta to fetch away the refugees. Next day, together with my parents, we joined the Empress on the Marlborough.

Another ship left Yalta just before we did; on board her were the Crimean officers, en route to join the White Army. The Marlborough had not yet weighed anchor; standing in the bow, the Empress watched the ship pass by. Tears streamed down her cheeks as these young men, going to certain death, saluted her. Behind their Empress, they could discern the tall figure of their former commander-in-chief, the Grand Duke Nicholas.” Prince Felix Yusupov

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