The Most Splendid Fancy Dress Ball of the Last Russian Emperor (1903)

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On February, 11th and 13th, 1903, when the country was in the hands of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II, there was arranged a fancy dress ball in honor of the 290th anniversary of the rule of the House of Romanovs. It was held in the Winter Palace of Saint Petesburg in two stages. All guests were dressed in splendid “pre-Peter” costumes of the XVII century, made to the design of an artist Sergey Solomko and with assistance of specialists of that historic period.

Great prince Alexander Mikhailovich, first cousin of the emperor once removed, recollected the event as “the final big court ball in the history of the empire”.

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