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Ernest Sandau (1880-1918)

Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia (1868-1918), and King George V (1865-1936) 24 - 24 May 1913

Gelatin silver print | 22.1 x 15.5 cm (image) | RCIN 2926734

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  • Following Nicholas II’s visit to the Isle of Wight with his family in 1908, the two cousins would meet again, and for the last time, in Berlin in 1913, on the occasion of the marriage of Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover (1887-1953) and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia (1892-1980), only daughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was also a cousin of both Tsar Nicholas II and King George V. In his diary, the King wrote, ‘At 4.0. we were dressed ready for the Wedding, I wore the 8th Cuirassier uniform, & were photographed, I was also done with Nicky.’

    As a matter of courtesy, both sovereigns attended the celebrations wearing uniforms of regiments of the hosting country, which they served in honorary roles. Nicholas II is seen here as colonel-in-chief of the 8th (1st Westphalian) Hussar ‘Emperor Nicholas II of Russia’ Regiment; he is also wearing the collar of the Prussian Order of the Black Eagle and – among other stars and decorations – the star of the Order of the Garter. King George V is wearing his uniform of colonel-in-chief of the 8th (Rheinish) Cuirassiers ‘Count Geßler’ Regiment, an appointment he had received in 1902, which would become nulled in 1914, following Great Britain’s declaration of war on Germany. Among his decorations worn for the occasion are the collars of the Orders of St Andrew and the Black Eagle, the Hohenzollern House Order, the Royal Victorian Chain, stars of the Orders of St Andrew, the Black Eagle and the Garter, as well as his medal bar, a sovereign’s badge of the Order of the Bath, and the sash and badge of the Garter.


    Acquired by King George V

  • Medium and techniques

    Gelatin silver print


    22.1 x 15.5 cm (image)

    40.0 x 29.5 cm (whole object)

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