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Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana of Russia


RCIN 2905463

The Grand Duchesses were the two elder daughters of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (formerly Princess Alix of Hesse). During a previous visit to Balmoral in 1896, a film with members of both British and Russian royal families was made by W. & D. Downey. This was the Queen's first encounter with the new cinematographic process and she recorded the event in her Journal for 3 October: 'at 12 went down to below the Terrace, near the Ball Room, & were all photographed by Downey by the new cinematograph process, which makes moving pictures by winding off a reel of films. We were walking up & down & the children jumping about.' The film was projected later in the year at Windsor Castle and on her Journal for 23 November the Queen wrote: 'After tea went to the Red Drawingroom, were the socalled "animated pictures" were shown off, including the groups taken in September [sic] at Balmoral. It is a very wonderful process, representing people, their movements & actions, as if they were alive.'

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