The 100 year anniversary of the brutal murder of the Tsar's family, July 16-17, is approaching. Dignitaries from around the world will join the Patriarch in Ekaterinburg in a massive procession to commemorate the tragedy. It is highly likely that Putin will also attend.
These photos were recently made available to the public by Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where they have been collecting dust since 1951.
They are unusual in that many of them are amateur family pictures, a rarity for those days. They come from family albums collected by one of the empress's ladies in waiting.
They provide a revealing look at the family life of the Tsar.