Russian Royal Family at Borodino, 1912


This photograph shows Tsar Nicholas II (1868−1918) and Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna (1872−1918) with their daughters and other notables, walking on the train platform after arriving at Borodino Station on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino. The second individual from the right is Baron Vladimir Borisovich Frederiks (1838−1927), a minister of the imperial court who was close to Nicholas II. During Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812, Russian and French armies clashed on the Borodino battlefield, situated to the west of Moscow. The Battle of Borodino (known to the French as the Battle of Moscow) occurred on September 7, 1812, before the gates of the ancient Russian capital, and is thought to have been the bloodiest of all the battles of the Napoleonic wars, including even Waterloo. The French won a tactical victory that enabled them to enter Moscow, but they failed to destroy Russian forces under the command of Prince Mikhail Kutuzov. The photograph is preserved in the Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents.

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Император Николай II, императрица Александра Федоровна с дочерьми и сопровождающие их лица проходят по перрону железнодорожного вокзала по прибытии на станцию Бородино для участия в торжествах

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1 black and white photograph : contact print from a glass plate ; 18 х 24 centimeters

Last updated: November 14, 2017