At the turn of the century, the Romanov dynasty was strong. The imperial Russian Czar Nicholas, his wife Czarina Alexandra, and their five children were alive and well. No clue as to their tragic fate existed in the family’s early years together.
The Romanovs threw elaborate costume balls, and even hired photographers to document the events — at the time, this would have been an unheard-of luxury. These photos posted here were taken at one of these grand affairs in 1903.