Magazine article History Today

Tsar Nicholas II and Family Visit the Isle of Wight: Aug 2 1909

Magazine article History Today

Tsar Nicholas II and Family Visit the Isle of Wight: Aug 2 1909

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Escorted by Russian cruisers and destroyers, the imperial yacht Standart brought Tsar Nicholas, the Tsarina Alexandra and their children to the Isle of Wight and a spectacular welcome by King Edward VII with a review of the Royal Navy in its then awe-inspiring might. While cannon thundered, bands played and seamen cheered, the British royal yacht Victoria and Albert steamed slowly between the lines of warships. The two monarchs stood on the yacht's deck saluting in response, with Nicholas in the uniform of a British admiral. It was the week of the Cowes Regatta, the climax of British smart society's summer season, and Spithead was crowded with launches and pleasure steamers full of spectators. In the evening, King Edward entertained the Russian party to dinner on the Victoria and Albert and there was presently a dinner party on the Standart. Tsar Nicholas had meetings with Prime Minister Asquith and Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey.

The visit lasted only until August 6th. …

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