The Imperial Tea Party : Family, politics and betrayal: the ill-fated British and Russian royal alliance-9781780723068

The Imperial Tea Party : Family, politics and betrayal: the ill-fated British and Russian royal alliance

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Author: Welch, Frances, Binding: Hardback, Imprint: Short Books Ltd, Series: N/A, Publisher: Short Books Ltd, Published: 14/06/2018, Pagination: 288 pages, Classification: United Kingdom, Great Britain, Country of Publication:

18.1 cm H | 15.3 cm W | 2.6 cm T | 364 g Wt

Russia and Britain were never natural bedfellows. But the marriage, in 1894, of Queen Victoria's favourite granddaughter, Alicky, to the Tsarevich Nicholas marked the beginning of an uneasy Anglo-Russian entente that would last until the Russian Revolution of 1917.The three extraordinary meetings that took place during those years, although well-intentioned and generally hailed as successes, were beset by misunderstandings and misfortunes.

The Tsar and Tsarina complained bitterly about the weather when staying at Balmoral; while British courtiers were later in their turn full of criticisms about the Russians' hospitality, from the food to the music to the slow service.In this wonderfully sharp account, Frances Welch presents a vivid snapshot of two dynasties at a time of social unrest.

The two families could not know, as they waved each other fond goodbyes from their yachts at Cowes in 1909, that they would never meet again.