The Moscow Kremlin Museums participate in the exhibition held at the Science Museum (London) from 21 September 2018 to 24 March 2019. The project dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the shooting of the Imperial family will explore the role of medicine and science in the lives of Tsar Nicholas II, his spouse and children, and the advances in the investigation into their deaths.
The Moscow Kremlin Museums give on loan the Steel Easter egg made by the Carl Fabergé Firm in 1916. The Steel egg commissioned for Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna stands out in all the precious Easter presents. It is expressly simple, made without precious stones from an unusual material for royal presents—steel. The egg was made in times of World War I. The design of the egg was possibly so laconic due to the everyday life of the Royal Family was quite simple and unpretentious, and there was no place for excess and luxury, including gifts, in dire days in Russia. The surprise of the Steel Easter egg is the watercolour miniature depicting Emperor Nicholas II and his son Tsesarevich Alexei visiting Russian troops at the Southern and the Western theatres of war at the end of 1915.
The Moscow Kremlin Museums also present a notebook that belonged to Nicholas II. That is a voluminous notebook with 305 jewellery pieces painted in watercolours by the Tsar’s own hand. Basically, there are depictions of cufflinks, pins, pendants and others, most part of which he received as presents from his relatives (mainly from his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna) and his friends. Nicholas II began that notebook in 1889 and the last drawings are dating back to the beginning of the First World War, 1913.
The notebook of Emperor Nicholas II is a rare monument of historical and cultural value, related to the life story of the last monarch of the House of Romanov.