For October, The Life and Death of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russian was the talk given by David Glover to our Society. As always from David, we had a well-constructed, meticulously researched and fascinating presentation. If you were unfortunate to miss it, look out next year for David’s Wednesday Afternoon Illustrated Talks at Square Chapel when the programme will include this talk.
Somewhat strangely, David’s story began in the leafy suburbs of Harrogate but the link was there. A quite moving story about Princess Alix of Hesse, one of Queen Victoria’s grandchildren, and the future and last Empress of Russia as the wife of Nicholas II.
Princess Alix visted Harrogate in 1894 to take in the spa waters and during her time at Cathcart Guest House, the hotelier, Mrs Allen, gave birth to twins. The Princess agreed to be the twins’ godmother and, until 1915, sent beautiful and valuable gifts to Harrogate every year. There is an exhibition on the Russion Royal family and these gifts at the Royal Pump House Museum.