Zoom of a photo of Anastasia and Tatiana.
Anastasia’s Letter to her Father June 14, 1915- "…We’ve just had breakfast in the balcony. It was so pleasant. At the service the choir sang "Lord, have mercy upon us!" by Tchaikovsky and we were all thinking about you, Father dear. Yesterday evening we were at Anya’s (Vyrubova). Demenkov, Shvedov and Zborovsky were there, too. We were to rehearse the comic item of the programme. We were dying of laughter looking at the actors… Uncle Pavel will, of course, have tea with us. So dull… When we are at home we sit in the balcony all the time and have dinner there, too… Ortino has rushed into the room and is running about looking for you. When she failed to find you she jumped up on Mother’s lap… I am sitting now and grating carrots and radishes. Very tasty. At 11 a.m. I go to Aleksey’s room and gobble Aleksey’s food samples. Almost all teachers also take part in it. I miss dear Shvybzik (Anastasia’s dog). I still have the cigarettes you gave me and I smoke them sometimes with pleasure and thank you very much. The lilacs are finishing blossoming already…
Anastasia dancing with her father
Empress Alexandra and Grand Duchesses Maria, Anastasia and Olga at Ropsha: 1907.