Frances Welch, The Imperial Tea Party , the last days of the Russian Tsars, with Donna Freed, AUTHOR of The Week
Frances Welch, The Imperial Tea Party with Donna Freed
Frances Welch has had a life long interest in the last days of the Russian Tsars. The Romanov family was intricately entwined with the British royal family - the Tsarina Alexandra was Queen Victoria's purportedly favourite granddaughter - and there were 3 important imperial visits between the two families. The visits had varying degrees of success and the subtle differences in perceived hierarchy, power and personal style made for strained relations. Add to that, political and societal pressures, Frances asks: how inevitable was the end?