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CyrilSebastian

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Despite the length of the ceremony, Alexandra later wrote to one    
of her sisters that she had never felt tired, so strong     
were her own emotions.     
To her, the ceremony seemed a kind of mystic marriage    
between herself and Russia.    
At the coronation, she left behind the girl who       
grew up in Darmstadt and England.

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At the front of the Ouspensky Cathedral were two coronation chairs.    
Nicholas II sat on the Diamond Throne of Tsar Alexis.    
Alexandra sat on the Ivory Throne.

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Nicholas II had his coronation on May 14, 1896.  

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Footage of the Coronation procession   

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That little film of Nicholas II's coronation ceremonies in 1896 must have been one of the earliest coronations ever filmed. It took place with great pomp and splendor.

On May 27, 1896 (the day after the coronation) there occurred the Khodynka Field Tragedy. A festival to celebrate the coronation for the people of Moscow was being held at Khodynka Field, a military training ground outside the city. The crowd was estimated to number about 100,000. As food, drink, and souvenir cups were being passed out, the crowd surged forward. Possibly they were afraid that the supply of food or mugs would run out.  About 1,389 persons were crushed and trampled to death. Nicholas was horrified and grief-stricken at news of the tragedy, and wished to spend the evening in mourning. Instead, the Imperial governmental administration prevailed upon him, for political reasons, to carry on as normal, and to attend the evening ball and festivities being given by the French ambassador, while the city of Moscow was grieving.  It was a tragic start to Nicholas' reign , foreshadowing it's tragic end.

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