Coronation of the Last Tsar of Russia

26 May 2020  Tue

Nicholas II or Nikolai II Alexandrovich Romanov, known in the Russian Orthodox Church as Saint Nicholas the Passion-Bearer, was the last Emperor of All Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917.

The coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was the last coronation during the Russian Empire. It took place on Tuesday, 14 May (O.S., 26 May N.S.) 1896, in Dormition Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin.

After a lavish processional entry into Moscow, the ceremony began with the Emperor, Empress, and Dowager Empress seated on historic thrones in the middle of the Cathedral, with the ceremony was presided over by Metropolitan Palladium of St. Petersburg, after which the Emperor and Empress were anointed and then took communion of the Holy Mysteries at the altar. Afterward, there was a Banquet at the Palace of Facets and a Masked Ball at the Kremlin two days later.

The Gold coin above is the new 15 ruble coin of Russia. Struck after the first year of Tsar’s reign, the coin depicts the left-facing effigy of the Tsar on the obverse and the coat of arms of the Russian Empire (Two-Headed Eagle wearing a Crown) on the obverse along with the denomination and the year of issue.

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