Letter describing annual Spring parade of Russian troops on the
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The letter describes the 'annual spring parade of the troops quartered in and around St. P[etersburg]' which took place 'yesterday' - yesterday being 1 May 1901 - on the 'Field of Mars'. Sedgefield was accompanied by ' an intelligent Russian boy', a pupil of his, and whose male relatives were soldiers - 'fathers and uncles being generals and his brothers officers in crack regiments'. The parade took place in front of the Emperor. 'After a long wait the Emperor appeared riding along side of a state carriage drawn by white horses, containing the two Empresses'. One of these ladies was presumably the Empress Dowager.
The letter contains descriptions of the regiments involved in the parade, and description of the horses involved.
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- Letter describing annual Spring parade of Russian troops on the 'Field of Mars', St. Petersburg, in front of Tsar Nicholas II, 1901
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