This May the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards loaned out their regimental relic portrait of the last Russian tsar for the first time.
Nicholas II’s portrait by Valentin Serov was the tsar’s personal gift to the Royal Scots Greys in 1902 as the Regiment’s Royal Colonel-in-Chief, a ceremonial position he was appointed by Queen Victoria on the occasion of his engagement to her granddaughter, Alix of Hesse, in 1894
Never leaving the walls of the Regiment’s museum before, the portrait was loaned to the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Nicholas II in 2018.
The original Scots Greys Mess Uniform the last Russian emperor is wearing in the portrait is a remarkable artefact in the collection of Tsarskoe Selo. Nicholas wore it during his visit to the Scottish Balmoral Castle with Empress Alelxandra in September 1896, where they were welcomed by Queen Victoria.
Considered the most complete surviving mess uniform of the historic Royal Scots Greys, in 2013 the set was added with the late 1920s uniform boots donated by the Scots Dragoon Guards. Their official visit here in April 2017 gave the Museum a hope to someday have the Serov work on display at Tsarskoe Selo, for which the Museum inquired some time ago.