Jewellery was bought by the Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary, from the estate of Empress Marie Feodorovna. Marie was the wife of Tsar Alexander III of Russia.
Tsar Alexander III was the Emperor of Russia. Alexander and Maria were the parents of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, father of Princess Anastasia.
Many of those in the Romanov family fled Russia, brining there jewellery with them.
Needing the cash, much Russian jewellery was sold to European royals and other wealthy persons.
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