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Vasnetsov Viktor Mikhailovich (1848  1926)  Sketch design menu banquet on the occasion of the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alessandro Fedorovna, 1896  Private collection
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Vasnetsov Viktor Mikhailovich (1848 1926)
Sketch design menu banquet on the occasion of the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alessandro Fedorovna, 1896
Private collection

On May 14, 1896 Nicholas' formal coronation as tsar was held in Uspensky Cathedral located within the Kremlin. In celebration on May 18, 1896 a large festival with food, free beer and souvenirs was held in Khodynka Field outside Moscow. Khodynka was chosen as the location as it was believed to be the sacred centre of the Russian Empire and would therefore demonstrate Nicholas' legitimacy as tsar and ties to the old autocracy. Khodynka was also used as a military training ground and the field was uneven with trenches. When food and drink were handed out, the crowd rushed to get their share and individuals were tripped and trampled. Of the approximate half million in attendance, it is estimated that 1,429 individuals died and another 9,000 to 20,000 were injured. The Khodynka Tragedy was seen as a bad omen and in addition to his conservative policies, Nicholas found gaining popular trust difficult the beginning of his reign.
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