Restorers find a piece of FUDGE in the 120-year-old ball gown worn by the sister of Russia’s last Tsar and it still tastes sweet
- A piece of candy was found in the sleeve of a ball gown worn by members of the Russian royal family
- The little candy was put away in a dress that Xenia Alexandrovna wore
- The Grand Duchess was the older sister of Tsar Nicholas II and fled Russia in 1918
A pebble-sized candy was found in a ball gown that Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna – the elder sister of Russia’s last tsar – wore 118 years ago.
The little candy was found in the sleeve of the dress by a restoration expert and then tasted.
The sister of Tsar Nicholas II wore a long-sleeved beige dress over a ball in 1903 to celebrate the 290th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov dynasty at Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg.
A small piece of candy was found when a restoration worker was checking the dress
Galina Fedorova, chief restorer at the city’s Hermitage Museum, was restoring the dress for several months before she came across the sweet surprise.
In an Instagram video posted on the museum’s account, she said: ‘I lifted one sleeve, and everything was fine.
“I tried the other one and it was sewed.”
Ms. Fedorova explained that at first she tried to reach for the sleeve, but her hand was too short.
Photo of Grand Duchess of Russia Xenia Alexandrovna at a ball in the Winter Palace was taken in February 1903
But the nonsense fell into her hand after she pulled the thread, and put it in her mouth on “instinct”.
She added: ‘For some reason – I think it may have started some old instinct – I took it and licked it a little bit.
“It was sweet.”
The fudge was later analyzed in a lab, and found to contain no viruses or mould.
Galina Fedorova said that she was surprised to see the unknown little thing falling out of the sleeve, and decided to taste it
Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna photographed in 1890. She fled to Crimea in 1918
Ms Fedorova said it was possible that the Grand Duchess had given up dessert because she was hungry before dinner, with French cuisine on the menu.
It is believed that the royal family tucked it away up their sleeve because there was no other good place to put leftover nonsense away.
Fourteen years after the family’s 290th anniversary, Czar Nicholas II abdicated, and many called the celebration “Europe’s last great royal ball,” according to The Vintage News.
Mrs. Fedorova (pictured) found candy in the sleeve of the Grand Duchess’ elaborate dress
About 400 guests attended the party, many believed to have been decked out in elaborate 17th-century costumes adorned with furs, precious stones, and jewels.
An elaborate display of royal luxury would be followed by turmoil the following year, when the Russo-Japanese War began.
The Russian Empire suffered a series of humiliating defeats in the conflict, creating tensions that eventually led to the Russian Revolution in 1917, the archive website History reports.
Xenia Alexandrovna fled to Crimea in 1918 after the murder of Nicholas II and his family, and was eventually evacuated to England.
The Duchess lived to be 85 and died in a home on the grounds of Hampton Court Palace in 1960.