Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:27 PM
Thanks all for your helpfulness and information. Difficulties in interperting old contemporary b & w photos as to actual colour displayed that is gold, silver, brass etc....! Unfortunately despite some of our Russian members knowing or being able to read English and Russian we don't have anyone from Russia responding yet who can cite all the relevant orders and documents plus other evidence of what actually transpired. We do know that Nicholas liked the regimental life and that he dressed up as a private during the war possibly for propaganda purposes that may never have been used but which were retained in the private royal photos and photo album archives.
The source originally quoted in this thread is a very recent modern documented Russian source; still the decades of neglect, wilfull ignorance, censorship, scattering and destruction of archives, etc....have done their work!