We used to post State Portraits and official photos more regularly on weekends but haven't done so in a long while.Today however we will follow on last week's Hanoverian State Portrait and post two extremely rare photos. They were recently discovered in a drawer in the bedroom of the former Countess Dysart. The current Countess had her mother's apartments refurbished when the photos surfaced. The one was apparently taken by the Countess' mother at the last official event in the history of the United Empire, the fateful night in 1996 when the missiles struck Roswind Castle. The old Countess seemingly took the photo from 1996 herself and kept it all the years since the revolution. The other photo discovered is a copy of the formerly lost official photo taken of the Imperial Couple at the reception after their wedding in 1986. Hardly any records or photographs exist of the Imperial Period which makes both these photos an historic find of the greatest importance and of the very few photographic records of the emperor. To also consider that the 1996 photo was taken hours before the Emperor's death also makes it very sentimental and it is considered that the Countess might give the photos to the Crown Prince Imperial in memory of his father.
Ageing of the amateur photograph taken in 1996 has yellowed it slightly and it is faintly out of focus. It does however show remarkable detail. The Empress wears the Imperial Diamond Tiara and the St Christopher Cross made from sapphires. The iconic necklace has never been seen since the fateful night the photo was taken. The photo is a truly remarkable find.