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Romanovs' possessions go on show
Tsar Nicholas II and his family
The tsar and his family were shot dead by a firing squad
About 500 artefacts which tell the story of Russia's last royal family have gone on display in Scotland.

The exhibits, which tell the story of the Romanovs, all come from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

Items featured range from paintings, furniture, clothing and personal papers to a miniature version of the imperial crown jewels.

The collection has been loaned to the Royal Museum in Edinburgh for a summer exhibition starting on Thursday.

Lavish lifestyle

Experts say the items tell the story of the royal family's lavish lifestyle, along with the violent deaths members suffered.

The remains of Nicholas II, his wife and three of their five children were unearthed from a mining pit near Yekaterinburg in 1991.

They were shot dead by a firing squad in 1918 after the Bolshevik revolution overthrew the Tsarist system and installed communism.

Miniature version of the imperial crown jewels
A miniature version of the imperial crown jewels will be put on show

They were buried at the Peter and Paul Fortress in Saint Petersburg in 1998 after years of argument about their authenticity and several genetic tests.

The remains of two of the children have never been found.

Negotiations to bring the items to Scotland have been ongoing for several years and Russian curators have spent the last week helping to finally install the artefacts in the Edinburgh museum.

The exhibition will until the end of October.

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