A selection of treasures belonging to the Russian tsars will go on show at London's Victoria and Albert Museum today, just one of two Russia-related cultural events to open in the capital this week. Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars examines the development of cultural diplomacy and trade between Britain and Russian since the 16th century. It comprises more than 150 objects, each of which provides a window into the pomp and majesty of rulers of that time.
The exhibition, which includes royal portraits, jewellery, luxury goods and armour, marks the 400-year anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia until the Russian revolution of 1917. V&A Director Martin Roth said: “This exhibition tells us about Britain’s longstanding relationship with Russia as well as highlighting similarities of diplomacy and exchange between both countries — then and today."