The Romanovs' final days, as seen through the eyes of Anastasia

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UNDATED: Unidentified man and the Tsar's daughter Tatiana Romanov. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realised in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. In the picture: Tsar's daughter Tatiana Romanov. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
1916: Olga Romanov, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Tsar Nicholas II daughters Anastasia (born 1901) and Maria Romanov (born in 1899) visit wounded soldiers in hospital during World War I. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Anastasia Romanov. Part of a series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realised in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Olga Romanov, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, in her bedroom. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realised in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: The royal family of Tsar Nicholas II The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Unidentified woman and Olga Romanov (R). The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
1915: Tsar Nicholas II. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
ROSPHA, RUSSIA - 1915: (L-R) Olga Romanov, Tatiana Romanov, Alexei Romanov, unidentified man and Tsar Nicholas II in 1915 in Rospha, Russia. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Tsar Nicholas II daughters Anastasia (born 1901) and Maria Romanov (born in 1899) visit wounded soldiers in hospital during World War I. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
1916: Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and son and heir Alexei Romanov. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Maria Romanov, Olga Romanov and Tatiana Romanov, the daughters of Tsar's Nicholas II. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Children of Tsar Nicholas II. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
1916: Anna Virubova, the best friend and confidante of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna and Olga Romanov. Virubova was seen as being under the strong influence of Rasputin. She wasn't allowed to follow the Tsar's family on exile, first jailed in St. Petersburg by the Bolsheviks, she finally managed to escpae to Finland were she lived in a convent until her death in 1960's. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Tsar Nicholas II with daughters (L-2nd R) Maria Romanov, Anastasia Romanov, Olga Romanov, Tatiana Romanov. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Unidentified woman and Olga Romanov (R), daughter of Tsar's Nicholas II. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
CRIMEA, 1916: Tatiana Romanov in the Crimea. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realised in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: The family of Tsar Nicholas II. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
ROPSHA, RUSSIA - 1915: Tsar Nicholas II and family. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Anastasia Romanov. Part of a series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realised in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Tsar Nicholas II children (L-R) Maria Romanov, Olga Romanov, Alexei Romanov, unidentified woman and Tatiana Romanov. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
UNDATED: Tsar's Nicholas II daughters (L-R) Unidentified, Anastasia Romanov, Tatiana Romanov. The series of the unique pictures were taken by the Tsar Nicholas II himself or people close to the royal family. They were realized in 1915-1916, the most terrible years of World War I. Nicholas II was an insatiable photographer. He took special care of pictures, filed them with care in numerous albums. He passed down his love for photography to Maria, his third daughter, who is responsible for colouring most of the pictures. (Photo: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Stunning images of the Russian imperial family have emerged nearly 100 years to the date they were taken.

The Romanov portraits were shot between 1915 and 1916, only months before their 1917 execution at the hands of Lenin Communists. The black and white photos were then hand-colored by daughter Anastasia.

Pictures show Tsar Nicholas II, wife Alexandra, son Alexei, and daughters Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia in various poses around the royal grounds -- seemingly oblivious to the simmering revolt that would soon boil over into the February Revolution.

Though the entire Romanov family was executed after the Communists assumed control of St. Petersburg, the royal capital, and Moscow, Anastasia's name has far outlived her.

The young duchess was killed at only 17 years old, but has been the subject of countless books and movies, including the 1997 animated film "Anastasia."

She was also briefly mentioned in the a Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil."

Anastasia was brutally murdered along with the rest of her family after being awoken in the middle of the night by revolutionary soldiers, according to Biography.

The royals were ordered to get dressed as they were led to a basement of the home in which they were hiding before being executed along with servants and even the family dog.
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