The Winter Palace in 1910 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It was the official residence of the Russian sovereign from 1732-1917. Alexander II (1818-1881) was a constant target for assassination attempts, 1 of which occurred inside the Winter Palace. After he was assassinated in 1881, the Winter Palace was never a primary Romanov residence again. The new Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894) was told that it was impossible to make the Winter Palace secure & the family moved to the Palace of Gatchina.