This is a page dedicated to
the memory of the Imperial Russian Family, the Romanov's.
If you liked the movie "Anastasia", you simply have to
find out about the REAL Romanov's!
The story begins in 1868. The year that Nicholas II,
heir to the Russian throne, is born. His parents were
Tsarevich Alexander and Grand Duchess Marie Feodorovna,
(born Princess Dagmar of Denmark). Nicholas
Alexandrovich, as it was the Russian custom to give the
child the middle name of the father, with vich,
(for a boy) or ovna or evna (for a girl),
would always have to live in the shadow of his huge,
Nicholas was not an only child, by any means! He had 3
brothers, Alexander Alexandrovich (1869-1870), George
Alexandrovich "Misha" (1878-1918); and 2 sisters, Xenia
Alexandrovna (1875-1960), and the baby, Olga
year 1881, Nicholas had the traumatic experience of
seeing his beloved grandfather, Alexander II
assassinated before his very eyes! His grandfather was
killed by revolutionaries. Alexander III became the
Tsar. Frightened by his father's murder, Alexander
became a hard, stern Tsar, the exact opposite of his
liberal father. The Romanov children led a simple life
growing up. They slept on hard camp beds, took cold
baths every morning, and ate simple meals. Nicholas was
a shy, gentle, yet kind and humorous child.
Nicholas was sixteen, he met the love of his life:
Princess Alix of Hesse-Dharmdst, who was 12. They met at
the wedding of her elder sister Ella to his uncle Sergei.
For the rest of their lives, Nicky and Alix would love
each other most passionately. When Nicholas was 23, his
father died. The very next day, Alix converted to
Russian Orthodox, taking the name Alexandra Feodorovna.
They were married soon after.
Unlike Nicholas, Alix led a very sad childhood. Her
mother died of diphtheria when Alix was only seven years
old; soon after Alix's baby sister, May, age 4 died of
the same illness. Her older brother Freddie died when
Alix was only a baby. Freddie was only two, and was a
hemophiliac. He fell from a two story window, and
hemorrhaged to death.
mother, Princess Alice, the daughter of Queen Victoria
of England, became very depressed. Alix grew up in a
home of funerals and morning.
her mother's death, Alix went to live with her
grandmother, Victoria, for most of her life. Victoria
loved her granddaughter dearly, nicknaming her "Sunny",
which is what her future husband would call her later
on. Victoria brought the beautiful young princess up to
be modest, polite, well educated, and self reliant. Alix
rarely relied on servants to do things for her, and she
later taught her children these traits.
and Nicky met in 1884, at the wedding of her elder
sister, Ella, and his uncle, Sergei. Alix was only
twelve, and Nicky, a handsome young man of sixteen. It
was love at first sight, and neither of them forgot the
both Queen Victoria and the Tsar were opposed to the
match. It wasn't until 1894, ten years later, that
Alexander finally relented: he was dying.
Nicholas had refused all other potential wives, and
Alexander, knowing that his quiet, gentle son would soon
be Tsar, gave in. Alix and Nicky were formally engaged
in 1894. Alix was at first very reluctant to give up her
Lutheran faith, and convert to Russian Orthodox. But she
finally gave in. A friend recalls Alix running into her
room that day, throwing her arms around her friend's
neck, and crying, "I'm going to marry Nicky!"
Nicholas and Alexandra were to enjoy many years of
marital and family bliss. The birth of four lovely
daughters, Olga Nicholaievna, Tatiana Nicholaievna,
Marie Nicholaievna, and Anastasia Nicholaievna. But
Nicky and Alix longed for the birth of son, an heir to
the Russian throne. Their prayers were finally answered
in 1904 with the birth of the Tsarevich, Alexsei
Nicholaievich Romanov. But alas, tragedy was soon to
Alexsei soon began to suffer from uncontrollable
bleeding at the navel. Nicky and Alix had to face the
terrible truth: Alexsei was a hemophilliac. His life
would forever be in peril. Thus, the dark clouds
descended over the House of Romanov.
the years, Alix became increasingly fanatical about her
religion, and about Alexsei. This ultimately lead her to
seek help from the peasant Gregory Efivich Rasputin. To
the Tsar and his family, Rasputin was a hero, a holy man
and their savior. He was the only one who could calm
Alexsei's bleeding, by having a soothing effect on the
boy. But to the rest of Russia, Rasputin showed his true
nature. He drank, slept around, and caused terrible
dissent and disruption. As the first World War carried
on, Nicholas went to the front. Alix began to seek
Rasputin's advice to appoint ministers to the Duma.
ultimately proved her undoing.
there was a plot to kill Rasputin, by Prince Felix
Yussoupouv, the husband of Alix's and Nicky's niece
Irina, and their cousin, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavelovich.
After Rasputin's death, Alix fell into despair. She
continued to choose ministers for Nicholas, and
ultimately, this lead to a revolution.
March 7th, 1917, Nicholas was forced to abdicate in
favor of his brother, Michael Romanov. It was hoped that
little Alexsei would become Tsar, but Nicholas, not
wanting to be separated from his frail son, had no
choice. Shortly afterwords, the family was moved from
house arrest in Tsarskoe Selo to Tobolsk in Siberia.
Their exile was not entirely unpleasant, for the
Provisional Government, under Alexander Kerensky, was
still in charge, and hoped that the family would soon be
able to escape to England. But this was not to be. King
George V, Nicholas's and Alexandra's own first cousin,
who was practically a twin to Nicky, refused the Romanov
family refuge. On route to Moscow, Alix, Nicky, and
their daughter, Marie, were captured by the Soviet
Bolsheviks, who hijacked their train. The rest of the
family, along with Dr. Eugene Bodtkin, the family
physician; Anna Demidova, a maid; and several others
were sent to the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. There,
in the wee hours of the morning of July 16, 1918, the
Romanovs and their servants were executed by the
Yekaterinburg Soviets. They were buried in the woods
near an old mine.
later, the bodies were found in the 70's, and exhumed in
1991. Only nine bodies out of eleven were found. Those
missing are believed to be the Tsarevich Alexsei and
either Grand Duchess Marie or Anastasia. However, DNA
testing proved that Anna Anderson, long believed to be
Grand Duchess Anastasia, was not related to the Romanovs.
Anna Anderson's claims were fought over by the royals of
Europe throughout the 20th century. When she died, she
was cremated, but samples of tissue were in possession
of a hospital where Ms. Anderson was operated on. Also
found were locks of her hair after her husband, John
Manahan passed away. Tests done comparing the DNA from
Anna's tissue to the Romanov tissue found no match.
Tests were also done on Prince Philip of Edinburgh, a
relative of Alexandra, to verify the Romanov remains.
July 17, 1998, Nicholas, Alexandra, and three of their
children were finally laid to rest. A funeral was held
for them, and the some branches of the Russian Orthodox
Church has recognized the Romanovs as saints. Whether
they were or not is not important. What is important is
that despite a not so great record as rulers, Nicky and
Alix were deeply religious, loving and devoted parents,
not to mention deeply in love with one another. They
were a typical family, who loved each other devotedly.
hope that they rest in peace.