|Empress Consort of Russia|
|Born||6 June 1872|
|Died||17 July 1918 (aged 46)|
|Place of death||Yekaterinburg, Russian SFSR|
|Consort to||Nicholas II of Russia|
|Royal House||House of Hesse-Darmstadt|
|Father||Louis IV of Hesse|
|Mother||Alice of the United Kingdom|
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia (Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova (Russian: Императрица Александра Фёдоровна Романова), born Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (German: Viktoria Alix Helena Luise Beatrice Prinzessin von Hessen und bei Rhein) 6 June 1872 – 17 July 1918, was Empress consort of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of the Russian Empire. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1872 ( MDCCCLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Darmstadt is a city in the Bundesland Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Yekaterinburg (Екатеринбу́рг also romanized Ekaterinburg, formerly Sverdlovsk) is a major city in the central part of Russia Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia ( Olga Nikolaevna Romanova) (in Russian Великая Княжна Ольга Николаевна &ndash Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia ( Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova) (In Russian Великая Княжна Татьяна Николаевна ( May 29 Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia ( Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova) (Великая Княжна Анастасия Николаевна Романова ( – Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (Цесаревич Алексей Николаевич full title Heir Tsarevich and Grand Duke (Наследник-Цесаревич The Grand Duchy of Hesse (Großherzogtum Hessen was a former state that existed in modern-day Germany. Louis IV (Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Karl ( 12 September 1837 - 13 March 1892) was the fourth Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, reigning The Princess Alice (Alice Maud Mary 25 April 1843 &ndash 14 December 1878) was a member of the British Royal Family, the third Russian ( transliteration:,) is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia, the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages The German language (de ''Deutsch'') is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1872 ( MDCCCLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common A queen consort is the title given to the wife of a reigning king. Tsar csar and tzar redirect here For other uses see Tsar (disambiguation. The Russian Empire ( Pre-reform Russian: Pоссійская Имперія Modern Russian: Российская Империя translit: Rossiyskaya Born a granddaughter of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, she was given the name Alexandra Feodorovna upon being received into the Russian Orthodox Church, which canonised her as Saint Alexandra the Passion Bearer in 2000. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901 was from 20 June 1837 the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located See also Eastern Orthodox Church Structure and organization The Slavic Orthodox Church is organized in a hierarchical structure
Alexandra is best remembered as the last Tsaritsa of Russia, as one of the most famous royal carriers of the haemophilia disease, as well as for her support of autocratic control over the country. Tsaritsa (царица цари́ца formerly spelled czaritsa (and in English usually rendered tsarina or czarina, which possess non- Haemophilia figured prominently in the history of European royalty in the 19th and 20th centuries Her notorious friendship with the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin was also an important factor in her life.
Alexandra Feodorovna was born on June 6, 1872 at the New Palace in Darmstadt as Princess Viktoria Alix Helena Luise Beatrice of Hesse and by Rhine, a Grand Duchy that was then part of the German Empire. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1872 ( MDCCCLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Darmstadt is a city in the Bundesland Hesse (Hessen is a state of Germany with an area A grand duchy is a territory whose Head of state is a Grand Duke or Grand Duchess. The German Empire is the name commonly used in English to describe Germany from 1871 to 1918 when it was a semi- Constitutional monarchy: beginning with the Unification She was the sixth child among the seven children of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and by Rhine, and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, the second daughter of Queen Victoria and Albert, Prince Consort. Louis IV (Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Karl ( 12 September 1837 - 13 March 1892) was the fourth Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, reigning The Princess Alice (Alice Maud Mary 25 April 1843 &ndash 14 December 1878) was a member of the British Royal Family, the third Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901 was from 20 June 1837 the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Alix was baptized on 1 July 1872 according to the rites of the Lutheran Church and given the names of her mother and each of her mother's four sisters, some of which were transliterated into German. "July 1st" redirects here For the Ayumi Hamasaki song see H (song. Year 1872 ( MDCCCLXXII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Leap year Lutheranism is a major branch of Western Christianity that identifies with the teachings of the sixteenth-century German reformer Martin Luther Her godparents were the Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, the Tsarevich of Russia, the Tsarevna of Russia, Princess Beatrice of the United Kingdom, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Landgravine of Hesse. Alexandra of Denmark (Alexandra Carolina Marie Charlotte Louise Julia 1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925 was Queen Consort to Edward VII of the United Kingdom Alexander III Alexandrovich ( 10 March 1845 – 1 November 1894) (Александр III Александрович reigned as Emperor Maria Feodorovna, born Princess Dagmar of Denmark (26 November 1847&ndash13 October 1928 was Empress consort of Russia. The Princess Beatrice (Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore later (1885&ndash1917 Princess Henry of Battenberg; 14 April 1857 &ndash 26 October 1944 was a member of the British Princess and Landgravine Augusta of Hesse-Cassel (Auguste Wilhelmine Luise von Hessen-Kassel 25 July 1797 &ndash 6 April 1889) was the
In November of 1878, diphtheria swept through the duchy of Hesse. Diphtheria ( Greek διφθερα ( diphthera)—“pair of leather scrolls" is an upper respiratory tract illness characterized by sore Alix herself, her sisters, Victoria, Irene and May and brother Ernie fell ill. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, later Victoria Mountbatten Marchioness of Milford Haven (Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie 5 April 1863 &ndash 24 September Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (Irene Luise Marie Anna ( 11 July 1866 – 11 November 1953) was the third child and third daughter Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (Marie Victoria Feodore Leopoldine ( 24 May 1874 - 16 November 1878) was the youngest daughter of Ernest Louis Charles Albert William ( de: Ernst Ludwig Karl Albert Wilhelm) ( 25 November, 1868 - 9 October, 1937) While her sisters and brother recovered, little May did not. She died aged 4 shortly before the end of the month. In the meantime, Alix's mother, now the Grand Duchess of Hesse, fell sick after caring for Ernie when he came down with the disease. When little Alix was just six, Princess Alice died on December 14, 1878, the anniversary of her own father's death seventeen years before. Princess Alix became very close to her maternal grandmother. As a result, Alix spent many of her early years in the United Kingdom and frequently stayed with her British relatives at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Balmoral Castle is a large Estate house situated in the area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland known as Royal Deeside. Scotland ( Gaelic: Alba) is a Country in northwest Europethat occupies the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England. The Isle of Wight is an English Island and county in the English Channel between three and five miles (8 km from the south coast of the As a little girl, she was called Sunny. But after the loss of her mother and younger sister, May, she became more sullen and withdrawn. Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (Marie Victoria Feodore Leopoldine ( 24 May 1874 - 16 November 1878) was the youngest daughter of In 1892 when she was twenty, her father died, and her brother, Ernst Ludwig, succeeded his father as Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine. Ernest Louis Charles Albert William ( de: Ernst Ludwig Karl Albert Wilhelm) ( 25 November, 1868 - 9 October, 1937)
Alix was married relatively late for her rank in her era, having refused a proposal from Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence (the eldest son of the Prince of Wales) despite strong familial pressure. Prince Albert Victor Duke of Clarence and Avondale (Albert Victor Christian Edward 8 January 1864 &ndash 14 January 1892 was a member of the British Royal Family. It is said that Queen Victoria had wanted her two grandchildren to marry, but because she was very fond of Alix she accepted that she did not want to marry him; The Queen even went on to say that she was proud of Alix for standing up to her, something many people, including her own son the Prince of Wales did not do.
Alix however, had already met and fallen in love with the Tsarevich of Russia, whose mother was the sister-in-law of Alix's uncle, the Prince of Wales, and whose uncle Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was married to Alix's sister Elizabeth. Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia ( Сергей Александрович) ( May 11, 1857 &ndash February 17, 1905) was a HIH The Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia (Elizabeth Feodorovna Romanova Елизавета Фëдоровна Романова ( 1 November 1864 They were also second cousins as they were both great grandchildren of Wilhelmine of Baden. Wilhelmine of Baden ( September 21, 1788 – January 27, 1836) was Grand Duchess of Hesse and the Rhine Nicholas and Alix had first met in 1884, and when Alix returned to Russia in 1889 they fell in love. "It is my dream to one day marry Alix H. I have loved her for a long time, but more deeply and strongly since 1889 when she spent six weeks in Petersburg. For a long time, I have resisted my feeling that my dearest dream will come true. " Nicholas wrote in his diary ; and Alix reciprocated his feelings. At first, Nicholas' father, Tsar Alexander III, refused the prospect of marriage . Alexander III Alexandrovich ( 10 March 1845 – 1 November 1894) (Александр III Александрович reigned as Emperor Society sniped openly at Princess Alix, safe in the knowledge that Tsar Alexander III and Empress Marie, both vigorously anti-German had no intention of permitting a match with the Tsarevich. Maria Feodorovna, born Princess Dagmar of Denmark (26 November 1847&ndash13 October 1928 was Empress consort of Russia. A Slavophile is an intellectual movement originating from 19th century that wanted the Russian Empire to be developed upon values and institutions derived from its early history Although Princess Alix was his godchild, it was generally known that Alexander III was angling for a bigger catch for his son, someone like Princess Helene, the tall dark haired daughter of Philippe, comte de Paris, pretender to the throne of France. Princess Hélène of Orleans, Duchess of Aosta ( Hélène Louise Henriette) ( 13 June 1871, York House Twickenham - 21 January Louis-Philippe Albert of Orléans Count of Paris ( 24 August, 1838 – 8 September, 1894) was the grandson of Louis Philippe I, . The approach to Helene did not please Nicholas. He wrote in his diary, "Mama made a few illusions to Helene, daughter of the Comte de Paris. I myself want to go in one direction and it is evident that Mama wants me to choose the other one. "  Fortunately Helene also resisted. She was Lutheran and unwilling to give up her faith to become Russian Orthodox. Lutheranism is a major branch of Western Christianity that identifies with the teachings of the sixteenth-century German reformer Martin Luther See also Eastern Orthodox Church Structure and organization The Slavic Orthodox Church is organized in a hierarchical structure The Tsar then sent emissaries to Princess Margaret of Prussia, daughter of Kaiser Friedrich III and sister of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Princess Margaret of Prussia ( Margarete Beatrice Feodora) ( April 22, 1872 - January 22, 1954) was a daughter of Frederick III Frederick III (German Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl, English Frederick William Nicholas Charles; October 18 1831 – June 15 1888 (German Friedrich Nicholas flatly declared that he would rather become a monk than marry the plain and boring Margaret. Margaret stated that she was unwilling to give up her Protestant religion to become Russian Orthodox. Protestantism refers to the forms of Christian faith and practice that originated in the 16th century Protestant Reformation. As long as he was well, Alexander III ignored his son's demands. He only relented as his health began to fail in 1894.  Alix was troubled by the requirement that she renounce her Lutheran faith, as a Russian Tsaritsa had to be Orthodox; but she was persuaded and eventually became a fervent convert.
She and Nicholas became engaged in April 1894. Alexander III died on 1 November 1894 and Nicholas became Tsar of all the Russias at the age of twenty-six. The marriage was not delayed. Alexandra and Nicholas were married in the Chapel of the Winter Palace of Saint Petersburg on 14/26 November 1894. See also The movie Russian Ark, an innovative single shot walkthrough with period reenactments spanning three hundred years of court meetings Saint Petersburg ( tr: Sankt-Peterburg,) is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River Year 1894 ( MDCCCXCIV) was a Common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The marriage that began that night remained unflawed for the rest of their lives. It was a Victorian marriage, outwardly serene and proper, but based on intensely passionate physical love. .
Her older sister Ella, was not only her sister, but her aunt by marriage. In fact, she, like Nicky was a first cousin to Britain's King George V; Nicky was a first cousin to three other monarchs as well: Christian X of Denmark, Constantine I of Greece, and King Haakon VII of Norway. Christian X (Christian Carl Frederik Albert Alexander Vilhelm ( 26 September 1870 &ndash 20 April 1947) was King of Denmark Constantine I King of the Hellenes (Κωνσταντίνος A' Βασιλεύς των Ελλήνων - 11 January 1923 was King of Greece from 1913 to 1917 and from Haakon VII (Prince Carl of Denmark born Christian Frederik Carl Georg Valdemar Axel) (3 August 1872 in Charlottenlund 21 September 1957 in Oslo)
Alix of Hesse accompanied the Imperial family as they returned to Saint Petersburg with the body of the Tsar, and it is said that the people greeted their new Empress-to-be with ominous whispers of "She comes to us behind a coffin. " 
Alexandra Feodorovna became Empress of Russia on her wedding day. It was not until 14th May 1896, that the coronation of Nicholas and Alexandra took place inside the Kremlin in Moscow. The Moscow Kremlin ( Russian: Московский Кремль Moskovskiy Kreml) usually referred to as simply The Kremlin, is a historic fortified  The following day, tragedy struck the coronation celebrations when the deaths of several thousand peasants became known. The victims were trampled to death at the Khodynka Field in Moscow when they believed there were not enough commemorative gifts for everyone. Khodynka Field (Ходынское поле Khodynskoye pole) is a large open space in the north-west of Moscow, at the beginning of the present day Leningradsky Moscow (Москва́ romanised: Moskvá, IPA: see also other names) is the Capital and the largest city of By the time the police and more cossacks arrived, the meadow resembled a battlefield. By afternoon the city's hospitals were jammed with wounded and everybody knew what had happened. Nicholas and Alexandra were stunned. He declared he could not go to the ball being given that night by the French Ambassador, the Marquis da Montebello. The Tsar's uncles urged him to attend not to offend the French. Tragically as would happen so often in his reign, Nicholas gave in and he and Alexandra attended the ball. Sergius Witte commented, "We expected the party would be called off. Instead it took place if nothing had happened and the ball was opened by Their Majesties dancing a quadrille. "  It was a painful evening. "The Empress appeared in great distress, her eyes reddened by tears" the British Ambassador informed Queen Victoria.  Masses of simple Russians took the disaster at Khodynka Meadow as an omen that the reign would be unhappy. Other Russians, more sophisticated or more vengeful used the tragedy to underscore the heartlessness of the autocracy and the contemptible shallowness of the young Tsar and his 'German woman'. 
Alexandra was unpopular at court and with the Russian people. When she appeared she was silent, seemingly cold, haughty and indifferent.  She was hurt by their unenthusiastic reception, and declared herself to be tired of the loose morals and etiquette of the Russian court. Alexandra was called prim and dull, provincial, uninteresting and haughty. There is a story that captures the battle between Tsarina Alexandra and society perfectly. At one ball, Alexandra spotted a young woman whose decolletage she considered too low. A lady-in-waiting was dispatched to the woman saying, "Madam, Her Majesty wishes me to tell you that in Hesse-Darmstadt, we don't wear our dresses that way. " The woman replied, "Really?" at the same time pulling the front of her dress still lower. "Pray tell Her Majesty that in Russia, we do wear our dresses this way. " 
Alexandra made few attempts to forge bonds with the other members of the large Romanov family and she generally attended as few court occasions as possible. She was unfavourably compared to the popular Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and younger sister of the Princess of Wales. Maria Feodorovna, born Princess Dagmar of Denmark (26 November 1847&ndash13 October 1928 was Empress consort of Russia. Christian IX ( April 8, 1818 - January 29, 1906) was King of Denmark from November 16, 1863 to January 29 Alexandra of Denmark (Alexandra Carolina Marie Charlotte Louise Julia 1 December 1844 – 20 November 1925 was Queen Consort to Edward VII of the United Kingdom  In Russia, Dowager Empresses outranked Empress Consorts, unlike at most European royal courts. Alexandra's stubborn attitude did not allow her to make any attempt to learn from her more experienced mother-in-law who could have helped her so much. The Dowager Empress had lived in Russia for seventeen years before coming to the throne; Alexandra had barely a month between her arrival and her marriage. Alexandra knew better than to publicly criticise "Mother dear". The Tsarina's aunt, German Empress Friedrich, wrote to Queen Victoria that "Alix is very imperious and will always insist on having her own way; she will never yield one iota of power she will imagine she wields . The Princess Victoria Princess Royal (Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa 21 November 1840 &ndash 5 August 1901) was the eldest child and daughter . . " 
Alexandra's failure to produce an heir to the Russian throne in her first four attempts was a source of great disappointment.
Alexandra was fiercely protective of her husband's role as Tsar, and actively supported his rights as an autocratic ruler. She was a fervent advocate of the divine right, and believed that it was unnecessary to attempt to secure the approval of the people. During the first world war, with the national passions aroused, all the complaints Russians had about the Empress - her German birth, her coldness, her devotion to Rasputin - blended into a single, sweeping torrent of hatred. 
Directly above the Mauve Boudoir at the Alexandra Palace were the nurseries of her children. In the morning, Alexandra could lie back on her couch and through the ceiling hear the footsteps of her children and the sound of their pianos. A private elevator and private staircase led directly to the rooms above.  Alexandra, to the Russian people, was a cold-hearted German woman, with no ability to see the needs of those around her, unless they were family. This was true to a certain extent, as Alexandra was, like her husband, very focused on family. The empress, from her childhood, was painfully shy; a trait shared by her grandmother, Queen Victoria. Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901 was from 20 June 1837 the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland She hated public appearances and neglected them and only appeared when absolutely necessary. Alexandra preferred to retreat to the sidelines, giving way to her mother-in-law; something which by law was Maria Feodorovna's right. This shyness and desire to be alone had a deep impact on her five children and the empire. Alexandra never made the effort to win the affections of the Russian people.
Almost one year after her marriage to the Tsar, Alexandra gave birth to the couple's first child: a girl, named Olga, was born on 15 November 1895. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia ( Olga Nikolaevna Romanova) (in Russian Великая Княжна Ольга Николаевна &ndash Events 655 - Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria. Year 1895 ( MDCCCXCV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Olga could not be the heir due to the Pauline Laws implemented by Tsar Paul I. Paul I was the name of a number of rulers Paul I of Constantinople Paul of Greece Paul I of Russia Only a male could succeed to the Russian throne. Olga was well-loved by her young parents. Three more girls followed Olga: Tatiana on 10 June 1897, Maria on June 26, 1899 and Anastasia on 18 June 1901. Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia ( Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova) (In Russian Великая Княжна Татьяна Николаевна ( May 29 Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 1897 ( MDCCCXCVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. Year 1899 ( MDCCCXCIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia ( Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova) (Великая Княжна Анастасия Николаевна Романова ( – Events 618 - Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiating three centuries Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Three more years passed before the empress gave birth to the long-awaited heir. Alexei Nikolaevich was born in Peterhof on 12 August 1904. Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (Цесаревич Алексей Николаевич full title Heir Tsarevich and Grand Duke (Наследник-Цесаревич Peterhof (Петерго́ф Petergof, originally named nl Peterhof, the Dutch for "Peter's Court" is a municipal town within Petrodvortsovy Events 1099 - First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon - Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid Year 1904 ( MCMIV) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year starting on To his parents' dismay, Alexei was born with hemophilia an incurable bleeding disease. Haemophilia (also spelled as hemophilia
With her eldest daughter, Olga, Alexandra sometimes had a difficult time. Perhaps this was due the fact that Olga was first born. Olga was most like her father. Shy and subdued, she impressed people with her kindness, her innocence and the strength of her private feelings. As she grew older, Olga read widely, both fiction and poetry, often borrowing books from her mother's own tables before the Empress had read them. "You must wait Mama, until I find out whether this book is a proper one for you to read. "  Alexandra understood her second daughter, Tatiana much better. In public and in private, Tatiana surrounded her mother with unvarying attention. If a favor was needed, all the imperial children agreed that "Tatiana must ask Papa to grant it. "  During the family's final months, Tatiana helped her mother move from place to place, pushing her about the house in a wheelchair. The next daughter Marie liked to talk about marriage and children. The Tsar thought she would make some man an excellent wife. Marie was considered the angel of the family. Anastasia, the youngest and most famous daughter, was the "shvibzik," Russian for "imp. "  She climbed trees and refused to come down unless specifically commanded to come down by her father. Her Aunt and Godmother, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna once recalled a time when Anastasia was teasing so ruthlessly that she slapped the child.  When they were children, Alexandra dressed her daughters as pairs, the oldest two and the youngest two wearing matching dresses.  As Olga and Tatiana grew older, they played a more serious role in public affairs. Although in private they still referred to their parents as 'Mama' and 'Papa', in public they referred to 'the Empress' and 'the Emperor'.  Nicholas and Alexandra intended that both their older daughters should make their official debuts in 1914 when Olga was nineteen and Tatiana seventeen. The first world war intervened and the plans were canceled. By 1917, the four daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra had blossomed into young women whose talents and personalities were, as fate decreed, never to be unfolded and revealed. 
Alexandra doted on Alexei. The children's tutor, Pierre Gilliard wrote, "Alexei was the center of a united family, the focus of all its hopes and affections. Pierre Gilliard (1879 - May 30, 1962) a Swiss citizen was the French tutor for the five children of Tsar Nicholas II from 1905 His sisters worshiped him. He was his parents' pride and joy. When he was well, the palace was transformed. Everyone and everything in it seemed bathed in sunshine. " 
Having to live with the knowledge that she had given him the bleeding disease, Alexandra was obsessed with protecting her son; she kept a close eye on him at all times and consulted a number of mystics who claimed to be able to heal him during his nearly fatal attacks. Alexandra spoiled her only son and let him have his way. She seemed to pay more attention to him that any of her four daughters. When Alexei's illness was finally announced to the public in 1912, Alexandra became an unpopular figure with her people. Year 1912 ( MCMXII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year starting Her German background during Great War only made this hatred grow. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All
|Grand Duchess Olga Nicholaevna||15 November 1895||17 July 1918|
|Grand Duchess Tatiana Nicholaevna||10 June 1897||17 July 1918|
|Grand Duchess Maria Nicholaevna||26 June 1899||17 July 1918|
|Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna||18 June 1901||17 July 1918|
|Tsetsarevich Alexei Nicholaevich||12 August 1904||17 July 1918|
Alexei was born during the height of the Russo-Japanese War on 12 August 1904. Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia ( Olga Nikolaevna Romanova) (in Russian Великая Княжна Ольга Николаевна &ndash Events 655 - Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia is defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria. Year 1895 ( MDCCCXCV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia ( Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova) (In Russian Великая Княжна Татьяна Николаевна ( May 29 Events 1190 - Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the Sally River while leading an army to Jerusalem Year 1897 ( MDCCCXCVII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 363 - Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire. Year 1899 ( MDCCCXCIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia ( Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova) (Великая Княжна Анастасия Николаевна Романова ( – Events 618 - Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiating three centuries Year 1901 ( MCMI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year starting Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (Цесаревич Алексей Николаевич full title Heir Tsarevich and Grand Duke (Наследник-Цесаревич Events 1099 - First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon - Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid Year 1904 ( MCMIV) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year starting on Events 180 - Twelve inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov (Цесаревич Алексей Николаевич full title Heir Tsarevich and Grand Duke (Наследник-Цесаревич The Russo-Japanese War (日露戦争 Romaji: Nichi-Ro Sensō Русско-японская война Russko-Yaponskaya Voyna;, 10 February 1904 – 5 September Events 1099 - First Crusade: Battle of Ascalon - Crusaders under the command of Godfrey of Bouillon defeat Fatimid Year 1904 ( MCMIV) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Leap year starting on The Tsarevich was the Heir Apparent to the throne of Russia, and Alexandra had fulfilled her most important role as Tsaritsa by bearing a male child. An heir apparent is an Heir who (short of a fundamental change in the situation cannot be displaced from inheriting the term is used in contrast to Heir presumptive At first the boy seemed healthy and normal, but in only a few weeks' time it was noticed that, when he fell and bumped himself, his bruises did not heal, but became worse and his blood was slow to clot. It was soon discovered Alexei suffered from Hemophilia, which could only have been transmitted from Alexandra's side of the family. Haemophilia (also spelled as hemophilia  Hemophilia was generally fatal in the early 20th century, and had entered the royal houses of Europe via the daughters of Queen Victoria, who herself was a carrier. Alexandra had lost a brother, Friedrich, to the disease, as well as an uncle, Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany; her sister Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine was also a carrier of the gene and, through her marriage to her cousin Prince Heinrich of Prussia, spread it into a junior branch of the Prussian royal family. Prince Friedrich of Hesse and by Rhine (Friedrich Wilhelm August Victor Leopold Ludwig ( October 7, 1870 - May 29, 1873) was the Haemophiliac The Prince Leopold Duke of Albany (Leopold George Duncan Albert 7 April 1853 &ndash 28 March 1884) was a member of the British Royal Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine (Irene Luise Marie Anna ( 11 July 1866 – 11 November 1953) was the third child and third daughter For the brother of King Frederick II of Prussia see Prince Henry of Prussia (1726-1802 Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, another of Queen Victoria's granddaughters and a first cousin of Alexandra, was also a carrier of the hemophilia gene. Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg (Victoria Eugenie Julia Ena 24 October 1887 - 15 April 1969) was Queen consort of King Alfonso She married King Alfonso XIII of Spain and two of her sons were hemophiliacs. Reign Although Alfonso's reign would not end well it began well As an incurable and life threatening illness, suffered by the sole male heir, the decision was made to keep the heir's condition secret from the Russian people. As a carrier of the hemophilia gene, Alexandra was not a hemophiliac but she likely produced lower-than-normal clotting factor, having only one normal copy of the gene instead of two. Her status as a carrier, in addition to her worry over her son's health, might have been one reason for her reportedly poor health. Alexandra generally suffered from poor health.
At first Alexandra turned to Russian doctors to treat Alexei. Their treatments generally failed as there was no known cure. Burdened with the knowledge that any fall or cut could actually kill her son, Alexandra herself did even more charity work. She also turned toward God for comfort, familiarizing herself with all the Orthodox rituals and saints and spent hours praying in her private chapel for deliverance.  In desperation, Alexandra increasingly turned to mystics and so-called holy men. One of these, Grigori Rasputin, appeared to have a success.
Rasputin's debauched lifestyle led Nicholas at times to distance him from the family. Even after Alexandra was told by the director of the national police that a drunk Rasputin exposed himself at a popular Moscow restaurant and bragged to the crowd that Nicholas let him top his wife whenever he wanted, she blamed it on malicious gossip. "Saints are always culminated. " she once wrote. "He is hated because we love him. "  Nicholas was not nearly as blind, but even he felt powerless to do anything about the man who seemingly saved his only son's life. One minister of Nicholas wrote, " He did not like to send Rasputin away, for if Alexis died, in the eyes of the mother, he would have been the murderer of his own son. " 
From the start there were persistent murmurs and snickers behind Rasputin's back. Although some of St. Petersburg's top clergy accepted Rasputin as a living prophet, others angrily denounced him as a fraud and a heretic. Stories from back home in Siberia chased him, such as how he conducted weddings for villagers in exchange for the first night with the bride. In his apartment in St. Petersburg, where he lived with his daughter Maria, Rasputin was visited by anyone seeking his blessing, a healing or a favor with the Tsarina. Women, enchanted by the monk's crude mystique, also came to Rasputin for more 'private blessings' and received a private audience in his bedroom, jokingly called the 'Holy of Holies'. Rasputin liked to preach a unique theology, that one must first become familiar with sin before one can have a chance in overturning it. 
In 1912, Alexei suffered a life-threatening hemorrhage in the thigh while the family were at Spala, Poland. Bleeding, technically known as hemorrhaging / haemorrhaging (see American and British spelling differences) is the loss of Blood from Poland (Polska officially the Republic of Poland Alexandra and Nicholas took turns at his bedside and tried in vain to comfort him from his intense pain. In one rare moment of peace, Alexis was heard to whisper to his mother, "When I am dead, it will not hurt any more, will it, Mama?"  Devastatingly, it seemed to Alexandra that God was not answering her prayers for her son's relief. Believing Alexei would die, Alexandra in desperation sent a telegram to Grigori Rasputin. Right away he sent a reply, "God has seen your tears and heard your prayers. Do not grieve. The Little One will not die. Do not allow the doctors to bother him too much. "  Rasputin's advice just happened to coincide with signs of a recovery. From 1912 onwards, Alexandra came to rely increasingly on Rasputin, and to believe in his ability to ease Alexei's suffering. This reliance enhanced Rasputin's political power, which was seriously to undermine Romanov rule during the First World War.
Rasputin's perceived interference in political matters eventually led to his murder in December 1916. Amongst the conspirators was a noblemen Prince Felix Yusupov, married to Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna's daughter, Princess Irina of Russia, and a member of the Romanov family Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich. Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia ( April 6, 1875 – April 20, 1960) was a member of the Russian Imperial Family. Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia (Княжна Ирина Александровна Романова ( July 15 ( OS: July 3) 1895 Peterhof Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, of the Imperial House of Romanov (Дмитрий Павлович Романов ( September 18, 1891 &ndash
The outbreak of World War I was a pivotal moment for Russia and Alexandra. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All The war pitted the Russian Empire of the Romanov dynasty against the much stronger German Empire of the Hohenzollern dynasty.  When Alexandra learned of the Russian mobilisation, she stormed into her husband's study, slamming the door behind her. Alexandra's friend, Anna Vyrubova sat outside, waiting, listening to the angry voices coming from the room which were growing louder by the minute. Anna Alexandrovna Vyrubova, née Taneyeva (Анна Александровна Вырубова Танеева ( 16 July, 1884 — 20 July In the middle of the loud voices, the door opened, and Alexandra ran out as Anna and into the bedroom. Anna followed her and found the Tsarina lying on the bed, crying hysterically, "War!" she choked. "And I know nothing of it! This is the end of everything. 
The Grand Duchy of Hesse and by Rhine, ruled by her brother, formed part of the German Empire. This was, of course the place of Alexandra's birth. This made Alexandra very unpopular with the Russian people, who accused her of collaboration with the Germans.  The German Kaiser, William II, was also Alexandra's first cousin. Ironically, one of the few things that Empress Alexandra and her mother-in-law Empress Maria had in common was their utter distaste for Kaiser Wilhelm II.
When the Tsar travelled to the front line in 1915 to take personal command of the Army, he left Alexandra in charge as Regent in the capital Saint Petersburg. Her brother-in-law, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich recorded, "When the Emperor went to war of course his wife governed instead of him. "  In the two and a half years that followed, the Russian government deteriorated with a shocking rapidity that is without parallel in modern history.  Alexandra had no experience of government, and constantly appointed and reappointed incompetent new ministers, which meant the government was never stable or efficient. The Tsarina's involvement in political affairs was her own doing. To the Tsar she wrote, "Let me help you, my treasure. Surely there is some way in which a woman can be of help and use. I do so yearn to make it easier for you. . . . I long to poke my nose into everything. "  This was particularly dangerous in a war of attrition, as neither the troops nor the civilian population were ever adequately supplied. She paid great attention to the self-serving advice of Rasputin, and their relationship was widely, though falsely, believed to be sexual in nature. It is alleged that when the Tsarina met with Sir George Buchanan, the British Ambassador, she told him, "I have no patience with the ministers who try to prevent him from doing his duty. The situation requires firmness. The Emperor, unfortunately, is weak; but I am not, and I intend to be firm. "  Alexandra was the focus of ever increasing and extremely negative rumours, and widely believed to be a German spy in the Russian court.
World War I put what proved to be unbearable burden on Imperial Russia's government and economy, both of which were dangerously weak. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All Mass shortages and hunger became the daily situation for tens of millions of Russians due to the disruptions of the war economy. Fifteen million men were diverted from agricultural production to fight in the war, and the transportation infrastructure (primarily railroads) were diverted towards war use, exacerbating food shortages in the cities as available agricultural products could not be brought to urban areas. Inflation was rampant which, combined with the food shortages and the poor performance by the Russian military in the war, generated a great deal of anger and unrest among the people in Saint Petersburg and other cities. Saint Petersburg ( tr: Sankt-Peterburg,) is a city and a federal subject of Russia located on the Neva River 
The decision of the Tsar to take personal command of the military against advice was disastrous as he was directly blamed for all losses. His relocation to the front, leaving the Tsaritsa in charge of the government, helped undermine the Romanov dynasty. Tsaritsa (царица цари́ца formerly spelled czaritsa (and in English usually rendered tsarina or czarina, which possess non- The poor performance of the military led to rumours believed by the people that the German-born Tsaritsa was part of a conspiracy to help Germany win the war. The severe winter of 1916–17 essentially doomed Imperial Russia. Food shortages worsened and famine gripped the cities. A famine is a widespread shortage of food that may apply to any Faunal species which phenomenon is usually accompanied by regional Malnutrition, Starvation The mismanagement and failures of the war turned the soldiers against the Tsar. . The mood of the army is perhaps captured well by one scene in Jean Renoir's movie, La Grande Illusion. Jean Renoir (French ʁəˈnwaʁ ( September 15, 1894 – February 12, 1979) born in the Montmartre district of Paris Grand Illusion (French La Grande Illusion) is a 1937 war Film directed by Jean Renoir (1894–1979 the son of artist Pierre-Auguste Alexandra sends boxes to Russian prisoners of war. Thrilled to think they are receiving vodka, they open them to discover bibles, and promptly riot. Vodka is one of the world's most popular Distilled beverages It is a clear liquid which consists of mostly Water and Ethanol purified by Distillation
By March 1917, conditions had worsened. Steelworkers went out on strike on 7 March, and the following day, International Women’s Day, crowds hungry for bread began rioting on the streets of Saint Petersburg to protest food shortages and the war. International Women's Day ( IWD) is marked on March 8 every year After two days of rioting, the Tsar ordered the Army to restore order and on 11 March they fired on the crowd. That very same day, the Duma, the elected legislature, urged the Tsar to take action to ameliorate the concerns of the people. A Duma (Ду́ма is any of various representative assemblies in modern Russia and Russian history The Tsar responded by dissolving the Duma. 
On 12 March soldiers sent to suppress the rioting crowds mutinied and joined the rebellion, thus providing the spark to ignite the February Revolution (like the later October Revolution of November 1917, the Russian Revolutions of 1917 get their names due to the Old Style calendar). Soldiers and workers set up the "Petrograd Soviet" of 2,500 elected deputies while the Duma declared a Provisional Government on 13 March. The Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, usually called the Petrograd Soviet, was the soviet (workers' council in Petrograd (Saint Alexander Kerensky was a key player in the new regime. Alexander Fyodorovich Kerensky (Алекса́ндр Фёдорович Ке́ренский Aleksandr Fjëdorovich Kerenskij) ( June 11, 1970) served The Duma informed the Tsar that day that he must abdicate.
In an effort to put an end to the uprising in the capital, Nicholas tried to get to Saint Petersburg by train from army headquarters at Mogiliev. The route was blocked so he tried another way. His train was stopped at Pskov where, after receiving advice from his generals, he first abdicated the throne for himself and later, on seeking medical advice, for himself and his son the Tsarevich Alexei. Tsarevich (Russian Царевич is a Slavic term for the Tsar 's son Alexey (Алексе́й is a male First name of Eastern-European and East Slavic descent and is pronounced as alek-SAY  Alexandra was now in a perilous position as the wife of the deposed Tsar, hated by the Russian people. Nicholas finally was allowed to return to the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo where he was placed under arrest with his family. Despite the fact he was a cousin of both Alexandra and Nicholas, King George V refused to allow them to evacuate to the United Kingdom, as he was alarmed by their unpopularity in his country and the potential repercussions to his own throne. 
The Provisional Government formed after the revolution kept Nicholas, Alexandra, and their children confined in their primary residence, the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, until they were moved to Tobolsk in Siberia in August 1917, a step by the Kerensky government designed to remove them from the capital and possible harm. The Russian Provisional Government was formed in Petrograd in 1917 after the February Revolution and the Abdication The Alexander Palace (Russian Александровский дворец is primarily remembered as the favourite residence of the last Russian emperor Nicholas II, and his Tsarskoye Selo (Ца́рское Село́ " Tsar 's Village" is a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting Tobolsk (Тобо́льск Tatar: Tubıl) is a historic capital of Siberia, now an ordinary town in Tyumen Oblast, Russia. Siberia (Сиби́рь Sibir) is the name given to the vast region constituting almost all of Northern Asia and for the most part currently serving Alexander Fyodorovich Kerensky (Алекса́ндр Фёдорович Ке́ренский Aleksandr Fjëdorovich Kerenskij) ( June 11, 1970) served From Tobolsk, Alexandra managed to send a letter to sister-in-law, Xenia Alexandrovna, in the Crimea,
"My darling Xenia, My thoughts are with you, how magically good and beautiful everything must be with you - you are the flowers. But it is indescribably painful for the kind motherland, I cannot explain. I am glad for you that you are finally with all your family as you have been apart. I would like to see Olga in all her new big happiness. Everybody is healthy, but myself, during the last 6 weeks I experience nerve pains in my face with toothache. Very tormenting . . .
We live quietly, have established ourselves well [in Tobolsk] although it is far, far away from everybody, But God is merciful. He gives us strength and consolation . . . . " 
Alexandra and her family remained in Tobolsk until after the Bolshevik Revolution in November 1917, but were subsequently moved to Bolshevik controlled Yekaterinburg in 1918. The October Revolution (Октябрьская революция Oktyabrskaya revolyutsiya) also known as the Soviet Revolution Yekaterinburg (Екатеринбу́рг also romanized Ekaterinburg, formerly Sverdlovsk) is a major city in the central part of Russia Nicholas was ordered to Ekaterinburg. Alexandra and their daughter Marie went with him arriving at the Ipatiev House on 30 April 1918. On entering their new prison, they were ordered to open all their luggage. Alexandra immediately objected. Nicholas tried to come to her defence saying, "So far we have had polite treatment and men who were gentlemen but now -"  The former Tsar was quickly cut off. The guards informed him he was no longer at Tsarskoe Selo and that refusal to comply with their request would result in his removal from the rest of his family; a second offence would be rewarded with hard labour, Fearing for her husband's safety, Alexandra quickly gave in and allowed the search. On the window frame of what was to be her last bedroom in the Ipatiev House, Alexandra scrawled a swastika, her favourite good luck symbol, and pencilled the date 17/30 April 1918.  In May, the rest of the family arrived in Ekaterinburg. They had not been able to travel earlier due to the illness of Alexis. Alexandra was pleased to be reunited with her family once more.
Seventy-five men did guard duty at the Ipatiev House. Many of the men were factory workers from the local Zlokazovsky Factory and the Verkh-Isetsk Factory. The commandant of the Ipatiev House, Alexander Avadeyev was described as "a real Bolshevik". The majority of witnesses recall him as coarse, brutish and a heavy drinker. If a request for a favour on behalf of the family reached Avadeyev, he always gave the same response, "Let them go to hell!!" The guards in the house often heard him refer to the deposed Tsar as "Nicholas the Blood-Drinker" and to Alexandra as "The German Bitch". 
For the Romanovs, life at the Ipatiev House was a nightmare of uncertainty and fear. The imperial family never knew if they would still be in the Ipatiev House from one day to the next or if they might be separated or killed. The privileges allowed to them were few. For an hour each afternoon they could exercise in the rear garden under the watchful eye of the guards. Alexei could still not walk, and his sailor Nagorny had to carry him. Alexandra rarely joined her family in these daily activities. Instead she spent most of her time sitting in a wheelchair, reading the Bible or the works of St. Seraphim. At night the Romanovs played cards or read; they received little mail from the outside world, and the only newspapers they were allowed were outdated editions.  One of the guards, Anatoly Yakimov observed the family and recalled,
"Though I did not speak to them when I met them I still got an impression, that entered my soul, of them. The Tsar was not young any more; he had grey hair in his beard . . . . His eyes were kind and he had altogether a kind expression. I got the impression that he was kind, modest, frank, and talkative person. Sometimes I felt that he would speak to me right away. He looked as if he would like to talk with any one of us. The Tsarina was not a bit like him. Her look was severe. She had the appearance and manner of a haughty and grave woman. Sometimes we used to speak about them amongst ourselves and we all thought that Nicholas Alexandrovich was a modest man but that she was very different and looked exactly like a Tsarina. She seemed older than the Tsar. There was grey hair on her temples and her face was not the face of a young woman . . . " 
We now know that Lenin personally ordered the execution of the imperial family. Although official Soviet accounts place the responsibility for the decision with the Ural Regional Soviet. Trotsky in his diary, makes it quite clear that the assassination took place on the authority of Lenin. Trotsky wrote,
"My next visit to Moscow took place after the fall of Ekaterinburg. Talking to Sverdlov I asked in passing, "Oh yes and where is the tsar?" "It's all over," he answered. "He has been shot. " "And where is his family?" "And the family with him. " "All of them?" I asked, apparently with a touch of surprise. "All of them," replied Sverdlov. "What about it?" He was waiting to see my reaction. I made no reply. "And who made the decision?" I asked. "We decided it here. Ilyich [Lenin} believed that we shouldn't leave the Whites a live banner to rally around, especially under the present difficult circumstances. " 
On 4 July 1918, Yakov Yurovsky, the chief of the Ekaterinburg Cheka, was appointed commandant of the Ipatiev House. Yakov (Yankel Mikhailovich Yurovsky ( in Tomsk, Siberia, Russia &ndash before 2 August 1938 in Moscow) is best known Yurovsky was a loyal Bolshevik, a man Moscow could rely on to carry out its orders regarding the imperial family. Yurovsky quickly tightened security. From the imperial family he collected all of their jewellery and valuables. These he placed in a box which he sealed and left with the prisoners. Alexandra kept only two bracelets which her uncle Leopold, the Duke of Albany, has given her as a child and which she could not take off. He did not know that the former Tsarina and her daughters wore concealed on their person diamonds, emeralds, rubies and ropes of pearls. These would be discovered only after the murders. Yurovsky had been given the order for the murder on 13 July. 
On Sunday, 14 July 1918, two priests came to the Ipatiev House to celebrate the Divine Liturgy. One of the priests, Father Storozhev later recalled, "I went into the living room first, then the deacon and Yurovsky. At the same time Nicholas and Alexandra entered through the doors leading into the inner room. Two of his daughters were with him. I did not have a chance to see exactly which ones. I believe Yurovsky asked Nicholas Alexandrovich, "Well are you all here?" Nicholas Alexandrovich answered firmly, "Yes all of us. " Ahead beyond the archway, Alexandra Feodorovna was already in place with two daughters and Alexei Nicolaievich. He was sitting in a wheelchair and wore a jacket, as it seemed to me, with a sailor's collar. He was pale, but not so much as at the time of my first service. In general he looked more healthy. Alexandra Feodorovna also had a healthier appearance. . . . . . According to the liturgy of the service it is customary at a certain point to read the prayer, "Who Resteth with the Saints. " On this occasion for some reason the deacon, instead of reading the prayer began to sing it, and I as well, somewhat embarrassed by this departure from the ritual. But we had secretly begun to sing when I heard the members of the Romanov family, standing behind me, fall on their knees . . . . " 
Tuesday, 16 July 1918 dawned hot and dusty in Ekaterinburg. The day passed normally for the former imperial family. At four o'clock in the afternoon, Nicholas and his daughters took their usual walk in the small garden. Early in the evening Yurovsky sent away the fifteen year old kitchen boy Leonid Sedinev, saying that his uncle wished to see him. At 7pm, Yurovsky summoned all the Cheka men into his room and ordered them to collect all the revolvers from the outside guards. With twelve heavy military revolvers lying before him on the table he said, "Tonight, we shoot the entire family, everybody. " Upstairs Nicholas and Alexandra passed the evening playing bezique; at ten thirty, they went to bed. 
The former Tsar and Tsaritsa and all of their family, including the gravely ill Alexei, along with several family servants, were executed by firing squad and bayonets in the basement of the Ipatiev House, where they had been imprisoned, early in the morning of July 17, 1918, by a detachment of Bolsheviks led by Yakov Yurovsky. The Bolsheviks, originally also Bolshevists ( Большевик Большевист (singular, derived from bolshe, "more" were a faction Yakov (Yankel Mikhailovich Yurovsky ( in Tomsk, Siberia, Russia &ndash before 2 August 1938 in Moscow) is best known  In the basement room of the Ipatiev House, Nicholas asked for and received three chairs from the guards. Minutes later a squad of soldiers, each man armed with a revolver, entered the room. Their leader Yurovsky casually pronounced, "Your relations have tried to save you. They have failed and we must now shoot you. " Nicholas rose from his chair and only had time to utter, "What . . . ?" before he was shot in the head.  Alexandra watched the murder of her husband and two servants before military commissar Peter Ermakov killed her with a gun shot to the left side of her head before she could finish making the sign of the cross. Peter Ermakov was a Russian Military Commissar assigned at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg and charged with guarding the deposed Ermakov, in a drunken haze, stabbed her dead body and that of her husband's, shattering both their rib cages. Alexandra lay next to her husband Nicholas in a pool of blood. 
After the execution of the Romanov family in the Ipatiev House, Alexandra's body, along with Nicholas, their children and some faithful retainers who died with them, was stripped and the clothing burnt according to the Yurovsky Note. Initially the bodies were thrown down a disused mine-shaft at Ganina Yama, 12 miles (19 km) north of Yekaterinburg. Ganina Yama (Russian Ганина Яма is a disused mine shaft near the village of Koptyaki 15 km north from Yekaterinburg. A short time later they were retrieved, their faces were smashed and the bodies dismembered and disfigured with sulphuric acid were hurriedly buried under railway sleepers with the exception of two of the children whose bodies were not discovered until 2007. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. In 2007, the bodies missing were those of a daughter- Maria or Anastasia- and Alexei.  In the early 1990s, following the fall of the Soviet Union, the bodies of the majority of the Romanovs were located along with their loyal servants, exhumed and formally identified. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR was a constitutionally Socialist state that existed in Eurasia from 1922 to 1991 A secret report by Yurovsky, which came to light in the late 1970s, but did not become public knowledge until the 1990s, helped the authorities to locate the bodies. Preliminary results of genetic analysis carried out on the remains of a boy and a young woman believed to belong to Nicholas II's son and heir Alexis, and daughter Maria have been revealed on January 22, 2008. Events 565 - Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John Scholasticus. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common  The Ekaterinburg region's chief forensic expert said, "Tests conducted in Yekaterinburg and Moscow allowed DNA to be extracted from the bones, which proved positive," Nikolai Nevolin said. "Once the genetic analysis has been completed in Russia, its results will be compared with test results from foreign experts. "  Nevolin said the final results would be published in April or May of 2008.  Certainty about the remains will finally put an end to the story of Anna Anderson having any connection with the Romanovs as all remaining bodies will be accounted for.
DNA analysis represented a key means of identifying the bodies. A blood sample from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (a grandson of Alexandra's oldest sister, Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine) was employed to identify Alexandra and her daughters through their mitochondrial DNA. Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine, later Victoria Mountbatten Marchioness of Milford Haven (Victoria Alberta Elisabeth Mathilde Marie 5 April 1863 &ndash 24 September Mitochondrial DNA ( mtDNA) is the DNA located in Organelles called mitochondria. They belonged to Haplogroup H (mtDNA). In Human mitochondrial genetics, Haplogroup H is a human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA haplogroup. Nicholas was identified from DNA obtained from among others his late brother Grand Duke George Alexandrovich of Russia. Grand Duke George Alexandrovich Romanov, (In Russian Великий Князь Георгий Александрович Романов ( May 9, 1871 Grand Duke George had died of tuberculosis in the late 1890s and was buried in the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB for tubercle bacillus or T u' b' erculosis Bacillus --> is a common Petersburg. .  
Alexandra, Nicholas and three daughters were reinterred in the St. Catherine Chapel of the Peter and Paul Cathedral at the Fortress of St. The Peter and Paul Cathedral is located inside the Peter and Paul Fortress in St Peter and St. Paul in St. Petersburg in 1998, with much ceremony, on the eightieth anniversary of the execution.
In 2000 Alexandra was canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church together with her husband Nicholas II, their children and others including her sister Grand Duchess Elisabeth and her fellow nun Varvara. Canonization is the act by which a particular Christian church declares a deceased person to be a Saint and is included in the canon or list of recognized saints See also Eastern Orthodox Church Structure and organization The Slavic Orthodox Church is organized in a hierarchical structure
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