Alexei’s Joy

article-2546612-1AFEAEE300000578-450_634x746The Imperial Family had numerous pets one that Alexei was particularly close to was a Springer Spaniel named Joy that he received circa 1914. Joy was a close companion to the Tsarevich and is often seen in numerous pictures with the Imperial family, the dog even accompanied the family into exile. However unlike some of the other family pets Joy was not killed with the family, for some unknown reason.

Joy lived in numerous homes as he was re-homed with Colonel Pavel (Paul) Rodzianko travelling with him to the Far East. Finally he spent the last years of his life in Clewer Hill Road in Windsor, England. His grave is now said to lie near Windsor Castle.

 

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Meeting the Grandmother of Europe

After having 9 children herself Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom’s decedents spread across Europe with many thrones been occupied by her decedent or a spouse of their decedent. This was the same in Russia where Tsarina Alix was one of Victoria’s grandchildren making OTMAA 5 of Victoria’s 87 great-grandchildren, with Anastasia being born months after her great-grandmothers death.

Alix was very close to her grandmother after the death of her own mother when she was still young. But no one could have for told that Victoria would pass on a deadly disease to Alix and Alexei which would help cause the fall of the Romanov family.

Despite living on the other side of the continent Alix and Nicholas did make a trip to Balmoral Castle in 1986 to visit the British Royal Family and to show off their baby Grand Duchess, Olga. Victoria is said to have adored despite not being fond of babies.

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Alix, Olga, Nicholas, Victoria and Prince Albert (later Edward VII)

Review: Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert K. Massie

Synopsis
Nicholas & Alexandra is the internationally famous biography from Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Massie. Massie shows conclusively how the personal curse of the young heir’s haemophilia, and the decisive influence it brought Rasputin, became fatally linked with the collapse of Imperial Russia. As an engrossing account of one of the century’s most dramatic episodes – and an intimate portrait of two people caught at the centre of a maelstrom – Nicholas & Alexandra is unlikely ever to be surpassed.

Review
Massie brings the story of the last Imperial Family back to life. In vivid detail Massie tells the story of how the family fell from living a life of luxury to their murders in 1918. Reading the book you will feel like you are actually their with the Romanovs through Massie’s writing. This book is well researched and perfect if you want to learn about the Romanovs.

More Testing

Last month the body of Alexander III was exhumed for testing. They are hoping that the body of the Tsar will confirm that the two bodies do actually belong to the Tsars grandchildren. Whilst many believe that all bodies of the last Imperial Family have been found their is doubts that remain for many including the Russian Orthodox Church who are requesting the DNA testing.

Canonization of the Romanovs

In 1981 the Imperial Family were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church along with the servants who were killed with them. Since then a further 11 people connected to the Imperial Family have been canonized as victims of Soviet oppression. The full list is:

  • Alexandra Feodorovna
  • Alexei Romanov
  • Alexei Trupp (servant who was murdered with the Romanovs)
  • Anastasia Hendrikova (lady-in-waiting to Alexandra)
  • Anastasia Romanov
  • Anna Demidova (servant who was murdered with the Romanovs)
  • Catherine Adolphovna Schneider (tutor to Alexandra and Elizabeth)
  • Elizabeth Feodorovna (sister of Alexandra)
  • Eugene Botkin (servant who was murdered with the Romanovs)
  • Igor Konstantinovich (Cousin of Alexander III)
  • Ioann Konstantinovich (Cousin of Alexander III)
  • Ivan Kharitonov (servant who was murdered with the Romanovs)
  • Konstantin Konstantinovich (Cousin of Alexander III)
  • Maria Romanov
  • Nicholas II
  • Olga Romanov
  • Sergei Mikhailovich (Cousin of Alexander III)
  • Tatiana Romanov
  • Varvara Yakovleva (faithful companion of Elizabeth)
  • Vladimir Paley (Cousin of Alexander III)

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Personalities

The Imperial children are often grouped together as OTMAA because of how close the siblings where. But all five children had completely different personalities:

Olga was wise beyond her years

Tatiana liked to the role of the leader

Maria was the good girl and very persuadable by her siblings

Anastasia was the prankster and the joker of the family

Alexei was a sensitive soul who blushed at royal formalities

A Hold on the Burial

naotmaa1913Earlier last month the Russian Government announced that they would finally lay to rest the Maria* and Alexei with the rest of their family. However on 23rd September the Government announced that the burial will be postponed in order for more testing to take place.

The Russian Orthodox Church has always had doubts over whether the bodies belonged to the Imperial Family. When the majority of the family where buried 1998 the priest avoided saying the names of those who he was burying.

It is believed that the bones of Maria and Alexei will be tasted against the bloodstained shirt of their great grandfather Emperor Alexander II. As well as being tested against the remains of their aunt Grand Duchess Yelizaveta Fyodorovna.

*Whilst scientists believe the body found with Aelxei’s does belong to Maria there is a lot of doubt. Because of the heights and ages of the little pair it is hard to know for certain who the body belongs to.