Sunday, March 5, 2017

Anastasia Romanov

So I'm watching The Young Victoria and I know that I'm (and the Day side of the family) related to basically ALL the British royal line either directly or indirectly (cousins) ... from House of Normandy on (King William I The Conqueror (1066 - 1087)) .... so I thought - I'm gonna look up something about Victoria and I got a super big thrill.

I have always been extremely fascinated with the story of Anastasia. Who? The Russian Tsar's family that was murdered, with the rumor of young Anastasia possibly escaping somehow .. (which was actually proven wrong a few years ago - DNA evidence showed that she was also murdered along with her family.) ANYWAY ...

Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov (Nicolas II was the last tsar of Russia under Romanov rule) and his wife Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt (more commonly known as Alexandra) ... they had five children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and their son Alexei.

"Nicholas II and his family were murdered by Bolsheviks under Vladimir Lenin, in Yekaterinburg, Russia, thus ending more than three centuries of the Romanov dynasty’s rule."

It's been a rumor - through the years since the murders in 1918 - that Anastasia may have escaped - she was nearly twenty years old. Through the years there have been many movies made that has theatrically explored this theory - a young Anastasia, not knowing who she is, discovers who she is... and the story has always fascinated me. So when they discovered the DNA - it was actually a bit heartbreaking as I really wanted her to have survived.

Anyway - doing this research I discovered this......

"Victoria and Albert had four sons, five daughters and 42 grandchildren who were married to royalty across Europe making her the ‘grandmother of Europe’. Her daughter Victoria was mother of the German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II, and her grand-daughter Alexandria was the wife of Nicholas II Emperor and last Tzar of Russia."

And I squealed like a little girl who just got a kitty for the first time after asking for years!
Cuz I'm a genealogy fangirl like that. Especially when it's my own.

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