The Royal Women

Tsarevich Alexei – The boy with haemophilia

Alexandra Feodorovna was under immense pressure to produce an heir to the throne, and after four healthy daughters, the relief at the birth of Alexei must have been tremendous. On 12 August 1904 (O.S. 30 July), Alexandra gave birth to a son. Nicholas wrote in his diary, “A great never-to-be-forgotten day when the mercy of God [read more]

Russia

The Romanovs and the War to End All Wars

The start of the First World War also called “The Great War” or “War to End All Wars”, officially began in 1914 with a royal-related event that set the war in motion. The catalyst for World War One began on 28 June 1914 when Archduke Franz Ferdinand (heir presumptive to the Austro-Hungarian throne) and his wife were assassinated riding [read more]