alix and nicky

In 1896, months after their coronation, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna travelled abroad to the United Kingdom to meet with Alexandra’s beloved “Grandmama” Queen Victoria. Not wanting to be parted with their first born child, the Imperial couple also brought the ten-month-old Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. She would be the only one of Nicholas and Alexandra’s children to meet their formidable great-grandmother.

Victoria was enthralled with little Olga. Nicholas wrote that the Queen was “marvellously kind and amiable to us and delighted to see Olga.” 


I’m sure you’re already more well-informed on your former prisoner than I am, but here’s what we’ve gathered on her. Alix, formerly known as Ysabeau, is the fourth child of House Trevelyan. It seems she became estranged from her family upon the death of her beloved younger brother, a mage by the name of Anatole, and maintains a vendetta against the rest of her family to this day.

For reasons unclear, she became the pupil of a bard named Julian, rising to become infamous in those circles in the last few years - and leading to her disinheritance.
— Excerpt of a report from Charter


Details showing the ladies of the Imperial house and entourage from a painting by V. Polyakov: “Speech by Emperor Nicholas II on the opening of the State Duma"

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna noted the event down in her diary: 

“A day full of emotions!! And hopes for a better future!! Thank God, everything went off splendidly and with great solemnity - just as it should.Mama got dressed upstairs, while Olga sat with us. Then we went to Nicky and Alix. The family were waiting in the rooms. The procession began at a quarter to two. Nicky walked alone, the crown and regalia were carried in front of him. In the Armoury Hall there were many society ladies with a large crowd of other people. From there the grand duchesses went through the Romanov gallery into the St. George Hall, where we took our places on a platform to the right of the throne. We were joined by the ladies-in-waiting, Mama, Alix and the duty guard. The Te Deum had already begun. Directly opposite us were the members of the Council of State and high officials, to the left the members of the Duma, who included several men with repulsive faces and insolent disdainful expressions! They neither crossed themselves nor bowed, but stood with their hands behind their backs or in their pockets, looking sombrely at everyone and everything.

But among the peasants there were such wonderful faces, as well as several soldiers from the St. George cavlary, the Cossacks, etc. After the Te Deum Mama and Alix stood in front of us on the platform, with the grand dukes next to us on the steps of the throne - then Nicky mounted the steps and sat on the throne.He did this with such simplicity, yet at the same time it was such a solemn moment! After this Count Fredericks handed him the speech, which he read standing, in a loud steady voice. Every word penetrated the sould - tears welled up in the throat.We all experienced an incredible emotion, it’s difficult to convey what we felt. It was a great historical moment, unforgettable for those who witnessed it. He spoke so well, saying just what was needed, asking everyone to come to his aid. When he finished, a cheer broke out, which was taken up by everyone including in the other halls - it sounded magnificent. The choir sang the anthem (it was all terribly emotional!)We returned in the same order. I walked with Boris. Mama and Alix were crying and poor Nicky was standing there in tears - his self control finally overcome, he could not hold back his tears!“

  1. The guests before the wedding in the Malachite chamber of the Winter Palace. 
  2. Alexandra Feodorovna (Princess Alix of Hesse), the imperial bride, arrives at the Winter Palace to marry Emperor Nicholas II. She is accompanied by the widowed Empress, the consort of the later Emperor Alexander III. 
  3. The procession going to the chapel in the Winter Palace to watch the wedding cerimony of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.
  4. Picture showing the ceremony in the chapel of the Winter Palace. 
  5. The bride and groom are crowned during the marriage ceremony in the Winter Palace. 
  6. The symbolic rite of ‘matrimonial coronation’ being performed at the wedding of the Tsar to the Princess of Hesse.
  7. In this picture, the bride is shown receiving holy water in the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul after the cerimony.
  8. The newly married Empress kissing the sacred Ikon of the Virgin Mary in the Kazan Cathedral. 
  9. Picture showing the bride and groom leaving the chapel.
  10. Crowds line the streets as the Emperor and Empress pass through the Grand Morskaia after their wedding.

“It is I who ought to thank you, dear, for your coming here with the girls, and for bringing life and sun in spite of the raining weather… Of course I did not succeed in telling you half of what I had intended, because, when I meet you, having been parted for long, I become stupidly shy, and only sit and gaze at you, which is by itself a great joy to me.”

– Letter from Nicholas to Alexandra; July, 1916