Photograph of the Russian Imperial Family, 1913. Left to right, seated: Grand Duchess Marie Nicholaevna; Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna; Tsarevitch Alexei Nicholaevitch; Tsar Nicholas II; Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Standing: Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Olga

Photograph of the Russian Imperial Family, 1913. Left to right, seated: Grand Duchess Marie Nicholaevna; Tsaritsa Alexandra Feodorovna; Tsarevitch Alexei Nicholaevitch; Tsar Nicholas II; Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaevna Standing: Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Olga

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (Maria Nikolaevna Romanova) (June 1899 – July 1918) was the 3rd daughter of the last autocratic ruler of the Russian Empire, Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia. Contrary to popular belief, it was Maria's body that was missing among the rest of her family after they were murdered in 1918, not that of Anastasia.

Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (Maria Nikolaevna Romanova) (June 1899 – July 1918) was the 3rd daughter of the last autocratic ruler of the Russian Empire, Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia. Contrary to popular belief, it was Maria's body that was missing among the rest of her family after they were murdered in 1918, not that of Anastasia.

Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, the furture ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II. of Russia, last Romanov on the Imperial throne.

Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, the furture ill-fated Tsar Nicholas II. of Russia, last Romanov on the Imperial throne.

A Very Rare  Antique Cabinet Photograph of Russian Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich,  Later Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918)    circa 1884

A Very Rare Antique Cabinet Photograph of Russian Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich, Later Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918) circa 1884

What strikes me most when I look at this photograph is how innocent and uncomfortable Nicholas and Alexandra (Alix especially) appear amongst their older, dominating relatives. It is easy to empathize with Nicky and Alix and understand why they would retreat to their own private, familial world at Tsarskoe Selo.

What strikes me most when I look at this photograph is how innocent and uncomfortable Nicholas and Alexandra (Alix especially) appear amongst their older, dominating relatives. It is easy to empathize with Nicky and Alix and understand why they would retreat to their own private, familial world at Tsarskoe Selo.

The remains of the romanov family in storage at the bureau for forensic examination, yekaterinburg, russia, 1997.

The remains of the romanov family in storage at the bureau for forensic examination, yekaterinburg, russia, 1997.

Queen Victoria, at Balmoral, 1896, with Tsar Nicholas II, her grandaughter Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, Grand Duchess Tatiana (baby).

Queen Victoria, at Balmoral, 1896, with Tsar Nicholas II, her grandaughter Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, Grand Duchess Tatiana (baby).

Tsar and family, a tragic ending for this family. They're actually related to me through my Russian grandma. Very sad!

Massacre of the Russian royals: Horrific last hours of a dynasty

Tsar and family, a tragic ending for this family. They're actually related to me through my Russian grandma. Very sad!

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