Hey!! I love the Romanovs! I'm trying to learn more about them. This might be a stupid question but what exactly was Tsar Nicholas doing wrong aside from most of of population starving? What is your opinion of Anna Anderson? Last question (I promise!), who is your favourite Romanov?
Hi! Well, Nicholas strongly believed in autocracy (he had been brought up this way) and refused to convert the monarchy to a constitutional one like the British. It might have saved the Romanovs if the monarchy became constitutional early on during Nicholas’s reign, but we will never know. Nicholas also had very little understanding of the needs of his people and did not handle the military matters very well.
I don’t really have an opinion of Anna Anderson other than that she is not Anastasia. Her every attempt to convince people were very feeble. But she had mental problems and went through difficult times, though. My favorite Romanov is probably Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna. :)
I know Olga said she had no desire to leave Russia when marriage came up but did Maria express an opinion?
Nothing that I know of. But her father did express an opinion on Maria marrying. When Olga full-on rejected Carol II of Romania, Carol then fancied Maria and made a formal proposal, but her father laughed it off and declared that Maria was “nothing more than a schoolgirl.” Maria had innocent crushes on Russian soldiers so I assume, like Olga, Maria would have wanted to stay in Russia.
Is it true that Maria Nikolaevna was engaged with Louis Mountbatten?
No. Louis had a crush on Maria and nothing more.
Ahhh... What a beautiful blog about Romanovs. Thank you for your hard work what you're doing. Actually, I have to say that my great (grand)grandfather knew Nickolas and all his family. They were a good friends and I have two or three old photos of them. My grandfather were killed by Bolsheviks, but other my reletives were immigrated to France and then returned to Russia in 1960. I do not know why it is written, but I thought it will be interesting for you... Sorry.
Thank you! And you have a fascinating family history. :) Sorry about your grandfather, though.
135 Years Ago On This Day: Grand Duke Michael Was Born
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia was the youngest son of Emperor Alexander III of Russia. Michael was raised in the company of his younger sister, Olga, who nicknamed him “Floppy” because he “flopped” into chairs; his elder siblings and parents called him “Misha”. Conditions in the nursery were modest, even spartan. The children slept on hard camp beds, rose at dawn, washed in cold water, and ate a simple porridge for breakfast. Michael, like his siblings, was taught by private tutors and was cared for by an English nanny.
After his brother’s abdication in March 1917, Michael unofficially became Emperor Michael II. Michael was proclaimed as “Emperor” to Russian troops and in cities throughout Russia, but his accession was not universally welcomed. While some units were cheering and swearing allegiance to the new Emperor, others were indifferent. Michael then abdicated and was imprisoned, being sent to a remote town called Perm in March 1918. In June 1918, Michael was the first of the Romanovs to be murdered by the Bolsheviks. Michael’s remains was never recovered and the search of his body resumes this day.