My favorite quote from those movies, and everything.
Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich and his sister, Grand Duchess Xenia
I’ll be a story in your head. That’s okay. We’re all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? / Tell her this is the story of Amelia Pond, and this is how it ends.
This connection between me and Voldemort… what if the reason for it is that I am becoming more like him? I just feel so angry, all the time. What if after everything that I’ve been through, something’s gone wrong inside me? What if I’m becoming bad?
the wolves will come again
Romanov Birthdays → Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, June 6
Born as a Hessian princess and brought up with simplicity and modesty, Alix had a tragic childhood and a somewhat happy adulthood. As a child, Alix suffered great losses in her family. She lost her older brother, Friedrich, to Hemophilia, and her mother and younger sister, to Diphtheria. After the illness took her mother and sister, Alix and her surviving siblings grew close to her British cousins, spending holidays with Queen Victoria.
Alix was married relatively late for her rank in her era, having refused a proposal from Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale (the eldest son of The Prince of Wales) despite strong familial pressure. It is said that Queen Victoria had wanted her two grandchildren to marry, but because she was very fond of Alix she accepted that she did not want to marry him. The Queen even went on to say that she was proud of Alix for standing up to her, something many people, including her own son the Prince of Wales, did not do. Alix had already met and fallen in love with Tsarevich Nicholas, the heir to the throne of Russia, whose uncle was already married to Alix’s sister Elizabeth.
Nicholas’s father, the Emperor Alexander III and his wife Maria Feodorovna, were both vigorously anti-German and had no intention of permitting the match with the Tsarevich. That was until Alexander’s health began to fail in 1894. Alix was troubled by the requirement that she renounce her Lutheran faith, as a Russian tsarina had to be Orthodox, but she was persuaded and eventually became a fervent convert. The couple became engaged in April 1894.
The marriage with Nicholas was not delayed. Alexandra and Nicholas were wed in the Grand Church of the Winter Palace of St Petersburg on 26 November 1894, less than a month after Alexander’s death. The marriage that began that night remained exceptionally close for their lives and the marriage was outwardly serene and proper but based on intensely passionate physical love. Within the first year of their marriage the couple had their first daughter, Olga. Following their eldest daughter, Nicholas and Alexandra had three more daughters and they desperately needed a son for the heir.
It wasn’t until 1904 that they finally had a son, Tsarevich Alexei. For Alix, tragedy struck again when they discovered Alexei was hemophiliac, just like her brother. Alix never stopped worrying about her son, who was fondly nicknamed ‘Sunbeam’ to match her ‘Sunny,’ and often reminded him to take precautions during his playtime.
The outbreak of World War I was a pivotal moment for Russia and Alexandra. The war pitted the Russian Empire of the Romanov dynasty against the much stronger German Empire of the Hohenzollern dynasty. When Alexandra learned of the Russian mobilization, she stormed into her husband’s study and said: “War! And I knew nothing of it! This is the end of everything.” Born a German princess, Alix was very unpopular with her adopted country. Many thought Alix was controlling her husband, and it was among one of many reasons that the tsar’s abdication took place. Alix was brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918 along with her husband, children, and loyal servants.