Friday, August 10, 2012

Tsarevich & Grand Duchess of Russia

The photos featured on both cards are from 1913.

To the right is Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia. He was the youngest and only son of Emperor Nicholas II, and heir apparent to the throne. He only lived up to almost 14 years old.

To the left is Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia. The name Anastasia is translated as 'the breaker of chains'. When she was born, the emperor released student prisoners who were involved in riots during the previous winter.

The alleged escape of Alexei and Anastasia from the assassination of the imperial family on 17 July 1918 gave rise to quite a number of personalities claiming to be the Tsarevich and the Grand Duchess. All claims were nullified in 2007 when a Russian archaeologist announced the discovery of what was scientifically proven to be the remains of the two. 

Alexei and Anastasia, together with the rest of the Russian Imperial Family: Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and the three older sisters, Grand Duchess Olga, Grand Duchess Tatiana, and Grand Duchess Maria were canonized as 'passion bearers' of the Russian Orthodox Church. Passion bearer is someone who faced death in a Christ-like manner, and doesn't necessarily require to have been killed for their faith.

Happy Postcard Friendship Friday everyone! Click the meme below to see what other postcard lovers shared at Beth's page for this week.

~ maria

Facebook Postcard Swap, Sender: Olya Grigorieva
Sent from St. Petersburg, Russia, Traveled for approximately 35 days

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