Romanovs Tsar Nicholas II
On this day 100 years ago, Russia's last reigning monarch, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks. Follow #Romanovs100 Live Feed to find out what exactly happened on July 16th-17th, 1918.

16 July 2018

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It's heartbreaking to see how the royal children had to grow up fast, caring for each other in captivity.


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Before marrying Nicholas II, Alix of Hesse (later to become Alexandra Feodorovna) had to convert to Orthodox Christianity - she adopted her new religion fervently.


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Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Feodorovna were always very affectionate with each other in their correspondence.


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Here are some accounts of how life changed when the family was transferred from Tobolsk to Ekaterinburg.


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Keeping the spirit up in the circumstances the Romanovs and their closest entourage found themselves in was near to impossible.


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In this letter Tatiana, the family's second-oldest daughter, sent from Tobolsk, it is clear the family were clueless as to where they were heading: they were waiting for poor Alexei to recover. A haemophiliac, any illness posed more danger to him than to others.


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The whole family was deeply religious.