Topic: Tsesarevich Alexei
Today marks the 108th anniversary of the birth of Alexei Nikolayevich, son of the Emperor Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
A liturgy honouring the tsesarevich and heir to the Russian throne will be held at the Feodorovsky Cathedral at Tsarskoye Selo this morning. After the service the procession will then travel to his birthplace at Peterhof.
The memorial cross at the remains of the Lower Dacha at Peterhof
Alexei was born on August 12th [July 30th O.S.], 1904 at the Lower Dacha in the Alexandria Park at Peterhof. Sadly, the Lower Dacha was destroyed during the Second World War. The ruins of the former home of the Imperial family can still be seen, and today, a large wooden cross marks the spot where the only son to the last tsar was born. It has become a popular site for pilgrimmages by monarchists over the years.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 August, 2012