Topic: Tsarevich Alexis
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 August, 2014
A bronze monument to the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich was unveiled on May 26th, at the Cossack Church of the Exaltation of the Cross in St. Petersburg. The Cossacks revere the young Tsesarevich Alexei who served as Cossack Ataman.
The tradition of members of the tsar’s family being as it were ‘adopted’ by heads of guard divisions had a long history in tsarist Russia. For an heir to the throne to be made commander of a regiment was an exceptional honour. Only a few days after the birth of the tsarevich, the hetman or commander of the Astrakhan regiment of the Cossacks received a telegram from the tsar: ‘It is with great joy that I instruct you to inform the Cossacks of the Astrakhan unit that the Heir to the Throne Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich is appointed hetman of all the Cossack regiments. Nicholas .’
When the heir to the throne was a little older, the decision was made to start introducing him to the regiments that he was to command. In this context it is worth quoting the reminiscences of General Krasnov, who was there when the tsarevich was presented to the Astrakhan regiment. ‘His Highness took his successor by the hand and went slowly with him past the front line of the Cossacks […] And when His Highness walked on […], the Cossacks wept and waved their swords in their rough calloused hands.’
The new monument of the Tsesarevich stands next to one of his father, Tsar Nicholas II which was unveiled on May 19, 2002. It is the third monument dedicated to the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich (1904-1918) in post-Soviet Russia.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 03 June, 2013
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
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