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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
The Fate of the Tsesarevich Alexei's Dog, Joy
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

Tsesarevich Alexei with his canine companion, Joy
I have a great love of all animals, so much so that I have been a vegetarian for much of my adult life. No animal touches my heart more than that of a dog, so it is only natural that the following article, published in today's issue of The Siberian Times should pull on my heart strings.
The article retells the fate of the Tsearevich Alexei's favourite dog and faithful companion, Joy. We have all seen photographs of the two of them together. Given Alexei's illness which prevented him from playing like most boys his age, his canine friend must have surely brought much comfort and companionship during the days and weeks in which his illness restricted his movement, often making him bedridden for weeks.
The article was written by Kate Baklitskaya, it was inspired by Maja Proescholdt who wrote an extensive article on her personal blog about the fate of the last heir to the Russian throne's favourite canine companion. To read the article in full, view the photos and video, please click on the following link; 

The Fate of the Tsesarevich Alexei’s Dog, Joy

Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 January, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:05 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 3:34 PM EST
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Thursday, 29 August 2013
Unknown Portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei Discovered
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Topic: Tsarevich Alexis
Hidden for nearly a century, a previously unknown portrait of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich, the son of Emperor Nicholas II was discovered in a house on Wednesday, not far from the Catherine Palace at Pushkin. The portrait was found by workers during the restoration of the facade of the 18th century Kabinetskaya (Cavaliers) House on Sadovoi Ulitsa.

The 86cm x 67cm oil painting of the Tsesarevich Alexei, dressed in a sailors shirt, was found hidden between the wall and the eaves of the house. The canvas was rolled up, wrapped in newspapers dating from 1917 and 1918, and pinned down with bricks. Experts at the Tsarskoye Selo Palace Museum Preserve believe that the owners of the house removed the portrait from its frame and hid it after the revolution of 1917. 

The artist is unknown but believed to be painted from a photograph of the young heir to the throne during the 1913-1914 period. Experts will now attempt to identify the artist and learn more about the original owner of the house. It is known that the house was occupied by Gendarme Corps Colonel Boris Gerardi, who served as Head of the Palace Police from 1905-1917.
Iraida Bott, Deputy Scientific Director at the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve told local media that the oil painting is dilapidated, with numerous creases and a torn-off fragment and in urgent need of restoration. Once this has been done, the portrait will then go on display at the Tsarskoye Selo Palace Museum, presumably in the Alexander Palace where the Tsesarevich spent much of his life. In the meantime, further investigation of the house will result in the discovery of other treasures from the Tsarist period. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 August, 2013


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:23 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 30 August 2013 3:11 PM EDT
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Friday, 16 August 2013
Procession Marks 109th Anniversary of Tsesarevich Alexei's Birth
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 August, 2013


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:41 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 16 August 2013 4:16 PM EDT
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Monday, 3 June 2013
New Monument to Tsesarevich Alexei Unveiled in St. Petersburg
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Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

A bronze monument to the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich was unveiled on May 26th, at the Cossack Church of the Exaltation of Christ 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

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:36 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 3 June 2013 7:01 AM EDT
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Sunday, 12 August 2012
Memory of Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich Honoured
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis


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


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 August 2012 6:52 AM EDT
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Saturday, 29 October 2011
Statue of Tsarevich Alexei Unveiled in Rostov
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis

A new statue of the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich was recently unveiled in Rostov.  The ceremony was attended by Paul Kulikovsky, the great-grandson of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna.

The statue which depicts the Tsarevich in the uniform of the Cossack Ataman, of which Alexei was a soldier of the Ataman honour-guard. The statue was created thanks to donations and now stands in the courtyard of the Shakhty Cadet Corps.

© Royal Russia. 29 October, 2011


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:23 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 29 October 2011 7:25 AM EDT
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Thursday, 7 July 2011
Alexis The Last Tsarevich of Russia 2012 Calendar
Topic: Tsarevich Alexis


Our new 2012 calendar is now available. This years calendar is dedicated to the life of the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich. The collection of nearly 60 photographs focus on the happier times of the only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, who suffered from haemophilia.

The entire proceeds from the sale of this calendar will help offset the costs of maintaining out web site and blog, and for the translation of books and articles on the Russian Imperial Family from Russian into English. Thank you for keeping the memories of Old Russia alive!


© Royal Russia. 7 July, 2011

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:11 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 9 July 2011 3:09 PM EDT
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