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Tsar Nicholas ll of Russia with his youngest daughter;the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. "AL"

Tsar Nicholas ll of Russia with his youngest daughter;the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova of Russia. "AL"

Grã-duquesas Olga e Tatiana Nikolaevna da Rússia com a sua prima Isabel de Hesse no centro. Em 1900.

Grã-duquesas Olga e Tatiana Nikolaevna da Rússia com a sua prima Isabel de Hesse no centro. Em 1900.

The Romanov children, 1901-1906: (t to b) The Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia with their baby brother, the Tsarevich Alexei, aboard the imperial yacht The Standart.

The Romanov children, 1901-1906: (t to b) The Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia with their baby brother, the Tsarevich Alexei, aboard the imperial yacht The Standart.

Family nicknames for Anastasia were "Malenkaya," "little (one),"  or "shvibzik," the word for "imp."   Living up to her nicknames, young Anastasia grew into a vivacious and energetic child, with blue eyes and strawberry-blonde hair. Margaretta Eagar, a governess said one person commented that the toddler Anastasia had the greatest personal charm of any child he had ever seen.    While often described as gifted and bright, she was never interested in the restrictions of the school room,

Family nicknames for Anastasia were "Malenkaya," "little (one)," or "shvibzik," the word for "imp." Living up to her nicknames, young Anastasia grew into a vivacious and energetic child, with blue eyes and strawberry-blonde hair. Margaretta Eagar, a governess said one person commented that the toddler Anastasia had the greatest personal charm of any child he had ever seen. While often described as gifted and bright, she was never interested in the restrictions of the school room,

Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich, 1904.   The name of the heir to the throne was not chosen by chance. It was also that of one of the first members of the Romanov dynasty, Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich (1645-1676), later known as ‘the unifier of Russia’. Nicholas told an acquaintance, ‘The tsarina and I have decided to call the heir Alexei; it’s time we broke with the series of Alexanders and Nicholases.’

Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich, 1904. The name of the heir to the throne was not chosen by chance. It was also that of one of the first members of the Romanov dynasty, Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich (1645-1676), later known as ‘the unifier of Russia’. Nicholas told an acquaintance, ‘The tsarina and I have decided to call the heir Alexei; it’s time we broke with the series of Alexanders and Nicholases.’

Grand Duchess Olga, Tsarevich Alexei, Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia: 1906.

Grand Duchess Olga, Tsarevich Alexei, Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia: 1906.

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