The end of the Romanovs

The Imperial Family, murdered on this day, 17th July 1918.


‘Alexei took his first bath since Tobolsk; his knee is getting better, but he still cannot straighten it completely. The weather is warm and pleasant. We have absolutely no news from the outside.’

Final entry in the journal of Nicholas II, Ekaterinburg, 13th July 1918.

Empress Alexandra and her son, Alexei, who was known within the family as ‘Baby’.


‘Grey morning, later lovely sunshine. Baby has a slight cold. All went out 1/2 hour in the morning, Olga & I arranged our medicines. Tatiana read spiritual reading. They went out. Tatiana stayed with me & we read Book of prophet Amos and prophet Audios. Tatted. Every morning the Komendant comes to our rooms, at last after a week brought eggs again for Baby.

8 supper.

Suddenly Lenka Sednev was fetched to go & see his Uncle & flew off – wonder whether it’s true & we shall see the boy back again!

Played bezique with Nicky.

10 1/2 to bed. 15 degrees.’

Final entry in the journal of Empress Alexandra, Ekaterinburg, 16th July 1918.

One of the last known photographs of Empress Alexandra, Grand Duchess Tatiana and Grand Duchess Olga, taken in Tobolsk in spring 1918.

The last known photograph of the Tsarevich Alexei and his sister, Grand Duchess Olga, taken during their journey from Tobolsk to Ekaterinburg, May 1918.

The last known photograph of Grand Duchess Anastasia, taken during the journey from Tobolsk to Ekaterinburg, May 1918.

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6 thoughts on “The end of the Romanovs

  • Sara

    Like so many other readers, I’ve been fascinated by the Romanovs for many years. I have several personal connections to their story: knew Robert Massie’s (biographer’s) parents: lived a few blocks away from Anna Andersen, the Anastasia impostor; and saw a travelling exhibition of some key Romanov artifacts when it toured the US. I think those articles have since been dispersed or sold.

    One of the most chilling articles of ordinary life I have ever seen was the last page of the Tsarina’s diary in that exhibit. Nothing brought home so vividly the epic and yet perfectly mundane and very real nature of their plight like that last pencilled page. This was the immediacy of history right before my eyes in a casual note anyone could have scribbled in any diary, anywhere.

  • Sabrina

    Great post and interesting to see Alix’s final diary entries. May the Romanovs rest in peace, it’s a shame their deaths were so cruel and unnecessary.

  • Craig Martins

    This was so wonderful to see. My best friend’s grand mother was the couturier to the royal family. She made all of the girl’s clothing. When they were sent to captivity, my friends grandparents (The Bogatirov’s) ran for their lives to the frontier. Because their papers couldn’t be used they had to use many pieces f the jewelry Alexandria gave them over the years as gifts to bribe the authorities as they fled. Once they got to Paris Mrs. Bogatirov worked for Coco Chanel until she was brought to the USA with her family by Hattie Carnegie. It is a sad story and just should never have happened.

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