Grand Duke and Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich was born on 12 August 1904 [O.S. 30 July 1904] . He was the youngest child and only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. He was the last heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire.
He was born in the Lower Dacha at Peterhof. Alexei inherited hemophilia from his mother, a condition that could be traced back to her maternal grandmother Queen Victoria.
After the February Revolution of 1917, he and his family were sent into internal exile in Tobolsk, Siberia. He was murdered alongside his parents, four sisters, and four retainers on 17 July 1918 by order of the Bolshevik government.
The family was formally interred on 17 July 1998—the 80th anniversary of their murders. The family was canonized as holy martyrs by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in 1981, and canonized as passion bearers by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2000.
His remains were discovered at Porosyonkov Log, near Ekaterinburg in 2007. They are currently being held at the Novospassky Monastery in Moscow.
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 12 August 2018