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Project 1917 is a series of events that took place a hundred years ago as described by those involved. It is composed only of diaries, letters, memoirs, newspapers and other documents

His Majesty came to see me with Alexei and Tatiana. They were very sweet. The Empress also said that she would return after five o’clock tea. I hugged the Emperor several times, and he kept kissing my hand... my heart was breaking. It’s the state of the army which aggrieves the Emperor above all; he doesn’t understand an army without discipline. The Emperor came later and spent two hours with me. See more

I had breakfast at their Majesty’s. The Empress was sad and didn’t say word. The children were cheerful. The Emperor surprised me; he told me, perhaps sincerely, that he is quite content with his position. It allows him to read, and until now his only literature had been dry paper.

Today the Tsesarevich told me: “Father gave us an exam. He remained very unhappy and said: “What did you learn?”" The young girls offered their services as teachers, and the crowned parents followed their example. The Emperor took upon himself the task of teaching history and geography, the Empress - God’s law and German, Iza - English, Nastenka - the history of art and music. See more

Kerensky arrived today, and the empress sent for me so that I might be present during the interrogation which was no doubt in store for her. She rehearsed all the unpleasant things she had been longing to say to him before his arrival. She was indignant and nervous, but I managed to calm her down by assuring her that Kerensky was doing all in his power to save her from the fury of the anarchists. See more

The day of our engagement (23 years).

In all likelihood, some of our good friends, touched by our situation, managed to influence the Provisional Government and as a result we were visited by a commissioner, who gave us the order to immediately go to Crimea. The local council fully approved this plan, because it believed that the “presence of enemies of the people so close to the front is a great danger for revolutionary Russia.” See more

Nicholas and I are allowed to meet only while eating, but not to sleep together.

After the service, Kerensky announced to his Majesty that he was obliged to separate him from her Majesty the Empress, and that their Highnesses should live apart, and see each other only at the dining table, on condition that they speak Russian at all times. They are also allowed to take tea together, but only in the company of an officer, as the servants are not present at these times. A little later the Empress came to me, greatly agitated, and said:  See more

The Empress has aged and become very thin these past few days. She's been sitting in complete silence and no one has dared touch upon recent events.

Burned letters together with Lily. Dined with Nicholas, Alexei and Olga in the playing room. Went to Annushka’s and spent some time there together with everyone else. The commandant reads all our correspondence, while all our parcels undergo thorough checks, along with everything else.

From this moment all in the palace are considered in a state of quarantine, and contact with the outside world is forbidden.

I have burnt the letters I received from Lili Dehn. I sat today with Anya.

Sweet, beloved Treasure.

What relief and joy it was to hear your precious voice only one heard so badly and one listens now to all our conversations. This morning only read the manifest and later another from M. People are beside themselves with misery and adoration for my Angel. A movement is beginning amongst the troops. Fear nothing from Sunny, she does not move -- does not exist. Only I feel and foresee glorious sunshine ahead. See more

Beloved, soul of my soul, my own wee one, ah, how my heart bleeding for you. Love, my Love – it will go well, it must and I don’t waver in my faith. Sweet Angel, oh, me loves you so -- always together, night and day – I feel what you are going through -- and your poor heart. God have mercy, give you strength and wisdom. He won't forsake you. He will help, recompense this mad suffering and separation at such a time when one needs being together.  See more

Beloved, precious Light of my Life, 
Grammatin and Soloviev are going off with 2 letters hoping that at least they can reach you to bring you and get news. 
It's more than maddening not being together - but souls and hearts are more than ever - nothing can tear us apart, though they just wish this, that is why they won't let you see me until you have signed a paper of theirs - responsible ministers or Constitution. See more

I fear Alicky is the cause of it all and Nicky has been weak.

There are absolutely no messages from St. Petersburg. This is very unpleasant. The Duma is closed, I wonder why. They say that this is definitely her! Another terrible mistake in such a moment! You truly have to be mad to assume such responsibility.

Thanks for the news. Am glad everything is all right with you. Hope to be at home tomorrow morning. Embracing you and the children. God save you.

-9°C. I had lunch upstairs with Lily. Horrible things are happening in St Petersburg. Revolution.

My own Treasure,
Tender thanks for your dear letter. This will be my last one. How happy I am at the thought of meeting you in two days. I had much to do & therefore my letter is short. See more

Many thanks letter. Leave tomorrow 2.30. Guard cavalry from nov ordered at once for town. God grant vicissim (disarders). Troops shall soon be stopped. Always near you. Tender love to all.

Age: 44
Lives in: Alexander Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Russian Empire
Nickname: Alix
Title: Empress of Russia


in Petrograd
in Moscow