Just like a fairy tale, there was once in Russia a king who had a queen, four princesses and a prince. This king was called Nicholas II and Queen Alix or Alexandra, while the daughters were named Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, while the crown prince was called Alekséi. They were the last royal family that existed in Russia.
Actually a Nicholas II he was not called a king but zar, for that reason the Russia of that time is called in the texts of history like Czarist Russia. The queen was called tsarina, while the crown prince received by title zarévich. As for the princesses they were called great duchesses.
What happened to the last Russian royal family?
The members of this imperial family were killed by the Bolsheviks at the dawn of the 17 of July of 1918, during the February Revolution that took place as part of a popular demonstration before the economic and social problems that hit the country after the First World War.
On that occasion 12 people were executed, because in addition to the imperial family they were shot by the Soviets, the doctor of the family, a servant, two of the cooks and a waitress.
The names of these characters went down in history as the last people who lived the last moments of the Russian imperial family.
Afterwards, all the members of the family were canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in exile, which was an indicator that despite the decline of the greatness of imperial Russia a part of the population estimated Nicholas II and his family.
The one that attracted the most attention and is still remembered today was the Grand Duchess Anastasia, who was very appreciated for his participation in the different shows that took place in the palace, because he danced very well and spoke several languages.
However, more than anyone else, his brother wanted him, zarévich Alekséi, maybe because of the care I had for him since he was very small.
This real story of Czarist Russia is so interesting that it has been the subject of many films, such as a Disney movie called Anastasia.
Even until the end of this royal family is a matter of film, because the Romanovs, as this line of tsars was called, were executed by the Bolsheviks during the 1917 revolution; However, many years passed before the Crown Prince's body was found, giving rise to one of the most fascinating myths in Russian history: The return of the zar.
One of the versions that support the survival of the last zar is that for their protection, the royal family had seven families of doubles and that precisely the day of its execution was replaced by one of them.
Among the evidences that support this hypothesis is the fact that the corpse found of the dear Anastasia measured 1,71 centimeters instead of 1,58.
The mystery of the Anastasias that appeared after his execution
One of the most interesting facts is that in 1920, that is, two years later, a woman appeared in Berlin who claimed to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia. She doubted her story because she had been a psychiatric patient a few months before.
However, he had in great detail how he had escaped execution by the Bolsheviks and was also recognized by some relatives and the widow of the family doctor, Dr. Botkin, who was also executed on that occasion.
During all those years they were appearing supposed Anastasias, because in 1955 appeared another to say being the grand duchess and was even accompanied with her little brother Alekséi. However, it could not be confirmed either.
One of the facts that endorsed this identity was the confession of a guard of the imperial family who said he had taken the Duchess and the zarévich to a town near Odessa to avoid being executed.
Also in 1993 another woman appeared in Georgia who even wrote a memoir where she narrated the experiences in the palace. Likewise, although he died at the age of 101 years, his history and real identity could not be confirmed.
Anastasia (last on the right), from right to left with María, Tatiana and Olga, 1906
Of the 30 women who said they were the Grand Duchess Anastasia there were even some who did not speak Russian, claiming that they had forgotten it because of the stress of the experience.
The Anastasias stopped appearing after the supposed discovery of the corpses in the 2007 of the two dear brothers, with the "small detail" of the difference in height.