Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Heir to Russian throne is engaged

June 18, 1893

Czarevitch Nicholas Alexandrovitch, heir apparent to the Russian throne, is betrothed to Princess Alix of Hesse and By Rhine, according to a Chicago Tribune Dispatch. 

The Princess recently celebrated her 21st birthday.  She is the youngest daughter of the late Princess Alice, third child of Queen Victoria, and Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and By Rhine,  who died last year.  The dispatch notes that the late Grand Duke
was not much of a man."

Nicholas, eldest surviving son of Alexander III and his wife, Marie Feodorovna, is 25.

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