Thursday, July 11, 2013
Death of the Tsarevitch
Nicholas II's official manifesto about his late brother, Grand Duke George, was published today.
"Our beloved brother and heir to the throne, the Grand Duke George Alexandrovitch died at Abbas Tuman June 28 (old style). The illness which attacked him might, it was hoped, yield to the treatment initiated and the influence of the southern climate. But God willed otherwise. In submitting without a murmur to the decree of Providence, we call our faithful subjects ti share our deep sorrow with us, and to offer fervent prayers for the repose of the soul of our departed brother.
"Henceforth, and so long as it may not be please God to bless us with a son, the right of succession to throne devolves, according to the precise definition of the law of succession, upon our beloved brother, the Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovitch."
The manifesto was signed "Nicholas."
Grand Duke George's body will be brought to St Petersburg and interred in the cathedral of St Paul and St. Peter. The Emperor and his family have received telegrams of condolences from Queen Victoria, King Umberto and other European sovereigns.
The late Grand Duke was an "English scholar and an earnest student of naval matters."
Contrary to reports, however, the Grand Duke had not married privately with his mother's consent.'