Tragic Facts About Nicholas II, The Last Tsar of Russia

The turn of the 20th Century proved fateful for Russia, with World War I devastating the country. This was followed by the fall of the House of Romanov signalling the end of monarchy in Russia. At the heart of this downfall was Tsar Nicholas II. Here are some tragic facts that led Nicholas II to become known as the last Tsar of Russia.

Complicated Family Ties

Much like one could expect, Nicholas grew up spoilt. Used to getting what he wanted, he had no problem making his romantic interests known as well. At a royal wedding in 1883, he couldn’t take his eyes off the British Princess Victoria, who just so happened to be his cousin. One year later, he took an interest in Princess Alix who was not just another cousin but only 12 years old at the time. Clearly, Nicholas had little regard for social norms.

The Attack

Into adulthood, Nicholas remained a controversial figure, making his fair share of enemies. While touring Japan in 1891, a police officer broke rank to attack the then-prince with a saber. While Nicholas was fortunate to escape with his life intact, it was clear that he had to sleep with one eye open from then on.

Out of Touch

Following his ascension to the throne, Nicholas called for a celebration, offering food and drinks to the entire city of Moscow. With the celebrations held at Khodynka Field, people began to panic when rumors spread about there not being enough food to go around. At this point, a mass stampede ensued, killing 1,389 people. Instead of mourning, however, Nicholas attended a gala for the French ambassador the very next day, further stoking the flames of fury against him.

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