The Wedding of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodrovna, Laurits Regner Tuxen, 1895

Nicholas and Alix first met in 1884 and by the time Alix returned to Russia in 1889 the tsarevich was in love.  However, Alexander III and his wife Maria Feodorovna were both vigorously anti-German, and had no intention of permitting a match between Alix and the tsarevich. His mother advocated for a betrothal to Princess Hélène, the daughter of Philippe, comte de Paris, but Nicholas resisted. In 1892 Nicholas made an entry in his diary expressing his feelings on the matter, “My dream is some day to marry Alix H. I have loved her a long while and still deeper and stronger since 1889 when she spent six weeks in St. Petersburg. For a long time, I resisted my feeling that my dearest dream will come true.”

The Wedding of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodrovna, Laurits Regner Tuxen, 1895

Nicholas and Alix first met in 1884 and by the time Alix returned to Russia in 1889 the tsarevich was in love. However, Alexander III and his wife Maria Feodorovna were both vigorously anti-German, and had no intention of permitting a match between Alix and the tsarevich. His mother advocated for a betrothal to Princess Hélène, the daughter of Philippe, comte de Paris, but Nicholas resisted. In 1892 Nicholas made an entry in his diary expressing his feelings on the matter, “My dream is some day to marry Alix H. I have loved her a long while and still deeper and stronger since 1889 when she spent six weeks in St. Petersburg. For a long time, I resisted my feeling that my dearest dream will come true.”

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