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Story 1: ROMANOV FAMILY AND QUEEN VICTORIA OF ENGLAND

In the nineteenth century, many members of the European royal families were closely related to each other.  Queen Victoria was referred to as “the grandmother of Europe” because her progeny were dispersed throughout the continent through the marriages of her numerous children.

Empress Alexandra was one of her granddaughters, and the uncle of Tsar Nicholas II was married to one of her daughters, so the family ties between the Romanov family and the English queen were pretty strong.  Both Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra referred to the English queen as “granny” or “grandmamma”.

Watch a rare early film of the Romanov family’s Balmoral visit to Queen Victoria, below.