Well, everyone, late last night/early this morning was the big anniversary. One hundred years ago, the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, was murdered in a cellar along with his wife, children, and some of their loyal servants. Paul over at Royal Russia has a nice tribute. This post I wrote back in 2016 remains one of my favorites (and relates to Tsar Nicholas). You can see some photos of Nicholas I posted both here and here.
And I shall leave you with the national anthem of the Russian Empire, “God Save the Tsar.” It’s been one of my favorite national anthems ever since I heard it years ago. I remembered to embed a version with English subtitles this year. I’m pretty sure the version I used last year had only Russian subtitles!
A hundred years is a long time to be gone. I wonder what their lives would have been like if they hadn’t been murdered in a basement that night.