Happy 110th birthday to Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov of Russia!
Alexei Nikolaevich of the House of Romanov, was the Tsarevich and heir apparent to the throne of the Russian Empire. Alexei was a simple, affectionate child and was like any boy who liked to play with toy guns, and canons and run around and get dirty. Alexei grew to be quite tall for his age, with long thin oval face and gentle features, wonderful light chestnut hair with tinges of bronze, and big grey-blue eyes like his mother’s. He had a lively mind and strong opinions, and was also very thoughtful. It soon emerged however, that the young boy suffered from haemophilia. They said he wouldn’t live up to his teenage years.
Alexei Romanov was well aware that he might not live to adulthood. When he was ten, his older sister Olga found him lying on his back looking at the clouds and asked him what he was doing. “I like to think and wonder,” Alexei replied. Olga asked him what he liked to think about. “Oh, so many things,” the boy responded. “I enjoy the sun and the beauty of summer as long as I can. Who knows whether one of these days I shall not be prevented from doing it?”
"An unforgettable and great day, on which we received so evident a sign of God’s love. At a quarter past one in the afternoon, Alix had a son, who was named Alexei during prayers" - Tsar Nicholas II
Alexei Nikolaevich Romanov was brutally murdered (along with the rest of his family) at the age of only fourteen years old. Happy birthday and Rest in Peace.