Alix's title was "Prinzessin von Hessen und bei Rhein".
Has a cousin named Princess Helena Victoria.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was particularly fond of the colour mauve, which is why the Mauve Boudoir or Lilac Study became her favourite room at the Alexander Palace. During the early months of spring and particularly on June 6th, the Tsarina's birthday, this room would be filled with the scent of her favourite lilacs and lilies-of-the-valley. Her other rooms were decorated with flowers all year round too. The Maple and Palisander Drawing-Rooms were filled with gorgeous bouquets of lilacs from either the Tsarskoye Selo Greenhouse or Livadia in the Crimea.
Alix had already met and fallen in love with Grand Duke Nicholas, heir to the throne of Russia, whose mother, Empress Maria Fyodorovna, was a sister of the then Princess of Wales, and whose uncle Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, was married to Alix's sister Elisabeth.
Had a tutor named Madgie Jackson.
Alix and her surviving siblings grew close to her British cousins, spending holidays with Queen Victoria. With her sister Princess Irene, Alix was a bridesmaid at the 1885 wedding of her godmother and maternal aunt, Princess Beatrice to Prince Henry of Battenberg.(4) She was also present at her grandmother's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1887.
Her husband Nicholas II is her second cousin.
Alexandra, Nicholas and three daughters were reinterred in the St. Catherine Chapel of the Peter and Paul Cathedral at the Fortress of St. Peter and St. Paul in St Petersburg in 1998, with much ceremony, on the eightieth anniversary of the execution.
Alexandra, along with her and Nicholas's mutual aunt and uncle, the Prince and Princess of Wales (the Princess of Wales being the favorite sister of Nicholas's mother), and some of Nicholas's relatives from Greece, accompanied the coffin of Alexander III first to Moscow, where it laid in state in the Kremlin, and then to St. Petersburg. The funeral of Alexander III occurred on November 19.
In Russia she is known as Aleksandra Fyodorovna the Empress.
She was NEVER known as Alexandra Feodorovna of Hesse, or Alix of Hesse and Rhine.
Is sometimes called Alecky, Sonny, Alix, Wify and Sunshine.
Alexandra’s first attempts at breastfeeding did not,however, go to plan, for baby Olga rejected her and, as Nicholas recalled, it ‘ended up with Alix very successfully feeding the son of the wet-nurse, while the latter gave milk to Olga’!
Alix is not her "true" name in a sense that Alexandra would then be a false name. Alix is her birth name which she changed upon her conversion. She became the most notable as Alexandra.
She spoke Russian, English and French.
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