Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia

Infobox Russian Royalty|grand duchess
name = Tatiana Nikolaievna
title =Grand Duchess Tatiana of Russia

caption = Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna in 1914.
imperial house = flagicon|Russian Empire|1858 House of Romanov
father =Nicholas II of Russia
mother =Alexandra Fyodorovna of Hesse
date of birth =birth date|1897|6|10
place of birth = Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Empire of All the Russias
date of death =death date|1918|7|17|mf=y (age in years and days|1897|6|10|1918|7|17|mf=y)
place of death = flagicon|Russian SFSR Yekaterinburg, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
place of burial= Peter and Paul Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation|

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova) (In Russian Великая Княжна Татьяна Николаевна), (May 29 (O.S.)/June 10 (N.S.), 1897 - July 17, 1918), (after 1900, Tatiana's birthday was celebrated on the 11th of June) was the second daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last autocratic ruler of Russia, and of Tsarina Alexandra. She was born at the Peterhof, Saint Petersburg.

She was better known than her three sisters during her lifetime and headed Red Cross committees during World War I. She nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital from 1914 to 1917, until the family was arrested following the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Her murder by revolutionaries on July 17, 1918 resulted in her being named as a passion bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church. She was an elder sister of the famous Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, who was widely rumored to have survived the assassination of the Imperial Family. [Kurth, Peter, Anastasia: The Riddle of Anna Anderson, Back Bay Books, 1983, p. vii] Dozens of people claimed to be surviving Romanovs. Author Michael Occleshaw claims that a woman named Larissa Tudor might have been Tatiana; however, historians believe all of the Romanovs, including Tatiana, were assassinated.

Early life and characteristics

. All of the children were close to one another and to their parents up until the end of their lives.

Tatiana was described as tall and slender, with dark auburn hair and dark blue-gray eyes, fine, chiseled features, and a refined, elegant bearing befitting the daughter of an Emperor. She was considered the most beautiful of the four grand duchesses by many courtiers.Massie, Robert K. "Nicholas and Alexandra," 1967, p. 133.] Dehn, Lili, 1922. "The Real Tsaritsa", ISBN 5-3000-2285-3] cite web | author=Vyrubova, Anna | year= | title= "Memories of the Russian Court" | work=| url= | accessdate= December 10| accessyear=2006] Of all her sisters, Tatiana most closely resembled their mother.

Tatiana's title is most precisely translated as "Grand Princess," meaning that Tatiana, as an "imperial highness" was higher in rank than other princesses in Europe who were "royal highnesses." "Grand Duchess" became the most widely used translation of the title into English from Russian. [Zeepvat, Charlotte, The Camera and the Tsars: A Romanov Family Album, Sutton Publishing, 2004, xiv] However, her friends, family and the household servants generally called her by her first name and patronym, Tatiana NikolaevnaMassie, Robert, "Nicholas and Alexandra", 1967, p. 135] or by the Russian nicknames "Tanya," "Tatya," "Tatianochka," or "Tanushka." [Kurth, p. 23] [Gregory P. Tschebotarioff, "Russia: My Native Land: A U.S. engineer reminisces and looks at the present," McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1964, p. 193]

when she was heading a committee meeting that she kicked the woman under the table and hissed "Are you crazy to speak to me like that?"

Tatiana and her older sister, Olga, were known in the household as "The Big Pair." According to a May 29, 1897 diary entry written by her father's distant cousin, Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia, she was given the name "Tatiana" as an homage to the heroine in Alexander Pushkin's novel in verse Eugene Onegin. Her father liked the idea of having daughters named Olga and Tatiana, like the sisters in the famous poem. [Maylunas, Andrei, and Mironenko, Sergei, editors; Galy, Darya, translator, "A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story," 1997, p. 163] Like their two younger sisters, the two older girls shared a bedroom and were very close to one another from early childhood. In the spring of 1901, Olga had typhoid fever and was confined to the nursery for several weeks away from her younger sisters. When she began to recover, Tatiana was permitted to see her older sister for five minutes but didn't recognize her. When her governess, Margaretta Eagar, told her after the visit that the sickly child she had been conversing so gently with was Olga, four-year-old Tatiana began to cry bitterly and protested that the pale, thin child couldn't be her adored older sister. Eagar had difficulty persuading Tatiana that Olga would recover. cite web | author=Eagar, Margaret | year=1906| title= "Six Years at the Russian Court" | work=|url= |accessdate = December 21| access year=2006] French tutor Pierre Gilliard wrote that the two sisters were "passionately devoted to one another." [Gilliard, Pierre (1970). "Thirteen Years at the Russian Court", Ayer Company Publishers Incorporated, pgs. 74-76, ISBN 0-4050-3029-0]

Tatiana was practical and had a natural talent for leadership. Her sisters gave her the nickname "The Governess" and sent her as their group representative when they wanted their parents to grant a favor. Though she was eighteen months Tatiana's senior, Olga had no objection when Tatiana decided to take charge of a situation. She was also closer to her mother than any of her sisters and was considered by many who knew her to be the Tsarina's favorite daughter. Tatiana was the conduit of all her mother's decisions. [Edvard Radzinsky"The Last Tsar",p.112] "It was not that her sisters loved their mother any less," recalled her French tutor Pierre Gilliard, "but Tatiana knew how to surround her with unwearying attentions and never gave way to her own capricious impulses." [Gilliard, Pierre (1970), "Thirteen Years at the Russian Court", pgs. 74 - 76] Alexandra wrote Nicholas on March 13, 1916 that Tatiana was the only one of their four daughters who "grasped it" when she explained her way of looking at things. [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 460]

Gilliard wrote that Tatiana was reserved and "well balanced" but less open and spontaneous than Olga. She was also less talented than Olga, but worked harder and was more dedicated to seeing projects through to completion than her elder sister. [Gilliard, Pierre (1970). "Thirteen Years at the Russian Court", Ayer Company Publishers Incorporated, pgs. 74-76, ISBN 0-4050-3029-0] Colonel Kobylinsky, the family's guard at Tsarskoye Selo and Tobolsk, felt Tatiana "had no liking for art. Maybe it would have been better for her had she been a man." [Greg King and Penny Wilson, The Fate of the Romanovs, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003, p. 48] Others felt Tatiana's artistic talents were better expressed in handiwork and in her talent for choosing attractive fashions and creating elegant hair styles. Her mother's friend Anna Vyrubova later wrote that Tatiana had a great talent for making clothing, embroidery and crochet and that she dressed her mother's long hair as well as any professional hair stylist.

Relationship with Grigori Rasputin

Tatiana, like all her family, doted on the long-awaited heir Tsarevich Alexei, or "Baby," who suffered frequent attacks of haemophilia and nearly died several times. Tatiana and her three sisters, like their mother, were all potential carriers of the hemophilia gene; the Tsarina was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, from whom the trait was inherited. Tatiana's younger sister Maria reportedly hemorrhaged in December 1914 during an operation to remove her tonsils, according to her paternal aunt Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, who was interviewed later in her life. The doctor performing the operation was so unnerved that he had to be ordered to continue by their mother, Tsarina Alexandra. Olga Alexandrovna said she believed all four of her nieces bled more than was normal and believed they were carriers of the haemophilia gene like their mother. [Vorres, Ian. "The Last Grand Duchess," 1965 p. 115.] Symptomatic carriers of the gene, while not hemophiliacs themselves, can have symptoms of hemophilia including a lower than normal blood clotting factor that can lead to heavy bleeding. [Zeepvat, p. 175]

The Tsarina relied on the counsel of Grigori Rasputin, a Russian peasant and wandering "starets" or "holy man," and credited his prayers with saving the ailing Tsarevich on numerous occasions. Tatiana and her siblings were also taught to view Rasputin as "Our Friend" and to share confidences with him. In the autumn of 1907, Tatiana's aunt Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia was escorted to the nursery by the Tsar to meet Rasputin. Tatiana and her sisters and brother were all wearing their long white nightgowns. The children appeared to be friendly with Rasputin and comfortable in his company. [Massie, pp. 199-200] Rasputin's friendship with the children was also evident in some of the messages he sent to them. In February 1909, Rasputin sent the imperial children a telegram, advising them to "Love the whole of God's nature, the whole of His creation in particular this earth. The Mother of God was always occupied with flowers and needlework." [Maylunas, Andrei and Mironenko, Sergei, editors; Galy, Darya, translator, A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story, 1997, p. 321] Eleven-year-old Tatiana wrote a letter asking Rasputin to visit her and telling him how hard it was to see her mother ill. "But you know because you know everything," she wrote. [cite web | author= | year=| title= "Tanya's Diary" | work=|url= |accessdate = January 13| access year=2007]

. "I hope our nurse will be nice to our friend now."Maylunas, Andrei and Mironenko, Sergei, editors; Galy, Darya, translator, A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story, 1997, p. 330] Alexandra eventually had Tyutcheva fired.

Tyutcheva took her book to other members of the family.Massie, p. 208] Nicholas's sister Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia was horrified by Tyutcheva's story. She wrote in her diary on March 15, 1910 that she couldn't understand the family's regard for Rasputin as "almost a saint" when she viewed him as only a "khlyst" Tyutcheva told Grand Duchess Xenia that the starets visited when Olga and Tatiana were getting ready for bed and sat there talking with them and "caressing" them. The girls hid his presence from their governess and were afraid to talk to her about Rasputin. Maria Ivanovna Vishnyakova, another nurse for the royal children, was at first a devotee of Rasputin, but later was disillusioned by him. She claimed that she was raped by Rasputin in the spring of 1910. The empress refused to believe her, Vishnyakova told investigators, and said everything Rasputin did was holy. [Radzinsky, Edvard, "The Rasputin File," Doubleday, 2000, pp. 129-130] Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna was told that Vishnyakova's claim had been immediately investigated, but "they caught the young woman in bed with a Cossack of the Imperial Guard." Vishnyakova was dismissed from her post in 1913. [Radzinsky, pp. 129-130.]

It was whispered in society that Rasputin had seduced not only the Tsarina but also the four grand duchesses. [Mager, Hugo, "Elizabeth: Grand Duchess of Russia," Carroll and Graf Publishers, Inc., 1998] Rasputin had released ardent, though completely innocent in nature, letters written by the Tsarina and the four grand duchesses to him. They circulated throughout society, fueling more rumors. Pornographic cartoons circulated that depicted Rasputin having relations with the empress, with her four daughters and Anna Vyrubova nude in the background. [Christopher, Peter, Kurth, Peter, Radzinsky, Edvard, "Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra," p. 115.] Nicholas ordered Rasputin to leave St. Petersburg for a time, much to Alexandra's displeasure, and Rasputin went on a pilgrimage to Israel. [Christopher, Kurth, and Radzinsky, p. 116] Despite the rumors, the imperial family's association with Rasputin continued until Rasputin was murdered in 1916. "Our Friend is so contented with our girlies, says they have gone through heavy 'courses' for their age and their souls have much developed," Alexandra wrote to Nicholas on December 6, 1916. [Maylunas, Andrei and Mironenko, Sergei, editors; Galy, Darya, translator, "A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story," 1997, p. 489] Tatiana was rumored to have been present at Rasputin's murder on December 17, 1916, "disguised as a lieutenant of the Chevaliers-Gardes, so that she could revenge herself on Rasputin who had tried to violate her." It was also rumored that Rasputin was castrated in front of Tatiana, wrote Maurice Paléologue, the French ambassador to Russia, in his memoirs. Paléologue was skeptical at the time about the truth of the wild rumors and attributed them to the hatred of Rasputin held by people in St. Petersburg. [Maylunas and Mironenko, pp. 508-509] In his memoirs, A.A. Mordvinov reported that all four grand duchesses appeared "cold and visibly terribly upset" by Rasputin's death and sat "huddled up closely together" on a sofa in one of their bedrooms on the night they received the news. Mordvinov reported that the young women were in a gloomy mood and seemed to sense the political upheaval that was about to be unleashed. [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 507] Tatiana attended Rasputin's funeral on December 21, 1916, and Rasputin was buried with an icon signed on its reverse side by Tatiana, her mother and sisters. [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 511]

Tatiana later kept a notebook in which she recorded Rasputin's sayings: "Love is Light and it has no end. Love is great suffering. It cannot eat, it cannot sleep. It is mixed with sin in equal parts. And yet it is better to love. In love one can be mistaken, and through suffering he expiates for his mistakes. If love is strong -- the lovers happy. Nature herself and the Lord give them happiness. One must ask the Lord that he teach to love the luminous, bright, so that love be not torment, but joy. Love pure, Love luminous is the Sun. The Sun makes us warm, and Love caresses. All is in Love, and even a bullet cannot strike Love down." [Bokhanov, Alexander, Knodt, Dr. Manfred, Oustimenko, Vladimir, Peregudova, Zinaida, Tyutyunnik, Lyubov, translator Xenofontova, Lyudmila, The Romanovs: Love, Power, and Tragedy, Leppi Publications, 1993, pp. 237-238]

Tatiana, like her mother, was deeply religious and read her Bible frequently. She also studied theology and struggled with the meaning of "good and evil, sorrow and forgiveness, and man's destiny on earth." She decided that "One has to struggle much because the return for good is evil, and evil reigns." [Bokhanov, Knodt, Oustimenko, Peregudova, Tyutynnik, p. 127] A.A. Mosolov, a court official, felt that Tatiana's reserved nature gave her a "difficult" character, but one with more spiritual depth than her sister Olga. [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 370.] Her English tutor, Sydney Gibbes, who later became a Russian Orthodox priest, disagreed and felt that religion for Tatiana was a duty rather than something she felt in her heart. [King and Wilson, p. 48]

Young adulthood and World War I

. "...Yes, Mama, and at the second division I will see whom I "must" see ... you know whom ..." [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 342]

While she enjoyed the company of the soldiers she met, the young Tatiana also sometimes found their behavior shocking. A group of officers aboard the imperial yacht gave her older sister Olga a portrait of Michelangelo's nude David, cut out from a newspaper, as a present for her name day on July 11, 1911. "Olga laughed at it long and hard," the indignant fourteen-year-old Tatiana wrote to her aunt Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia. "And not one of the officers wishes to confess that he has done it. Such swine, aren't they?" [Bokhanov, Knodt, Oustimenko, Peregudova, Tyutynnik, p. 123] The fourteen year old found her distant cousin Prince Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia's engagement to Helen of Serbia "touching" but found the thought of Helen kissing him hilarious. "How funny if they might have children, can (she) be kissing him?" Tatiana wrote Olga Alexandrovna on July 14, 1911. "What foul, fie!" [Bokhanov, Knodt, Oustimenko, Peregudova, Tyutynnik, p. 127]

That fall, the fourteen-year-old Tatiana experienced her first brush with violence when she witnessed the assassination of the government minister Pyotr Stolypin during a performance at the Kiev Opera House. Tatiana and her older sister Olga had followed their father back to his opera box and witnessed the shooting. Her father later wrote to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria, on September 10, 1911, that the event had upset both girls. Tatiana sobbed and both of them had trouble sleeping that night. [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 344.]

letter for saying something negative about the Germans in her mother's presence. She explained that she forgot her mother had been born in Germany because she thought of Alexandra as only Russian. The Tsarina responded that she did feel completely Russian and Tatiana had not hurt her feelings with her sharp words, but Alexandra was hurt by the actions of her former countrymen and by the gossip she heard about her own German connections. [Maylunas and Mironenko, pp. 406-407]

On August 15, 1915, Tatiana wrote her mother another letter expressing her desire to help her bear the burdens brought on by the war: "I simply can't tell you how awfully sorry I am for you, my beloved ones. I am so sorry I can in no way help you or be useful. In such moments I am sorry I'm not a man." [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 432] As Tatiana grew into adulthood, she undertook more public appearances than her sisters and headed committees. Vyrubova recalled that she became better known to the public than her three sisters because of her attention to duty and her ability to engage those she met. In their memoirs, both her mother's friend, Vyrubova, and lady in waiting Lili Dehn recalled that Tatiana, the most social of the sisters, longed for friends her own age but her social life was restricted by her rank and her mother's distaste for society. She also had a more introspective side, known only to her closest friends and family. "With her, as with her mother, shyness and reserve were accounted as pride, but, once you knew her and had gained her affection, this reserve disappeared and the real Tatiana became apparent," Dehn recalled. "She was a poetical creature, always yearning for the ideal, and dreaming of great friendships which might be hers."

Chebotareva, who grew to love "sweet" Tatiana almost like a daughter, described how the shy grand duchess once reached out to hold her hand when Tatiana was nervous about walking in front of a large group of nurses. [Tschebotarioff, pp. 59-60] "I am so terribly embarrassed and frightened -- I do not know whom I greeted and whom not," Tatiana told Chebotareva.Tschebotarioff, p. 60] Tatiana's informality also impressed Chebotareva's son, Gregory. Tatiana once called Chebotareva at her home on the telephone and spoke first to her sixteen-year-old son. Gregory was annoyed when the grand duchess referred to him by his diminutive name, "Grisha." Not realizing who she was, the affronted Gregory asked the grand duchess to identify herself and she replied, "Tatiana Nikolaevna." When he asked her again, still not believing he was talking to a Romanov, Tatiana again failed to claim the imperial title of Grand Duchess and replied that she was "Sister Romanova the Second."

On another occasion during the war, when the lady in waiting who usually picked them up from the hospital was detained and sent a carriage without an attendant, Tatiana and her sister Olga decided to go shopping for the first time. They ordered the carriage to stop near a group of shops and went into one of the stores, where they were unrecognized because of their nurses' uniforms. They came back out without buying anything when they realized they did not have money with them and wouldn't have known how to use it even if they did. The next day they asked Chebotareva how to use money.

Romances with soldiers

Tatiana fell in love on at least one occasion. In an article in the December 2004 edition of the magazine "Royalty Digest: A Journal of Record" Peter de Malama wrote that his cousin, Dmitri Yakovlech Malama, an officer in the Imperial Russian Cavalry, met Tatiana when he was wounded in 1914 and a romance later developed between Tatiana and the young man when he was appointed an equerry to the court of the Tsar at Tsarskoye Selo. [De Malama, Peter, "The Romanovs: The Forgotten Romance," in Royalty "Digest: A Journal of Record," December 2004, p. 184] Dmitri Malama gave Tatiana a French bulldog she named "Ortino" in September 1914. "Forgive me about the little dog," Tatiana wrote to her mother on September 30, 1914. "To say the truth, when he asked should I like to have it if he gave it to me, I at once said yes. You remember, I always wanted to have one, and only afterwards when we came home I thought that suddenly you might not like me having one. But I really was so pleased at the idea that I forgot about everything." [Maylunas and Mironenko, p. 404] The dog died, but Malama gave her a replacement puppy. Tatiana took it with her to Yekaterinburg, where it died with the rest of the family. [Greg King and Penny Wilson, "The Fate of the Romanovs," John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2003, p. 312.] Malama paid the imperial family a visit some eighteen months after he gave Tatiana the first dog. "My little Malama came for an hour yesterday evening," wrote Alexandra to Nicholas on March 17, 1916. "...Looks flourishing more of a man now, an adorable boy still. I must say a perfect son in law he w(ou)ld have been -- why are foreign P(rin)ces not as nice!" [Furhmann, Joseph T. "The Complete Wartime Correspondence of Nicholas and Alexandra: April 1914 - March 1917," Greenwood Press, 1999] Malama was killed in August 1919 while commanding a unit of the White Russians fighting the civil war against the Bolsheviks in the Ukraine, according to Peter de Malama. [De Malama, p. 184]

Tatiana was also fond of a soldier named Vladimir Kiknadze, whom she cared for when he was wounded in 1915 and again in 1916, according to the diary of Valentina Ivanovna Chebotareva, a nurse who worked with Tatiana during the war. Chebotareva described how Tatiana sometimes sat beside "Volodia" at the piano as he played a tune with one finger and talked to her in a low voice, wearing a mysterious expression on his face. Chebotareva also described how Tatiana and her sister Olga made excuses to come to the hospital to see Volodia. [Extracts from the journal of Valentina Ivanovna Chebotareva, "Novy Jurnal 181," New York, 1990] Chebotareva felt the flirtations between the grand duchesses and the wounded officers could cause gossip and damage the girls' reputations.


, after expressing concern for fellow nurses and a patient they had once treated together. Chebotareva's son, Gregory P. Tschebotarioff, noted the grand duchess's "firm, energetic handwriting" and how the letter "reflected the nature which endeared her so much to my mother." [Tschebotarioff, p. 195]

Tatiana's English tutor, Sydney Gibbes, recalled that Tatiana had grown razor thin in captivity and seemed "haughtier" and more inscrutable to him than ever. [Peter Christopher, Peter Kurth, Edvard Radzinsky, "Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra," 1995, p. 173] In April 1918 the Bolsheviks moved Nicholas, Alexandra and Maria to Yekaterinburg. The remaining children remained behind in Tobolsk because Alexei, who had suffered another attack of haemophilia, could not be moved. It was Tatiana who persuaded her mother to "stop tormenting herself" and make a decision to go with her father and leave Alexei behind. Alexandra decided that level-headed Tatiana must be left behind to manage the household and look after Alexei. [Christopher, Kurth, and Radzinsky, p. 180]

During the month of separation from their parents and sister, Tatiana, Olga, Anastasia, and ladies in waiting busied themselves sewing precious stones and jewelry into their clothing, hoping to hide them from their captors. Tatiana and her sisters were later traumatized when they were harassed by their guards aboard the steamship "Rus" that ferried them from Tobolsk to Yekaterinburg in May 1918. The guards, having been tipped off by one or more servants in the group, were looking for the jewels. The girls' English tutor, Sydney Gibbes, was haunted for the rest of his life by the memory of the terrified screams of the grand duchesses and his inability to help them.Greg King and Penny Wilson, "The Fate of the Romanovs," 2003, p. 140.]

Pierre Gilliard later recalled his last sight of the imperial children at Yekaterinburg. "The sailor Nagorny, who attended to Alexei Nikolaevitch, passed my window carrying the sick boy in his arms, behind him came the Grand Duchesses loaded with valises and small personal belongings. I tried to get out, but was roughly pushed back into the carriage by the sentry. I came back to the window. Tatiana Nikolayevna came last carrying her little dog and struggling to drag a heavy brown valise. It was raining and I saw her feet sink into the mud at every step. Nagorny tried to come to her assistance; he was roughly pushed back by one of the commisars ..." [Bokhanov, Knodt, Oustimenko, Peregudova, Tyutynnik, p. 310]


At Yekaterinburg, Tatiana occasionally joined her younger sisters in chatting with some of the guards over tea, asking them questions about their families and talking about her hopes for a new life in England when they were released. On one occasion one of the guards forgot himself and told the grand duchesses an off-color joke. The shocked Tatiana ran from the room, "pale as death," and her younger sister Maria scolded the guards for their bad language.King and Wilson, p. 242] She "would be pleasant to the guards if she thought they were behaving in an acceptable and decorous manner," recalled another of the guards in his memoirs. Tatiana, still the family leader, was often sent by her parents to question the guards about rules or what would happen next to the family. She also spent a great deal of time sitting with her mother and ill brother, reading to her mother or playing games to occupy the time.

On July 14, 1918, local priests at Yekaterinburg conducted a private church service for the family and reported that Tatiana and her family, contrary to custom, fell on their knees during the prayer for the dead. [King and Wilson, p. 276] The final entry in Tatiana's final notebook at Yekaterinburg was a saying she had copied from the words of a well-known Russian Orthodox holy man, Father Ioann of Kronstadt: "Your grief is indescribable, the Savior's grief in the Gardens of Gethsemane for the world's sins is immeasurable, join your grief to his, in it you will find consolation." [Bokhanov, Knodt, Oustimenko, Peregudova, Tyutynnik, p. 311] On the afternoon of July 16, 1918, the last full day of her life, Tatiana sat with her mother and read from the Biblical Books of Amos and Obadiah, Alexandra noted in her diary. Later, mother and daughter sat and just talked. [Christopher, Peter, Kurth, Peter, and Radzinsky, Edvard. "Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra" ISBN 0316507873, p. 194]

Tatiana was twenty-one when she was murdered along with her family on July 17, 1918 in the cellar room of the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg. The murders were carried out by a death squad under the command of Yakov Yurovsky. According to one account, Yurovsky himself shot her in front of her sister Olga. [King and Wilson, p. 303]

Author Michael Occleshaw made the claim in his 1995 book "The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor" that Tatiana might have been rescued and transported to England, where she married a British officer and lived under the name Larissa Tudor. Occleshaw based this claim on studying the diaries of the British agent Richard Meinertzhagen, who hinted at the successful liberation of a Grand Duchess, allegedly Tatiana. [Robert K. Massie, "The Romanovs: The Final Chapter," Random House, 1995, p. 147] [Michael Occleshaw, "The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor," Orion, pp. 146-150] However, historians discount this claim. Survival stories persist because two bodies were missing from the mass grave found in the forest outside Yekaterinburg and exhumed in 1991. Those bodies were identified as Tsarevich Alexei and one of the four grand duchesses, generally thought by Russians to be Grand Duchess Maria and by Americans to be Grand Duchess Anastasia. Most historians believe that all of the Romanovs, including Tatiana, were assassinated at Ekaterinburg. [Massie, "The Romanovs: The Final Chapter," p. 66]

On August 23, 2007, a Russian archaeologist announced the discovery of two burned, partial skeletons at a bonfire site near Yekaterinburg that appeared to match the site described in Yurovsky's memoirs. The archaeologists said the bones are from a boy who was roughly between the ages of ten and thirteen years at the time of his death and of a young woman who was roughly between the ages of eighteen and twenty-three years old. Anastasia was seventeen years, one month old at the time of the assassination, while her sister Maria was nineteen years, one month old and their brother Alexei was two weeks shy of his fourteenth birthday. Olga and Tatiana were twenty-two and twenty-one years old at the time of the assassinations. Along with the remains of the two bodies, archaeologists found "shards of a container of sulfuric acid, nails, metal strips from a wooden box, and bullets of various caliber." The bones were found using metal detectors and metal rods as probes.cite web | author=Gutterman, Steve | year=2007| title = "Remains of czar heir may have been found" | Work= "Associated Press" | url=| accessdate= August 24| accessyear=2007]

Preliminary testing indicates a "high degree of probability" that the remains belong to the Tsarevich Alexei and to one of his sisters, Russian forensic scientists announced on January 22, 2008.cite web | author=Interfax| year=2008| title = "Suspected remains of tsar's children still being studied" | Work= "Interfax" | url=| accessdate= January 23| accessyear=2008] The Yekaterinburg region's chief forensic expert Nikolai Nevolin indicated the results would be compared against those obtained by foreign experts.cite web | author=RIA Novosti| year=2008| title = "Remains found in Urals likely belong to Tsar's children" | Work= "RIA Novosti" | url=| accessdate= January 23| accessyear=2008] On April 30, 2008, Russian forensic scientists announced that DNA testing proves that the remains belong to the Tsarevich Alexei and to one of his sisters. cite web | author=Eckel, Mike | year=2008| title= " DNA confirms IDs of czar's children" ||url= |accessdate = April 30| access year=2008] With this result, all of the Tsar's family are accounted for.


::"For more information, see Romanov sainthood"In 2000, Tatiana and her family were canonized as passion bearers by the Russian Orthodox Church. The family had previously been canonized in 1981 by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad as holy martyrs.

The bodies of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and three of their daughters were finally interred at St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg on July 17, 1998, eighty years after they were murdered. [ cite web | author=Shevchenko, Maxim | year= 2000| title= "The Glorification of the Royal Family" | work= Nezavisemaya Gazeta | url= | accessdate= December 10| accessyear=2006]


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4= 4. Alexander III of Russia
5= 5. Dagmar of Denmark
6= 6. Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse
7= 7. Alice of the United Kingdom
8= 8. Alexander II of Russia
9= 9. Marie of Hesse and by Rhine
10= 10. Christian IX of Denmark
11= 11. Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)
12= 12. Prince Karl of Hesse and by Rhine
13= 13. Elizabeth of Prussia
14= 14. Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
15= 15. Victoria of the United Kingdom
16= 16. Nicholas I of Russia
17= 17. Charlotte of Prussia
18= 18. Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse
19= 19. Wilhelmine of Baden
20= 20. Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
21= 21. Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)
22= 22. Prince William of Hesse
23= 23. Princess Louise Charlotte of Denmark
24= 24. Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse (= 18)
25= 25. Wilhelmine of Baden (= 19)
26= 26. Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
27= 27. Marie Anna of Hesse-Homburg
28= 28. Ernest I, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
29= 29. Louise of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
30= 30. Prince Edward Augustus, Duke of Kent and Strathearn
31= 31. Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld



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NAME=Russia, Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Second daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia
DATE OF BIRTH=June 10, 1897
PLACE OF BIRTH=Peterhof, Russia
DATE OF DEATH=July 17, 1918
PLACE OF DEATH=Ekaterinburg, Russia

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