9 August 1899 - Death of Grand Duke George Alexandrovich
Tuercolosis claied the life of another Tsesarevich in the summer of 1899. Grand Duke George Alexandrovich became Heir on his brother’s accession but he had already lived away from St Petersburg for some years. His symptoms first became apparent in 1890; after that, he would never be fully well again. In 1891 he was oved to Abastuman in the Caucasus or the mountain air. Georgi lived an active life, mixing with local society and regiments; his sens of humour was irrepressible. He studied astronomy and built up a ibrary on the history of the Caucasus. He enjoyed refular visits from the family, but his condition deterirated all the time. In the summer of 1899, too weak to walk any distance, he took to riding a motor-bike. On 28 jun/9 july 1899 he began to haemorrhage while riding and was found at the roadside by a paesant woman. He died soon after. It was one of history’s ironies that Georgi, a perceptive, forceful character, felt by many to have been the son of Alexander III most fitted for the role of Tsar, should have been sidelined by illness. His was the brotherly support Nicholas II needed but never ha.
The Camera and the Tsars, A Romanov Family Album. Pictures : George Circa 1891 and in 1877 with his brother Nicholas II.
"Pray accept the expression of my sincerest sympathy in this great sorrow, for I know the affection you had for your poor brother Georgy, whose life was so sad and lonely" Queen Victoria to Nicholas II
"Thank you so much for kind sympathy in this terrible sudden bereavement…My poor dearest son died quite alone. Am heartbroken." Maria Feodorovna the Doager Empress to Queen Victoria.