Alternative History

On the 10th January 1917 Tsar Nicholas II of Russia wrote a letter to his cousin King George V of England requesting asylum for the Royal Family of Russia due to the ongoing troubles in his country.

George writes back that England will except all of the Tsar's children but not the Tsar or Empress Alexandra. Nicholas agrees that this is best and the children Olga, Alexei, Anastasia, Maria and Tatiana are sent to England in February 1917. They are housed in a small lodge in the grounds of Sandringham House, Norfolk. They are visited regularly by the British royal family in particular Prince Edward of Wales.

The Tsar and Empress are taken into custody on March 15th and the Tsar is made to sign a letter of abdication.

They are taken to be imprisoned first in the Alexander Palace, then later in the Governor's Mansion in Tobolsk, and finally at the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg.

In the early morning of the 17th July 1918 they are taken to the basement of the Ipatiev House and executed.

News of the execution takes nearly a week to reach the children where they have been staying. Alexei is distraught and runs from the rear of the house and into the garden, he trips over a rock on the steps to the lower garden and falls, breaking a rib in the process, he dies the next day from severe blood loss.

He is buried in grounds of Sandringham parish church on the 24th of July 1918.

Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna at the age of 22 becomes the leader of the house of Romanov. In 1919 Grand Duchess Olga Anglasises her name to Nicola Helen (Niki to her friends).

Three Years later in January 1922 the engagement of Grand Duchess Nicola and Prince Edward is announced. They are married at Westminster Abbey on the 2nd of August 1922.

They have three children, Alexandra Victoria (named after her mother) born 1924, Georgina Mary (named after King George V) born 1926 and Edward Alexei Nicholas (named after Nicola's brother and father) born 1929.

King George V dies in 1936 and Prince Edward becomes King Edward VIII. The coronation takes place in June 1937.

Prince Edward Alexei marries Lady Mary of Sutherland in 1958 and has two children, Elizabeth Mary born 8th December 1962 and George Nicholas Neil born July 7th 1969 (Neil for Neil Armstrong who describes the naming of the prince after him as a great honour)

King Edward VIII dies in 1972 and his son Prince Edward takes the throne as King Edward IX.

Queen Nicola, Grand Duchess of Russia dies in 1981

In January 1988 underneath a dirt road near Yekaterinenburg two bodies are discovered, in 1991, were identified as those of Tsar Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra.

King Edward IX meets Mikhail Gorbachev in Russia in June 1990 he visits the graves of his great-grandfather and great-grandmother and expresses sadness that his grandfather and grandmother cannot lie beside them.

After the collapse of the USSR in 1991 there is a popular uprising in Russia. Due to the terrible way that the government handled the break up of the former USSR. They call for the return of the Windsor/Romanov's to Russia as Tsar and Empress.

On the 27th May 1995, King Edward and Queen Mary visit St Petersburg, Edward of coronated Tsar Edward Alexei ruler of all Russia.

In July 1998 the bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra are buried in Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. With full Royal honours.

King Edward of England and Tsar of Russia dies on the 9th of October 2004. His body is buried in St. Georges Chapel Windsor, however in a change of tradition his heart is removed and buried in Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg alongside his Russian ancestors.

His son Prince George Nicholas Neil takes the throne as King George VII of England, Scotland and Wales and Nicholas III of Russia. The coronation takes place in Westminster Abbey, underneath the stone of Scone (symbolic coronation stone of Scotland) lies a Slab of rock from the Ural Mountains representing Russia.