Meant to celebrate the love of
Nicholas II and Alexandra, this egg has as its
surprise two golden doves perched on a tree
stump, one slightly elevated. Nicholas and Alix/Alexandra
met when she was 12 and he was 16 at the wedding
of his uncle, Grand Duke Serge to her older
sister Ella who became Grand Duchess Elizabeth.
The girls were the daughters of
a minor German Prince and although this was
permissible for the Grand Duke, for Nicholas
- the Tsaravich - it was not considered a suitable
match. Royal marriages at that time were designed
to strengthen the royal houses involved, or
to cement treaties or long term relationships
between countries. Marriage to Alix/Alexandra
would not bring about any of these results.
Love was never involved in royal marriages.
They were arranged politically and the participants
had little if anything to say or do with the
arrangements. If one examines the lineage of
the royal houses of Europe, it is immediately
apparent that certain countries were inextricably
tied to each other because of the lineage of
the royal families.
Marriages then were considered
almost a line of defense. In any case, Nicholas
saw Alix a number of times and as they became
adults he realized that he loved her, and he
was determined to marry her. When his father,
Alexander III, became quite ill in 1894, Alexander
concluded that it was most important to provide
a stabilizing influence in Nicholas' life and
gave his approval to the marriage. Nicholas
and Alix/Alexandra were married one week after
the funeral of Alexander III. The clasp on the
Egg is the Romanov Double Eagle.
Our price $450.00