Par Dona Rodrigue le 2 Septembre 2014 à 20:50A letter addressed to Alexandra; written by a 20 year-old Nicholas.2 April, 1889.Let’s get a digital translation, yes? :)Gatchina|Dearest Alix|185 (What?) April 2, 1889Thank you so muchfor your dear little letter, which was such an agreeable surprise to me.I just returned from town yesterday in the night, when it came.We also saw “Liegfried” with Ella[.] I like it so awfully of the goat the whole time.Please tell Eriny[sic] I shot my first bear today! I am sure you have heard from ??friend the old Count Cleyden(?) lately?With much love ever your loving Nicky.I love reading Romanov letters…just letters in general really.I wish people still wrote them :/
This is a photo of Nicholas and Alix of Hesse upon their engagement in 1894.
The couple originally met in 1884 for Alix’s sister Ella’s wedding to Nicholas’ Uncle Sergei. Nicholas was sixteen and Alix was twelve.
They met again in 1889, when Nicholas was twenty-one and Alix was seventeen.
At that time he decided that he wanted to marry her. He asked for her hand several times, only to be met with rejection because Alix felt that it was sinful to change her religion from Lutheranism to Russian Orthodoxy.
The day after the wedding of Alix’s brother Ernie to Victoria Melita (Ducky) of Coburg, she finally consented.
Source: The Romanovs: Love, Power, and Tragedy