Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia
Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich of Russia (In Russian
Russian language
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 Великий Князь Александр Александрович Романов; June 7, 1869 May 2, 1870) was the infant
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 son of Alexander III
Alexander III of Russia
Alexander Alexandrovich Romanov , historically remembered as Alexander III or Alexander the Peacemaker reigned as Emperor of Russia from until his death on .-Disposition:...

 and Empress Marie of Russia. At the time of his birth, his father, as the eldest son of Tsar
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 Alexander II
Alexander II of Russia
Alexander II , also known as Alexander the Liberator was the Emperor of the Russian Empire from 3 March 1855 until his assassination in 1881...

, was titled as the Tsarevich of Russia. After his elder brother, the Grand Duke Nicholas
Nicholas II of Russia
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, the infant Grand Duke was third in succession to the imperial throne.

Said to be larger and more robust looking than his elder brother, Alexander died of meningitis
Meningitis is inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, known collectively as the meninges. The inflammation may be caused by infection with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms, and less commonly by certain drugs...

 in 1870. "The doctors maintain he did not suffer, but we suffered terribly to see and hear him," his mother wrote to her own mother, Queen Louise of Denmark
Louise of Hesse-Kassel
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. His parents had him posthumously photographed and sketched to remember him, therefore it seems likely that the only existing photograph of Grand Duke Alexander is the one to the right, of the infant in his coffin surrounded by flowers.


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