Detail of Tuxen's painting of the marriage of Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.
The marriage with Nicholas was not delayed. Alexandra and Nicholas were wed in the Grand Church of the Winter Palace of St Petersburg on 26 November 1894, the birthday of Nicholas's mother, now Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna, when court mourning could be somewhat relaxed. The marriage that began that night remained exceptionally close until the pair was assassinated simultaneously in 1918. The marriage was outwardly serene and proper but based on intensely passionate physical love.
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
Tsar Nikolai II with Tsarevich Alexei, 1904. The Tsar looks so happy in this picture. He was a wonderful father and husband.