Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, 1899. Nicholas II & Alexandra...' Love, however low it may speak, speaks yet distinctly to the heart, love’s accent is a voice from the light of heaven, love is earnest and joyous, forbearing and vigorous. Death cannot shatter love. Love’s silence is beautiful and sweeter often than words, what love unites, no fate can separate, love will one day unite all the loving ones. ’ Alexandra’s entry in Nicholas II’s diary, November 5, 1894.
Tsarevich Alexei’s Springer Spaniel was named Joy, which Alexei had received during the early part of the War. Joy was the only living being known to have survived that night in Yekaterinburg. She was found wandering lost and forlorn around the yard of the house, crying for her master. Joy hid during the murder and when the bodies were taken out of the cellar room, he ran out into the streets of Ekaterinburg. Later, Joy was found in the home of an Ipatiev House guard, Michael Letemin.