Could the Romanovs have been saved?

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Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Season 5 of The Crown!The crown season 5 sets a dark tone with its sixth episode “Ipatiev House” blaming the British royal family for the brutal murder of the Romanovs, raising the question of whether they could have been saved by King George V. As the last family imperial to rule Russia, the Romanovs remained in power from 1894 until 1917 when Tsar Nicholas II was forced to abdicate. Often criticized for its refusal to project a disclaimer on The crown‘s dramatized historical events, Netflix does a dangerous fusion of fact and fiction for entertainment purposes, and the Romanov massacre is unfortunately an event chosen to receive this treatment.

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Becoming a plot point highlighting the long-distance marriage of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth and the Queen’s historic 1994 state visit to Moscow, Russia, the Romanov massacre is a controversial conversation all along The crown season 5, episode 6. While The crownThe dialogues of are often dubious without evidence and the sequencing of real life events requires further research, the episode “Ipatiev House” presents a fairly accurate account of the dilemma and horrific fate of the Romanovs. However, the crown season 5 shrouds the flashback and storylines of episode 6 in mystery and speculation to further the narrative, but was later debunked by Imelda Staunton’s Queen Elizabeth herself. So what exactly happened between the royal family and the Romanovs?

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What really happened with the royal family and the Romanovs?

Since all European royalty is actually blood related, thanks to Europe’s mother, Queen Victoria, King George V (Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather) and Tsar Nicholas II were first cousins (and close friends) during the most inopportune period: the World War. 1. After the Russian Revolution of 1917 overthrew the Imperial family and placed a provisional Russian government in their place, the Romanovs (Tsar, Tsarina Alexandra, their five children: Grand Duchesses Anastasia, Maria, Tatiana, Olga and Tsarevich Alexei) were taken prisoner at the Ipatiev house in Yekaterinburg. Since Russia wanted to get rid of the Romanovs, they asked the nations (especially the other royals) to remove them from their hands in asylum.

Although the British government agreed to host the Romanovs, the offer was quickly retracted by the monarchy due to fears of uprising like Russia, and also considering that Tsarina Alexandra had been born in Germany; a precarious position given that Britain was at war with Germany. When the Bolsheviks seized Russian power, they horribly executed the Romanovs (and their minions) via firing squad, which took about 25 minutes to complete due to the small basement space. Once the deed had been committed, the family was then dragged into a mass grave, stripped of their finery and doused with acid. Russia did not acknowledge the crime until 1926 and the bodies were found in 1991 and 2007.

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by Netflix The crown season 5, episode 6 uses flashback to deepen the plot and its drama. Focusing on the Queen’s meeting with Russian President Boris Yeltsin, there is in fact no evidence that the Queen and President Yeltsin negotiated the proper burial of the Romanovs or that Jonathan Pryce’s Prince Philip and the queen had marital incompatibilities at this stage of their lives. In order to masterfully entangle the conflicts of the 1990s that led to the visit of the British sovereign’s relations in Moscow and to explain Philip’s preference to speak with Penny Romsey instead of his wife, controversy is needed to tie it all together. with elegance, and The crown Season 5, Episode 6’s “Ipatiev House” does just that.

Although the British royal family contributed in part to the deaths of the Romanovs, they were not entirely responsible. Apparently Nicholas II was only on his way to his family’s location when the appeal for asylum was made. And when he found them, the offer was already off. Therefore, even if the British Royal Family (or any other Royal Family) proceeded to recover them, it was still inadvertently too late. And while The crown and history persists in blaming the political interests of King George V, saving the Romanovs would have made the world war worse, ultimately affecting the nations involved.

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