Why King George V did not save his cousin?

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Nicholas II and his family were taken as prisoners and later murdered by the revolutionists Photo (C) GETTY
Nicholas II and his family were taken as prisoners and later murdered by the revolutionists Photo (C) GETTY

REVEALED: Why King George V did not save ‘identical’ cousin Tsar Nicholas after revolution

ON THE 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, these are the theories about why King George V did not save his cousin. Tsar Nicholas II, and his family, who were eventually murdered by the revolutionaries.

Nicholas II and his family were taken as prisoners and later murdered by the revolutionists Photo (C) GETTY
Nicholas II and his family were taken as prisoners and later murdered by the revolutionists Photo (C) GETTY

The October Revolution – which was sparked on November 7, 1917, according to the Gregorian calendar used by the UK – saw the beginning of the civil war.

Nicholas II and his family were taken hostage and later murdered by the revolutionaries in July 1918.

Photos from before the Russian tragedy show Nicholas II and George V, who were first cousins, had a close bond.

However, when the Tsar was overthrown in March 1917 the British monarch was accused of doing nothing.

In one photo the two monarchs, who often dressed similarly, are seen posing with their sons and respective royal heirs Tsarevich Alexei and Prince Edward.

But according to historian Catherine Merridale, author of ‘Lenin on the Train’, George V had secretly tried to provide his cousin safe passage to Britain.

In the book, published earlier this year, she alleges that the British had a plan to rescue him in the first weeks brokered by their ambassador, Sir George Buchanan.

Although the plan fell through and three months later, George V withdrew his asylum invitation on personal and diplomatic grounds.

The Russian imperial family was left to its fate
Theo Aronson

Meanwhile, royal biographer Theo Aronson argued that Nicholas’s unpopularity had forced George to abandon his cousin over fears his presence could spark a similar worker uprising in Britain.

King George V and Russian Tsar Nicholas II had a close bond before the revolution Photo (C) GETTY
King George V and Russian Tsar Nicholas II had a close bond before the revolution Photo (C) GETTY

Mr Aronson said: “George V realised that, to most of his subjects, the tsar was a bloodstained tyrant… that this was no time for a constitutional monarch, apprehensive of his own position, to be extending the hand of friendship to an autocrat – however closely related.

“So the Russian imperial family was left to its fate.”

However, Prince Michael of Kent, the grandson of George V and cousin of Queen Elizabeth, claimed in a 2010 interview that despite, Britain turning down an asylum request for the tsar, King George held out hope he could rescue his relative.

He added: “They were very close.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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