DNA analysis has confirmed that the remains of two individuals found last year near the Russian village of Yekaterinburg are indeed those of Prince Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria. The remains of their parents, Czar Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, and three siblings were found in a shallow grave nearby in 1991. DNA tests confirmed their identity as well. The royal family was executed by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918 during the turmoil that brought the communists to power.
The discoveries effectively close the book on the various stories that have circulated through the years that one or more of the children had survived and lived out their lives elsewhere.
The tragic story of the Czar’s family was dramatized in the 1971 film, Nicholas and Alexandra.