An excerpt from a letter send to Prime Minister, David Lloyd George from the Secretary of the King regarding the Britain’s offer of asylum to the Tsar of Russia and his family.
This did not really come out until years later, some wonder why George V would have done such a thing. Is is calculating or just evil?
I’ve always wondered what his exact reasoning. Most evidence that has come out suggested the strongest opposition came from George himself and his office.
I’ve done a lot of research and it’s hard to avoid the fact that George both opposed his own government’s plan to offer the Romanovs asylum and that he knew doing so would put them at risk for imprisonment and death.
So, these are the reasons that are the most logical in my eyes, and in all likelihood it was some combination of them and not just one reason:
1. Some sort of little understood (to modern historians) family feud between George/Mary and Nicky/Alix. Their letters don’t really hint at this at all, but in the years since there have been reports of some rumored animosity between the two couples, or primarily between the two wives.
2. Paranoia. To put it simply, George was insanely paranoid about a revolution in Britain that would put his throne at risk. While I have seen letters and other evidence that hints at this paranoia and many historians tie it into his choice to change the family name to Windsor during World War I. He was definitely paranoid, so this is the explanation most historians gravitate to, but I’ve always thought there might have been more to it.
3. A truly naive belief that despite all the evidence to the contrary God would somehow “look after” Nicholas’s family so George didn’t need to concern himself with it.
4. Greed. I mean if the Romanovs came to Britain they would need to have somewhere to stay, and servants would have to be provided, and they probably wouldn’t be able to bring most of their money with them so you know how those expenses would just add up. And then what happens when all those daughters marry a bunch of other exiled Russian aristocrats? Does poor George have to fund them too? And will he have to hire a bunch of guys to watch Alexei so he doesn’t die? I mean, it’s not like George was running a charity house! Note: the previous remarks were satirical, but I have actually seem people argue that George couldn’t afford to offer the Romanovs asylum, or even that he didn’t have room! This theory actually has a lot going for it (George being a greedy bastard, not him being unable to afford it.) because George was a bit of a miser.
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remember this was the trailer before the movie on every tape and you would always see this part
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- An excerpt from a letter send to Prime Minister, David Lloyd George from the Secretary of the King regarding the Britain’s offer of asylum to the Tsar of Russia and his family. (via royalwatcher)