It is also interesting how Nicholas I, Nicholas II and both Alexandra Feodorovnas loved the Alexander Palace, Tsarskoe Selo. It was certainly the favourite home of both couples. Both those Tsars invested much imagination and funding into the development of both Alexander Palace and Alexander Park.
Nicholas I and Alexandra Feodorovna (I)'s love for the Alexander Palace is best expressed in the wonderful oil painting commissioned to celebrate their 25th - Silver - Wedding Anniversary - Tsarskoe Selo Carousel by Horace Vernet.
Both Tsars and their wives knew heartbreak in the Alexander Palace. Nicholas I and Alexandra Feodorovna lost their dear daughter, also, Alexandra, while residing at the Alexander Palace. Nicholas II and Alexandra (II) lived with the constant heartbreak for their ill son and heir.
Of a rather more tenuous nature - Nicholas I died, worn down and mentall destroyed by the destruction of the Russian army the Crimean War. The collapse of his troops in the First World War directly impacted on the demise of Nicholas II.