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Saint George cross
« on: February 07, 2007, 02:50:27 AM »
I was wondering when Alexei received his Saint George cross...at his birth or during the war?


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Re: Saint George cross
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2007, 07:23:57 AM »
Aleksei received his medal on 25 October 1915.

Here's a thread with a little more information, including a photo of the medal:
Is this Aleksei's medal?
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Re: Saint George cross
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2007, 07:25:38 AM »
And a post by Daniel Briere about Aleksei's other medals:

According to Law, on the day they were baptized, all grand-dukes were awarded the following Russian orders: St-Andrew, St-Alexander Nevsky, White Eagle, St. Anna (1st class), and St. Stanislas (1st class).Almost all the Romanov grand-dukes had other medals. I will try to write about Michael and George’s later. Here is what I know about Alexei’s:

Besides the orders he got when he was baptized, he later received the following medals: Centennial of the Battle of Borodino (1912), Tercentenary of the Romanovs (1913), Bicentennial of the Battle of Gangut (1914). In 1915 his father brought him along to inspect the  troops. They came so close to the Front that they could have been hit by enemy fire. Impressed by their “courage”, the Council of the Order of St-George (highest military order of Russia) voted to award the Emperor the Cross of the Order of St. George (4th classs) and a Medal of St. George “For Bravery” (4th class) to Alexei. The Order of St. George had to be worn at all times. Therefore, if Nicholas II or Alexei are seen wearing it on photos, it means the photo was taken after October 1915.

The Tsesarevich also received a number of Foreign orders and medals. I unfortunately don’t have a full list. Apparently he received the Legion of Honor from the French President shortly before the War began. During the War, he was awarded a Serbian military medal and also a Belgian one. This was to be his last: on February 24, 1917 his father wrote his mother that he was sending her and Alexis “each a decoration from the Queen and the King of Belgians – in commemoration of the war.” He added: “you better thank her yourself. Won’t he (Alexei) be pleased to have a new medal!” Little did they know only a week later Alexei would no longer be Heir to the Throne and would never have an opportunity to wear his new medal…

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Re: Saint George cross
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007, 10:36:38 AM »
Thanks a lot! :D