Murdered Royal Children in History

  • Edward V of England: murdered by smothering in 1483 at the age of 12-13, along with his brother. Responsibility for their deaths is widely attributed to Richard III.
  • Louis XVII of France: neglected and starved to death by his captors after the French Revolution. He was only ten.
  • Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York: murdered by smothering in 1483, the younger brother of Edward V. He was only 9-10 years old.
  • Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia: murdered by the Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918, along with her siblings. Their crimes? Just for being a Romanov. Aged 22.
  • Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia: murdered by the Bolsheviks in the early morning of 17 July 1918. She was just 21.
  • Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia: murdered by the Bolsheviks along with her family. She turned 19 a mere three weeks before being murdered.
  • Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia: murdered by the Bolsheviks on 17 July 1918. She turned 17 just the month before.
  • Nicholas Knatchbull: descendant of British Royalty, most notably Queen Victoria. Nicholas was killed by the 1979 IRA bombing that also killed his royal grandfather, a friend, and another relative. He was 14.
  • Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia: murdered by the Bolsheviks. He was less than a month shy of turning 14.


King Alfonso XIII of Spain and fianceé , Princess Victoria Eugenia of Battenberg. 1906.


Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh as Joan of Arc.


Victoria, Crown Princess of Prussia in 1863.


In line to the throne


Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna and sister, Princess Alexandra of Wales. Early 1890s.

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge hosting his first investiture on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen (17 October 2013).


Princess Alexandra of Wales. Late 1880s.

Queen Elizabeth II and grandchildren part 1/4 



From left: Prince Alfred, Princess Alice, Prince Louis of Hesse, Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia, and Crown Princess Victoria (nee Princess Royal). 1865.

(Source: Royal Collection)

Great photo!