Welcome to Fuck Yeah! Anastasia Nikolaevna, one of the very first Tumblrs dedicated to anything and everything Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (18 June 1901 - 17 July 1918).
“Ａnastasia, the youngest daughter, destined to become the most famous of the children of Nicholas II, was a short, dumpy, blue-eyed child renowned in her family chiefly as a wag. When the saluting cannon on the Imperial yacht fired at sunset, Anastasia liked to retreat into a corner, stick her fingers into her ears, widen her eyes and loll her tongue in mock terror. Witty and vivacious, Anastasia also had a streak of stubbornness, mischief and impertinence. The same gift of ear and tongue that made her quickest to pick up a perfect accent in foreign languages also equipped her admirably as a mimic. Comically, sometimes cuttingly, the little girl aped precisely the speech and mannerisms of those about her. Anastasia, the L’Enfant terrible, was also a tomboy. She climbed trees to dizzying heights, refusing to come down until specifically commanded by her father.”
“At Sea, Nicholas worked two days a week. The other five he relaxed. In the morning, he rowed ashore to take long walks through the wild Finnish forest. When the Standart moored near the country estate of a Russian or Finnish nobleman, the owner might awake to find the Tsar at his door asking politely if he might use a court for tennis. Sometimes Nicholas walked alone with his children, searching the woods for mushrooms or wandering down a beach looking for bright-colored rocks.”
“Like the fingers on a hand — first headstrong Olga, then Tatiana the tallest, Maria most hopeful for a ring, and Anastasia the smallest. These were the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand duchesses who lived a life steeped in tradition and privilege. They were young women each on the brink of starting her own life.” - Sarah Miller
Grand Duchesses Olga and Anastasia Nikolayevna of Russia exiting motorcade to meet their papa emperor Nicholas; Alexei Nikolaevich waiting to exit (look how it appears Anastasia cuts out in front of Alexei) and Maria Nikolayevna in background