One hundred years after the murder and martyrdom of the Russian Imperial Family, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their daughters the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, their son and heir Tsesarevich Alexei, and those who were murdered with them were commemorated at Ekaterinburg with the Head of the Russian Imperial House in attendance at the request of H.E. the Bishop of Ekaterinburg & Verkhotursk.
Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son and heir, the Tsesarevich Georgii Mikhailovich arrived via Tobolsk, as they had followed the route of the Imperial Family and those who perished with them. The Grand Duchess and Grand Duke participated in the Holy Liturgy of Commemoration with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
The Patriarch was joined by the Tsesarevich Grand Duke George and crowds of pilgrims on the 21 Km march to Ganina Yama, the first burial place of the Imperial Family. Her Imperial Highness visited the site the following day.
Vast crowds up to a million ha been predicted by numerous sources, but the number of pilgrims and tourists visiting the city were reported at just over 100,000 and the presence at the memorial vigil and liturgy at the "Cathedral on the Blood" was officially estimated at 50,000, but independent sources confirmed it to be around 30-40,000.
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