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They wrote it this week: A randy tsarina, and Rupert Brooke in a sulk

Extracts from diaries and letters written between August 26 and September 1

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August 27

1903, Tsarskoe Selo, Russia

[To her husband, Russian Emperor Nicholas II] Sweet precious Nicky, how I love you, there are no words to say how much. Thank you sweet angel for all the love you show me. I shall look well after our four tinies, they will be my comforters, I am better off than you in this case. I love you, love you and cover your precious face with tenderest burning kisses. God bless you and protect you and keep you from all harm. Oh, how hard to part – fare well, sweety, my Nicky, my very own Boy, to whom I cling with every fibre. I kiss you, kiss you ever your own old..

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