A true story about how Prince Phillip’s DNA solved the mystery of the Russian Romanov murder

Romanovs-Seven people were killed after the Russian Revolution

Romanovs-Seven people were killed after the Russian Revolution

It was a mystery that captured the imagination of the world, as the Russian dynasty was mercilessly executed for decades before the details of their disappearance were obfuscated.

A true story of how Prince Edinburgh helped connect the killings of Emperor Nicholas II and his family in 2018 is a science at an exhibition detailing how his DNA provided the key. Spoken by the museum.

Duke, who provided blood samples to experts seeking to identify the bodies found in unmarked tombs in 1993, offered a match between the related Zalina and her daughters through their matriline, and their fate only once. I proved it.

For the first time, the team’s research, known only to scientists in detail until recently, was exhibited, along with details of the contribution of the Duke of Blood, 5 cubic centimeters, along with a graph of the emperor’s own DNA.

The Duke is Tsarina’s nephew and her sister Victoria Mountbatten is her maternal grandmother.

He was invited by Dr. Peter Gill and his team of forensic services to assist in investigating her murder. Using mitochondrial DNA analysis, he proved that the bone found in the tomb of Yekaterinburg in July 1991 was “virtually unquestionable.” It belongs to the Romanov family.

The Duke is keenly aware of his family history and is reported to have once answered a question about whether he would like to travel to Russia with the following words: Half of my family. “

The Science Museum’s exhibition “The Last Emperor: Blood and the Revolution” explores decades of scientific development that helped experts connect what happened to the Romanovs, who celebrated the 100th anniversary of the execution. Is aimed at.

Photos of the album kept by the Romanov children's tutor will be on display

Photos of the album kept by the Romanov tutor will be on display

Emperor Nicholas II, Emperor Alexandra and his five children, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexei, were killed in Yekaterinburg on July 17, 1918, leaving their bodies in two unmarked tombs.

The murder case 100 years ago has not yet officially ended, and the Russian Orthodox Church has recognized the bones of the Romanovs and refused to bury them in a complete ritual.

According to the investigative commission, in 2018, after a genetic test ordered by the church “confirmed that the bodies found belonged to former emperor Nicholas II, his family, and members of their aides.” , The process is one step closer.

X-ray of Nicholas II's hands and wrists, Emperor of Russia, 1898-Harvard Medical Library

X-ray of Nicholas II’s hands and wrists, Emperor of Russia, 1898-Harvard Medical Library

At the Science Museum exhibition, the public can look up evidence “from the scene of execution”, such as the emperor’s doctor’s dentures, a single diamond earring owned by Tsarina, and an icon destroyed by a bullet hole. I did.

It also included a photo album created by an English tutor of the children of the Empire, a personal diary of the family, and the Fabergé egg of the Empire given to his wife by the emperor.

Reconstruction of Nicholas II's Forensic Face, 1991-Sergei A. Nikitin

Reconstruction of Nicholas II’s Forensic Face, 1991-Sergei A. Nikitin

A spokeswoman said: “This study was one of the first opportunities for forensic DNA analysis was used to resolve historic cases, involving the best British experts under the guidance of Dr. Peter Gil of the Forensic Science Services. ..

“Blood samples from relatives, including the Duchess of Edinburgh, and advances in DNA profiling and 3D reconstruction have helped to reliably identify the bodies of the royal family, allowing the investigation to reach compelling conclusions. . “