A Royal Friendship.

Czar Alexander of Russia and King Friedrich III of Prussia...

had much more of a connection than just a family relationship between the houses of Romanov and Hohenzollern. Even today, the Russian colony Alexandrovka is evidence of the friendship between Sash and Fritz. After Prussia, defeated by Napoleon in 1812, was forced to enter into an alliance with France in 1812 against Russia, 62 Rusian soldiers remained in Potsdam. These men formed a choir which was subordinate to the 1st Prussian regiment under Friedrich III. Directly after the Neutrality Treaty was signed in December 1812, Russia and Prussia again formed an alliance against all French occupiers in spring 1813.

SASH  Alexander I. Pawlowitsch Romanow (1777 - 1825) was the czar of Russian from 1801 to 1825
FRITZ  Friedrich Wilhelm III. (1770 - 1840) was a member of the noble house of Hohenzollern, was the King of Prussia since 1797

Upon request of the Prussian king, the former Russian prisoners of war were assigned to their own regiment; thus, they against fought Napoleon alongside Prussian troops. When Friedrich had suffered losses of troops, in 1815, Alexander sent other soldiers to the king's guard regiment. When Friedrich's friend Alexander died in 1825, 12 of the Russian soldiers/singers remained in Potsdam and Friedrichissued the order to preseve the colony of Alexandrovka as an enduring monument in memory of his friend, the Russian czar.

Today the town of Alexandrovka is part of the Unesco global cultural heritage.


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