Nicholas II was royalty since the very day he was born. His father, Alexander II, was a strict ruler. He persecuted Jews and the poor people of Russia. Nicholas was not cut out to rule Russia when he was a small boy.
When he was a bit older his father died. The large responsibility of ruling Russia was dumped into his lap. A week after his fathers funeral, Nicholas married Princess Alix of Hesse. A few years later she had her first child and named her Olga. Three more girls followed. Their names were Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia. When Alexandra (Alixs royal name) was pregnant with her fifth child, Nicholas prayed for a boy so that there would be an heir to the throne. The two got just what they wanted. The boys name was Alexei.
Nicholas continued ruling as his father had before. After some years a revolution broke out called the Russian Revolution. Nicholas became captain of the army and was away from his family for some time. Nicholas continued to fight as captain for a good amount of time and later people called the Bolsheviks forced him to give up his power as the czar. These people thought that Nicholas was ruling unjustly just like his father. He was under house arrest and was later imprisoned with the rest of his family. The Bolsheviks killed him and his family under the order of Yakov Yurovsky. That was the end of the Romanov dynasty and of monarchy in Russia.