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Alexander had little prospect of succeeding to the throne as he had an elder brother, Nicholas. Even when Nicholas first showed symptoms of delicate health, there was no notion that he might die young.
At the time of his death in April 1865, Nicholas was betrothed to the charming Princess Dagmar of Denmark, and his dying wish was that Alexander should marry the Princess instead. This wish was swiftly realized, and on 9 November 1866, Alexander married Princess Dagmar. The marriage proved to be a happy one and, unlike that of his parents, there was no adultery in the marriage.
Alexander III was succeeded by his eldest son Nicholas II of Russia.