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The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Part 2
« on: January 11, 2013, 03:58:48 PM »
Thank you very much!

I looked at the German page too and managed to glean a little about opening times - I hope they update the English page at some point.

The Hohenzollern / Huis Doorn might be facing closure
« on: January 09, 2013, 03:10:29 PM »
I saw this article in the Independent the other day and thought everyone on this forum should be aware of it. From what I've learnt over the past few days, Huis Doorn (the Kaiser's house in the Netherlands where he lived from 1922-1941) hasn't actually shut yet, but is only opening for limited hours until 1st May, when the money donated to keep it open runs out. There isn't a lot of information in English, so if someone here can find out a little more by reading everything in Dutch, that would be useful (as Google translate isn't the most reliable of tools!)

As an avid Kaiser fan, I find this really quite sad, so I'm spending most of my student loan on a visit to Doorn at the end of January.

I just wanted to put this on the forum, as it really shocked me and, while I understand the need for austerity at the moment, I think it's dreadful how so much history is being shut off from the public because of monetary issues.

Here's the link to the article - you'll probably have to copy and paste it, as I'm very inexperienced with posting links, and generally hopeless with technology...


The "Good heavens, look at that nose!" painting was by Charles-Lucien-Louis Muller and painted in 1856. There's a matching, unfinished one of Prince Albert from the same year by him too - I think it's on the royal collection website if that helps.

I just got "Oh! What a Lovely War" for my birthday and would really recommend it. It's rather surreal in places, but I sat and watched the whole thing in one sitting (it's over two hours long.) The songs are all original (I think all of them are anyway - certainly most of them) and were sung at the time. The introductory part is one of my favourites, as it helps explain the outbreak of war in a rather good way. The ending was extremely poignant as well. Sorry to ramble on, but it was the first film I thought of when I read the title of this thread.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra Photos #5
« on: March 25, 2011, 12:59:03 PM »
Bless OTMA: I think Alix is in mourning, as GD George (Nicholas' younger brother) died in 1899.

Having Fun! / Re: What's the weather like at your place?
« on: December 23, 2010, 04:50:29 AM »
Windy and still about 3 or 4 inches of snow left. It's very cold...

The Windsors / Re: Pictures and Paintings of the Queen - Empress Victoria
« on: October 31, 2010, 07:37:00 AM »
No, it's not a wedding photo - this is in 1854 and they got married in 1840. I read somewhere that it was taken before or after a court function (hence the veil and uniform) and it was just posed like a wedding photo.

The Windsors / Re: Pictures and Paintings of the Queen - Empress Victoria
« on: October 29, 2010, 05:11:56 AM »
I've always loved that photo - it looks like Louise is levitating. :-)

The Windsors / Re: Pictures and Paintings of the Queen - Empress Victoria
« on: September 10, 2010, 06:01:47 AM »
I think the dog's name is Sharp - one of the Queen's favourites. :-)

The Windsors / Re: Exhibitions on British Royals
« on: September 01, 2010, 03:00:24 PM »
I went to see it a few weeks ago and recommend it. The queue wasn't very long when I went, so maybe it would be easier to get in now. There were loads of paintings there that I'd only ever seen on the internet before, so it was AMAZING to see them in real life. I got a bit excited when I saw two extremely sweet photos of QV with Pss Beatrice I'd never seen before. If you're in the vicinity before it ends, I'd definitely make a point of going.

The Windsors / Re: Movies about the British Royal family
« on: September 01, 2010, 02:54:30 PM »
I thought that this film was pretty mediocre to be honest. I did get a bit obsessed with the shape of King Leopold of Belgium's head being the wrong shape and (what I thought)
was one rather over-dramatic historically-inaccurate moment (I won't spoil it for those who haven't yet seen the film) but I suppose the directors needed to put SOME drama into the real story - not the whole audience will know Victoria's story as in-depthly as me or the other people on the forums.
However, some parts were very good - costume and the ball, etc. I don't think I should have watched 'Edward VII' and 'Mrs Brown' the day before I saw it though - 13 hours of 1970s amazingness quite obviously outweighed the modern film. Oh yes, and Emily Blunt was too tall as well. Mind you, Miranda Richardson and Jim Broadbent were in it, so I can't complain too much. :-)

Forum Announcements / Re: New Users say Hello Here and ONLY HERE!
« on: June 11, 2010, 08:25:39 AM »
Only if you put the nose in. And thank you too for the welcome. :-)

Forum Announcements / Re: New Users say Hello Here and ONLY HERE!
« on: June 10, 2010, 02:19:07 PM »
Thank you Tasia!! I'm feeling at home already... :-)

Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Fiction
« on: June 09, 2010, 11:30:04 AM »
Thank you!! I did sit and think that Yekaterina (underneath the signature in little writing) wasn't a particularly Spanish name...

Quite a lot of the most interesting royals died young, like George, Prince Albert and so on, though of course some that went on and on forever aren't exactly boring (Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Queen Victoria are two that spring to mind...)

I think more browsing of Myspace is in order though... :-)

Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Fiction
« on: June 09, 2010, 11:07:27 AM »
Yours is far more realistic I agree, but I had a lot of fun writing mine.

Killing time like that is by far the best way to do it and I'd always wondered who that lady was in your signature - Wikipedia, here I come. :-)

I didn't know a lot about George before (well, compared to others I still don't) but he seemed to have a good sense of humour and (I think) he was the most handsome out of Nicky, him and Michael.  :-)

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