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The Final Chapter / The Icon of the Imperial Family at Ekaterinburg
« on: August 20, 2012, 12:10:39 PM »
In the Cathedral on the Blood in Ekaterinburg is a framed icon of the Imperial Family. Its is on a stand.
Inside at the bottom are a number of items of jewellery -  anecklace, rings of various kinds - and a purple brooch.This made me wonder if the jewellery was from the Imperial Family - especially the purple brooch _  Alexandra's ?
Any thoughts or known facts?
Alan

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The Alexander Palace / 2012 holiday
« on: October 31, 2011, 07:40:00 AM »
Hi avid Romanov fans,
just to say I have booked next year's summer holiday. Three weeks from 3 to 24 July based in St Petersburg and while I am there will be in Yekaterinburg from 15 to 18 July so as to be there on the anniversary. A postcard dealer contact has been very helpful and should be meeting me at the Airport and then taking me to Ganina Yama (the burial site) sometime over the weekend. I understand that crowds walk the distance between the new cathedral at Yekaterinburg and Ganina Yama on the anniversary. It should be a good experience.
Whilst I am in St. P I shall make several trips out to Tsarskoe Selo and get to the places that have been talked about on this site.
Needless to say, new photos will be posted in August 2012.
Alan

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Alexandra's Engagement and Wedding rings
« on: July 11, 2011, 08:44:49 AM »
On e-bay there is a postcard (item number# 120328451043) for sale with Alexandra resting her left hand towards the camera.
Assuming that Russian women wear these rings on the left hand, it gives a good picture of what they were like.

We know that the IF had their valuables taken away from them a couple of days before the shootings so I wonder if she had to remove these rings?
The stones were no doubt used elsewhere and the gold melted down so its unlikely that they still exist. Unless anyone knows differently.
Alan

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The Final Chapter / burial Alexei and Maria, children of Nicholas II
« on: February 22, 2011, 09:56:16 AM »
A message has just been issued by the Royal Russia website that if authorisation does not come from President Medvedev that the last two children can be buried in the Royal vault at Ss Peter and Paul Cathedral in St Petersburg, the remains could end up in a common grave in a Moscow cemetery!
I think this is disgraceful and I wonder if a petition from this group can be sent to the President so that the last two children can rest in peace with their parents and other sisters?

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Alexandra Feodorovna / voices of the Imperial Family
« on: February 04, 2011, 01:53:09 PM »
I have heard a recording of the voice of Nicholas II. Does anyone know if any recordings of Alexandra and the rest of the family have been released?

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The Alexander Palace / Comparisons with England
« on: January 13, 2011, 05:42:55 AM »
As we all know, Nicholas II  and George V of England were first cousins, their mothers were sisters.
King George V is known not have been in favour of large palaces. His preferred residence for his private life was York Cottage on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. This building still exists and is not much larger than an ordinary person's house. Its now used as offices.
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor said "if you want to understand my father, look at York Cottage".

The King's cousin Nicholas II preferred the Alexander Palace because it is not large, compared withthe Catherine Palace or the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. The Alexander Palace also afforded him the privacy he desired for his family.

I wonder if this trait came from their mothers who were brought up in quite a small Danish palace?

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Alexandra as "Sunny"
« on: September 08, 2010, 06:42:03 AM »
Something that intrigues me.
If the Empress's nickname was "Sunny" why did she always look miserable and rarely smile for photos?
Her attitude seems to have been that she was better than everyone else. Hence her hauty attitude.

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Nicholas II / Hair colouring
« on: September 02, 2010, 01:16:31 PM »
Does anyone know the colour hair of the Emperor, the Empress, Alexis and the OTMA daughters?

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