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The Imperial Tea Party : Family, politics and betrayal: the ill-fated British and Russian royal alliance

Russia and Britain were never natural bedfellows. But the marriage, in 1894, of Queen Victoria's favourite granddaughter, Alicky, to the Tsarevich Nicholas marked the beginning of an uneasy Anglo-Russian entente that would last until the Russian Revolution of 1917.

As Frances Welch recounts in her inimitable wry style, the three extraordinary meetings that took place during those years, although well-intentioned and generally hailed as successes, were beset by misunderstandings and misfortunes. Whether it was the Romanovs suffering the draughty rooms and wet hunting expeditions at Balmoral, or Queen Victoria complaining about the food on her first and only state visit to the Russian Empire at the port of Revel, or everyone succumbing to seasickness on arrival at Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight.

The two families could not know, as they waved each other fond goodbyes from their yachts at Cowes in 1909, that they would never meet again. King George infamously denied his Romanov cousins exile in Britain when the Bolsheviks were closing in in 1917, but the assassination of the Tsar and his family horrified him, and whether or not things might have turned out differently if he had accepted their plea for refuge has been the subject of speculation ever since.

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Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: Yesterday at 03:55:38 PM »

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: Yesterday at 10:58:50 AM »
1914 OTMA

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:48:23 AM »
Alexei in 1906 (shared by TatianaZ on Flickr)

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:47:05 AM »
And two years later

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:46:15 AM »
Shared by TatianaZ on Flickr

Maria in 1904

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:08:33 AM »
Beautiful Ayla! Where are all the colourists? Long time no see, folks! :D

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: February 21, 2018, 10:11:31 AM »
There are two upcoming Romanov novels this year too:

The Romanov Empress : A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna


The Witches of St. Petersburg

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: February 01, 2018, 11:49:27 AM »
Olga and Alexei

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:51:43 PM »
Olga and Maria in 1906

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: January 21, 2018, 02:05:41 AM »
I wonder how much the two books will have in common, considering the topic is extremely similar.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2018
« on: January 19, 2018, 03:22:40 PM »
To Free the Romanovs: Royal Kinship and Betrayal

When Russia erupted into revolution, almost overnight the pampered lifestyle of the Imperial family vanished. Within months many of them were under arrest and they became `enemies of the Revolution and the Russian people'. All showed great fortitude and courage during adversity. None of them wanted to leave Russia; they expected to be back on their estates soon and live as before. When it became obvious that this was not going to happen a few managed to flee, but others became dependent on their foreign relatives for help. For those who failed to escape, the questions remain. Why did they fail? What did their relatives do to help them? Were lives sacrificed to save other European thrones? After 35 years researching and writing about the Romanovs, Coryne Hall considers the end of the 300-year-old dynasty - and the guilt of the royal families in Europe over the Romanovs' bloody end. Did the Kaiser do enough? Did George V? When the Tsar's cousins King Haakon of Norway and King Christian of Denmark heard of Nicholas's abdication, what did they do? Unpublished diaries of the Tsar's cousin Grand Duke Dmitri give a new insight to the Romanovs' feelings about George V's involvement.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: January 13, 2018, 08:49:46 AM »
Happy 2018 :D

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: December 28, 2017, 08:10:23 AM »
Cute little OTMA, courtesy of GARF

I just stumbled upon this photo on tumblr

Victoria with little Elisabeth - and apparently a pony was allowed indoors! Any idea what book this is from?

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