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Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Empress Catherine II
« on: January 10, 2007, 04:52:15 PM »
Wouldn't such indescreet affairs encurr the wrath of the Orthodox Church particularly because Exodus 20:14 says "Thou shalt not commit adultery?"

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Marie Feodorovna / Re: Film footage of Marie Feodorovna?
« on: January 10, 2007, 04:39:09 PM »
In "Russia: Land of the Tsars" there are scenes shown on film of the coronation of Nicholas & Alexandra & there's a scene when Minnie's carriage is driven past the camera & you can just make her out bowing to the people from inside the coach.

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Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas II - Head of the Romanovs and Family Man
« on: December 18, 2006, 02:51:26 PM »
If I remember right, Nicholas II once refferred to Queen Victoria as "a round ball on shaky legs"

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Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexander III - photo tour
« on: December 08, 2006, 08:37:51 PM »
In St. Petersburg, i think that itīs in the court yard of the Marble Palace, there is a fabulous satatue of Alexander III riding a horse. The figure of the Tzar impressed me, he looks so strong and powerfull.

The poor horse seems to be crashed because of the weight of the enormous Tzar.

Has anyone have pickes of this statue???
I've seen photos of the statue & it reminds me of a photo of President William H. Taft on a horse!

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I was wondering, did King George I, when he was elected as king of the Hellenes, convert to Greek Orthodoxy, or did he remain a Lutheran? (I think he was raised a Lutheran in Denmark?)

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Having Fun! / Moved to Tears?
« on: December 02, 2006, 07:50:55 PM »
Have you ever heard a song that made you want to cry, because you were so touched? I remember there was one for me called "They Don't Understand" by Sawyer Brown. I understand the song because part of it refers to the struggles of a widow with young children, myself losing my dad when I was 11. I think that part of the song sums up my feelings about my dad's death from cancer. I also like the reference to Jesus.

A mother riding on a city bus
kids are yelling kicking up a fuss
everybodyís staring
not knowing what she's going through
somebody said don't you even care
and do you let them do that everywhere
she slowly turned around, looked up and stared.

She said, "Please forgive them
they've been up all night
their father struggled
but he finally lost his fight
he went to heaven
in the middle of the night
so please forgive my children
they donít understand."

Chorus:
Everybody's busy with their own situation
everybody's lost in their own little world bottled up,
hurried up, trying to make a dream come true
they don't understand
everybody's livin' like there ain't no tomorrow
maybe we should stop and take a little time
cause you never really know what your neighborís going through
they don't understand.

A man driving on the interstate
slowing down traffic making everybody wait
everybodyís staring not knowing what he's going through
somebody honked from the passing lane
yelling out the window "hey I ain't got all day"
the old man looked around and he caught his eye.

He said, "Please forgive me
you know it's been a long life
my wife has passed away
and my kids donít have the time
I've been left all alone
and it's getting hard to drive
so please forgive me, children
they don't understand."

Chorus:
Everybody's busy with their own situation
everybody's lost in their own little world bottled up,
hurried up, trying to make a dream come true
they don't understand
everybody's livin' like there ain't no tomorrow
maybe we should stop and take a little time
cause you never really know what your neighborís going through
they don't understand

A man hanging on a wooden cross
giving everything to save the lost
everybody's staring
not knowing what he's going through
somebody said "you don't have a prayer
if you're the king come on down from there"
the man just turned his head
looked up and stared

He said "please forgive them
for they have not seen the light
but they'll come to know me
when I come back to life
and go to heaven
to make everything all right
so please forgive your children
they don't understand

Chorus:
Everybody's busy with their own situation
everybody's lost in their own little world bottled up,
hurried up, trying to make a dream come true
they don't understand
everybody's livin' like there ain't no tomorrow
maybe we should stop and take a little time
cause you never really know what your neighborís going through
they don't understand

A mother riding on a city bus
kids are yelling kickiní up a fuss
everybodyís staring
not knowing what she's going through

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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: King Leopold III
« on: November 26, 2006, 09:34:59 PM »
Obituary cont'd
"Baudouin formally took the throne more than a year later, on Sept. 7, 1951. King Leopold's first wife, Princess Astrid, whom he had married at the age of 26, died when a sports car driven by King Leopold hit a tree & plunged into a lake in Switzerland in August, 1935. His younger brother, Prince Charles, died last June at age 79."

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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: King Leopold III
« on: November 26, 2006, 09:31:37 PM »
Obituary Cont'd
" In May, 1940, when Nazi troops rolled into Belgium, he placed himself at the head of Belgium's poorly equipped armed forces, but they were unable to withstand the German attack. His ministers advised him to flee abroad & set up a government in exile. Instead, he surrendered to the Germans on May 28, 18 days after the invasion & was held prisoner in Belgium, Germany & Austria during the war, until Allied forces freed him in Austria. While a captive he married Mary Liliane Baels, a London-born commoner 15 years his junior, in a civil ceremony in Laeken Palace near Brussels. The marriage, King Leopold's second, made Liliane a princess without claim to the throne. She was pregnant at the time of the civil ceremony, but it was later revealed that the couple had been married in a church ceremony three months earlier. The end of the war brought a bitter debate in Belgium over Leopold's desicion to surrender. The debate was aggrivated by Leopold's second marriage because in heavily Roman Catholic Belgium, a civil marriage ceremony must precede the church rite. King Leopold in Switzerland, refused to return to Belgium because of the controversy and his younger brother, Prince Charles, was named as regent. He returned in 1950, after a referendum showed 58 percent of Belgians in favor of his return. Rioting broke out, however, and as the violence worsened, King Leopold abdicated in favor of his son, Baudouin on Aug. 1."

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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: King Leopold III
« on: November 26, 2006, 09:21:11 PM »
I've found it (I have to type it out manually)

"Tribune, Monday, September 26, 1983
"Brussels-King Leopold III, 81, forced to abdicate the throne of Belgium to his son over his World War II relations with Hitler's Germany, died Sunday a few hours after undergoing heart surgery, the palace announced. The palace said he died a few hours after emergency surgery by a team of Belgian & American doctors at a Brussels university hospital. The palace announcement said: 'King Leopold III was urgently taken to the Louvain University Hospital in Brussels. He had a coronary bridging performed aiming at correcting the insufficient irrigation of the myocardium [heart muscle]. A few hours after the operation, a failure of the myocardium occurred leading to death the same day.' King Leopold was born in Brussels, on Nov. 3, 1901, the eldest of three children of King Albert & Queen Elisabeth. He ascended the throne on Feb. 23, 1934, becoming Belgium's fourth monarch since the nation gained independence from the Dutch in 1830. He succeeded his father, who died in a climbing accident in southern Belgium. He was regarded as an authotarian leader who preferred the council of a select group of advisers to that of official ministers & that often created conflicts at the palace."

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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: King Leopold III
« on: October 27, 2006, 10:47:27 PM »
Almost a month & a half ago, I bought a book, on the royal families of Europe. On one of the pages, I came across a newspaper clipping of the Chicago Tribune's obituary for King Leopold III of Belgium (d. 1983) I was quite suprised by this little treasure & was meaning to post about it but between trips out of town & working with the football team, I completely forgot.

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Having Fun! / Re: Royals who were the best/worst at being royal
« on: October 27, 2006, 10:42:36 PM »
In my personal opinion, I have more respect for Queen Alexandra (as a person & as a royal) as opposed to Marie Feodorovna. From what I've read about Marie Feodorovna, she didn't have the more widespread kindness that her sister had. I think Queen Alexandra also had more compassion for others, particularly those under her, as opposed to Marie Feodorovna. However some of it I think owes to the more rigid protocol of Russian high society. I also think that Marie F. was possesive of her children to the point of jealousy, rudeness & arrogance. I also just find simple people more attractive, personally & I think Queen Alexandra was much more simple than M.F.

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I don't think we learned much about Russian history in our World History class (9th grade), if we did, I don't remember it. The only thing I remember learning about Russian history in my class is about those exiled by the czars & the bolsheviks were shipped off to Siberia. I remember talking a bit about the Bolsheviks in 8th grade, though.

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Imperial Russian History / Re: attacks attempts assassinations
« on: October 09, 2006, 08:10:02 PM »
Apparently in Chicago, in 1893, not long after the Columbian Exposition, the popular mayor of the day, Carter Harrison, was assasinated in his own entryway. Supposedly a man came to the door, the mayor was called down & he was shot by the person. A bit of irony on the assasination of President Lincoln. He supposedly was carrying Confederate money with him when he was assasinated & he died in a bed where John Wilkes Booth had slept in.

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