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Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: The Enigmatic Tatiana
« on: September 17, 2011, 02:55:31 AM »
After reading all of the posts, the question occurs: had the revolution been averted, what would Tatiana been like as an adult? Anastasia, obviously, would've been the family liberal. Would Tatiana have been the family traditionalist?
What kind of man would she have married- if, indeed, she married at all?
Would she have emerged as a political power behind throne- but more in the loving protector mode than as an ambitious Regent Sophia? She obviously sensed a certain power that comes from having everyone depend on her so much.
Of course it's all speculation.

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Imperial Russian History / Re: The Russian Soul
« on: August 17, 2011, 11:25:37 AM »
Pagan revival in Russia? How encouraging! Please: where could we read more about this?

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It's rather pathetic that foreign royals have to come all the way across the planet to shame local millionaires into coughing up some cash for LA's Skid Row, which is something they should have been doing all along.

Look: we know that all of those "progressive, socially conscious" Westsiders are phoney limousine liberals. They only care when the cameras are rolling. That's how it is. Get over it. If it takes bringing in foreign royality to pump some help into Skid Row- so be it.

It was really nice of the Royal Couple to come in and help out. We thank them for their efforts. :)

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Interesting photo processing technique!

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The Windsors / Re: Princess Royal, Princess Anne
« on: May 06, 2011, 07:48:28 PM »
Just curious on how everyone feels about changing the order of succession allowing for daughters to take precedence in the birth order?

Wasn't this discussed in Britain fairly recently? 'not sure what happened with that, though.

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Iberian Royal Families / Re: Monarchs of Navarre
« on: March 22, 2011, 04:14:29 AM »
Yes, Henry IV's second wife (and only Queen) was Jeanne of Navarre. She was born in 1370 to Charles II of Navarre and Jeanne de Valois, daughter of Jean II of France. In 1386 Jeanne married Jean IV of Brittany and had these children:

    * Jeanne 1387-1388
    * Jean V le Sage 1389-1442
    * Marie 1391-1446
    * Marguerite ca 1392-1428
    * Arthur III le Justicier 1393-1458
    * Gilles 1394-1412
    * Richard 1395-1438
    * Blanche ca 1395-ca 1419

Jeanne is sometimes known as Jeanne of Brittany because of her first marriage. On 7 February 1403, she married Henry IV of England. She was a good queen to him, though they had no children, and she enjoyed a good relationship with her stepchildren, the children of Henry and Mary de Bohun, his first wife. Henry IV died in 1413. At first Jeanne's relations with the new king Henry V were cordial, until he very suddenly had her arrested for witchcraft. She was eventually released, and lived to see the accession of Henry VI, her step-grandson.  She died in 1437.

Hope this helps!  :)

Witchcraft seems a rather creative charge for a king to launch against his step-mother. What was the story behind that?

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Perhaps his second marriage was happier because a Royal Marriage united two crowns, while a morganatic marriage united two human beings?

Here is something on Ferdinand and his second (morganatic) wife, Lucia:

Ferdinand loved his second wife very much. He wrote her tender letters, which began with "To my dear and good Lucia" and signed off his letters with "Your affectionate companion who loves you dearly".  Not only was he tender in his letters but also they were also full of gratitude. Perhaps because she made his last years sweet and cheerful, especially after a lifetime spent at the side of the "unbearable" and "intriguing" Maria Carolina, who was nicknamed by the people as the "Austrian Erinyes".  In fact, Ferdinand considered his affair with Lucia as a "miracle".

In addition, Ferdinand (whom MC described as not one to give presents and indeed she never got a even a garden from him, which she greatly desired) was very generous to his 2nd wife and her children (from her first marriage): countless ducats, fabulous jewels (diamonds and parures), a palace and a country villa (complete with a zoo), among others.


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The Tudors / Re: Your favorite Tudors
« on: March 22, 2011, 03:57:40 AM »
My favourite is Mary Tudor: French Queen, Duchess of Suffolk. She didn't live a long life, but it was certainly a full one.
Mary seemed to know how to handle her brother. Have to respect that!

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I am just interested,do they still have the right to sign themselves as Princes von Battenberg outside of Britain?Would that in some way be still formally correct or formally incorrect?Even though they use other titles...

Just want to know is their case similar to Lady Louise Wessex?She uses and is known by the title of Lady dropping the higher title,but formally she still has the right to be a Princess...

Lord Mountbatten may have done it as a "tongue-in-cheek" whimsy. Since Germany is a republic, the old rules and restrictions have no legal standing. 

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Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Queen Louise of Sweden
« on: August 02, 2010, 11:16:47 AM »

And we know that Louise was a premature birth, and i heard that  Louise did take much medicaments because of this.

Indeed - Louise's health was not very good. Her brother once said of her that she was pretty as a young woman "before being ill made her so thin." I think that her remark about sick royals not being an option was probably made in the context of struggling to recover from some bout of ill-health, rather than a comment on anyone else's health.

Yes. She was, quite likely, displaying her own "stiff upper lip".

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Balkan Royal Families / Re: Tzar Ferdinand of Bulgaria and his family
« on: April 23, 2010, 11:23:23 AM »
Might be...Much has talked about that part of his life. Not much has been documented on a single lover he did.

Whether it was true or not, the man certainly had a real flair!

Did he & Queen Marie of Romania ever actually meet? I can only imagine a behind-the-scenes dinner.... ::)

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Any Danish or Holsteiner titles aside, did Queen Victoria grant the Schleswig-Holstein children any British specific honours?

When George V purged the German relatives in 1917, did Albert of S-H lose his British citisenship?

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The Windsors / Re: The status of Highness
« on: March 20, 2010, 03:05:14 PM »
That is the case. I think George V was acting in their best interest with the title change, although he was trying to preserve the dynasty, by making it more British, less German. They knew they had their part to play, whatever their personal feelings, which tended to be a bit more complicated than happiness at times. ;) I don't think they would have wanted to be in Germany had they had the option to keep their titles and do that. That would have been their only option in most cases, although perhaps not in those of the more extended ( i.e. obscure) family. I think they were happier in England, of course, maybe some would have chosen differently, but I think their unhappiness about this in comparison to the other choice, would have been little. I am sure they wished they could keep their titles and remain in England at times, but.. still, it is an interesting question that goes beyond titles to the way it was in England and America at the time.

A question about using titles socially.

When visiting Germany after the war, did any of the demoted princes revert to using their old Teck or Battenberg titles? I'm thinking in terms of signing into hotels or visiting German relatives?

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She sort of reminds me of US actress, Rose Byrne (from the FX series, "Damages")

Maybe this "meretriz" had "hidden" charms..if you know what i mean , hehehe

Considering that Leopold feel heavy for this beauty....





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Having Fun! / Re: What Star Sign are you?
« on: January 27, 2010, 11:21:08 AM »
Leo (27 July) w/ a lot on Cancerian spill-over traits

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