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You make some very good and enlightened observations, Ashdean.  Thank you for sharing!  Zenaida is just one example of people that left the glittering word of Imperial Russia and made a life for themselves elsewhere.  It just makes one wonder if perhaps on some level some of these people were ultimately just as happy, or happier, than they might have been before.  One would hope that despite the loss of great riches, Zenaida for example, had enough to live a comfortable, fulfilling life - despite the challenges that often come with old age, etc.  I think there must be numerous untold stories of people that not only survived but thrived after the revolution.  Also, there are those that lived just as well monetarily - but those stores are not often told as they do not have the "drama" factor  :)

Many, many thanks Ashdean!  This is exactly the information I have been seeking.  Sounds like she lead a comfortable life in her latter years.

There seems to be so little information posted about Zenaida after her escape from Russia.  I would be very interested in the following:
1.  Where were her homes and for how long did she live in each?  Did she own homes outside of Russia before & after the revolution?
2.  Did she primarily live alone?  How many servants?
3.  Was she active?  Travel?
4.  Exactly how "poor" was she?  Did she live a comfortable life?

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors, Part II
« on: January 22, 2010, 02:15:49 PM »
I am very curious as to the layout of the upper floors of Clarence House.  Based on the previous post, if there are only 5 or 6 principal rooms on each of the upper floors it is quite easy to imagine that perhaps the layout is similar to that of the White House in the US with a large, open central hall/living area with rooms opening off it on each floor.  Perhaps?  While Clarence House is undeniably a lovely house, it is understandable why the Queen Mother did not want to move there when leaving Buckingham Palace.  Personally, I would think that something more grand could have been managed!

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: October 09, 2008, 01:11:32 PM »
While it appears that the public rooms and corridors are well maintained, I wonder if there are rooms within BP that are not so well kept, even in disrepair?  Seeing how the exterior is falling apart, one would think that there must be neglected interior spaces as well.  Does anyone know for sure?  Also, are there are pictures of the not-so-public rooms, including servants quarters, etc?

The Windsors / Re: Royal Palaces in London (except Buckingham Palace)
« on: September 22, 2008, 08:19:05 AM »
Robert, you mentioned that traditionally new apartments are always prepared for the new sovereign at Buckingham Palace.  I did not know that!  Does this mean that the Queen does not occupy the same rooms as her mother did?  If so, where were the Queen Mother's apartments?  Also, this would reinforce my belief that perhaps there was no need for the Queen Mother to leave BP!

Also, we have all seen the wonderful floor plans that Architect has posted (thank you so much); however, I am not familiar with the private rooms at Windsor. Are they much more spacious/numerous?  I have often wondered how they compare with BP.

Thank you!

The Windsors / Re: Royal Palaces in London (except Buckingham Palace)
« on: September 18, 2008, 09:17:57 AM »
Don't you think that after a few years passed and things settled down after the war, the QM could have chosen (and been allowed to move to) another residence?  I think so.  Therefore, the implication is that she grew to like Clarence House.

Along these same lines, I have often wondered why the QM even moved our of Buckingham Palace.  It is certainly large enough to house more than one Queen!!

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge tea set of Ducky
« on: August 21, 2008, 09:23:54 AM »
There are many stories about the royal family escaping with jewels, but not much about the other items they were able to take with them.  Do we know who escaped with what?  For example, were certain members lucky enough to bring out enough hosehold items such as furniture, artwork, plate, etc. to set up housekeeping in "royal style" once they were settled elsewhere?  I would also be interested to know already had homes established in other countries that they were able to settle into after their escape.


The Windsors / Re: Princess Royal, Princess Anne
« on: August 19, 2008, 09:36:05 AM »
Have you seen the Olympic pictures of Anne? Would it really hurt her to show a little respect for both herself and the athletes by throwing on a tiara and a decent dress?  Considering how well put together the Queen always is, one would assume she is mortified by Anne's awful appearance.

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: August 04, 2008, 10:26:47 AM »

PLEASE post any plans you have!  I know they would be greatly appreciated by many.  Thank you!

The Windsors / Re: Princess Royal, Princess Anne
« on: July 22, 2008, 02:24:02 PM »
Speaking of Princess Anne's closet space, does anyone know much about her home, Gatcombe Park?  How big is it?  Does she live "royally?"  Pictures?

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:55:55 AM »
I had not noticed this about Camilla.  However, it seems kind of ironic that the Queen also seems to wear the same pearl earrings 99% of the time to daytime functions.  I have often wondered if she has some special attachment to these particular earrings and where they came from.  Perhaps Camilla is following the Queens lead (you know, imitation is the purest form of flattery)!

Their World and Culture / Re: Moving House?
« on: July 15, 2008, 12:31:02 PM »
Interesting topic!  I have often wondered why, as often reported, royalty would have to take so many household items (e.g. linens, glassware, etc.) from residence to residence.  My simple logic would be that if you are as wealthy as say the Tsar, all of your homes would be completely outfitted so that you would basically just have to show up with your clothes - if that!

The Windsors / Re: Buckingham palace
« on: April 23, 2008, 02:06:33 PM »
Glad to see this thread still active.  BP is such a facinating place!  Does anyone know how "modern" its modern facilities such as bathrooms are?  Seeing how even average homes nowadays have luxury baths with soaking tubs, marble, etc. it would interesting to know just how "palatial" these areas are in comparison.  Any pictures?

The Windsors / Re: Peter Phillips Stag Weekend & Isle of Wight
« on: April 18, 2008, 11:43:25 AM »
Okay, since no one else has brought this up I will:  Isn't it a bit immature (tacky?) for young adults to behave the way the Princes did at this stag event?  Falling down drunk, dropping your pants in public, etc.?  Bad enough for anyone, but I think as a royal you should have a certain amount of respect for your postion and family.  Along with the priviledges, there is a certain measure of responsibility.

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