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I just caught the end :( :( :(  ... I came in from a run and was watching the footy show, then I flicked over to channel two and saw GD Olga, by the looks of the doco (i saw the last five minutes) it was a decent attempt... im so sad I missed it - someone tell me it was horrible so I dont feel I've missed out.


French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette
« on: February 16, 2007, 04:49:09 PM »
Agreed.....nearlly any king or queen of the last few centuries, who did not have the support of their nobility, was in a dire situation....generally speaking.


Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas's Wealth, Will & Burial Wishes
« on: February 14, 2007, 10:45:42 PM »
I think they would not have wished their burial to become such a political issue. I think that they would have been surprised.

naturally, although they were experienced with their personal matters becoming political matters, and the family feuding that is occuring today.


...I think they'd be shaking their heads feeling that a century later not that much has changed

French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette
« on: February 14, 2007, 04:28:53 AM »
I thought Jayne Mansfield had a giant bust, whilst MA was qrather petite...I dont recall anything written about her huge bust size, naturally one would presume it would have become a facit of pop culture.... I think teh only thing i ever read was that her breats were a basis for a style of wine glass, however this has been disproved.


Imperial Russian History / Re: The Smolni Institute
« on: February 14, 2007, 01:26:26 AM »
Is that the picture where a group of girls are posing in front of Maria Fyodorovna's portrait?

thats the one!

Nicholas II / Re: Nicholas's Wealth, Will & Burial Wishes
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:36:10 PM »
Their burial, as everyone knows, became a political issue. . . . Sadly (if we are to believe Robert K Massie’ N&A) their actual wishes became redundant after so many decades, it would have been nice to think that they were laid to rest in Tsarkoye Selo, their beloved home.


Having Fun! / Re: Say something about the person above you!II
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:22:57 PM »
Has great taste in dated indie films.

French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette
« on: February 13, 2007, 11:20:21 PM »
I was referring to his lynching at the funeral of the Swedish crown prince, whom it was falsely rumoured he had poisoned. . . .despite being viewed favourably by many in his class, the Swedish population hated him.


Ps: I think I’m referring to the right Count Fersen, they’ve been many . .  some of his ancestors caused just as much scandal!

Iberian Royal Families / Re: TM King Felipe & Queen Letizia
« on: February 13, 2007, 10:20:49 PM »
lol.... I always find these types of posts fasinating, rhetorically speaking of course! 


ps: I believe the crown prince, having been raised in a successful democratic monarchy, with a celebrated father and king that has demonstrated a great respect for democracy is going to slap on the title of warlord and conquer “Byzantium”. . . that’s an ancient and irrelevant ambition.

French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette
« on: February 13, 2007, 08:47:50 PM »
Completely.  I read in a biography that early during her reign, her acts of grace and compassion were celebrated on souvenirs; I recall that while travelling, I think from Fontainebleau, she spotted a disabled peasant walking along the road; she evidentially ordered her carriage to halt and allowed the man to travel in her carriage.  Whether this story was the polar opposite of the kind of propaganda that was distributed about her later in her life is unknown, but it  highlights how even in the 1700’s a public figures reputation was only as positive as one was willing to slander against. . . .


ps: ironic that Fresen succumbed to the ignorant wrath of public opinion also!

Their World and Culture / Re: Crowns and Tiaras of Russia and Europe
« on: February 12, 2007, 08:36:48 PM »
PssMarieAmelie....The Iranians jewels are like chunks of coloured rocks in diamond frames...amazing.  I'm sure I read that they were of such value that prior to the revolution they actually were one of the states crucial assests, floating the economy.


French Royals / Re: Queen Marie Antoinette
« on: February 12, 2007, 03:25:28 AM »
In regard to the initial point of this thread…

I’m sure I read that MA was shy and would bath in a gown and undress in private.  Also in regards to giving birth in public, I read that after her first child, she found the experience so traumatic that she broke with etiquette and never did it again. . . one in many changes she insisted upon.

The Final Chapter / Re: Would ANY country have offered sanctuary?
« on: February 11, 2007, 02:57:36 AM »
I always presumed the obvious choices were Great Britain, Denmark (indeed Scandinavia), Switzerland, France and Iberia.

I don’t think it’s safe to presume that France and other countries would have blocked any attempts by the IF to settle. . . . remember a individual is noted as having been responsible for refusing the IF asylum in England!  Basically if you consider the actions of Queen Wilhelmina permitting and also protecting the Kaiser in exile, a man who most would have presumed would not have been intending to lead a quiet life in exile, as apposed to the IF who were rather domestic and probably would have lived out their lives peacefully and rather happily in an isolated corner of a country, I feel many nations would have been willing and felt it a duty (considering the history of their relations with Russia whilst it was ruled by the Romanovs) to accept them.


The Habsburgs / Re: The Spanish Riding School
« on: February 10, 2007, 11:04:51 PM »
Despite no one appearing to be interested, I'm never one to let a thread die!

Official website of this century old institution:

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna is the only riding academy in the world where the Renaissance tradition of classical horsemanship is preserved and cultivated to this day. The unique harmony of man and beast achieved here is famous all over the world.

The history of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna dates back 430 years to the revival of the "Haute École d'Équitation" at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries, as the Renaissance was sweeping through the royal courts of Europe. Horses of Spanish origin were chosen over other breeds for characteristics they possessed which made them especially suitable for classical training. Archduke Maximilian started to breed Spanish horses in Austria in about the year 1562.

The date of the foundation of the Riding School in Vienna is taken from documents written in the year 1572, but the wars against Turkey in the 17th century took their toll on a part of the Riding School, and reconstruction work began in 1685. Years passed, however, without mention in any documents of the work being completed.

Charles VI began afresh with the building work in 1729, and in 1735, the building we know today, designed by Josef Emanuel Fischer von Erlach, was completed. Since that year, only horses from the Karst Stud in Lipica, founded in 1580 by Archduke Charles of Inner Austria, have been used at the Spanish Riding School. A portrait of Charles VI still hangs in the royal box of the Winter Riding School at the Spanish Riding School. After the death of Charles in 1740, Maria Theresia became regent. She was the first person to hold 'knights' games' and 'carousels'(playful riding tournaments) in the new Winter Riding School.

Magnificent parties and lavish masked balls were also held at this time. The next major influence on the Spanish Riding School was the Wiener Kongress in 1814 and 1815, when festive riding performances were given to an international audience of the most important politicians.

After some years of turbulence (including the revolution of 1848) there followed the "Gründerzeit" of the late 19th century, a period which saw great architectural change in Vienna. The Spanish Riding School, however, remained untouched and continued to be at the private disposal of the Emperor and his illustrious guests. The very last carousel took place on 28 April 1894.

After the end of the First World War, the Spanish Riding School was placed under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Austrian Republic. The first public performance took place a year and a half after the end of the war.

In the course of the Second World War, the Lipizzaner horses had to be evacuated to St. Martin in Upper Austria at the beginning of 1945. In February 1946, the school's stallions were transferred to Wels, where they remained until 26 October 1955. It was only on this day that Colonel Podhajsky, the director of the school at that time, was able to announce to the Austrian federal president that the stallions of the Spanish Riding School

were returning to their home in Vienna.

Podhajsky retired in 1964, and the directorship was taken up by Colonel Hans Handler, under whose leadership the 400th anniversary celebrations took place in 1972. On 2 October 1974, Handler fell dead from his stallion Siglavy Beja during the performance. His deputy of many years, Kurt Albrecht, took over direction of the school, continuing to give performances. He also achieved improvements in the social standing of the riding staff. In 1985, he retired, to be succeeded by Dr. Jaromir Oulehla.

At the beginning of 2001, the Spanish Riding School was privatised, and since 1 February 2001, Dr. Werner Pohl, a highly trained equestrian vet and horse breeding specialist, has been the company director.


The Danish Royal Family / Re: Questions on Precedence?
« on: February 10, 2007, 10:45:55 PM »
Ann Marie was and continues to be a Queen.  She has followed the precedent set by many exiled Monarchs (including her in laws) of maintaining this as a personal title, irrelevant of whether they have a throne.  Naturally, depending on whether the country they are in recognises the government of the country they have been exiled from, the title is curtesy in nature . . . As a consort I think the title is somewhat safer than that of the sovereigns, a sovereign without a country has no real legitimate role, they no longer rule and the throne which was theirs is gone, a Queen however normally doesn’t rule, she is only a consort, a role that can continue unabated in exile.

I wonder was their a period of particular debate on the numerous occasions in which Greece exiled their royals, as in did the Danish government delay recognising the Greek regimes as official. . . .many countries have refused to aknowledge states for decades (didn’t America ignore the DR of China in the place of Taiwan for like 20 years??)


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