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Nicholas II / Re: Infant Brother Alexander
« on: March 09, 2018, 11:12:44 AM »
Google is a great tool. He wasn't an infant, George Alexandrovich was 18 when he died.

Lenin's Rolls Royce cars were not from the Imperial Garage. Nicholas II's three RR Silver Ghosts were kept in the Livadia garage, there were none in the Tsarskoe Selo garages.

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Pictures V
« on: March 02, 2018, 10:22:10 PM »
Serious illness was far more common then. People didn't discuss it as much for the same reasons we don't talk about having the flu.

I must add to this
The Russian Revolution really shook up King George V he blamed it mainly on Alexandra not his friend Nicholas II

At this time 1917 England had a new PM David Lloyd George. To put it mildly he and King George V didn't get along very well during the WW I years.

As for Queen Mary nobody ever refered to her as the beloved Queen Mary. Being German didn't help in 1917 England where anti-German feeling were running high

In 1917 England there was a lot of anti-government feeling . People were accusing King George V of being disloyal ect. Hence the name change to Windsor.

Out of interest how well did George know Alexandra? Everybody knows the closeness between George and Nicholas, due to their mothers being sisters, and the holidays and Denmark. But we also know a lot of Alexandra visiting England, especially after her mother died. I don't know the years of George's traveling, as a school boy and as a naval officer, but surely they saw some of each other. And even then he would have heard family talking about her in person and correspondence. After all she almost became his sister-in-law!

So they weren't super close and being different genders makes it all different but still. I just find it odd that, as family, George couldn't absolve Alexandra just as he did Nicholas. Surely when he saw all the reports, facts and street gossip, from Ambassador Buchanan, George would know enough about Alexandra to say, "Oh poor Alicky. Somewhere along the way she lost her way, how terrible" just as he said "poor Nicky. He always had his heart in the right place and meant well." Instead he blames her for EVERYTHING, as if he believed every report and knew nothing about her.

When other family members talk you get almost the same tone as well. Sympathy and sadness for Nicholas and some sympathy but lots of scorn added in for her. I don't even think Marie Antoniette was that toxic among the foreign royals.

George and Alexandra were first cousins. Alexandra was one of Victoria's favorite grandchildren, and Alexandra spent a lot of time in England which included her own family. I have no doubt George being only 7 years older knew his cousin Alix as well as he did any of his other cousins.

If you read Nicholas' diaries, and the excellent book "Fontanka 16" about the Imperial Secret Police, you will find that Nicholas opposed the Pogroms and issued edicts to prevent them, which were often ignored. The majority of pogroms in the 1905-1912 period (the period in his reign they occurred) were by local people and local officials. Odessa in 1905 was one of the worst.

You can almost never determine Jewish origins from a surname. While some names are "often" associated with Jewish families,  the same names were also used by non Jews. I've been doing Jewish genealogical research for years now.

DNA testing confirmed.

Nicholas II / Re: Daily Mail - Romanov Fortune
« on: November 29, 2017, 09:40:11 AM »
The article is long on hyperbole and short of actual facts. The "fortune" it turns out wasn't "Nicholas II's" it was Imperial Government gold being moved for safety from Petersburg as the Russians started being beaten by the German army. The jewels found in the Tobolsk Monastery in 1933 were personal property of the IF, so unrelated to the gold bullion. The "Siberian" orders are utterly unrelated. Essentially a useless article.

The Alexander Palace / Re: The Mauve Room (Photos)
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:17:06 AM »
Been discussed in other threads. Charles Berger in Paris still exists and did give an estimate 15 years ago to reproduce the Lampas for 1000 euro a meter, clearly would be more today. There are small examples of the original material, as Kochumov cut them and kept them.  The Berger firm quote might not fit into the restoration budget and the Museum might find another firm to reproduce it for less money

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria's letters & notes
« on: October 12, 2017, 06:09:58 PM »
Yes, you will have to upload it to a host site then put the link here. We simply don't have the server space to host all the images and attachments people want to post here.

Imperial Claimants Post Here / Re: Samuel Petuhov
« on: October 05, 2017, 04:20:32 PM »
YAWNNNNNN. Yet another lunatic hoax.  ::)

Having Fun! / Re: Model warships
« on: October 03, 2017, 03:47:56 PM »
Upload your photos to a photo hosting site. Then copy the url of the uploaded photo and insert the url into the IMG tags from the "Insert Image" button on the toolbar.

Having Fun! / Re: Things that annoy you because you're a Romanov fan
« on: September 26, 2017, 09:45:28 PM »
OTMA were not "German". However, the German government considered them "Princesses of German Blood" in the treaty of Brest Litovsk as the grand daughters of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse-Darmstadt.

News Links / Re: Iron Felix statue
« on: September 19, 2017, 09:04:12 PM »
It had NOTHING to do with a political statement. He was an artist who felt the sculpture had artistic merit and nothing more.

News Links / Re: Iron Felix statue
« on: September 11, 2017, 05:09:39 PM »
The Lenin statue in Seattle was originally in Poland. Removed after the collapse of the USSR and bought by an American and shipped to Seattle because the American thought it had artistic merit.

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