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Their World and Culture / Re: Russian and European Court Dresses
« on: July 09, 2009, 07:41:22 AM »
I have the book in Dutch  and the book is indeed very spectacular !!! :)
Have a look at this topic for more info about the book:

At the Russian court-exhibition book

This book accompanies the exhibition in the newly-opened Hermitage Amsterdam.
First some facts about this book:

title: At the Russian court - Palace and protocol in the nineteenth century
available in Dutch and English
336 pages
about 300 black/white and full-colour illustrations

The book consists of four main articles and twelve shorter essays. The titles of the four main articles are:
- From Paul I to Nicholas II
- Official ceremonies at the Russian court
- Celebrations at the Russian court
- St. Petersburg, capital of the Russian empire

The twelve shorter articles:
- Dinners at the Russian imperial court
- Theatre and music at the court
- The church and the court
- Galacostumes and the court
- Ladies' fashions
- Treasures at the Russian court
- The Chinese masquerade
- Playing cards in Russian court life
- 'Waaier' is a Dutch word
- The tsars' children
- Hunting at the imperial court
- The Russian guards at the court
There is also a family-tree of the Romanovs and a bibliography.

Last Friday I bought the book in Dutch and it is really stunning. Besides, the text is very readable and informative. The pictures are also magnificent and the lay-out is very well-done. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I do !


The Imperial Family / Re: identification
« on: July 06, 2009, 09:55:04 AM »
I have a question on this painting:
Ball at the Assembly Hall of the Nobility in St Petersburg on 23 February 1913
Kardovsky, Dmitry Nikolaevich
Who are the members of the imperial family seated and standing under the red canopy ?
Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna - Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna - Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna - ? - ? - Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

Maybe some of you know who the other two women are !

lovely pictures....i always felt so sorry for Maria Alexandrovna....

here are two i had in my photobucket

Who are the woman at the left and the children with Maria Alexandrovna ?

Nice to know that you liked it, Robert !
From what 've read here from various members, it is absolutely worth seeing it !! I hope to visit the exhibition this summer, for me it is not far away, because I live in The Netherlands.

Wonderful photos of the old queen, Kmerov. Thank you !!

In the book "The Camera and the Tsars" by Charlotte Zeepvat is a photo of this tsarina in her old days.

Another photo of the empress in her old days:

Are there more photos of the tsarina known ?

And this lady I found once as Henrietta Amalia of Anhalt, wife of Henri Casimir and next time as Maria Luisa Hesse-Kassel, wife of Johann Willem Friso...Which attribution is correct? thanks!

I found a similar looking person in a cameo portrait (match up not guaranteed) in Guide to Women Leaders with this bio:
"1696-1708 Regent Dowager Princess Henriëtte Amalia Maria von Anhalt-Dessau of Nassau in Diez (Germany)
1696-1708 Governess-General of Friesland, Groningen and Drente (The Netherlands)

Following the death of her husband, Hendrik Casimir II, she acted as regent for son, Johan Wilhelm Friso (1697-1711). She was daughter of Johan Georg II von Anhalt-Dessau and Henriette Catharina van Oranje-Nassau, who had acted as regent for Henriëtte Amalia's brother. She lived (1666-1726)."

To avoid confusion: it is certainly Marie Louise of Hesse-Cassel (1688-1765), wife of Johan Willem Friso.

Here you can find a portrait of Amalie with her mother Marie Louise and brother Willem IV:

Marie Feodorovna / Re: Marie Feodorovna--portraits & paintings
« on: May 22, 2009, 12:39:07 PM »
Deceased Alexander III in his Chair with Empress Maria Fiodorovna alongside
Zichy, Mihaly.

Quite an intimate piece !$CBK&comeFrom=quick

Introduction of Grand Princess Maria Alexandrovna to Shah Nasir al-Din in the Winter Palace
Zichy, Mihaly.

You can see Marie Alexandrovna bowing to the Shah.$U9&size=small&selCateg=picture&dlCategId=SP%2B23H97VAZNXTBFBL&comeFrom=quick

The Danish Royal Family / Re: Danish royal jewels
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:58:54 PM »
Quite coincidentally: I just bought this book today and it is absolutely amazing, the pictures as well the text. :) Though I'm Dutch and don't read Danish, I'm trying to read it with the help of a dictionary and it reads quite well...

The Greek Royal Family / Re: Prince Andrew of Greece and his family
« on: April 20, 2009, 09:24:18 AM »
It could be this question was asked before, but why were the princesses Margarita, Theodora and Cecile all married the same year ?

Cecile married on 23 January of 1931
Margarita on 20 April the same year and
Theodora on 17 August that year.

Why were the sisters married so close to each other ?

BeNeLux Royalty / Re: The Daughters of Leopld II of Belgium
« on: April 15, 2009, 03:09:02 PM »
Thank you for your photo of Clémentine, GDella !
From a book I know Clémentine was at the wedding of Umberto and Marie-Jose in 1930, do you own any photos ?

I have a wedding issue on my 'to buy' list but haven't purchased it yet. When I do, I'll let you know of any Clementine photos.

The book where I got the info from is Royal jewels of Belgium by Christophe Vachaudez. According to the book, there was a lot of stress when the female guests at the Italian-Belgian wedding  had to bring with them more than ten dresses for the celebrations !  Clementine had to borrow some clothes and jewels from her sister Stephanie.
I think there were a lot of other royals at that celebration, in any case the Belgian and Italian royal families.

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