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The Hohenzollern / Re: NEW LETTERS about Wilhelm II and Ella
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:19:12 AM »
Is she in mourning? That would explain the clothes.


Yes, she is. The grey and white nun habit would appear in 1909.

The Hohenzollern / Re: NEW LETTERS about Wilhelm II and Ella
« on: January 22, 2017, 11:16:48 AM »
That picture is taken in 1908. The boy is Dickie of Battenberg - Victoria and Louis of Battenberg's youngest son.

Doesn't Ella look... different in that picture? I thought it could be Alix too at first - but I thought that because she looks pregnant.

That's Grand Duchess Elizaveta, 1908 year in, summer in Peterhof. There are more pictures from the event. And of course she is not pregnant, she is not Alix, just an angle of the photo and heavy clothes.

The Windsors / Re: Photo Identification
« on: January 16, 2017, 01:10:15 PM »

The Hohenzollern / Re: Books on the Hohenzollerns
« on: August 11, 2016, 03:03:53 PM »
Has anyone read the book of Luise Sophie, Friedrich Leopold of Prussia, "Behind the Scenes at the Prussian Court" ?

It is on my wish list, but I'm not sure to buy it...

Interesting book but full of grievances on Kaiser Wilhelm II whom Luise Sophie considered a foolish tyrant. She blames Kaiser in all her problems and all problems of her family...sometimes her text sounds like she was a martyr...But the book is worth to read anyway.

The Stroganoffs / Re: The Stroganoffs
« on: July 07, 2016, 05:14:43 AM »
Did the Germans trash this palace in World War II as well?

No, they didn't. Still on its place.

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Prince Volkonsky
« on: May 20, 2016, 12:51:24 PM »
Thank you. If he was an architect and married a second time to Asya (or to Analena, I am not sure)  and lived in Buenos Aires, then this must be my Godfather. But my mother said that he died in Rome.  I would expect that he is buried there.  I believe he had a brother Alexander and sister Maria (name ?) and another brother. Do you know where are his three sons ?  Thank you, Daria

Sorry, I was wrong, I meant Wladimir Alexandrovitch (born 1908-died 1980 Montefiore). He had 2 brothers: Daniil and Nikita and sister Maria. Wladimir was married twice. His 1st wife - Analena, an Italian Countess (1910-1961)

Servants, Friends and Retainers / Re: Prince Volkonsky
« on: May 20, 2016, 12:06:07 PM »
Hello, I am coming to this conversation on Wolkonsky family rather late, so please forgive me,  but I would like to ask a question about my Godfather and relative, Prince Vladimir Wolkonsky, who was an architect and died in Rome some time in the 1970's most likely.  I was a child when he and his wife Asya (born in France) visited us from Buenos Aires.  My mother knew him, but she has passed on, and I am left with little information but a beautiful photo of him with Asya and a distant memory of visiting him in New York City, where he lived for a while, and also a trip to Jordanville to the monastery.  Does anyone know the date of his death and where his brothers and sister's families reside ?  I believe his mother passed away somewhere near Spring Valley, New York.  Any information is very much appreciated.  

I think you speak about Prince Wladimir Dmitrievitch (1898-1976), who was buried in Paris (St-Gen. de Bois). He had 3 sons.

This link just popped up on my Tumblr dashboard saying it was Maria Fyodorovna in her childhood

Any idea if this is reliable website? I have never seen a photo of little Dagmar, so I have no idea whether this really is or isnīt her.

Does not resemble Dagmar at all

Italian Royal Families / Re: Identification photos etc.
« on: November 23, 2015, 12:18:43 PM »
IMHO looks like Kaiserin Augusta Viktoria of Prussia or her sister Louise Sophie.

I'd say Augusta Viktoria.

Rare photo of Daria Opochinina (1844-1870), 1st wife of Duke Eugen of Leuchtenberg

I would like to know the identity of the person sitting in front with the black pointed beard. My Great Grandfather Peter Alexandrovich Basilevsky was an aide de camp to GD Sergei when he was Governor of Moscow and this gentleman resembles him. Thanks.


Yes, that man does resemble P.A. Basilevsky but he never was an officer of the Preobrazhenskiy regiment but the Hussar regiment as I remember and he retired long before the years in the picture (end of 1890s).


Is there any identification of GD Serge's Staff members appearing in the photograph?


there is no identification. Actually they are officers of the Preobrazhenskiy regiment, not Grand Duke's stuff members. I can identify some of them if you need.

The Imperial Family / Re: identification
« on: October 15, 2015, 07:09:25 AM »
The lady in blue looks like Gdss Olga Feodorovna of Russia and the other one looks like Eugenie of Oldenburg, nee Eugenie Maxilianovna of Leuchtenberg :-D


The Yussupovs / Re: Photos of Felix Yusupov
« on: October 01, 2015, 12:41:18 AM »

please post images via photobucket. com service, for example. Many other services don't work at our Forums. Also you can read the topics about how to post pictures. And you always can send your pictures to a Mod, who post them here. I am ready to help, just send a P.m.

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