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Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: June 21, 2014, 02:07:47 PM »
Here you have a picture with the same mens, without Maria. I do not know who is this little gard. Do you?

<a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt=" photo TsarskoeNADolgorukygardespelles.jpg"/></a>

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: June 21, 2014, 01:16:54 PM »
I think it is thé Alexander palace 1917. First because we have other pictures with prince Dolgorouki ans this Gard, I Will post one alter on. Second because of the Tsar'decorations. He wore only bis St George's cross, without anything else. As for Maria she is very thin here. As she was after her illness. What do you think about this?

yes, Sebastian is a descendant:


He was present at the 1998 reburial of the Imperial Family. His grandmother, Catherine, was born in 1915 and only died in 2007. She was the last remaining Romanov who was born before the Revolution and her death marked the end of the male line of the Constantinovichi.

So this Sebastian is the only descendant of KR?

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia's mirror 'selfie'.
« on: June 14, 2014, 10:32:55 PM »
Not Livadia, but Tsarskoe Selo. The classroom??

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: June 14, 2014, 01:42:58 PM »
I would say, Nena, it is 1915. Alexei looks smaller in comparison with pictures of 1916 (near the Dnepr in July or August, for example). Then, I am convinced there is the St George medal among these. Perhaps Daniel Briere or Ann/Kalafrana could help us with this matter?

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: June 13, 2014, 05:05:27 AM »
Karin, if you have a larger version, could you post it or PM it me?

 Did Derevenko ever say  anything or write his own memoirs about the Imperial Family?

I don't think so, he may have possibly been illiterate.. ? Not sure about that.

THough I am very late in this discussion, I want to say that the legend of an illiterate Derevenko come from commissar Pankratov, who wrote he was "half-illiterate". But I think it has nothing to do with his hability to write or read, because he could at least write letters. There are some extracts of them on the Russian Wikipedia. By the way, one can think what he want of Wikipedia, but this page is very rich on balanced information:,_%D0%90%D0%BD%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B9_%D0%95%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BC%D0%B5%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87

I am sure it would be very interesting for the forum if a kind member could translate this page for the English Wikipedia, or, at least, for the forum. There are answers to a lot of questions. Something I already post here and there in our pages.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Re: Aleksei Photos III
« on: June 12, 2014, 06:59:03 AM »

Am I right to presume those pictures are of 1915, as Alexei doesn't wear his St-Georges medal?

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga's Letters
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:22:17 AM »
Members of this forum who also read French, and have a knowledge of the events of 1917-18, can themselves, no doubt, detect some of these errors in the French versions of these letters.

That was exactly my impression, when I read it in the 1990's. The French text sounds like the translators work "with blinds years", translating words but not understanding them. Only because of the lack of information those days.

Nothing constructing to add, unfortunately, but I just admire your work, father Nikolai, and read those pages with the greatest interest! Thank you very much.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: June 12, 2014, 04:21:51 AM »
Well, girls, I am not very knowledgeable with computer and programs!
Try to copy this link:
Choose "download" (Russian счакать), then you have to clic on "choose your program". Choose the windows program for picture, and it must work (it works with me!). If it works I will give you 5 others links. If not, I will try something else.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: June 10, 2014, 06:06:05 AM »
She must have begun to put her hair up short after this Romania's visit. I have a picture of the russian archive labelled as beginning of june 1914. Maria already has her hair up.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: June 10, 2014, 05:55:07 AM »

I think it is the 4 october 1913, for the feast of the escort regiment (Konvoy). I have many other pictures of that day, with same hats and clothes for the GD.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:17:45 PM »
You have a keen eye, Karin!
The same outer dress was used in both pictures definitely! So good that you've pointed it out - I like seeing photos that show they wore one dress in different days (although it's a normal thing for people, I find it amusing to see on royals ^^)

I remember I read that when people made of inventory of the IF's things in Tsarskoe Selo a lot of cloths were found in bad condition. Dresses and other clothes have been used many times.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:15:30 PM »
It's working for me, excellent quality pictures. Scenes of Olga's procession for christening. Thank you very much indeed.

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