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Having Fun! / Re: Having Fun With Captions
« on: October 18, 2012, 02:28:15 PM »
Any idea who the boy on the left is? It could be Dimitri but I'm not sure.


I've read before on here that the boys are the Konstantinovichi. Oleg to the far left and Konstantin next to him.

Their World and Culture / Re: Kissing the hand (baise-main)
« on: October 17, 2012, 01:15:22 PM »

I don't if it applies or not but I know that when shaking someone's hand it is common to remove the glove of the joining hands.

I should probably add that this may have been only in the case of men.

Their World and Culture / Re: Kissing the hand (baise-main)
« on: October 16, 2012, 03:22:33 PM »

I noticed at about the 2:58 mark that Alexandra is wearing only a single glove.  After the train disembarkment the footage transitions to the IF walking down an outdoor flight of stairs; all of the females are wearing only one glove.  Does this have to do with handkissing or is something going on that I know nothing about?

I don't if it applies or not but I know that when shaking someone's hand it is common to remove the glove of the joining hands.

Having Fun! / Re: More Romanov Dreams?
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:37:22 AM »
I had a dream a while back ago now, but I was saying Irina's words to my nephew. My nephew can't talk by the way and that's what made it so strange.

In the dream we were sitting on my bedroom floor and I said: "Say peace" and he said "War." So then I said to him, "No, A. D. say peace, peace." And he still said "War, war, war!"

Also, you might find more help in the Having Fun section of the forum.

I recently finished a fiction story featuring the Romanovs myself and I have to say this site is the best place to start. "Romanov Autumn" was a big help to me and a very good read though it can be hard to get your hands on. has a lot of collected information on each of the grand duchesses except Anastasia. I did much of my research by googling individuals' names and going to websites about them.

As far as clothing goes, it was very much the same as many other places. I just searched 1900's fashion. One point to remember is that women in those days, like the 1940's, seldom went out without some type of head covering, a hat or a scarf. Hair was pinned up around the age of sixteen and hem lines were dropped with age as well. Women do not remove there hats indoors like men do.

But anyway, here are all the credits I used for my book. The second column are all online books from this site. They are also written by people who lived at that time.

“The Fate of the Romanov” By: Greg King and Penny Wilson

“Romanov Autumn” By: Charlotte Zeepvat

“The last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg” By: Helen Rappapport

  “The Destiny of Beauty” By: Igor Obolensky

“Pavlovsk Park and Garden” By: Anotoli Michailovich Kuchumov


“Lost Splendor” By: Felix Yussupov

“Thirteen Years at the Russian Court” By Pierre Gillard

“Memoirs of Russia” By: Princess Paley

“Six Years at the Russian Court” By: Margret Eager

“Left Behind” By Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden

“Memoirs of Alexei Volkov”


 “Alexander Palace Time”




The Imperial Family / Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« on: September 25, 2012, 12:25:05 PM »
For me it went something like this. Anastasia was always known in our house. My sister had to watch the live action movie for school. Later out came the cartoon. So I always felt pity for Anastasia though we always believed she had died with her family. Then later in school we got new history books and they had a picture of Anastasia in there. (the one from 1910) It was the first I'd ever seen of her. My mother remarked: "She looks like a true Princess doesn't she". Still it took a few more years for me to become very interested. I was board one day and I was thinking about the cartoon's depiction of her sisters and I began to wonder what were their names and what did they look like. So I looked up the family and the rest is history. No pun intended. I am a child of four -all girls- so the story was very inspiring to me. Also the birth years of me and my sister are close to mirroring OTMA's.

Balkan Royal Families / Re: Queen Maria of Romania, Part 3
« on: September 21, 2012, 09:28:17 AM »
Crown Princess Marie - A photograph taken by her husband before the war

This picture is so amazing. How photogenic she was. Isn't that a century tree she's against? These plants, you wonder why they are't used my in symbolism with how strong they are.

Having Fun! / Re: "Lincoln" - new Spielberg film
« on: September 14, 2012, 12:57:53 PM »
I just might go see it. There hasn't been a movie in theaters all year that I've even just a little bit wanted to see.

The Yussupovs / Re: Felix Yusupov and Grand Duke Dmitriy Pavlovitch
« on: September 14, 2012, 07:08:04 AM »
Reading about Felix nearly 100 years later, I don't like him (far too melodramatic for my tastes!), but clearly he was a very charismatic person, and people fell under his spell.


Same here. I know/knew people with traits like Felix and they were impossible. If I had to be stuck in a cardboard box in the middle of the Atlantic in the dead of winter with either Felix or Dmitri, I'd choose Dmitri.

I found this site about Tatiana. It's not much about her but it's still informative

Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: September 13, 2012, 05:34:21 PM »
Thank you, thanks everyone.

Fantastic work, I agree with BlessOTMA!

Thank you very much.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Anecdotes
« on: September 13, 2012, 05:28:41 PM »
I like when she gets back to AP, and  after  Olga  asks if the police had been  there for her, ( lol)
she then asked her father if he was ever in prison? When she got his bemused answer," no"
she says"  oh you must of been very good! " Cute, but kind of chilling too

That's what I thought when I first read it. Chilling.

Having Fun! / Re: OTMA Poetry part 2
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:09:53 AM »
Thank you, thanks everyone.

Having Fun! / Re: Having Fun With Captions
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:19:55 AM »
Russia's Imperial Dance Crew RIDC

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