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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume's first child arrived yesterday morning (most appropriately on Mother's Day) and is called Charles Jean Philippe Joseph Marie Guillaume. Mother and baby are both fine, so after eight years it really is fantastic news. Cheers, GREENOWL
you could try the following books:

* the last grand duchess by Ian Vorres
* 25 Chapters of My Life : The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (still in print)
* The jewels of the romanovs by Stefano papi (still in print)
* Hidden Treasures of the Romanovs : Saving the Royal Jewels by William Clarke (still in print)
* An expert in the service of the soviet by M.J. Larsons

Not all these books are first hand memoirs by the Romanovs but they do cover this subject and will provide references for other books you can use.  "An expert in the service" is a first hand memoir of what happened to the jewels left behind in soviet Russia after the romanovs fled.  For this part of the story "Selling Russia's Treasures: The Soviet Trade in Nationalized Art, 1917-1938 by  Natalya Semyonova " is probably the best book on the subject. 

Bits of the story of these jewels can be found all over the place. Don't overlook auction catalogues as well. Good luck!

PS - the internet archive website also offers quite a few free Romanov and royalty related memoirs and titles you can download which might prove useful.

The Imperial Family / Re: OTMA's regiments
« Last post by blessOTMA on May 09, 2020, 03:10:30 PM »
Does anyone have an illustration of the The 148th Kaspiisky (Caspian) Infantry Regiment’s WW1 dress uniform? ( Anastasia'a  regiment)  Thank you in advance!
on youtube I just found "Footage of the Romanovs" which looks it has about every surviving piece of film footage of the IF 3hours plus
I just found on youtube a video by a man named Chris Butler called "Execution of the Romanov Family: The Guns Used/Collections and History Corner" where he discusses the weapons used to kill the IF and an account of their murder. It could do with some "polish" you might say. It is of some interest and use to some people on this site
Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Locking Trina's Maid in Water-Closet
« Last post by slhouette on May 08, 2020, 02:12:21 PM »
@ Georgiy thanks so much for the reply! That's so exciting to know!

@ Duchess Hydrangea I really can't find anymore information about them at all, it's pretty mysterious... I wonder if there's any material in GARF on them. Hm.

Here's an interesting lead: In Helen Rappaport's Romanov Sisters, she cites an article from a Los Angeles emigre magazine that was apparently written by Trina's niece Natalya Soloveva. The citation is: Soloveva, Natalia, ‘La Tristesse Imperiale,” Rodnye dali 202 (Los Angeles), 1971, pp. 12-15. The piece of text attached to the citation is: "Two other young visitors to Trina Schneider at her apartments in the AP found themselves bombarded with similar questions. Maria and Anastasia often joined them at Trina’s apartments after lunch and engaged the girls, Natalya and Fofa, in exuberant, mischievous games that were almost too much for Trina to cope with. In quieter moments Anastasia and Maria were endlessly inquisitive about their everyday lives. ‘They asked us about school, our friends, our teachers and wanted to know how we spent our time off, which theatres we went to, what books we read, and so on.’" [pg 161]

I'm planing on taking a closer look at the article, as I live decently close to the US Library of Congress. It'd be nice to see what else she mentions in the article. Too bad everything's shut down because of Coronavirus, agh! 
Balkan Royal Families / Re: Turkish Throne
« Last post by newfan on May 01, 2020, 09:52:23 PM »
Is there another room for the Ottoman Empire or the sultans here or this is it?
Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« Last post by James_Davidov on April 29, 2020, 05:15:46 AM »
It is as simple as this.

Alexandra was a contributing factor, especially her disastrous interference during the Home Front period.  But it was a minor factor, compared to the historical issues plaguing Russia, which predated her birth, let alone her marriage into the Imperial Family!

Pick up any serious book on the Russian revolution, and more weight will be given to the reforms of Alexander II, the Duma, and Witte, than the neurosis of the Empress Alexandra.

Perhaps what was a bigger factor was that she was a crowned female figure, in a revolutionary society... and those societies have a tendency to fetishise them, and demonise them, and it helps their cause! Marie Antoinette, Empress Alexandra, Empress Farah, maybe even more recently Grace Mugabe? ... they were all pretty innocent, and had a much smaller impact compared to what the revolutionaries believed them to have... I suppose this is probably connected to some deeper psychology of the patriarchy, who knows?

If I was to write a recipe for a revolution however, the two most important factors on the ingredient list would be...

1 x cup of a weak, ineffective leader, who inherited a dysfunctional state
2 x cups of a strong willed consort, who is vulnerable to be scapegoated by the opposition, because of her lifestyle, origins and associations are a cause célèbre.

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