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TsarAlexeiII

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Re: The Imperial Family and servants - everyday life
« Reply #75 on: August 05, 2011, 12:35:52 PM »
Forgive me if this is not where this is supposed to be. I was very unsure of where exactly this question would go. Also, sorry if there IS a topic... however, I have not found the answer to this one question. It is bothering me!  :-[ Maybe someone here can help?)

Where did the Guard live? I know it is a dumb question, but I only ever read about the Guard being there.
By Guard, I mean the ones who actually stayed and guarded the palace. I am not sure what the regiment was called....
I heard about some staying over night. I also read about them living in Barracks?? Where were those, if that is where they stayed and does anyone have a picture  of them?
What about close maids and servants? (And not so close maids and servants?)

Mostly though, I am concerned about the Guards. :/ Even if they did live off palace, did they live in nice houses?

They lived in barracks and officers' quarters on palace grounds. All royal employees received benefits such as food, shelter, and clothing.

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« Reply #76 on: September 30, 2011, 05:50:20 PM »
Thank you so much for the reply!

That's very interesting, but it makes sense. :) Thank you again.
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Re: The Imperial Family and servants - everyday life
« Reply #77 on: September 30, 2011, 08:32:16 PM »
Also, it's my understanding that the aide-de-camp on duty served a 24 hour shift. While there, he took his meals with the IF and stayed in a small room across from the reception room at the AP.

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Attire in the Imperial kitchens
« Reply #78 on: August 16, 2013, 05:47:28 PM »
It is my hope that someone can enlighten me about the clothing worn by the «moujiks de buffet», as they were known (at least in French!). Apparently they were clad in black, but they also wore something which (again in French) was called a «bouchelat». I can't find any information about that word in any of my dictionaries, so I assume that it must be a calque on Russian.

If anyone can help me to learn what they wore, I shall be most grateful. (Merci beaucoup!)

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Re: Attire in the Imperial kitchens
« Reply #79 on: August 17, 2013, 06:01:38 PM »
Actually, I think I can now answer my own question! A Russian speaker has informed me that the word sounds like the Russian for pea-coat. Is that correct? The kitchen people wouldn't have worn pea-coats on the job, of course, but maybe the various Palace servants were all supposed to dress a certain way, and so were provided with clothing. I believe such was the case for nannies and other nursery staff, so perhaps it was also true for others.