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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007, 07:52:06 PM »
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Aleksandr Mikhailovich & Tatiana Nikolaevna
(AM, aka "Sandro", was married to Ksenia Aleksandrovna,
the emperor's sister, and was, therefore, OTMAA's uncle)


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Sandro
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grand duchess Ksenia Aleksandrovna with princess Ksenia Andreievna of Russia, 1919



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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2010, 02:02:36 PM »
Old Sandro


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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 06:28:04 PM »
He still have eyes of a kid, despite his age.  ;)

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010, 11:20:46 PM »
And he still was a very handsome man, with a sweet smile.

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010, 09:27:05 AM »

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2010, 11:24:09 AM »
young and handsome


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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2010, 11:27:39 AM »
That he certainly was...but also dreamy, impractical and selfish too as Xenia was to discover.

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2010, 03:47:37 PM »
..but also dreamy, impractical..... too as Xenia was to discover.

Why do you say this? - Alexander Mikhailovich was one of the most forceful and opinionated characters around Nicholas II in his early years, a guiding light of the Russian navy and air force and one of the few Romanovs who made a career after the revolution, though he was over 50 when he left Russia. He was a popular lecturer and his books sold; his sons could well have emulated him; but they didn't. They were the people who dreamed and were wholly impractical, it seems to me. Alexander Mikhailovich was a "maverick", a menace and a sharp, cynical, distinctive personality, not a drippy princeling like so many of his relatives.....
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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2010, 11:43:37 AM »
In his memoirs he wrote of his desire to live in the islands with his lady friend. Sandro also invested what he had in ventures that end up in smoke. He also been quoted as saying that Anna Anderson was not Anastasia, but his niece's spirit lives in her. That is why she knew so much about the Romanovs. Not a very practical man if you ask me, but to be fair none of the exiled Romanovs was able to adapt to civilian life with much success (except a few).

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2010, 12:44:57 PM »
In his memoirs he wrote of his desire to live in the islands with his lady friend. Sandro also invested what he had in ventures that end up in smoke. He also been quoted as saying that Anna Anderson was not Anastasia, but his niece's spirit lives in her. That is why she knew so much about the Romanovs. Not a very practical man if you ask me, but to be fair none of the exiled Romanovs was able to adapt to civilian life with much success (except a few).

Sandro had many ventures - some succeeded, some failed, as is always the way with ambitious people. But at least he HAD ideas and ambition, and his published statements are all calculated for effect. To call someone "dreamy", IMHO, brings to mind the likes of Grand Duke Paul who wanted nothing more than a quiet life following a routine with his family - or Nicholas II, with his notions about divine destiny. Or Xenia herself, absolutely unable to cope with the practicalities of life after the revolution. It doesn't seem to me to belong with a forceful, opinionated character like AM, whatever his successes and failures....
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2010, 01:05:15 PM »
At least Xenia wasn't the first to cheat on their marriage. Sandro however was honest about it and I do admire him for that. In his ghost written bio, he discussed about his marriage and his mistress quite openly (even more than Charles was able to do so with Dimblebee about Camilla) and his restlessness and eager for freedom. For that part I can see why people like Alicky would dismiss him "Poor Xenia married to that person". To say it more positively he was an idealist in many ways, but to the establishment he was someone not very dependable.

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2010, 12:18:03 PM »
To say it more positively he was an idealist in many ways, but to the establishment he was someone not very dependable.

I can certainly agree with THIS assessment!
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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2010, 01:12:49 PM »
At least Xenia wasn't the first to cheat on their marriage. Sandro however was honest about it and I do admire him for that. In his ghost written bio, he discussed about his marriage and his mistress quite openly (even more than Charles was able to do so with Dimblebee about Camilla) and his restlessness and eager for freedom. For that part I can see why people like Alicky would dismiss him "Poor Xenia married to that person". To say it more positively he was an idealist in many ways, but to the establishment he was someone not very dependable.
Dimblebee!!!?

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Re: Grand Duchess Xenia and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich, PART II
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2010, 01:25:28 PM »
Dimbleby. Sorry for the spelling error.  ;D