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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2004, 09:31:08 PM »
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That is a great picture.  Do we think that is a backdrop with the Acropolis painted on it behind Sophie?


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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2004, 03:40:59 AM »
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(shhh don't tell no one LOL) I work in a telemarketing type office and because of the holidays it is totally slow in there so I go on the web and surf (as long as it is not "dirty" material they don't object). But not only in English but in other languages. (When the boards can handle the Russian language I gotta post the list I use as keywords for  searches). I found this pic of Sophie while doing a search on the German Yahoo.


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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #17 on: December 28, 2004, 01:12:30 PM »
The site that pic of Sophie in the wedding dress came from can be found on regular old English Yahoo. I found it about a year ago. The site also has a nice pic of Sophie and her two eldest kids and a pic of Mossy and her eldest child. It has a few more good pics, one of Sophie Moretta and Mossy in mourning for Fritz and one of Willy's three eldest kids. I have just found it again. What you can type in the search field is "picture of the Prussian Princesses". The site title is Letters from a Victorian Governess/Companion. This is the address
~ http://www.barnardf.demon.co.uk/
here is the link for the photo of Sophie: http://www.barnardf.demon.co.uk/pictures/bride_sophie.htm
Here is the link to the pic of Sophie with George and Alexander.
http://www.barnardf.demon.co.uk/pictures/Sophiega.jpg
I posted the link to Mossy's photo on her thread so check it out.
Some of the links seem to be broken but it is a very  interesting site.
This may not even be the site Angie got the photo from but it probably is.
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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2004, 06:24:18 PM »
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The site that pic of Sophie in the wedding dress came from can be found on regular old English Yahoo. I found it about a year ago. The site also has a nice pic of Sophie and her two eldest kids and a pic of Mossy and her eldest child. It has a few more good pics, one of Sophie Moretta and Mossy in mourning for Fritz and one of Willy's three eldest kids. I have just found it again. What you can type in the search field is "picture of the Prussian Princesses". The site title is Letters from a Victorian Governess/Companion. This is the address
~ http://www.barnardf.demon.co.uk/
here is the link for the photo of Sophie: http://www.barnardf.demon.co.uk/pictures/bride_sophie.htm
Here is the link to the pic of Sophie with George and Alexander.
http://www.barnardf.demon.co.uk/pictures/Sophiega.jpg
I posted the link to Mossy's photo on her thread so check it out.
Some of the links seem to be broken but it is a very  interesting site.
This may not even be the site Angie got the photo from but it probably is.

Yuppers that is the site I found.

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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2004, 09:28:28 PM »
Sophie's sister had nicknames but I've never seen one for her. Victoria was called Moretta, Margaret called Mossy and I've seen Charlotte refered to as Charly

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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2004, 09:46:11 PM »
I have seen or heard of possibly Zoe or Sossy being used as a pet name for Sophie. This would have been used by her siblings and parents.
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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2004, 11:49:02 PM »
I think she was called Sossy and Fozzy.  ???
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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2005, 08:53:37 AM »
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I think she was called Sossy and Fozzy.  ???


Definitely the short straw compared to 'Charly' and 'Mossy'!  
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« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2005, 08:59:16 AM »
I agree with GDella. It seems to me that Sophie was nicknamed "Fozzy" and "Sossy" by her family. In some letters, Vicky also refers to her as "Sophiechen" (little Sophie).
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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2005, 07:04:56 AM »
Sophie`s mother called her baby daughter "Sossy","Fossy" and "Sossikin".

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« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2005, 07:29:04 AM »
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Sophie`s mother called her baby daughter "Sossy","Fossy" and "Sossikin".


Its a wonder 'sausage' didn't feature in the list as well!
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« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2005, 05:47:58 AM »
It was because Sophie CHOSE to convert that William was so angry. Dona told Sophie (at Moretta's wedding) that if she disobeyed the Kaiser (Head of the Church in Germany) she would go to hell...to which Sophie replied she didn't care since William 'had no religion whatsoever.' To which William replied that if she converted she would be arrested if she ever set foot in Germany (and subsequently blamed her for the premature birth of Dona's baby - who was perfectly welll!!!)
Bertie, Prince of Wales, came up with an ideal solution for Sophie to enter Germany to visit her mother, despite the ban. He told her to set out as though she were going to Italy & then just to go into Germany WITH TINO. William would not dare arrest the Crown Prince of Greece! So that's what they did!
Silly Willy stamping has feet again!  :D

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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #27 on: March 04, 2005, 11:02:10 AM »
Does anyone have any more information please about Sophie's attempts to improve conditions in Greece? (afforestation, I know, was one...any more information about how she went about it, would be VERY gratefully received!)
I believe she was unpopular with the people because they found her overbearing; and she in turn was disappointed by the Greeks' lack of response to her charity works?? Could anyone explain this further, please? (I don't mean her unpopularity during the war - I mean before that!) I am aware that Alice (Battenberg) didn't get on very well with her because of their disagreements about nurses during the Balkan Wars.....

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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #28 on: March 04, 2005, 11:18:00 AM »
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Does anyone have any more information please about Sophie's attempts to improve conditions in Greece? (afforestation, I know, was one...any more information about how she went about it, would be VERY gratefully received!)
I believe she was unpopular with the people because they found her overbearing; and she in turn was disappointed by the Greeks' lack of response to her charity works?? Could anyone explain this further, please? (I don't mean her unpopularity during the war - I mean before that!) I am aware that Alice (Battenberg) didn't get on very well with her because of their disagreements about nurses during the Balkan Wars.....



Infanta Eulalia of Spain described Sophie as "poor misjudged Queen Sophie is one of the best of women.  Her patience in adversity was wonderful, and her stoical philosophy enabled her to regard life as entirely a state of omnia vanitas, in which nothing was lasting."

I used that quote in my article on Sophie, which was published in Royalty Digest in 1993.    Have you read Arthur Gould Lee's book, The ROyal House of Greece or his bio on Queen Helen.  Of course, there is the Empress Frederick writes to sophie.   Julia Gelardi's new book has a lot of information, as did I believe Aronson's Grandmamma of Europe.  Sadly, her obituaries do not do her justice.
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Re: King Constantine I & Queen Sophie (nee Prussia)
« Reply #29 on: March 04, 2005, 11:38:10 AM »
Thank you, Marlene, for the quotation. No, I haven't seen the book you mentioned, though I have tried many times to obtain Theo Aronsen's Grandmother of Europe it's my number one aim to buy! I have read many of Vicky's letters to her (& hers to Vicky) which are very interesting.
She seems to have had such an unhappy time & yet in her letters she comes over as v. caring. Marie Louise liked her, too, didn't she?