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Marie Feodorovna's Children's Balls
« on: February 07, 2014, 02:13:01 AM »
I recall reading in the very interesting 'Former People' by Douglas Smith that Marie Feodorovna often held children's balls for the young people of the aristocracy and of the IF. I know that OTMA would attend these balls also, often without their ill mother.
I was wondering if anyone could elaborate on what might have gone on at these parties; what kind of activities they might have done, dress codes etc.
Thank you :)

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Re: Marie Feodorovna's Children's Balls
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 12:24:51 PM »
Recently in a letter of Countess Alexandra Shuvalova (childhood friend of Nicholas II and eldest daughter of Count Illarion Vorontzov-dashkov) I've read about one of such balls, Easter 1911 year. There are 64 guests at Anichkov Palace - mostly nobles from the inner circle of friends of MF, relatives of the Vorontzov-Dashkov, the Cheremetevs etc, also GDss Xenia Alexandrovna's children and GDss Viktoria Fedorovna's daughters. All children were with their parents (mostly with a mother). They enjoyed the ball - there were a performance of a magician and 'hunt' for putting up Easter eggs. To each parent Empress MF presented a whole Faberge egg.

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Re: Marie Feodorovna's Children's Balls
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2014, 05:06:33 AM »
Oh how delightful they must have been!
Thank you so much for getting back to me about this, this will be very useful for my writing :)