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« Reply #105 on: September 01, 2016, 07:13:54 AM »
Ah, yes, that British weather. 
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« Reply #106 on: September 01, 2016, 10:21:29 AM »
Indeed, but without it we would have nothing to talk about.

Queen Salote of Tonga endeared herself to the British public by insisting on taking part in the procession in an open landau regardless of the weather and beaming throughout.

George VI and the Queen Mother had better weather on 12 May 1937. The original intention was that the Duke of Windsor be crowned that day, so the coronation simply went ahead with a change of king.

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« Reply #107 on: September 02, 2016, 07:02:26 AM »
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George VI and the Queen Mother had better weather on 12 May 1937. The original intention was that the Duke of Windsor be crowned that day, so the coronation simply went ahead with a change of king.

Well, why not.  Everything was no doubt all arranged in advance.
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« Reply #108 on: September 02, 2016, 09:04:29 AM »
Precisely. That's what happened.

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« Reply #109 on: September 02, 2016, 04:55:32 PM »
Bear in mind that Nicholas succeeded in November 1894, and a year of official morning then followed. Coronations don't tend to be scheduled in winter.

Yes, spot on - once they were through the mourning, they had to wait for decent weather. It was touch and go until the days or two before the coronation, when terrible weather symbolically gave way to wonderful sunshine. But in the days after the coronation the heat grew more and more oppressive, and you can imagine what it was like to be in a city where hundreds of bodies lay unburied in the heat while many more went about their own duties almost like zombies themselves, intoxicated (but not always in a good way) by the atmosphere and revolted by the never-ending tables of rich food.

On that note, chapter eleven brings us to the day of Khodynka: -

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/09/02/extracts-from-chapter-eleven/
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many; they are few.

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« Reply #110 on: September 06, 2016, 02:09:34 AM »
And here, in our final chapter, Nicholas and Alexandra and their guests move on autopilot through many more days of celebration, as the coronation draws to its close: -

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/extracts-from-chapter-twelve/
Shake your chains to earth like dew
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Ye are many; they are few.

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« Reply #111 on: September 07, 2016, 07:01:14 AM »
My thanks to you and Greg for this look at your book, Janet.
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« Reply #112 on: September 11, 2016, 10:40:49 AM »
Our pleasure, Tim!

Here are the final set of extracts, drawn from the epilogue which looks at the later lives and fates of all our participants, and also at the aftermath of Khodynka, the official enquiries into what had gone wrong, and the reality of Nicholas's pledge to compensate the victims.

https://coronationofnicholasii.wordpress.com/2016/09/11/extracts-from-our-epilogue/
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« Reply #113 on: September 11, 2016, 04:52:33 PM »
Blog entry I've written for work on Aylmer Maude, one of the loudest voices in our book!

http://blogs.bl.uk/european/2016/09/tolstoys-translator-a-brief-life-of-aylmer-maude.html

posted in honour of Tolstoy's birthday on 9th September.

This one include images of his book on the coronation.
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« Reply #114 on: September 13, 2016, 05:01:28 AM »
Once again, thanks Janet.
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