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Offline chintz22

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Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« on: January 27, 2005, 08:21:44 PM »
Hi All --

Does anyone know where the first ball Alix attended was held?  In the famous photo she is with Ella--was the dance held in Russia or in Darmstadt?  Was it similar to the ball held for Olga in the Crimea?

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Sarah

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2005, 04:09:51 AM »
I think she had her 'coming out' ball just after her confirmation in June 1888. Ella came over to Darmstadt from Russia to help her prepare for it. She wore a gown of white tulle & a crown of orange blossom.

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2005, 04:53:01 AM »
Alix in fer first ball dress:



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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2005, 05:04:21 AM »
and Ella

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2005, 05:34:01 AM »
Why does she (Alix) ALWAYS look so sad? :(

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2005, 09:32:58 AM »
Hi All--

Many thanks to all who have responded.  The photos from this event are some of my favorites of Alix.  If anyone knows more details I'd love to hear them too.

Best,

Sarah

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2005, 10:26:16 AM »
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Hi Sarah :)

Alix's first ball took place at the Neues Palais, in 1889.


Elisa, are you sure? I thought it was June 1888. She visited Russia in January 1889 & had already 'come out' (in the original sense!) by then.

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2005, 11:19:45 AM »
In response to why Alix always looks so sad, I'd say it's because she was a serious-minded person who, though she could laugh and have fun, approached situations--such as the milestone of her coming out party--with gravity and a sober demeanor.

From the time I was a child I was always encouraged to "smile for the camera" but felt intensely uncomfortable doing so . . . and years later feel the same way.  My friends know that I laugh a great deal and can display an ironic and sometimes zany sense of humor . . . but, again, that's after you get to know me. I'm not wired to be an "on cue" type of person.

When I first read about Alexandra and her tendency toward shyness and intensity of feeling, it felt as if I was reading about myself. And when I see her serious expression in any number of photos, I am reminded of my own high school photo, and how some yahoo wrote across that photo in my own yearbook, "Smile!" Sorry, folks, but some of us just don't smile perfunctorily . . .   :-X

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2005, 11:26:59 AM »
I agree with you, Janet! ;D
...and moreover, at this time, it was not "fashionnable" to smile for a photo... Very often , people had not very beautiful teeth, so they did not smile for the photo!
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2005, 11:33:09 AM »
No, Janet, I wasn't expecting her to smile all the time & I didn't mean to criticize her for her sadness. I meant only that her face always looks SO very sad, which I can understand later when she had Alexei & all the pressures of being an often unpopular & misunderstood Tsarina. Perhaps it is, as you say, shyness...but, perhaps I phrased it badly & too briefly - I meant SO tragic. (It was kind of what I was thinking just before on the Alix's dreams thread.)
(I was going to put a smiley face now to kind of show good will...but perhaps it might be rather inappropriate & not very regal! - Not that I don't mean goodwill!)

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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2005, 12:02:23 PM »
It is confusing, isn't it? I'm pretty sure that after attending Irene's wedding in May 1888, Ella went to Darmstadt to help prepare Alix for the ball - but by autumn Ella was in Athens & the Holy Land....Very confusing! But she certainly attended all those balls etc. in Russia in Jan. '89 & she wouldn't have done that if she hadn't 'come out.'

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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2005, 05:10:01 PM »
Do you see what I mean about the sadness? It is as though she is looking at something else...something sad? :(

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2005, 08:50:36 PM »
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Why does she (Alix) ALWAYS look so sad? :(

Aww blue.t. I don't think Alix was ALWAYS sad. I heard in a class one time that during the Victorian age, it was part of a "thing" to not smile at the camera, just to have a blank expression. Very regal they thought. Also, (bad teeth?) lol.
I think she would be happy and excited for her first ball.

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2005, 05:06:59 AM »
Hi Madal!
I have this one also, but the quality is not extraodinary! :-/

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Re: Young Alix - Before her Marriage
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2005, 06:27:44 AM »
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I think she would be happy and excited for her first ball.


I hope so! :)
(By the way - I have never ever seen a picture of Ella showing her teeth...has anyone?)
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