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A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #90 on: November 23, 2015, 04:12:43 PM »
is it true that  Nicholas II  Uncle  visited Tennessee  in the 1870s

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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #91 on: November 23, 2015, 08:11:13 PM »
Yes, Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich visitied the US in 1871-72.  Among many stops, he visited Memphis 2 February 1972 for six days.

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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #92 on: November 24, 2015, 03:17:53 AM »
Any indications why he went to Memphis, and what he got up to there?

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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #93 on: November 24, 2015, 07:05:11 AM »
Any indications why he went to Memphis, and what he got up to there?

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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #94 on: November 24, 2015, 08:45:34 AM »
Any indications why he went to Memphis, and what he got up to there?

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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #95 on: November 24, 2015, 09:19:03 AM »
I suggest you obtain "Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke's Tour, 1871-187
 By Lee A. Farrow
2014, Louisiana State University Press.
He stayed at the Peabody Hotel,  was entertained at a lavish party.  Did nothing for 2 days, resting up and relaxing with his entourage.  Monday he toured the city, then another lavish ball at the Peabody.  He met Jefferson Davis.  He left on the steamer "The Great Republic"


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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #96 on: November 24, 2015, 11:54:47 AM »
Two days recovering from a lavish party!

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Re: A Russian Grand Duke In Menphis
« Reply #97 on: November 24, 2015, 12:46:45 PM »
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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #98 on: January 15, 2016, 01:26:25 PM »
Hi!! i was wondering about this portrait

http://www.alexanderpalace.org/jewels/gda.html

It says that he s Alexei, but clearly its not him,  but his brother, Vladimir Alexandrovich.

Does anybody knows why the museum got it bad labeled? Thanks in advanced!

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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #99 on: April 25, 2016, 01:12:16 PM »
GRand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich by F.M. Reichert, 1863


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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #100 on: April 20, 2017, 09:09:10 AM »
1849 - A sad year for the Imperial Family
Why the error by authors?

https://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.ca/2017/04/incorrect-date-of-birth-of-grand-duke.html

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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #101 on: January 23, 2018, 04:03:24 PM »
In his book "The Romanovs 1818 - 1959" John Van Der Kiste also says that on 3/16 Feb 1905 Serge, having received letters that threatened his life, begged Countess Belevsky-Zhukhovsky  to persuade her husband not to come on duty in attendance on him the following day.  Serge was not afraid of what might happen to himself but was not prepared to expose Alexis to danger, as he had a young family.  Sadly, Serge was correct to heed the warnings but paid the ultimate price nevertheless.

Though it is true that Count Alexei Belevsky was close to GD Sergei and GDss Elizabeth, I wonder where Van Der Kiste got the information that GD Sergei begged Alexei's wife to persuade her husband not to come on duty in 1905, especially since they got divorced in 1904.

On the other hand, I've looked through GD Sergei's biographical materials and think that they give quite a bit of information to be able to make out some character traits of Count Alexei Alexeevich Belevsky-Zhukovsky, son of GD Alexei Alexandrovich.

V.F Dzunkovsky remebers the first time he met Count Belevsky on 1 Feb 1892 right after he had become GD Sergei's adjutant. "[..] The same day I met for the first time Count Belevsky, son of GD Alexei Alexandrovich. He was raised abroad at his mother's, who was the daughter of the poet Zhukovsky, and he had come to Russia by the invitation of his uncle GD Sergei Alexandrovich, who, by his inherent kindness, arranged his voluntary enrolment in the Sumskoi dragoon regiment and accommodated him in his [GD Sergei's] home in Neskuchnoe. He was a handsome young man, a copy of his father, only with more delicate features, acted modestly, spoke all the languages brilliantly, was very well raised and left a very good impression."

On June 13th GD Sergei writes to his brother GD Paul "Tomorrow Belevsky comes to visit us for a while, a fresh element works beneficially on me - he looks upon life so brightly."

On 17th June he writes to GD Paul again: "Belevsky, unfortunately, left us yesterday - he went abroad with his mother, but he will be back in autumn. I positively miss him - always so humble and joyful!"

On 14th dec 1892 GD Sergei writes to Paul: "Belevsky was at ours - looking good, in very high spirits and is going on a bear hunt with Nicholas Maltsov."

On 11 March 1893 he writes again to Paul :"They say Belevsky has joined the Sumskoi regiment."

On 30th May GD Sergei tells his brother that Belevsky has moved with them to Ilinskoe (their country estate near Moscow). And on 3rd June he writes that "baby [Maria Pavlovna the younger] was playing and flirting with Belevsky- very funny."


Count Belevsky got engaged to Princess Maria Petrovna Troubetzkaya (a lady in waiting of GDss Elizabeth) around 20th of December 1893. Dzhunkovsky writes of this occasion: "On 20s of December Princess Troubetzkaya, lady in waiting of the Grand Duchess, was pronounced the fiancee of Count Belevsky - the son of GD Alexei Alexandrovich from his morganatic marriage to the daughter of the poet Zhukovsky. Everybody was very happy, especially GD Sergei Alexandrovich, who dearly loved his nephew and took great care of him. Princess Troubetzkaya was a wonderful girl and everybody was happy for her as well."

GD Sergei writes on this subject to his good friend and cousin Konstantin Konstantinovich on 5th Jan 1894: "We were also greatly rejoiced by the wedding of Marusia Troubetz[kaya] and Belevsky - it is all so fresh, young and great!"


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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #102 on: January 23, 2018, 04:08:20 PM »
[cont.]

In 1894 they spend Easter together, In June 1894 on return to Ilinskoe after being away Grand Duke finds both GDss Elizabeth and Count Belevsky ill with a cold, sore throat and fever.

However, soon Dzunkovsky writes: "On 17th of August in Moscow was the wedding of Count Belevsky to Princess Troubetzkaya, and I was very sorry that I could not be there.

Dzunkovsky says the wedding happened in Moscow, but I have also read that it took place in Ilinskoe. Don't know which is right.
It is know that GD Sergei bought a house in Moscow for the newlyweds.

GD Sergei often writes about meeting Marusia and Alexei in his diary, e.g. 28 Oct 1894 (the first day after returning home to Moscow after the death of Alexander III) "Saw Marusia and Alexei - they are glowing. Supper with Uncle Misha and Belevskys."; the next day they dined together again, after which the Grand Ducal pair left for the funeral of Alexander III and wedding of Nicky and Alix. After their return on 13th Dec, they spent the first evening with the Belevskys "Alexei and Marusia dined with us and stayed the evening."

On 14th december he writes to GD Paul: "It was a great pleasure to see dear Belevskys - they seem flourishing - she seems younger and more beautiful."
On 15th GD Sergei writes in his diary "at 5 with wife to Belevskys -Zhukovsky was there - it is wonderful at theirs, cosy and nice - drank tea and looked at everything. Humorous monkey."

The next day also writes to GD Paul:"Yesterday we drank tea at the Belevskys - it is cosy and beautiful at theirs. They've got themselves a monkey and amuse themselves like children." At that time nearly every day either the Grand Ducal pair visited the Belevskys or the Belevskys visited the GD. (e.g. 20 Dec "Belevskys dined and spent the evening - they are glowing"; 22 Dec "went for supper to Belevskys - all ours were there - nice and lovely - played with the monkey - drank tea") etc.

So it is quite clear that the Belevskys were very close and dear to GD Sergei and GDss Elizabeth.
I add here another picture of Count Belevsky that I do not think has been posted here yet:


GD Konstantin Konstantinovich also wrote in his diary about what happened after GD Alexei Alexandrovich's death:
7th Jan 1909: "They found out from Fredericks that Alexei did not leave a will, but Shilling, who works for him, has got a draft of a letter that Alexei had written to his son, Count Belevsky, that he will get everything he has after his death. However, the lawful heirs Vladimir and Paul do not want to aknowledge this letter and want to get their share. Since the will was not written, the capital goes to the brothers and the children of the brothers who have died, namely, Vladimir, Paul, The Emperor and Misha. The Emperor, as usual, declines his share. I think the brothers could do better by declining their rights, since they know the will of the deceased."

In a way it is very sad... especially, in my mind, it is strange from GD Paul's side, since GD Sergei also only ever left a letter (by which most of his belongings went to Paul's children)... and in that case there being no official will was not a problem.


Sorry for the translations from Russian, they are mine... All materials taken from Великий Князь Сергей Александрович Романов. Биографические материалы and Романов Константин. Дневник великого князя 1907-1909 гг
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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #103 on: January 23, 2018, 06:37:29 PM »
Did Nicholas ever form an opinion on Count Belevsky? Did they ever meet? IIRC, GD Alexei was Nicholas' favorite uncle, so I was curious if they ever crossed paths. Nicholas was only slightly older. GD Sergei was evidently quite fond of the Count.

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Re: Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovitch
« Reply #104 on: January 24, 2018, 03:12:02 AM »
Alexei Belevsky sounds an interesting fellow.

I know he died in the Gulag, but does anyone know what happened to his wife and children?

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