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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #135 on: October 02, 2008, 10:20:54 AM »
I think Alicky usually looked serious and a bit sad in most of her photos. People think of this as "pissed off". However you don't find the same in some of Ella or Alix of Denmark's photos. Alix knew how to relax and soften her face, while Ella's curl lips suggested a smile is coming. It is just a bit of Alicky's nature to be serious. We do appreciate your efforts.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #136 on: October 02, 2008, 04:25:45 PM »
Were they in mourning in this photo? If taken after Jan 1901, could have been for Queen Victoria. That could expaiin the severity of the dresses, etc- that would explain the dresses someone else thought matronly.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #137 on: October 03, 2008, 09:48:33 AM »
Really ? I thought Ducky was already planning her divorce at that time. She announced it soon after QV's death...

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #138 on: October 06, 2008, 03:12:07 AM »
I recently found in a book some documents about Ducky and Ernie's wedding in Coburg. They include an invitation to the wedding, a menu card of the wedding breakfast and a music programme at the state banquet the night before the wedding. I hope you find it interesting, here it is:

Einladung zur Festtafel
aus Anlass der Vermählung Ihrer Königlicher Hoheit der Prinzessin
Victoria Melita von Sachsen Coburg Gotha, Herzogin von Sachsen
mit Seiner Königlicher Hoheit der Grossherzog von Hessen und bei Rhein
im Herzoglichen Residenzschloss Ehrenburg
am 19. April 1894 um 1 Uhr
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #139 on: October 06, 2008, 03:17:16 AM »
Jeudi, le 19. Avril 1894

Diner.

Huitres
Rossolnik clair
Petits pâtes à la russe
Pains de volaille à la Périgueux
Filets de soles frits
Selle de mouton à la duchesse
Vol-su-vent à la financière
Petits aspics de foie gras
Pintades rôtis, Salade
Peches à la Condé
Glace à la vanille

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« Reply #140 on: October 06, 2008, 03:27:56 AM »
PROGRAMM

 1. Hochzeitsmarsch a.d. "Sommernachtstraum" Mendelssohn
 2. Jubel-Ouverture C.M.v. Weber
 3. Fantasie a.d. Op. "Die Waltküre" R.Wagner
 4. Fackeltanz von Ihrer Hoheit der Prinzessin Marie von Sachsen-Meingen
 5. Introduction des 3. Actes und Brautchor a.d. Op."Lohengrin" R.Wagner
 6. Toreador et Andalouse a. "Bal costumé" Rubinstein
 7. Galatea-Walzer von Sr. Königl. Hoheit dem Herzog Alfred von Sachsen Coburg und Gotha
 8. Fantasie a.d. Op. "Cavalleria rusticana" Mascagni
 9. Gavotte "Blümlein, vergiss mein nicht" Giese
10. Des Grossen Kurfürsten Reitermarsch (Armeemarsch Nr.213) Cuno Graf v. Moltke

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #141 on: October 11, 2008, 07:52:23 AM »
I hope someone could please post a larger version of the sketch of the banquet from this link:
http://www.royal-magazin.de/german/hessen/victoria-melita-hochzeit-geschenke.htm

A description of some of the guests clothes':

"The Queen wore a black corsage covered with diamonds and crossed by the riband of the Garter, a tiara and necklace of diamonds, and a skirt draped with lace and terminating in a long black train. The Emperor (Wilhelm) wore the uniform of a General of Prussian Infantry in compliment to the bridegroom, who had been raised to the same rank in honour of the occasion; while His Majesty's companion, the Duchess of Coburg-Gotha, was arrayed in a rich velvet robe of crushed strawberry colour, a tiara with diamonds and a necklace of pearls. The Prince of Wales had donned the blue tunic of his royal mother's Dragoon Guards, of which he is also an officer. The bridegroom looked soldierly and handsome in a General of Infantry's uniform, like that of the Emperor; while his blonde and blushing bride was the picture of maidenly beauty in her sumptuous yet simple dress of white satin, trimmed with orange-blossoms."

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #142 on: November 02, 2008, 11:46:01 AM »


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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #143 on: November 07, 2008, 01:49:42 PM »
it look tight fitting gown for that time. The photo from 1910 ?

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #144 on: November 07, 2008, 06:44:05 PM »
The dress was certainly "ahead of its time."

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #145 on: November 07, 2008, 07:53:48 PM »
Yup.Looks pretty much as a sixties dress

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #146 on: November 08, 2008, 10:52:35 AM »
Yes...especially the top part. Ducky could have reused it as a evening dress later.  ;)

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #147 on: November 08, 2008, 12:59:43 PM »
I think Victoria Melita had very good fashion sense.  She never over-did her jewels or clothes, and her hair always looks nice and more natual looking than many of her contemporaries.
Grand Duchess Alice of Hesse:  "Each year brings us nearer to the Wiedersehen [reunion with the dead], though it is sad to think how one's glass is running out, & how little good goes with it, compared to the numberless blessings we receive.  Time goes incredibly fast."

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #149 on: November 18, 2008, 01:25:52 PM »
Nice image of Ducky & Elizabeth.

Yes indeed ! Ducky was never as fussy about clothes as Missy, but opted for a more natural look.