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Offline edubs31

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...And more than any one single character the entrance way for people into the powerful, beautiful and tragic story of the Romanovs and late-imperial Russia.

Happy birthday to her Imperial Highness!
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Happy birthday to her Imperial Highness!
Haha! That's a funny one, edubs.
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Happy 113th birthday, beautiful, mischievous Anastasia!
Ally, your tributes never cease to amaze me. Well done as usual!
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A most warm and loving happy birthday to little Nastya
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Happy Birthday Imp! How you would laugh if you knew you would be the most famous...and yet , how fitting!

"Give my love to all who remember me."

  Olga Nikolaevna

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I know I'm a day late but I'd like to wish a happy birthday to my dearest shvibzik! <3

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A very Happy Birthday to Anastasia Nicholaievna AKA The Imp.

Have a great one, Nastya.
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A Joyous 114th Birthday to the Graceful Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna - the only historical royal who oftentimes posed playfully in photographs! We will never stop adoring and loving her!
Before Prince Harry, there's Anastasia Nikolaevna the Imp!

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Here is to the rememberance of Anastasia, the funny Grand Duchess, whose name became the first impuls for many to become interested in Imperial Russia!

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Here is to the rememberance of Anastasia, the funny Grand Duchess, whose name became the first impuls for many to become interested in Imperial Russia!

Indeed! Interesting that Anastasia's influence is likely fading over time in terms of that impulse. Those new to the Romanov saga are, in many cases, too young to remember the animated film from the 90s and certainly have no recollection of Anna Anderson and the great royal mystery of the 20th century. Because of this I wonder if the Imp is retreating a bit from the foreground and falling closer in line with her generally lesser known sisters. Less "Anastasia" and more "OTMA" now. And at this point it seems like Olga, Tatiana, and Marie generate as much interest and fanfare as their youngest sister.

Overall I think this to be a good thing. It seems like most people who are interested in the Romanovs come to the saga from four different directions...1) The Anastasia mystery, 2) Alexei's hemophilia and forensics junkies, 3) Rasputin fascination, 4) Avid Russian history fans. Or some combination of two or more. But I feel like the Anastasia mystery angle is slowly being replaced by a general OTMA infatuation.

Never the less Anastasia's story, and that of her most famous impostor is truly remarkable. And it all began on this date 114-years ago!
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Tommorow will mark Anastasia´s 115th birth anniversary



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Lovely as always Ally!

I've been particularly moved to think about them this year since it's the 100th anniversary of 1916. On the surface there's nothing of particular importance about that but I feel like the birthdays and other events of that year really stand out. 1916 was, after all, their last full year as an imperial family living together in Tsarskoe Selo. The war had been ragging for nearly two years and the political climate around them was growing increasingly harsh. But as four young ladies the experience was a bit different...or at least their focus was different.

As we draw ever closer to commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Revolution and the death of the IF it makes me wonder...imagine being transported back a hundred years ago from this day. If you had the ear of the Tsar and Empress - knowing what you know now of their fate and that of their country - what could have been done to alter history and avoid those tragic events?
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Happy 115th  Birthday to Anastasia Nicholaievna AKA The Imp.

Lovely pictures, Ally.
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Good thoughts for Anastasia on her 115th. It must have been a wonderful day in 1901 at Peterhof for Nicholas, Alexandra , and her 'big' sisters.
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