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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #30 on: November 29, 2005, 05:08:16 AM »
If we speak about Gdss Maria Nikolayevna's portraits I must say that I like this one more than other portraits of her!



I love this regal, severe and TENDER impression of her face! A real Grand Duchess and daughter of the Emperor Nikolay I !


The Winterhalter's painting of her is superb but Winterhalter is Winterhalter! ;)





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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #31 on: December 22, 2005, 05:30:34 AM »
Photo of Duchess Zenaida of Leuchtenberg, 2d spouse of Duke Georgiy. She was born Zenaida Skobeleva and was a famous beauty within the high-society. Well, looking at her picture I can't say that she was a great beauty, though very pretty . I think she had a ssort of sexual charm not seen in the picture :)


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« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2005, 02:24:13 PM »
Thanks again Svetabel. I must admit the picture is a profound disappointment :( . Are you sure it's Zinaida - who btw was second wife of Evgeniy, not Georgiy (the latter's second wife was Anastasia "the Montenegrin")?

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #33 on: December 23, 2005, 12:07:43 AM »
Whoops, shame on me! I thought about Evgeniy butwrote Georgiy! Sorry... :) The woman is indeed Zenaida, spouse of Evgeniy,no doubt, believe me. :D It appears that I have a pic of her with Grand Duke Alexey - she is  even more fatter and dissapointing there. As I already said she obviously had no beauty but charm  :)

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #34 on: December 23, 2005, 12:42:14 AM »
Well, look at this pair of lovers! ;)



Zenaida and her knight Grand Duke Alexey! He looks more lovely than his darling Zenaida  ;D

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #35 on: December 23, 2005, 03:06:45 PM »
What of the Leutchenburgs today?

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #36 on: December 23, 2005, 06:35:01 PM »
Can anyone tell me why Princess Dacia of Leuchtenberg returned to Russia? After the brutal killing of the Imperial family it was a very foolish thing to do. I don't know much about her. But why did she take this decision?

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #37 on: December 24, 2005, 07:06:06 AM »
 Maria Maximilianovna







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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #38 on: December 24, 2005, 07:12:24 AM »
I read Ferrand's book a long ago. Unfortunately I don't have it at hand. I'd say that sometimes there are mistakes  even in good/great and informative books  :(

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« Reply #39 on: December 24, 2005, 02:57:53 PM »
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Can anyone tell me why Princess Dacia of Leuchtenberg returned to Russia? After the brutal killing of the Imperial family it was a very foolish thing to do. I don't know much about her. But why did she take this decision?


Daria returned to Russia in October 1918  The official reason for Daria's return was a mission for Austrian Red Cross. The real reason is unknown. Possibly she had been recruited by the Soviets.

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #40 on: December 26, 2005, 03:51:56 AM »
One more of Princess Eugenie (Evgenia Maximilianovna), youngest daughter of GDss Maria Nikolayevna



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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #41 on: December 26, 2005, 03:43:00 PM »
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One more of Princess Eugenie (Evgenia Maximilianovna), youngest daughter of GDss Maria Nikolayevna

She had the reputation of being a very grand and snobbish woman.  I expect she was responsible for having Nicholas II elevate her Oldenburg husband from a highness to an imperial highness in 1914.


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« Reply #42 on: December 28, 2005, 01:23:58 AM »
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She had the reputation of being a very grand and snobbish woman.  



Yes, Evgenia Maximilianovna had such reputation. Remember she was a daughter of grand,snobbish and adamant Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayaevna  :)

Evgenia when a young girl



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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #43 on: January 04, 2006, 05:29:38 AM »
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Photo of Duchess Zenaida of Leuchtenberg, 2d spouse of Duke Georgiy. She was born Zenaida Skobeleva and was a famous beauty within the high-society. Well, looking at her picture I can't say that she was a great beauty, though very pretty . I think she had a ssort of sexual charm not seen in the picture :)


Zenaida was one of the 3 sisters of Mikhail Skobelev ( known as the "White General & doted on by society women for his good looks and blue eyes).His sisters are supposed to have shared his looks and charisma.Another of the sisters was Princess Konstantin Belosselsky-Belozersky.HER  middle daughter Princess Olga Orlova definitely inherited the blue eyes.Not beautiful she was renowned for her charm and grace.She was also said to be the most elegant woman in ST Petersburg.Perhaps that was part of her aunt Zenaida's fascination...

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Re: Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, and her descendants
« Reply #44 on: January 04, 2006, 09:42:36 AM »
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Can anyone tell me why Princess Dacia of Leuchtenberg returned to Russia? After the brutal killing of the Imperial family it was a very foolish thing to do. I don't know much about her. But why did she take this decision?


In "The way it was", by Zoia Belyakova is a whole chapter about this "strange" lady.

Why she returned??? The answer will always be a mystery. But some have said, that Doria has claimed that in Switserland she had know Lenin and/or Trotsky, and that the Smolny authorities had provided her with a piece of paper, certain certificate with had given her an immunity, to move around Russia.