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Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« on: August 18, 2004, 06:02:50 PM »
 :)I read somewhere in the distant past that she suffered from a extremely band case of St. Vitus dance.
In Wuttemburg an officer was assigned to follow her  as she walked the halls to keep her from falling and doing harm to herself.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2004, 08:48:11 PM »
"Pervert" is a judgement call and we do not know the reasons behind Konstantin and Alexandra sending Vera to Stuttgart other than what histyory so far tells us...that is was done for her health, better doctors and better care.  Grand Duchess vera was placed under the care of her aunt Queen Olga of Württemberg (née Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaievna, a sister of Konstantin), who herself was childless, either because she could not have children (less likely) or because her husband had no interest in what she had to offer (more likely).  Vera received the full attention, care and love of her aunt and she was also made an heiress to the sizable forutne left behind by this couple.

To Vera's deep chagrin her own married life ended abruptly with the untimely death of her husband Eugen of Württemberg at the age of 31.

She is also another of the Romanov ladies covered in our recently published book The Grand Duchesses (Eurohistory 2004).

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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2004, 07:29:37 AM »
From everything that I have read concerning the Konstantinovichi, I have never come across anything that suggests that Vera was unhappy with the way that she had been treated.
She certainly looks happy and integrated in the photos in which she is depicted with her mother and siblings.  I also believe that her realtionship with Queen Olga was very close and that the latter was exceptionally fond of Vera's twin daughters Olga and Elsa, treating them as her granddaughters.
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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2004, 08:57:47 AM »
And as far as we can gather from evidence available, you are quite correct. It is not uncommon for an Aunt to raise a niece.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2004, 11:16:32 AM »
Because of her medical condition, St. Vitus's Dance, which initially was believed to be epilepsy.  Germany had better doctors to treat this illness.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2005, 03:00:39 PM »
Vera Konstantinovna - before her marriage


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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2005, 10:00:04 AM »
Vera was sent to her aunt, the Queen of Württemberg, who ahd no children. She eventually married a member of that dynasty and had three children. It seems she was destined to live in Württemberg forever.

Here she is with her husband:


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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2006, 08:13:12 AM »
Has anyone ever found pictures of Vera with her aunt and uncle, King and Queen of Wurttemberg? I have only found a portrait of King Karl I of Wurttemberg. I find it interesting that the king and queen were married for so long and had no children.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2006, 08:33:29 AM »

Caption: "Vera spent a large part of her childhood with her aunt in Stuttgart. She is said to have suffered from a nervous condition, possibly something akin to St Vitus' Dance, possibly epilepsy, which was not well understood in the family. 'As a child', her niece, Princess Marie of Greece, recalled, she 'had been extremely nervous and difficult to manage; her mother...sent her to her sister-in-law, Queen Olga...who kept her and educated her and loved her as her own daughter, having no children of her own.' "
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2006, 06:38:14 PM »
How was Vera's relationship with her sister Queen Olga of Greece?  One never seems to read much of their families seeing much of each other.  Their children were
first cousins after all.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2006, 12:20:42 AM »
Vera's relation to all her siblings was not easy. She was brought up far from them , in Wuerttemberg, by her Aunt Queen Olga of Wuerttemberg, and was quite a Germanophil. And as we know Olga of Greece was an ardent Russian patriot as were her brothers, Konstantin and Dmitriy. It seemed they did not understand Vera's nervous character, though KR sympathyzed with Vera's difficulties and lone life without her husband.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2006, 09:51:39 PM »
The Wiener Zeitung of October 23, 1911 says that the Grand Duchess had a stroke on the previous Sunday at Stuttgart.  As this Grand Duchess did not die for another 6 months (April 1912) does anyone know if she was permanently paralysed.
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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2007, 07:29:08 AM »
I'm a twin (the oldest one) and my sister is an inch taller and we hardly look alike.

I have read in the Memoirs of Princes Nicholas and Christopher of Greece about "Aunt Vera" she was a very nice lady and had a great sense of humor. She was shout with very short white hair. When she wears a tiara, she well have many pins holding the tiara in place. Apparently you meant think the pins are part of the tiara or her hair.

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Re: Grand Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Duchess of Wuerttemberg
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2007, 09:54:37 AM »

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