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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #90 on: November 25, 2011, 10:42:06 PM »
A little bit about Queen Natalia's father,Moldavian Boyar Peter Keshko:

"...Queen Nathalie has all the indomitable energy of her late father, Col. Keshko, who left the Russian service after a duel with Martinoff, by whom was killed the Russian novelist Lermontoff. Col. Keshko, one of the handsomest men of his generation, inherited a colossal fortune from his father, a very wealthy boyar of Bessarabia.  He was highly educated, of very polished manners, and a favorite in the highest social circles of every capital in Europe, where his adventures and duels were as sensational as any ever recorded in romance.  One of these last was with Prince Dolgorouky, the man who was so notorious for his quarrels with the Russian government and his libels upon the Moronzoff family.  The Prince gave a revolutionary toast at a dinner table, Keshko took it up, and Queen Nathalie’s father severely wounded his adversary, just as he had previously done with Count G. at Vienna.  Keshko finally married the Princess Pulcheria Sturdza from Moldavia, and from that moment his romance was confined to his fireside.  He was a devoted husband and father, and of his four children, three girls and a boy, the eldest is she about whom the continental Chancelleries are now so exercised.  Mme. Keshko died soon after the Colonel, leaving the orphans to the care of her sister, Princess Constantin Mouruzi, with whom as co-guardians were Messrs. Krista and Prince Manonckbey, rich Bessarabian landowners, who so admirably administered their wards’ fortune that it reached an enormous figure, when was proposed to the lovely heiress the alliance of Milan Obrenović, a Prince in name, but really only a vassal of the Osmanli."

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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #91 on: April 16, 2012, 02:58:44 PM »
Thank you for the interesting information Marc, I didn't know very much about the life of Nathalie's parents, in this case, her father!
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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #92 on: April 18, 2013, 09:34:26 AM »
Bust of Queen Natalia:


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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #93 on: April 19, 2013, 11:06:40 AM »
This was jewelry box of Queen Natalia...here is a bust and a photo-portrait of Natalia in front of her Biarritz palace,now a famous Casino:





And one sculpture portrait of King Milan,taken at the exhibition in Belgrade History Museum:

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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #94 on: June 13, 2014, 05:51:08 AM »
Portrait of Queen Natalija by Vlaho Bukovac exhibited in National Museum in Belgrade:


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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #95 on: November 07, 2015, 05:48:06 PM »
Queen Nathalie's id card:


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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #96 on: March 10, 2016, 03:17:28 PM »
Do you have picture of Nathalie's father Peter Keshko (1830-1865)?

Here are pictures of Queen Natalia's parents:


Colonel Peter Keshko:





And here is a picture of her mother Princess Pulcheria Sturdza:


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Re: King Milan of Serbia and his spouse Nathalie Keshko
« Reply #97 on: March 10, 2016, 03:59:19 PM »
What is more interesting is that according to some more recent sources Queen Natalia or in fact Keshko family belongs to the family of Counts Wassilko von Serecki.

The family was ennobled for the first time on February 16th in 1428 by Prince Alexander I the Good of Moldavia and 2 brothers Luca and Pancu were proclaimed his vassals and landowners.They got from him possessions(villages and forest).

Descendants of Luca were 3 brothers whose nobility and possessions were confirmed by Duke Alexandru Ilias of Moldavia in 1667.

Those brothers named Vasili,Constantine and Nicolae fought for Polish King Jan Sobieski.

Counts Wassilko von Serecki were descendants of Vasili,while Keshko family descended from second brother Constantine,whose nickname was Chesco(Keshko).Third brother Nicolae didin't have children.
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