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Before that he also said something in his diaries about a leg pain which he thought was from a roller-skating incident in Athens, but that may have been related to his later problems too. I think that pains in back and legs are not uncharacteristic of TB. But it was only when they got to India that he was declared unfit to continue. After that he went to Greece, Algeria and finally to the Caucasus as they tried to find cures.

That's so exciting that you've read his diaries!  Have they been/ are they being translated?

The Imperial Family / Re: Pronounciation
« on: May 01, 2010, 02:29:17 AM »
What about Gottorp?  Short o?  Long o?


Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Livadia, Palace of Nicholas II
« on: September 10, 2008, 08:41:02 AM »
How did the Imperial Family travel from St. Petersburg to Livadia?  Does anyone know how long that trip would take?

Their World and Culture / Re: Imperial invitation
« on: August 22, 2008, 06:53:26 PM »
Ally, thanks so much for sharing these!  And thank you for the French translation, Marie-Catherine!  Could someone please translate the program?

Thank you, Svetabel!  Where do you find all these tiny details?  :)

In Behind the Veil at the Russian Court it states her marriage to Max was made "from sheer disappointment at having missed a brilliant alliance which her coquetry had caused to be abandoned."

Does anyone know more about this failed "brilliant alliance"?

Thank you so much! 

Would someone be so kind as to translate the menu listed on this site for me?  I would appreciate it so much! I wish I could figure out how to post the menu here- the artwork is beautiful!

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personal World
« on: July 23, 2008, 04:21:20 PM »
I know this is an old thread, but I am wondering how many English books were available not just to the Imperial family, but to other members of the aristocracy.  Since many of them hired English governesses for their children, would it be reasonable to think many young Russian girls read Jane Austen or Mary Shelley?  Does anyone know if Alix read these women writers?

Their World and Culture / Re: Titles, Ranks and Forms of Address
« on: July 06, 2008, 04:23:19 AM »
Thank you so much.  You've been so helpful!

Their World and Culture / Re: Titles, Ranks and Forms of Address
« on: July 05, 2008, 08:55:43 AM »
I continue to be amazed at the wealth of information here on this board!

I have another semi-related question:  For noble women who became nuns, how would they be addressed?  For example, GDss Alexandra Petrovna, the wife of GD Nicholas Nikolayevich the Elder- when she became Sister Anastasia, how was she addressed? 

Thank you!

Their World and Culture / Re: Titles, Ranks and Forms of Address
« on: June 24, 2008, 05:55:56 PM »
Many thanks, Mike and Lisa, for both opinions! I find these kinds of things so fascinating-  and I never thought to look for examples in my copies of Turgenev or Tolstoy. 

I think English styles and titles are somewhat easier to undestand because there's no language barrier.  :)

Their World and Culture / Re: Titles, Ranks and Forms of Address
« on: June 21, 2008, 06:41:01 AM »
Does anyone know of a webiste (or simply have the knowledge) of what the terms of address would be for Grand Dukes/Duchesses, Imperial Princes/Princesses, and all other royals and titled people.   When I say terms of address, I mean this (an example from the british peerage):

Something like this for all of the royals and simply titled people.  I just find all of the titles really interesting.  Thanks!!

I have a question similar to Katya's.  I realize a Grand Duke or Grand Duchess would address a lesser member of the aristocracy differently than her peers or even servants would.  For example, what about Daria de Beauharnais, Countess of Leuchtenburg?  How would a Grand Duchess address her when speaking with her?  Would it be appropriate (depending how close they were) to address her as Countess?

For example:
"Be careful, Countess.  I believe your stockings are showing."
"I was just telling the countess (capitalize?) that her stockings are showing."
"Dariya Yegvenievna, your stockings are showing."

And what would servants address her as?
"I beg your pardon, Highness (?), but your stockings are showing."

(Sorry I can't come up with a more creative example!)

The Imperial Family / Re: Romanovs Balls (besides 1903)
« on: March 22, 2008, 02:45:40 PM »
Contessa, I can't be sure, but I think the woman sitting third from left could be Countess Olga Heyden.
The wigs make it so difficult!

The Imperial Family / Re: Romanovs Balls (besides 1903)
« on: March 22, 2008, 06:44:30 AM »

Another "royal person" in the picture is Duchess Elena of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, daughter of GDss Ekaterina Mikhailovna. Elena is just by GD Sergei's side. The others are friends and courtiers.

Thank you!

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