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The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« on: July 25, 2019, 09:54:05 PM »
Breath-taking, I never thought I would live to see this, can't wait to visit. Funny the Imperial Bedroom looks smaller than I imagined.

This a regurgitation of the known and usual. Last period in Yekaterinburg, badly done and rushed! It has its merits in places and does a good job with the war period. I am not sure about Father Gregori and AF, seems a little to familiar to me, knowing AF as I do from reading and researching since I was 9, nearly 60 now. But worth an afternoon watching. Shame as I was expecting The Crown. Its to easy too just regurgitate the old rumours and falsehoods.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Winter Palace
« on: May 18, 2013, 01:09:40 PM »
I agree, I believe the frieze may still be there.

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: May 22, 2009, 06:59:23 AM »
Exactly Douglas, Her Majesty The Queen, used her fathers GPO 300 series telephone until very recently. The Pabx switchboard and the old system was only replaced a few years ago. Her Majesty and the household resisted the change.

The White House used to have a lovely switchboard. I used to speak to the Telephonists there a lot, a long time ago now but they were all lovely and very professional.


To the poster who was wondering about statues in Westminster Abbey, there are many tombs etc, but in the Chapel of Our Lady of Pew, there is a statue of the Virgin. You have to remember it was the Puritans who hated all such things and Cromwell and his mob that hated such things. There are tow traditions within the CofE High Church and Anglo Catholic and the Low Church. If you were to come to my Church Holy Redeemer in London you would think that you are in a Roman Catholic church, but it is in the Anglo Catholic tradition and our mother church is St. Paul's Cathedral, we even have an icon to St. Elizabeth in a side chapel (see other post re robes).

I was at mass today and chatting to my Priest afterwards in the Kitchen. I was saying how if ever in Jerusalem I would visit St Elizabeth's grave. To which he replied well you know she visited Holy redeemer. Well I was shocked ....pleasantly and he told me the story. Elizabeth Feodorovna visited a community of nuns close to our church in Lloyd baker Square. She wanted to see the community and how it was run. This must be just after Grand Duke Segei was killed.

She went to see the convent and afterwards came to a service at Holy Redeemer. The church built along the lines of the of a Roman basilica. It is a very beautiful church and our services are in the Anglo Catholic tradition.

The surprises do not stop there. The special golden vestments of our priests are made from the court dress of a lady of the Imperial Family. They are made from tissue of gold and beautifully embroidered. I know that when EF took the veil, she sold most of her worldly possessions and gave away many things too. We know the robes are over 150 years old (approx) and my preist and I are wondering if the robes were made from one of EF's court dresses.

We have an icon of EF in one of our smaller chapels.

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: April 29, 2009, 02:12:18 PM »
You would be surprised how much they care about wear and tear. The first time I went to Buckingham Palace they still had electric fires from the 1940's in the fire places. The wiring on most of the lamps was ancient and GPO telephones were still in use.

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: April 27, 2009, 09:47:19 AM »
Wear and tear on a wooden floor no doubt. carpets can be replaced.

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors
« on: April 27, 2009, 05:43:45 AM »
I have a book published when our present Queen was Princess Elizabeth Heir Presumptive, it is about Clarence House and has photographs of the newly refurbished rooms for the young couple and their family. Its called Clarence House and was by Christopher Hussey.It was published by Country Life in 1949.

It also gives a full and interesting history of the house and its occupants. There is a plan of the house and its buildings from 1792 by Sir John Soane and was part of a survey of St. James's Palace.

I don't know if anyone else knows of this book?

David L. Newell, London

The Windsors / Re: The Royal Train
« on: April 25, 2009, 08:50:19 AM »
PS. I have a book somewhere from the museum in York. I will try and find it.

The Windsors / Re: The Royal Train
« on: April 25, 2009, 08:49:24 AM »
I have seen all the Royal Trains, they are kept at York Railway Museum (National Railway Museum). They are really well worth the visit. My favourite is the new train for George VI, very simple and art deco inspired. I think our Queen used it until the new train was made available about 20 years ago. Certainly as I child I remember the Royal Train at Liverpool Street Station in London. They must have been going to Sandringham. My mother always called it the Kings train, so I am assuming it was the train that was made in the 1930's and adapted and strengthened for the war.

Yes the new train is simple, but elegant and our Queen does not like ostentation.

I have seen the Gibbes collection when it was at Luton Hoo, I have a brochure somewhere I will dig it out.

Forum Announcements / Easter Wishes
« on: April 10, 2009, 06:14:29 AM »
Happy Easter to you all, its been a dreadful year so far for so many, job losses, people loosing their homes and families split up because of it. Unrest and trouble in so many places. I wish you all a lovely Easter and I hope you are spending it with those who are dear to you. But we have much to be thankful for, a new President and America back in the middle of all the important issues we as a world have to address. So from here in London my best wishes to you all, God Bless.

David Newell, London

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: April 06, 2009, 11:59:27 AM »
Oooh I would have loved that, I had a private tour like that of the White House once and the tiny rooms in the attics at Versailles.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personal World
« on: April 01, 2009, 05:46:13 AM »
Just lovely, I know AF had some beautiful Galle vases as well but I have only evidence of these being at the Winter Palace. I know some were gifts from the French around 1896 and this would make sense as they lived at the WP a lot before 1905. Shame we do not have more on the inventories of the WP. I know several were done.

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