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Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Family of Tsarevitch Alexei Petrovitch
« on: February 26, 2017, 03:17:36 AM »
"Grand Duchess Natalia, the king's sister on his mother and father, was born July 23, 1714. Not that she was beautiful: she had chicken pox and it was a bit of a snub, but she was well built, had an excellent mind and judgment. She was of medium height and rather full, rather than a blessing, she had a kind face, beautiful neck and hands. Friends of Princess Elizabeth quarreled with her king, which for the poor princess was enough, so she had no idea of ​​access to power. Her character was delicious, she was generous to all and merciful to the poor, loved pleasure, was very disposed to foreigners, very fluent in French and in English. With great sorrow she saw in the heart of the way into the abyss, which sought to her brother, and very much wanted to save him, but she was not able to talk to him, and she knew that the king inspired neglected. In short, it was one of the most perfect princess in the world, which turned out to be a blessing in Russia, if survived; but the sadness that had caused her to have caused tuberculosis, from which she died December 3, 1728, mourned by all who knew her, and, above all foreigners".

James Francis Fitz-James Stuart, 2nd Duke of Berwick, 2nd Duke of Liria and Xerica "A report of Muscovy in 1731"

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexandra Pavlovna
« on: October 23, 2016, 12:31:10 PM »
Letter from the Palatine Joseph Emperor Paul.

 Vienna. March 20, 1801.

Most Gracious Sovereign! It hurts me to renew the parent heart of your Majesty's recollection of the sad loss of my wife; but neither my hand nor heart dare not be so, if I had not demanded my duty to appeal to your Majesty for orders on the two subjects on which I was to do anything without your solutions. The first of them concerns the place of burial of the deceased. I had prepared a place in the crypt of the Capuchin Church in Buda, where already rested my poor baby. Meanwhile, this court, apparently intends to transfer the body to the imperial family crypt in Vienna; finally, the confessor of the deceased does not agree to carry out the burial in the catholic church. Therefore I humbly beg Your Majesty to declare me your orders on this account. The body of the deceased in peace as long as a small country house near Buda, presented me to his wife when she was alive. The second item concerns orders inherited it. She left behind a piece of wills, painted her hand and wills draft drawn up by its instructions to my chief chamberlain. I urge Your Majesty graciously inform me whether to bring you these papers, or how to dispose of the inheritance? Not recognizing now more sacred duty, as a consideration is the will of your Majesty, I beg you to believe that in spite of the terrible loss of my own, I never cease to be grateful to you, and in the short happiness, how do you I have presented and referred to your Imperial Majesty's obedient servant and son, Joseph, Palatine.

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexandra Pavlovna
« on: September 18, 2016, 09:56:34 AM »
Alexandra Pavlovna was popular among Hungarians, loved for its immediacy and charity, and the Hungarian nobility looked at it as a defender of the country from the snares of Vienna. With the arrival of a young couple in Hungary in February 1800, they waited in Buda Pest large delegation, which expressed spouses honor on behalf of the country's population. Alexandra Pavlovna always been a generous and distributed large alms during a visit to the Hungarian villages. The young couple and enlivened the cultural life of Hungary. In the newspaper "Magyar Kurir" on March 4, 1800 reported that "yesterday here (from Vienna) went to a famous musician, the Doctor andDirector Haydn, who, by order of Her Highness the duke Palatine will lead the singing and instrumentalthe performance of his own music, known as "Creation of the World." Incidentally, the first after the Vienna performance of this oratorio took place in Buda March 8, 1800. May 13 ofthe same year in Buda "played music" and Beethoven. Alexandra Pavlovna owned a considerable role in the fact that the court began againexecuted Hungarian songs and dances, for example, during one of the balls in the Count Tivadar Batthyány garden, on the initiative of Alexandra, were fed Hungarian singers and Hungarian dishes.

Elizabeth Bodnar "Hungarian-Russian ties in the XIX century: Palatine Joseph and Alexandra Pavlovna".

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexandra Pavlovna
« on: August 30, 2016, 09:48:12 AM »
This letter Joseph wrote to father Alexandra, Emperor Paul: "I had the irreparable misfortune of losing my wife... She's gone, and with it disappeared all my happiness. Your Majesty, I was obliged to my family joys and memories of them indelible in me. Take a look to pity on your unhappy son, and do not refuse him mercy - allow him to continue to call you father. "

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexandra Pavlovna
« on: August 28, 2016, 04:30:54 AM »
Letter to the Archduke Joseph to his brother, the Emperor Franz, after the engagement with the Grand Duchess Alexandra: "I can not adequately thank Your Majesty's grace, has prompted her to choose for me life's companion, and I am sure that this marriage is for life will provide me a happy family life".


Hermine (Greiz 17 Dec 1887-Frankfurt an der Oder 7 Aug 1947); m.1st Greiz 7 Jan 1907 Johann Georg Pr von Schoenaich-Carolath (Saabor 11 Sep 1873-Wölfelsgrund 7 Apr 1920); m.2nd Doorn 5 Nov 1922 Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany (Berlin 27 Jan 1859-Doorn 4 Jun 1941)

Ludwig Guttenbrunn. Portrait of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alexeyevna. Between 1796 and 1797.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alexeyevna. Thumbnail of Emmanuel Chevalier de la Selle de Shatobur. 1799-1800.

The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolayevna
« on: December 10, 2013, 11:13:36 PM »
That portrait was done by artist Ivan Winberg, but I'm not sure on the year.  Maybe someone else knows, though.


Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Anna Feodorovna
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:21:19 AM »
Another two portraits of Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna.


Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Anna Feodorovna
« on: August 02, 2013, 10:08:38 AM »

The site, where I found the portrait shown - miniature of Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna nee Princess Juliane Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld from the Royal Collection.
But I'm not sure that it really is Anna Feodorovna. May anyone know the date that it was painted?

BeNeLux Royalty / Re: Anna Pavlovna, Queen of the Netherlands
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:53:40 AM »

This portrait of young Anna Pavlovna by Jean Desire Muneret bringing Isabey style portraiture with swirling scarves east to Russia. 1816

The Hohenzollern / Re: Mecklenburg-Schwerin
« on: April 30, 2013, 11:08:41 AM »
That's wife of Duke Paul Friedrich, as I see. Unusual portrait.

Princess Mary - the sister of the Duke Paul Friedrich. And his wife - Princess Alexandrine of Prussia, the younger sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Nicholas I.

Portraits of Grand Duchess and Duchess of Oldenburg Catherine Pavlovna.

L.Colla, 1809

A.-F. Rizener, 1810

Letter from Catherine II Baron Grimm December 21, 1774

"She (Natalia Alekseevna) was constantly sick, but how can she not be sick? Ney from all over the extreme. If you are thinking to walk on foot, 20 miles away, if it starts to dance, then immediately dances 20 Contradance menuetov and the same, except Allemann. That the room was too hot, the heat stopped them altogether. Some rubbed themselves with ice face, we turned the whole body in the face. In short, the golden mean is far from us. Fearing evil people, we feed distrust of all general and do not take any advice - neither good nor bad. In short, have not seen any of kindness, no care, no reason. God knows where all this will lead, as we listen to anyone not want, and have our own little will. Imagine now a half years as we have here, and still do not know a word in Russian. We demand that we have been taught, and at the same time do not want to dedicate this moment diligence. In all one vertoprahstvo, then that is what else we do not ponutru. Debts have doubled than the domain, and it seems hardly anyone in Europe this much."

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