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The Imperial Family / Re: The Paleys
« on: January 22, 2024, 08:24:05 AM »

The Imperial Family / Re: The Paleys
« on: September 18, 2023, 09:39:34 AM »
I hope this is not too out of topic, but I've been working on a "What if" story about the Paleys for quite some time and I finally found the platform (and the courage!) to post it. If you like/are interested in them, I invite you to take a look. I'll be posting it chapter by chapter for the next few months. :)

Having Fun! / Re: Polyglots à la Romanov
« on: November 21, 2013, 04:10:25 AM »
I am a native Portuguese speaker and also speak English and Spanish. As I am a translator, I also work with these last two languages every single day. I learnt Russian for a year when I was in college. I was VERY excited about it when I first started, but unfortunately I was very unlucky with the teacher. On the first class, he asked each of us why had we decided to learn Russian and my answer was very simple: "I am passionate about the Romanovs and would like to learn the language they spoke". From the teacher's expression, I realized right away that he was not too pleased about that!

Later on, I discovered that he was one of those old-fashioned Bolsheviks who didn't didn't care one bit for the imperial family! He used to say things like "Oh, the Bolsheviks did great things for Russia, if it wasn't for them we would still be backward religious fanatics!" or "I don't care much for Vladimir Putin. He is too imperialist." So, in the end, he kind of made my life a living hell at his classes because he probably thought I was an "imperialist". It was a small class, so everybody got to have his particular help except for me! xD So, I simply did not follow up the next year and haven't gave it a try again yet, but someday I will. :D 

Iberian Royal Families / Re: Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal
« on: September 25, 2013, 09:52:19 AM »
I'm not sure about her relationship with Maria Ana, but Infanta Antónia, Princess of Hohenzollern-Singmaringen, criticized her for her luxurious lifestyle in several letters. On one of these letters, written to her brother, King Luís, she asks, after Maria Pia arrived from a trip to Paris: "Has she finished unpacking everything she bought? She buys so many things that she leaves half of them behind."

The Hohenzollern / Re: House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
« on: September 22, 2013, 07:06:13 PM »
Well, the picture was taken from the book "Rainhas Que o Povo Amou" [Queens Loved by the People] by Maria Antónia Lopes and there this picture was labeled as Josephine of Baden, the mother of Queen Stephanie of Portugal. However, as it often happens, it might have been mislabeled. As I don't have not seen many pictures of the two ladies, it is out of my reach to confirm which one is it. If others can confirm it, I would be very glad! :)

The Hohenzollern / Re: House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:01:04 PM »
Princess Josephine of Baden, wife of Prince Karl Anton:

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: GDss Marie and Louis "Dickie" Mountbatten
« on: September 17, 2013, 06:34:11 PM »
Here is the interview where Dickie Mountbatten speaks of his boy crush on Maria. Here he also shares his memories about other Romanov and Hesse relatives. I'm still jumping up and down after discovering this documentary after so many years searching it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

A very touching picture of Princess Cecilie holding her new-born daughter Johanna:

This and other treasures of her and her family can be found in this webpage:


Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XII
« on: June 13, 2013, 04:34:47 PM »
I have just seen this amazing new picture of the four girls on Facebook. I don't know if it has been posted anywhere else before but it is certainly new to me:

This is the link to the facebook page:

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XII
« on: June 05, 2013, 08:53:42 AM »
Did anyone else see the picture in the top left corner?

anyone seen it before??

I still can't get over how amazing these pictures are!!!!

I may be wrong (and I most probably am), but this picture instantly reminded me of the family portraits Princess Margaret of Connaught took with her children. I think it might be them:

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Hesse-Cassel family
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:14:41 PM »
Princess Margaret of Prussia, Landegravine of Hesse-Cassel, in 1946:

I'm currently reading a very interesting book by Ricardo Raimundo called "Escândalos da Monarquia Portuguesa" ("Scandals of the Portuguese Monarchy" - I highly recommend it if you, like me, like those side stories which are much more interesting than "ordinary" History, but obviously too irrelevant to make it.

Anyway, one of the book chapters is dedicated, precisely, to Pedro V and his very odd relationship towards women, including his wife Stephanie. As this is one of my favourite couples in Portuguese History, I was very glad to read some information I had never heard about them and decided to share it with those who don't understand Portuguese as this book is still not available in any other language. The book mentions that King Pedro V was a very introspective young men who had showed signs of high intellect since a young age. Probably because he was more intelligent than most people he knew, he didn't feel fulfilled when talking to others and found most people, specially women, to be extremely stupid, so he isolated himself from society. In addition to his awkward social skills, Pedro was also painfully shy and prude. The only woman whose company he found enjoyable was precisely his future wife, Princess Staphanie, who he met in Dusseldorf in September 1854, when they were both 17. They shared the same interests and so became deeply attached to each other, being often seen walking hand-in-hand in the Palace park. However, there was a deeply afflicting issue in their marriage: after one year, they still didn't have any children.

Many at court suggested that there might be something wrong with the couple and some even suggested that the marriage had not yet been consummated. After Queen Staphanie's death, the doctors mentioned that, in scientific terms, she was still a virgin (her hymen was intact), which fed these rumors even further.

However, Stephanie wrote the following in a letter to her mother regarding her first night as a married woman:

"The Duchess of Terceira was with me until I went to bed and then Pedro came, but I could not sleep for one second the entire night." She then adds, in German (the rest of the letter had been written in French): "I felt rather embarrassed, uncomfortable and I feel that, all in all, this habit of man and wife sleeping together is not very pleasant."

Up to a certain degree, this seems to suggest that something "unconformable" happened on their wedding night. Furthermore, both Stephanie and Pedro mentioned to friends and family that they would like to have children. Pedro even mentioned in a letter to one of his uncles that he would love to have a big family.

After reading this, my conclusion is that Pedro and Stephanie were very much in love with each other, but being both so young, inexperienced and shy, they didn't have enough time to be completely comfortable with each other and even less to produce a child, which is very unfortunate.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Paleys
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:46:50 PM »
When I saw this picture, I realized that Natalie actually looked a lot like her half-brother Dmitri and her father. Maybe it's because of the dark rings under her eyes:

I think that the main issue with the portrait is that it really makes her look much older than what she is. It's almost as if we're looking at a future version of herself. Considering the fact that she's pregnant this is even more awkward, as one would expect her to look healthy, young and fresh as that is usually the idea we have of young mothers. And it just doesn't look like herself. Other than that I think it's very well executed.

Two more portraits of Maria Alexandrovna's mother, Wilhelmine:

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