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The Alexander Palace / Re: 4-22-11 PICTURES OF THE AP
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:40:23 AM »
Please, please please !!! I cant wait. Thanks

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: June 13, 2011, 04:37:53 AM »
I think that even if he remarries, she will still be flogging the "Duchess of York" thing to death to promote herself. I think she is wearing a bit thin after the last disaster. The only magazines who are really keen on her are the cheap trashy gossip ones,  and Oprah Winfrey. She must really be scraping the bottom of the barrel if she has to have Sarah Ferguson on her show !! 

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: June 10, 2011, 05:54:57 AM »
I was under the impression that they were still married !! Anyway, married or not, they still seem to be very "chummy'.
How come she still uses the title, and why on earth does she take offence at not being allowed into the inner royal circle any more ?
 Prince Phillip has been proven to be right a few times. Although he was quite keen on Diana in the beginning, he changed his opinion of her quite quickly. i think he realised Fergie for the disaster she turned out to be from day 1.

I think Fergie is probably the biggest Royal disaster after Edward Vlll. I say "after" because he was brought up to be King, and was a dismal failure, and also behaved very improperly for a "real"  member of the royal family, born and bred. Fergie was born, but certainly not bred.
Apparently she is trying very hard at the moment, through the media, to "recoup" her "image". She now blames her mother for for being responsible for her bad behaviour.
Really, does this woman have a brain ?

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: June 06, 2011, 07:21:18 AM »
Please will someone explain to me why the family has not forced Andrew to divorce this woman ? Surely there is no reason on earth for them to remain married. i think she has something on him, and i will not be in the least surprised if she is not blackmailing him with it. They ceretainly dont have to remain married "for the childrens sake " Just look at the children !!!!
I think Andrew is half to blame, how many times does she have to embarrass the guy before it is enough. He is a wimp in the first degree.

Sarah Ferguson goes on and on making one dreadfully embarrassing mistake after the other.
Where is it going to end ? She really is a HUGE embarrassment to the RF. Huge.

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: June 04, 2011, 07:41:52 AM »
No, I was referring to Rowlandson, not Rawlandson.

Yes, one of them has lost a bit of weight, but both of them are still larger than life.   

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Livadia, Palace of Nicholas II
« on: June 02, 2011, 07:07:41 AM »
My spelling of the name was incorrect. It is the Vorontsov Palace. Personally I think it is a very ugly building, an architectural mess. During WWll it was one of the Palaces chosen by Stalin as accommodation for the British delegations to the Yalta meeting. Rooseveldt and his mob stayed at Livadia, where the daily meetings were held, because the President was in a wheelchair, and the lower floor of the Livadia palace, including the Conference Room were on the same level, which made it easier for him to move about. he was already a very sick man and months away from death at the time.

Churchill and his delegation stayed at the Vorontsov palace, which they soon discovered was "bugged' by the Soviets. So every conversation they had at the dining room table was recorded by the KGB. The British delegation found out because one evening one of the delegates mentioned the fact that there were no lemons for the drinks. The next day the conservatory was filled with potted lemon trees !!
So they tested their theory and the next evening someone said how curious it was that there were so many empty aquarium tanks around the palace, but that there were no fish in them. The next day the tanks were filled with water and exotic fish !

I find it amazing how intrinsically stupid the Soviets were, even when it comes to small insignificant things like this, they gave themselves away.

Anyway, I think its quite an interesting story.
The carved lions you mention are at the foot of a staircase that leads down from the house to the gardens.   

The Windsors / Re: Windsor Jewelry We Love to Hate
« on: June 01, 2011, 08:28:50 AM »
The Aquamarine tiara is the ugliest, they look like boiled sweets. I cannot understand why anyone would wear anything so awful. The whole thing should be broken up and  used for something else. The only problem being that the stones are such an odd shape.

Second ugliest. The ruby tiara. Gross. Rubies dont suit the Queen. looks like something out of a Bollywood movie, and very fake looking as well.

The poppy tiara is a nightmare, but I think that in the days of "beehive" hairdos, it probably looked ok if she stuck them around a very big hairdo. A bit like decorating a Christmas tree. Did she have this tiara in the sixties ? If not it certainly looks very strange on an old lady today.
Why doesn't someone tell Queen M that she looks silly wearing it ?


The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: June 01, 2011, 08:12:51 AM »
Any member of the Royal family who has their toes sucked in "public", commits adultery, takes bribes etc etc, gets what they deserve.  I think considering her behaviour they have actually treated her very kindly. That, and her two very, very peculiar and strange, overweight daughters in their weird, tastesless and always too tight clothes.............well.
B  & E always remind me of those fat tarty ladies one sees in Rawlinson cartoons. Rawlinson was a Royal satirist during the reign of George IV. ( For those of you who dont know) 

Palaces in the Crimea / Re: Livadia, Palace of Nicholas II
« on: June 01, 2011, 07:58:35 AM »
I think you may be confusing Livadia with another Palace. Livadia is completely Italianate, and definately does not look like Balmoral.  Google Livadia / Yalta and you will see. i cannot remember the name of the other Palace you may be referring to, but it is a rather tasteless mess of Gothic and other styles all mixed up together. i think it is the Voronysov Palace you saw.

The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: May 28, 2011, 03:53:36 AM »
Although they always look trashy. It does not matter where you come from, you either have class and style and know how to conduct yourself, or you dont. They dont, and their mother certainly does not. Remember their grandfather was also caught in a massage parlour with a tart, and Fergie's past behaviour is no better either.
I dont blame the Royal family for not inviting her "up to the big house'. I would not want her hanging around either.

Nicholas II / Re: Re: Photos of Nicholas II #5
« on: May 20, 2011, 06:13:23 AM »
I really wish people would caption their photos. Sometimes the backgrounds are just as interesting, and it would be nice to know when and where they were taken. its very frustrating !!

Well now I have to ask the inevitable question. Where in the basement ?

Palaces in Moscow / Re: Neskoutchnoe Palace
« on: May 10, 2011, 06:13:41 AM »
Thanks for the pictures and the floorplan. I have just noticed that the balconies on the upper floor have been removed, returning the building to the original design. i thought the facade looked a bit "busy" but without the balconies it looks much better. i wonder who put them there in the first place ? Alexandra ? She was keen on balconies., so perhaps.

It is also interesting that there is one of those old water heaters on the wall next to the well. I wonder why?

I cannot open the article. May I ask please if this was taken in the AP basement, or in another tunnel in the Alexander Park. What is the significance of the water source, was it a supply to the Palace ?
I am imagining that the kitchen tunnel looked like this, however it looks a bit low.

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