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Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:28:28 AM »
Maria and Alexei look so much alike in that photo.

The christening has been scheduled for July 5th. Can't wait for more photos of this little princess and her family...

Thank you so much for these rare finds Ally-didi. It's always a pleasure to see more of my favorite Tiny Empress.

The photos of Maria and Nikolai have always been so interesting to me as they are so candid for formal portraits and even for informal portraits. The photo of her giving him a back ride really gives you a feel for how she must have felt about her darling baby boy, in my opinion.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: June 04, 2015, 12:02:09 PM »
1914 was such a great year for photographs

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:11:15 AM »
Tatiana always seems so unearthly, elfine in all her photographs, no matter if they are from early 1900s or the war. Her sisters were all very much real-looking, but she looks strangely fairy-like all the time.

Truly a "fairy queen"! :) Haven't some people photoshopped her face onto the bodies of fairies in the past?

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:09:45 AM »
I think it's great. You just know one or more of the sisters was behind this. Getting the normally serious "Governess" to be the focus of such a silly photo, while reading no less, is quite an accomplishment! Playful and endearing.

It really is great; the quiet unassuming look on Tatiana's face as she's reading. She knows perfectly well the silliness of the shot yet she holds her normal look and body language and that makes it even better.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: June 04, 2015, 11:09:01 AM »
Tatiana Konstantinova was truly a beauty

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Photos of "The Big Pair"
« on: June 02, 2015, 03:34:42 PM »
Love those rare photos where Tatiana smiles!

Maria Nicholaievna / Re: Maria photos III
« on: June 02, 2015, 03:13:29 PM »
Masha was all Minnie, in my humble opinion.

Having Fun! / Re: Anyone adopted any "Romanov" habits/sayings?
« on: May 31, 2015, 08:25:59 PM »
Diary writing! Yes! My diary entries have taken on a Romanovy style

Having Fun! / Re: Anyone adopted any "Romanov" habits/sayings?
« on: May 30, 2015, 02:02:57 PM »
I try to imitate their photos from time to time... Attempting to pull off the no-smile-but-still-elegant-look.

It fails.

Tatiana Nicholaievna / Re: Tatiana Photographs III
« on: May 30, 2015, 01:59:32 PM »
Attempting a silly photo? :D

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: Prince Carl Philip
« on: May 30, 2015, 01:58:19 PM »
Poor lady! Is that Thailand story real? Poor her if it is!
Imo, Queen Silvia doesn't look like Sofia even a bit. Her Majesty's very beautiful back in the days she was same age as Sofia...and still very beautiful now.
Oh the press and public, why won't they "keep the dead buried"? I mean Sofia has moved away from that past already. Anyway, she did it before without knowing she would become Carl Philip's wife in the future. Good if she still is a model like that until now, but she isn't anymore..Are the people and press just bored??

They'll never let go of the scandal because that is the nature of the press. Prince Carl Philip and Sofia, the future princess, will be married in June and I'll bet they'll be bringing it up then too. Because they supposedly sell.

People are still going on and on about the princesses Victoria and Madeline hating Sofia. Who knows what the real truth is with all the embellishments out there.

I had no idea that this documentary was on YouTube, but I am glad that I know now as it seems I have something to do tonight :)

I own Four Sisters and was quick to do so when it came out as I was so excited to learn that there would be a book specifically about the girls that I love so much and feel close to (to some people's displeasure). I've heard of some of the controversy surrounding the book and the documentary but never was able to make heads or tails of it. Romanov fans on tumblr especially felt that the book was bad, incorrect in some areas and that Rappaport herself is an ableist and ignorant etc.. I guess I'm just surprised that these things haven't come to this board as much.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Did Olga become anorexic in exile?
« on: May 28, 2015, 11:50:51 AM »
I can see where you might think anorexic, but I believe Olga's weight loss cannot be attributed to that. As you probably know, anorexia is often due to poor body image and believing that you are heavier than you are and that you must maintain a specific weight. Olga, being severely depressed, likely did not have the will to eat and that caused her weight loss. So instead of Olga thinking that she was growing too large she simply did not want to eat. Olga was always thin and svelte, in my humble opinion, and while people who are anorexic very often do not see themselves as outsiders see them, I don't think Olga had much to worry about in that area and therefore she didn't, especially when it came to her captivity. There was so much more to be anxious over and be upset by.

So, I'm agreeing with amartin
Anorexic? No. Depressed? Absolutely. Speaking from experience, depression messes with a person's appetite a lot. You lose the will to do anything. She became depressed in 1915. So 3 years of that, combined with the bouts of measles she and her siblings went through in exile, you can imagine the toll that took on her physical health.

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