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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium
« on: October 02, 2020, 08:09:07 PM »
Interesting, because normally only legitimate children inherit titles. There have been centuries of illegitimate children that had no natural rights to titles throughout every realm. Although many were recognized and maybe given a lesser noble title.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace
« on: February 28, 2020, 08:28:31 PM »
The Lyons room looks stunning

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
« on: February 01, 2019, 08:11:21 PM »
I notice, there appears to be 7 interior courtyards throughout the palace, does anyone know if they were used for anything. Or did they just provide window space for interior rooms...?

The Allies may have been content with an ununified Germany. A loose collection of German states, UK gets to control Hannover again.

« on: November 12, 2017, 03:31:22 AM »
Hi everyone!

I would like to ask a favour. I am trying to translate in English some pages of a short essay which I have written. It is about Racconigi Castle (a royal residence of the House of Savoy). Actually I have translated it completely.
I would need a kind native English speaker, who might read it and tell me if the text is understandable or if there are too many mistakes.

Thanks in advance

As you can see from the way I write, your help is very much needed!

gleb, I am more than wiling to help as long as you're patient as I have to do it between other projects.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Winter Palace State Rooms
« on: May 04, 2017, 01:32:47 AM »
Joanna, your blog is truly a delightful treasure trove of information. Thank you so much!

The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors, Part II
« on: June 03, 2016, 04:20:29 AM »
From the Historic Royal Palaces website:

"The palaces that Historic Royal Palaces are responsible for are all owned by The Queen 'in right of Crown'. This means that Her Majesty holds the palaces in Trust for the next monarch and by law cannot sell, lease or otherwise dispose of any interest in the palaces."

So they are still royal palaces which would mean the royal family may use them for official purposes, as the crown still "owns" them and they are simply managed by the trust.

The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:54:56 PM »
One other thought is if William and Kate have another son, Harry could indeed get a different dukedom and "Duke of York" may lay in abeyance until that child marries. By that time it may be very likelly that William will be king.

The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: September 25, 2014, 05:58:16 AM »
It would not surprise me that if he marries before his father becomes king he is created an Earl, as there is always the potential that the Duke of York title could become his.

Palaces in Moscow / Re: The Kremlin - general information
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:54:28 PM »
When I read the article originally posted on there was a statement from Putin about making sure they were museums because people were already complaining that he had turned over to many properties to the Church.

Iberian Royal Families / Re: Brazilian Imperial Palaces
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:50:16 PM »
I love virtual tours that make it feel like you're walking through the actual location.

The Alexander Palace / Re: 1930 Film AP
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:41:46 AM »
Great video

The Alexander Palace / Re: Video. Cellars Alexander Palace.
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:29:40 AM »
The "crematorium" looks more like a trash incinerator.  These were fairly common between the 1920's and 1950's.

Rules for This Forum / Re: What does "leet" mean?
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:30:08 PM »
You have a leet of posts..............

The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:58:05 PM »
Should he continue as an active duty officer he will have additional "flying" assignments. Squadron command would most likely be next, then another staff position, then another leadership position which would most likely have some (albeit quite a bit less) flying time. After that his flight time would most likely be limited.

Naval officers often complain that by the time the get enough sea time to enjoy the privlege of command, the (usually) one shot they have at being a ship's captain (which most consider the pinnacle of their career, even those that go on to be admirals) comes and goes so  fast they feel cheated

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