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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra - paintings and portraits
« on: January 05, 2014, 02:47:06 AM »
I would be really grateful if someone could answer this for me.

In Massie's book. "Nicholas and Alexandra" there is a portrait of Alexandra (a photo) ... she is in court dress with a tiara but she only has on one glove.

Does anyone know the reason why she is only wearing one glove?

I'm sure it's not earth-shatteringly important but it did strike me as a little odd.

thank you.

Given the antipathy between MP the  younger and Ella, IMHO it would be unlikely that she (MP) would copy a piece of jewellery owned by an Aunt she wasn't really fond of and much more likely she received it as inheritance when Ella was portioning up and disposing of her possessions.

Can anyone tell me the best book to read to understand Ella and Serge's engagement ... the books i've read seem to gloss over this period. One author (I can't remember who) (and I'm paraphrasing) said that Ella finally accepted Serge on such and such a date etc. etc. Does this mean he proposed and she said no initially?

apologies if this has been covered before (  i wasn't sure where to post this question) ... does anyone know what happened to archduchess Elizabeth who died in Australia in 1983?

Thank you! I guess I shouldn't get bogged down in detail. I guess the main point is that the meeting was unsuccessful.

Can someone please help me: In Hugo Mager's book on Ella, on page 302 he says that Ella and Alix had their final showdown about Rasputin in Alix's Mauve Boudoir. Then after they had squabbled, Ella drove straight to see Felix Y at the Alexander Palace. I thought The Mauve Boudoir was in the Alexander Place and besides what would Felix have been doing there. I've read elsewhere that Alix and her 2 eldest daughters escorted Ella to the train station.

Can someone tell me what happened; who exactly did Ella go and see immediately afterwards ... and where?

Thanks, tim

Can I ask a question and i don't know if it's been covered before and I don;t want to cause offense, but after reading MP Jnr's books i kinda get the feeling she may have been a lesbian?

thank you so much for replying so quickly ... i really appreciate it ... wow ... you guys really know your stuff. thanks heaps.

PS ... can't read Russian ... but hopefully am making my first trip to St Petersburg this year!!!

I can't remember where I read it but Ella's lady in waiting was called Kitty? Kitty who? ... How many ladies in waiting did she have and what were their names?

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« on: November 23, 2012, 03:16:27 PM »
Don't get me wrong. It's not as bad as Tamar Anolic's "The Russian Riddle". I guess I was expecting a bit more. I appreciate your POV, though.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« on: November 23, 2012, 03:32:59 AM »
I just finished reading "Most Beautiful Princess". I was sadly disappointed as I found the style decidedly unsophisticated. There were also issues with syntax and at least one spelling mistake. I wondered what other people's views were?

I've now almost finished the book and am sad to say, it gets worse not better. Much of it reads like a high school history paper. The punctuation, syntax, flow is slipshod and haphazard ... <<shiver>>

I'm about halfway through this book and already i want to pluck out my eyeballs. The style of writing is extremely unsophisticated. The repetitious quoting is driving me to distraction. The book is thinly disguised as hundreds of quotes strung together with very basic language and overused adjectives. I am extremely disappointed. I actually read the other negative views and thought I'd buy it anyway and make an informed opinion. I wish I hadn't.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Her Accent
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:38:30 AM »
I think an interesting thing to note is that even when someone has become fluent in another language and dropped their accent, they can still revert back to their original accent at certain times. I saw a speech therapist for a stutter some time ago and he explained it to me. You lose your accent most quickly in the tone of voice you use most often. I am very quietly spoken and when I speak in this tone it's impossible to tell I'm not Australian (I now live in Sydney but was born in England). However, if I raise my voice or become anxious I sound very English, because I rarely speak in this tone. It's possible, I believe, that Alexandra dropped her English / German accent in her usual speech but in times of stress or discomfort reverted back to it. Food for thought.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra Photos #5
« on: January 23, 2012, 01:20:26 AM »
It's a lovely smile and much better in the full size picture. Did you notice how much Queen Victoria looks like her dog?

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