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The Final Chapter / Re: The Role Of Vasily Yakolev
« on: October 11, 2010, 10:22:33 PM »
Thank you for that pic of Yakovlev. He really is a mysterious figure. I've only read about him from Massie's book and Radzinsky's. In The Last Tsar it was stated that he died in one of Stalin's camps- is that true? I would like to think that he was sympathetic to the tsar but seeing that he returned to the Bolsheviks I now highly doubt it.

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It's been a long time since i was last interested in this topic but I think Prince Michael of Kent will make a good tsar. I know it's a long stretch and I'm not a really huge fan of the Kents but he is a well-known figure in Russia, speaks fluent Russian, and has many charities there (and business interests). I know many folks would like GD Maria to be the Empress but she doesn't strike me as regal. Just my opinion. Anyway I don't know if Russia will ever agree to reinstating the monarchy- they seem to be fine with just Putin and Medvedev. How are things over there by the way? I know in the 1990s things were real bad...hopefully things are better now. At least on TV they make it seem that way.

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The Yussupovs / Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
« on: September 16, 2010, 12:12:30 AM »
I really like the Spring/Summer 2010 collection. I don't think I would ever be able to walk in those shoes though, the heels look too high.

The Fall/Winter 2010/2011 collection is pretty nice. I reaaally love some of their handbags!Hopefully they come to Asia or the United States so I'll get a chance to walk into a store and really observe their pieces. I'm sure Felix and Irina would be proud.

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News Links / Re: Remains Believed to be those of Ivan VI Found...
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:05:10 AM »
His story is really sad. Nobody deserves to be locked up away from their parents forever, then stabbed to death.

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News Links / Re: Memorial church of last Russian tsar burns down
« on: September 15, 2010, 01:01:01 AM »
Thanks for posting this, would have missed it in the news! Horrible, but thankfully no one was hurt. I heart lots of pilgrims visit each year- on some Russian website about 30k came on their 90th anniversary

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The Yussupovs / Re: Felix and Irina's fashion house, Irfe.
« on: September 15, 2010, 12:07:45 AM »
The official website of the brand has been launched:
http://www.irfe.com/

Very nice! I love their bags, even if they are a little over the top. So pretty, but very expensive!

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Wow these pictures are beyond awesome- Bebe was such a Daddy's girl! I've always thought Felix was fabulous and him splurging a whole month's budget for his granddaughter's first pair of heels proves that! It's very sweet, too. Reminds me of how my dear grandpa used to spoil me!

Does anyone know how Felix felt about Dimitri's death? I know they had a falling out, but did they never really speak again after that?

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The Imperial Family / Re: Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
« on: September 12, 2010, 08:28:18 PM »
A site with photos of George Mikhailovich, Maria Vladimirovna, and their family, several of which I had not seen before:

http://www.spletnik.ru/blogs/govoryat_chto/3626_cesarevich_i_velikij_knyaz_georgij_mixajlovich




Not exactly a fan, but I see a little bit of Liz Taylor in there! Very pretty. :) Nice to see those pics of Georgiy, is he engaged yet?

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William Lee and I are working on a biography of Dmitri Pavlovich, but it will be at least a year until it is ready to be published.

Dmitri is not the son of Alexander Mikhailovich, he's the son of Grand Duke Pavel Alexandrovich, which makes him the last surviving legitimate grandson of Emperor Alexander II and his family is all that remains, apart from the Yuriveski's of the male Alexandrovichi branch.

Omg, awesome! I'm looking forward to it! :D

Arturo Beeche of the European Royal History Journal and Kensington Books is publishing it. Also, Will and I are giving a talk on Dmitri's 1915 diaries at the ERHJ conference the weekend of October 16/17 2010 in Emeryville, CA. It would be great to see you there if you can make it!

Wow this sounds great!! I wish I could go, I'd love to know more about his diaries. Unfortunately I'll be in Asia til early next year. :(

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That's such a lovely picture of audrey and paul! it's pretty sad too cause i read in an article, i think written by william lee, that he felt miserable over losing his wife, his home and then his son. :(

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Interesting. I've always been so confused about Commissar Yakovlev. Was he really sympathetic to the Tsar and did he really split with the Bolsheviks? I've only read about him in two books, The Last Tsar and Black Night, White Snow (I only have three books on the Romanovs! Eep!), and according to Radzinsky he took on many personalities and eventually died in one of Stalin's camps. I know Radzinsky can be quite dramatic so I'm not sure if that's true.

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William Lee and I are working on a biography of Dmitri Pavlovich, but it will be at least a year until it is ready to be published.

Dmitri is not the son of Alexander Mikhailovich, he's the son of Grand Duke Pavel Alexandrovich, which makes him the last surviving legitimate grandson of Emperor Alexander II and his family is all that remains, apart from the Yuriveski's of the male Alexandrovichi branch.

Omg, awesome! I'm looking forward to it! :D

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Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Any news from the Ilynskys?
« on: September 09, 2010, 05:20:45 AM »
I know this was several months ago but thank you for the updates, Constantinople! :D

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I just read the article about his last days and it was all so very heartbreaking. He was really struggling to survive. :( hopefully a detailed book on his life will come out soon. ill be the first in line to get it!

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Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: King Charles XII of Sweden! :D
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:26:01 PM »
Wow so many great info on Charles XII. I was never the type to spend a day in a museum but this board has got me interested in history! it would be amazing to see his uniform up close. I saw a picture of it somewhere- amazing it still had mud on it!! and it's nice to know that charles xii was very open-minded, opposed torture, and even worked with Jewish merchants. it makes his mythical status a bit more human, and in a very nice way too.

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