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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Upcoming Books 2015
« on: December 03, 2014, 01:14:23 PM »
Since it's almost the end of 2014--hard to believe--it's time to start a thread to notify people of books upcoming in 2015. I don't have dates but, based on talks at Royal Gatherings II in the Hague, Eurohistory has some in the pipeline. These include, but are not limited to, Royal Gatherings II and a photobook on the Royal House of Bavaria.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Upcoming Books 2014
« on: January 06, 2014, 12:13:33 AM »
As we start the new year, time for a new Upcoming Books thread. :)

Having Fun! / Looking for Pictures Pt IV
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:03:44 PM »
Since the old thread was a whopping 60 pages, time for a new one. :)

The Windsors / British Royals in TV and Movies
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:58:14 PM »
I came across this today:

The article was from Feb--did anyone see this production? Poliakoff did the well-made (if very inaccurate The Lost Prince) some years ago.

"In the early-1930s, the then Prince of Wales — later Edward VIII — and his younger brother Prince George, Duke of Kent, indulged in a bohemian lifestyle among the underground jazz musicians of the day that the Royal family could never get away with today. .. the 1930s princes enjoyed themselves unencumbered, protected by the press barons of the day. Now their “scandalous exploits” have inspired a BBC drama written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff." Dancing on the Edge portrays the then Prince of Wales, who abdicated in 1936, and Prince George — not to be confused with his older brother Albert, later George VI — and their “extraordinary” relationship with the black jazz musicians of the pre-war era. It includes scenes inspired by true stories of their behaviour that were never reported by the press at the time."

"Poliakoff, who read surviving diaries from the 1930s as research, said the programme would hint at the “indulgent” lifestyles of the royal brothers in a time when they were uninhibited by prying eyes. Describing the behaviour of Prince George, the Duke of Kent, as going far beyond Prince Harry’s indiscretions, he said their exploits would cause an “enormous scandal” in the modern world. Poliakoff said: “He was much worse. There’s no comparison. It was a very indulgent life. I don’t think anybody knew the total truth about it, but there were stories of a series of affairs and drugs.” One of the scenes is inspired by a genuine event in which the then Prince of Wales attended a party with Duke Ellington, the big band leader, and ended up playing the drums on stage “for hours” in front of incredulous spectators. The prince was also known to have been a fan of the jazz singer Florence Mills, going to see her more than 25 times. “It was an extraordinary moment across race and class,” Poliakoff said. “The idea of Prince Charles drumming with a band and giving them nicknames would be thought extreme in our time.”The activities of Prince George were said to be even more controversial. While some were aware at the time, their excesses were largely sheltered from public judgment by high-powered friends, including newspaper proprietors, said Poliakoff. “There was not the same press back then,” he added. “It was much more respectful and friends like Lord Beaverbrook ensured nothing untoward about them would appear.” He added that while the television show was fiction, the stories it depicts were “absolutely historically accurate”. 

Some more on the production:

I hadn't heard of this prior. It sounds interesting. I was a fan of The Lost Prince to a large extent even if the historical inaccuracies set my teeth to gnashing. It was well-produced, acted and the costumes were lovely. This looks on part with that, though reflective of a much different era. Both show George Kent though.

The Windsors / Princess Anne, the Princess Royal Pt II
« on: July 30, 2013, 05:26:42 PM »
Anne's thread was at 32 pages so it's far past time for a 2nd part. :)  Saw this today:

Now, some of those outfits are horrendous but I will say 1) I really like the white dress :)  and 2) I would love to be able to fit into clothes from jut a handful of years ago, let alone 32! So while it would be nice if some of the outfits weren't as groan-worthy, good on Anne for maintaining her figure through 2 children and middle age!

Forum Announcements / Off the Board for 2 weeks
« on: June 09, 2013, 07:05:51 PM »
Hi Everyone

Just a quick notice (this will be removed after the 2 week period) that I will most likely not be on the board the next 2 weeks. My hubby is coming home on his midtour this week and will be home for 2 weeks. We have our daughter's graduation and a family vacation during that period. I only put this here because, as a mod, I can sometimes get 2-3 PMs a day about various issues. I don't want anyone thinking I'm shirking or ignoring them! :)  I will be back at work while he's here (lack of vacation time--boo) so I may try and drop in then. LOL Other than that, Bob will be my primary focus before I send him off for another 6 mos.

In the meantime, keep letting me know of anything I need to address, just know that I may not be able to get to it for a couple of weeks.

"Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star as the title character in the upcoming film Rasputin, according to Deadline. The 38-year-old actor will play the Russian mystic “who became an advisor to the Russian Imperial family the Romanovs.” He was embraced by Tsar Nicholas II as a healer for his only son, but his influence with the family in all matters “grew to the point that rivals tried several times to kill him, finally succeeding in 1916.” Leo reportedly liked the idea that this film brings up different sides to Rasputin that were recently unearthed, like how he was capable of switching easily between kindness and ruthlessness, and that he was a charlatan who prolifically bedded women."

The Hohenzollern / Jewels of the non-Hohenzollern German houses
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:04:34 PM »
Along with some of the Bavarian jewels being offered up there are some from the Wurttemberg family as well:

"This demi-parure may have been given as a gift to Princess Maria Immaculata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies (b.1844-1899), on the ocasion of her marriage to Karl Salvator, Archduke of Austria, Prince of Tuscany (b.1839-1892), in Rome in 1861. Thus bequested to their seventh child, Maria Immaculata Raineria, Archduchess of Austria (b.1878-1968), who married Robert, Duke of Württemberg (b.1873-1947) in Vienna in 1900; the couple was childless and the jewels remained in the family, thence by descent."

Garnets are my birthstone, too bad it's too pricey!

I was surprised there wasn't a topic on the family, especially given how well-known Folke Bernadotte was. He was what got me searching because, while in NYC for the holidays, I came across his bust at the UN:

The Windsors / Fashions of the British Royals
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:23:36 PM »
We had gotten off on a discussion on the Worth thread but it would probably be better discussed here. I'm going to start off with Elizabeth II but we can have any British royals from any time period. :)

Dress of Elizabeth II by Norman Hartnell C.1959

Sketch by Hardy Amies: Pink dress with fine blue and yellow stripes and matching neckerchief; pink coat with orange lining and matching hat.

From Pinterest: Orange silk chiffon evening gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Norman Hartnell, English, 1970. In 1970 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh undertook a five week tour to Australia. The Queen wore this evening gown of orange silk chiffon with bead and sequin embroidery by Norman Hartnell for a dinner at Government House in Sydney.

From Pinterest: Norman Hartnell, 1967

"This ensemble was worn during the tour of Canada for a State dinner at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, 30 June 1967.  Norman Hartnell designed the white silk crêpe bodice and bright blue silk skirt for the 1967 tour of Canada.  Once more paying homage to her host country, the bodice is edged with maple leaves and berries created from crystal beads, silver bugle beads, sequins, diamanté and blue beads. By the 1970s a Hartnell trained designer called Ian Thomas began to encourage a more youthful less formal more modern approach into styles offered to the Queen.  It was Ian Thomas who encouraged her to choose less structured styles and move forward in fashion whilst retaining her sense of the clothes fulfilling a function of helping her be seen, whilst also complimenting the event." (

The Windsors / Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh Part II
« on: December 07, 2012, 07:52:42 PM »
The old topic was over 20 pages so time for Part II.

Dashing young consort:

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