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20 June 2009 the expanded Hermitage Amsterdam will open her doors with a grand new exhibition "At the Russian Court".
The museum starts the celebrations with a "White Night Festival", lots of in- outdoors activities, concerts and will be open for public 31 hours in a row.

Here's the website in English, click on exhibitions:

Nothing special to do in June, maybe we'll meet each other in A'dam, you're welcome!


Forum Announcements / Prayers/Thoughts for Douglas
« on: April 05, 2006, 01:01:35 AM »
This morning I received an e-mail.... Douglas..( Our Tsar Doug of the Claimants thread) has had a heart attack and will have bypass open heart surgery next week.

Please let us pray and/or keep him in our thoughts he will recover soon, so we can welcome him back in our midst.

Hang in there Doug!


Tonight starts the first of a two part series on Catherine the Great on BBC 2 at 9.00PM.  The second and final part will be shown next friday oct.28.

Mind the people on the continent tonights show starts at 10.00PM due to summertime.

For those who are interested don't miss it.


Russian Noble Families / Olga Alexandrovna Arsenieff né Naryschkine
« on: October 12, 2005, 08:50:39 AM »
Today I received the book "The Empress Alexandra a study 1872-1918 by E.M. Almedingen in my mailbox.
I found the book rather cheap in a Dutch secondhand bookstore, so I thought why not. I'm not going to discuss the book here, but browsing the book a little paper fell on the floor.

To my surprise it happened to be a clipping from a Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf". I was a death announcement framed in black. On the left side is written in ink "Telegraaf 21/1/'64".

The exact Dutch words:

Kennisgeving voor al haar Nederlandse vrienden.
Tot onze diepe droefheid overleed op zaterdag 18 januari op Villa Ribeaupierre te Glion -sur- Montreux Zwitserland onze lieve Tante Olga

                      geb. NARYSCHKINE

Ex. "Demoiselle d'Honneur" van Hunne Majesteiten
Maria Féodorowna en Alexandra Féodorowna,
Keizerinnen aller Russen.

Villa Ribeaupierre:
Prinses Catherina Alexandrovna Cantacuzène-Naryschkine
Christina G. Sluijk van Arkel

Mevrouw Steph. van Zutphen van Arkel
Stephana G.E. van Sluijk van Arkel.

Here's the English translation (did my best):

Declaration to all her Dutch friends.
To our deepest desolation on saturday january 18th passed away at Villa Ribeaupierre te Glion -sur- Montreux Switzerland our beloved Aunt Olga.

                      geb. NARYSCHKINE

Ex. "Demoiselle d'Honneur" to their Majesties
Maria Féodorowna en Alexandra Féodorowna,
Empresses of all Russia

i]Villa Ribeaupierre:
Prinses Catherina Alexandrovna Cantacuzène-Naryschkine
Christina G. Sluijk van Arkel[/i]

Mevrouw Steph. van Zutphen van Arkel
Stephana G.E. van Sluijk van Arkel.

Who is this Olga Alexandrovna Arsenieff. Anyboyd heard of this lady before?

I will have a look what I can find on the Dutch families named here, interesting to know what their relationship was.

Hope somebody here can tell me more.


The Last Courts of Europe; Royal family Album 1860-1914.
European court life from the early days of photography in the mid 19th century to the outbreak of world war one, by Jeffrey Firestone with a introduction by Robert K Massie .
Recalls the lives of the Saxe-Coburg-Windsors of Great Britain, the Romanovs of Russia, The Habsburgs of Austria and the Hohenzollerns of Prussia.

Anyone familiar with this book, should I add it on my wish list?


Forum Announcements / June 28
« on: June 28, 2005, 03:58:58 AM »
This morning the birth of the second daughter to HRH Prince Willem Alexander and HRH Princess Maxima of the Netherlands, born sunday June 26 14.40 pm, was officially registrated at Den Hague:

Princess Alexia Juliana Marcella Laurentien.

Fifth grandchild of Queen Beatrix.

News Links / Monaco's Prince Rainier dies, 81.
« on: April 06, 2005, 04:44:17 AM »
Monaco's Prince Rainier, Europe's longest-reigning monarch, has died at the age of 81, after spending several weeks in hospital.
The prince, died at 0635 (0435 GMT), the royal palace said.

May his soul rest in peace.


Royal Deaths and Diseases.

A new series on discovery channel- Dutch TV. Starting DEC 1th.

Psychical disorders, eccentric traditions, kinky behaviour and birth perils.
A Russian Tsar having ill-treatment of animals as a hobby, a Spanish king who married a girl under age, a French schizophrenic king with a peculiar walk and a English king who stabbed himself evoking compassion.
Briefly: Royal madness in different Royal families.

Interesting enough to know who they are.


Imperial Russian History / The Legacy of Nicholas II
« on: August 08, 2004, 04:48:34 PM »
This peace conference was held on Palace Huis den Bosch in The Hague in 1899. The conference was requested by Nicholas II, to discuss rules to limit warfare and attempt arms limitations. 26 countries attended. On this occasion Nicholas presented an album to Queen Wilhelmina. The second meeting was in 1907 called by Theodore Roosevelt, 44 countries attended.

These conferences were the best way to handle international problems. World War I prevented the next meeting.
Were these meetings successful? I couldn't find anything Nicholas mentioning this in letters or diary. Not even an note of his journey to Holland. Did he attend the second meeting?
As these conferences were so important to solve international problems, why couldn't they prevent War?


Alexandra Feodorovna / Alexandra & Queen Victoria and Prince Eddy
« on: June 07, 2004, 04:32:04 PM »
Hi Helen,

I think you are right I've read that too. But the problem is (as always )can't find the book! I thought Alix had a degree in psychology "correct me if I'm wrong".


Servants, Friends and Retainers / Anna Aleksandrovna Vyrubova (1884-1964)
« on: February 05, 2004, 04:26:31 PM »
I would like to know more about Anna Vyrubova. Was she really so innocent as she looked like? Was she in love with the Tsar?

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