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BeNeLux Royalty / Re: King Albert II & Queen Paola of Belgium
« on: October 03, 2020, 06:23:23 AM »
Wow, I didn't even know any of this in the first place. The three inherit titles but are not in line to the succession, it seems, although if they were they would be after his older children and grandchildren and so it would have been pointless to put them in anyway, as it would have been unlikely they would even inherit.

I think this is one of the only instances a claim to royal paternity has been confirmed with DNA to be true. And who would have thought it would be an 18 year old schoolboy who would start this whole thing!

The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« on: August 05, 2020, 11:22:52 AM »
I should try to find the source of this, but beside this scientific evidence, it is said to be Maria probably had the gene - I really need to find the primary source on this, but it was said that Maria bled a lot more than most when she had a surgery (tonsils removal? My memory isn't great at the moment), so it was assumed she may have had the gene.

Yes, but as we'll never know 100% which body belongs to which girl it could be it could be either two things; 1) Maria was the carrier or 2) Anastasia was the carrier and the reason Maria reportedly hemorrhaged was because her Factor IX level was low, as they can vary from person to person. It doesn't necessarily mean they will have haemophilia or carry it either - it just means they're more likely to hemorrhage during things like operations or surgeries.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« on: July 23, 2020, 06:57:45 AM »
You mean Duke Peter of Oldenburg.

PETER. I meant Peter.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« on: July 20, 2020, 06:04:39 PM »
This is interesting! Though I wonder if Nicholas was so agreeable to permitting these marriages because they were lower-ranking Romanovs - princesses instead of Grand Duchesses - and not as dynastically important.

True, but may I point out there was one Grand Duchess - not a lower ranking Romanov - and extremely close to Nicholas in terms of dynastic importance who would fit the bill and that would be his youngest sister, Olga Alexandrovna. Nicholas had no problem with not only granting her a divorce from Duke Paul of Oldenburg (once he gave it, of course) but gave permission for Olga to marry Nicholas Kulikovsky. Unlike Tatiana Konstantinovna and Irina Alexandrovna who married men with titles, he had none and his only claim to nobility was being a grandson of a general who fought during the Napoleonic Wars and his family happened to own two large estates in Ukraine.

Yes, Nicholas refused to grant a divorce to her before the War on religious and dynastic grounds; he believed marriage was for life and that royalty should marry within royalty. However he changed his mind after visiting Olga in Kiev - both annulling the marriage and granting her permission. In a letter (I think to Alexandra, who did not think too kindly about all this) he also had no qualms against it and wished his sister a lifetime of happiness. Before the War, sure, he wouldn't have allowed Olga let alone any high ranking Romanov a divorce or marriage a commoner like Kulikovsky but during? After, if the family had lived? We will never know, but I will not say it is out of the realm of possibility.

The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« on: July 17, 2020, 03:41:18 PM »
To be honest it seemed Nicholas wasn't as strict with family who married non-royals or even royals 'lesser then them' if they asked for permission. Tatiana Konstantinova and Irina Alexandrovna are examples; yes they had to give up their place in line but that was it. They were still invited to official proceedings, they weren't shunned by their family; they actually had it much easier then family members who didn't ask, and so weren't exiled or had their titles stripped from them. A friend over on PanHistoria once said that maybe this was Nicholas 'testing the waters' for what would be acceptable marriages for his daughters at the time.

By the way Buzzfeed Unsolved is an excellent, funny web show thanks to Ryan and Shane (the two speakers you mentioned) and you have great taste. ;)

The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« on: April 22, 2020, 08:11:48 PM »
Article I believe?

The news it was Haemophilia B only came out in 2008 when they published the results of the remains found in the second grave. It was not 100% known beforehand so it didn't appear as 'definite, concrete fact' in any book before that year.

The Final Chapter / Re: Were OTMA carriers of Hemophilia?
« on: April 21, 2020, 10:25:13 PM »
Yes; one of the two youngest girls, Maria or Anastasia, were carriers. Olga and Tatiana were free of it.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: what would you say...?
« on: December 16, 2019, 03:09:38 PM »
Well, as much as I would hate to trick her, I would convince her I was sent from God because convincing someone you're from the future is a tough feat. Telling her everything I wanted then, if she doesn't believe me, telling her something that will happen a month or so from now (depending what month we talk). When it does eventually happen, she can draw her own conclusions.

But maybe you don't need too. If you convince her that you just have her and her families' best interests at heart maybe she'll be more inclined to believe you.

I'm not familiar with Doctor Who, but don't they change history a little bit but not fully? Or is it completely?

If this audio-book ends with any of the Romanovs dying, especially the children, I'm going to throw hands with this new Doctor Who team and the bloody writer.

Although I will be fine with the team helping them escape, beating their would-be-murderers asses (a thing we all want to do) and letting them go into hiding. Make the world believe the Romanovs are dead in the Doctor Who universe; better alternative then the one we're living.

And if not...see with something like this, you can't just write about leaving them to their fates. This is the problem with that live action Anastasia with time travel thrown in.

Scandanavian Royal Families / Re: King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia
« on: October 19, 2019, 04:06:22 AM »
It's unclear. It seems this was the wish of Prince Carl and his wife and Princess Madeleine and her husband, who didn't seem to be phased about the change and praised that it would allow their children to choose their own futures. Unless something terrible happens to the Crown Princesses children they won't be close to having the throne anyway. It's possible if something does happen, their titles would be given back. They still have their titles of 'Duke' and 'Duchess' of their respected duchies though.

I got hold of a copy and read it good OTMA fiction. I do have some errata:
"Pearl Handled Pistol" on pages 134 and 306 I don't think so Olga's pistol would not have had them. I would say there would be few pearl handled pistols in Europe at this time. Even in the US a pearl handled pistol would be in the hands of pimps or tin horn gamblers.

Motor in Tobolsk I don't think there were any at this time when the IF arrived page 159

Wrist watches page 370 I don't think the IF or any of the people still with them would of had one in the house of Special Purpose. Pocket Watches yes see LDR. Note wearing a wrist watch did not become popular until WW I.

I hope this is of some use

Yes to the first two, but OTMA did own wrist watches. You can see them in some photos of them, so unless they were encrusted with jewels I doubt they would have been taken at the House of Special Purpose when Yurovsky went around and took any valuables they had that they didn't own. But honestly, they'll all minor mistakes. Nothing serious.

The Windsors / Re: Prince Henry/Prince Harry of Wales
« on: May 23, 2019, 05:01:22 AM »
Apparently they picked the name because of the 'Archie' comics. And Harrison...well, Harry's son.

I think the only way to settle it, if Russia ever does bring back the throne (constitutional obviously) is to usher in a new dynasty. The current Romanovs are so divided on the 'true ruler' that picking from any side would have backlash. Picking a ruler that is Russian, and primarily Russian sounds better to most people. Someone rightfully 'theirs' rather then someone who only possesses an nonfunctional title. Who's connection to their homeland died a long time ago and one they no longer share. The Romanovs can't really say 'no'; they have no power in Russia and their dynasty was founded the same way.

Of course it would probably be hard; if they don't pick someone in or connected to the government they would have to narrow their search. I don't expect them to start knocking on the doors like 'hello, want to be the Tsar of Russia?' but hey, have to start somewhere.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: what would you say...?
« on: May 18, 2019, 02:22:05 PM »
(me, crawling out of unactivity after forgetting my password and remembering it by typing in a random one on the first try months after trying to get back on originally) I LIVEEEE!

I would tell her everything, and probably tell her to take her children and run the minute she's able even if yes, she has to leave Maria behind (but Kerensky seems like the type of person to allow a recovered Maria and whoever of the staff stays to look after her to leave and join the family). Of course I wouldn't be able to stick around to personally oversee their safety and if I could I would tell her which playmate of Alexei's got him and Olga sick and eventually the other girls so he wouldn't be able to infect them if I knew his identity but unfortunately I don't.

But to your last comment 'however one must recognise that she was a contributing factor, especially given the influence she held with her husband'.

I used to believe as many do that Alexandra's influence on Nicholas was negative and he followed her every command without question. In actuality I have discovered Alexandra's influence was the best thing for Nicholas; the decisions people blame on Alexandra was actually his, not hers, and all of her decisions were actually good for the people. Alexandra is much shrouded in mystery and rumors back then that cropped up that are still believed now don't help. For example people believing she hated Ducky because Marie Pavlovna the Elder said in a letter it was her who exiled her son and Ducky (Marie did not like her one bit and blamed her for almost everything) when in fact she didn't-it was Nicholas who had warned Kirill before hand in a letter-and even pitied her, even afterwards they had frequent visits when they got back from their exile including Ducky being one of Alexei's godparents.

But back to her influence; here's some evidence by Romanov-professionals to back it up.

“It’s often said that he was under the heel of his wife, Empress Alexandra Fedorovna, and that through her acted the evil genius Rasputin. No, no. Alexandra Fedorovna’s real influence on politics arose only in 1915, but even then her influence was far from domineering. This is clearly seen in their personal correspondence. The empress gave the tsar a lot of advice, but in reality, he ignored the majority of it. As for Rasputin, if we look at what advice he gave on domestic and foreign policy, almost none of it was put into practice. Yes, Rasputin tried to play in politics, tried to take the side of this or that power group, or rather, this or that person of authority. But his real influence was small.”

- Fedor Gaida (associate professor in the department of history at Moscow State University)

“Her influence on affairs of state was greatly exaggerated by her detractors. Nicholas never did anything he didn’t himself wish to do. Biggest example of this was Rasputin’s strong advice (he practically begged him) not to get involved in the war because If he does, it will destroy everything. Alix felt same. If only N actually listened to good advice then, but he didn’t. The point is - Nicholas listened to what they had to say, but in the end did what he felt was right. Sometimes that coincided with what Alexandra advised him sometimes it didn’t. But to say that he was her or his puppet, and that she actually had any serious influence on what happened, is absurd.”

- Helen Azar (author of ‘In the Steps of the Romanovs: Final Two Years of the Last Russian Imperial Family’ and several more Romanov books)

“Any normal person would voice his or her opinion to their spouse about things that are going on, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Even if that spouse happens to be a Tsar or king. In fact, it would be a bit weird if they didn’t. I doubt that Alix expected him to do as she said, and of course he didn’t. But she had the right to express her opinion and give advice as his spouse, the rest was up to him, he was the autocrat not her. Besides, we don’t know of whether he tended to use her as a sounding board, as a lot of spouses do for each other.

Personally I don’t think there is anything wrong with her expressing her opinions or even advising him, doing that alone doesn’t actually make it happen. As far as Rasputin, chances are that if Nicholas actually listened to his advice about the war, that would have saved him, his family and his dynasty. His advisors, who were supposedly so smart and politically savvy, all encouraged the war loudly, and he followed their advice. And look where that got him. Rasputin really nailed it, if ever N needed to listen to R and his wife, it was that one time.”

- Once more, Helen Azar

“Her ‘meddling’ in reality did nothing - the Tsar followed her advice on only a few occasions - it was analysed years ago on the Alexander Palace Forum and it turned out he followed her advice something only like only 6 or 7 times, and those times it was mostly with a good result. It was more the perception that she was meddling that caused damage to their reputation.”

- George Hawkins (co-author of a forthcoming book with Helen Azar on Grand Duchess Maria, also a translator of many Russian primary sources)

See? It was even talked about here years back!

He's a fictional Bolshevik created for the musical; his full name is Gleb Vaganov (his patronymic is unknown because his father's name isn't known). You know he's fictional because his father was one of the officers that killed the Romanovs in the basement (and we know one of them wasn't called Vaganov). Also according to the musical, Gleb had gotten close enough to make note of Anastasia's eye colour. Which to me is amusing, because out of all the children in Yekaterinburg who could have even gotten close enough (like Leonid Sednev) it had to be the future Bolshevik that loves her; it's romanticizing him a lot, I think.

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