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I just came across the website of the Peles castle museum, on It is a very nice and extensive website, also in English. Not all pages are in English but only some of them.
Just take a look!

I was a bit disappointed because it never happened before with But if you say I won't miss too much with this book, I doesn't matter if I don't have the book. Indeed, there are much more nice books to find.
Maybe next time at Amazon will be much better:)

My copy of this book, which I ordered in June this year through, was lost in transit. The seller from who I had ordered it, did a refund to my account. This shows goods not always arrives at our homes...

Thank you for mentioning Gilded prism. For me, English is more easy to read, indeed! I will decide if I can get my hands on this book:)

There is already a good copy of it for EUR 10,- at The Slegte in The Hague.

Thank you Mandie and Teddy for your replies. 10 Euro is a very low price, maybe I will buy the book at De Slegte:)

Thank you for mentioning Gilded prism. For me, English is more easy to read, indeed! I will decide if I can get my hands on this book:)

There must be some books or other publications about the Konstantinovichi branch of the Romanovs. I really would like to buy a book about this interesting part of the family, but I wonder which books you recommend.

The Imperial Family / Re: Costume Ball 1903
« on: July 12, 2011, 02:53:19 AM »
Svetabel, thank you for the information:) I will look in the other threads about the ball to see a picture if Dmitriy at the ball!

The Imperial Family / Re: Costume Ball 1903
« on: July 10, 2011, 05:53:18 AM »
This question may be asked before, but I would like to know it. From this thread and some other threads about the 1903 ball, I know grand duke Konstantin Konstantinovich was at the ball.
Did his mother, grand duchess Konstantin (Alexandra Iosifovna) and his brothers, attend the ball?

With the yearly summer opening of Buckingham Palace, this year the following exhibition will be opened:
Royal Fabergé, from 23 July to 3 October 2011

For more information and some of the pieces exhibited:

How amazing it would be to visit St. Petersburg and see all those palaces, museums and so on!! I hope to do so once...

I hope my copy will arrive soon and it will be worth it, for I have seen nothing of it from the inside.

A couple of days ago, I ordered this book after I have read a review of it.
The book:

The review:

The book is called What became of Peter's dream? Court culture in the reign of Nicholas II. It is about the Slavophile culture Nicholas II created at his court. The focus of the book is to you all well-known 1903 costume ball. This ball was of course the epitome of the traditional Russian culture at the tsar's court.

Has anyone of you read it or would like to comment on this book?

The Windsors / Re: Photo Identification
« on: June 25, 2011, 12:43:51 PM »
The only sister of Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse ?

Auguste was the first wife of grand duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg - Schwerin, Anna (the only sister of grand duke Ludwig IV of HD) was the second wife of the grand duke of Mecklenburg!

In the book The court of the last tsar by Greg King (Wiley, 2006) I came across the name of princess Marie Golitsyn. For most of Nicholas II's reign she was the mistress of the robes of empress Alexandra. On her death in 1909, her function was offered to princess Elizabeth Naryshkin-Kuryakin.
On page 105 of the book mentioned before, there is an interesting piece of information:

"Sixty-six of the 240 ladies in the Empress's Suite held the rank of kaval'er-dama and the Order of St. Catherine. The most powerful was the ober-gofmeisterina starshaya dama, the empress's mistress of the robes, and the senior lady-in-waiting, held for most of Nicholas II's reign by Princess Marie Golitsyn. Appointed by Alexandra's mother in law, the princess, noted one critic, was "ambitious, intriguing, and unsparing in her criticisms." She "acted as if it was beneath her to show kindness to those persons with whom she came into contact, and did what she could to accentuate the cold way in which Society was held at a distance by the Empress."

I think it would be interesting to start a topic about this woman who had an important function at court. Does anyone of you has more information about princess Marie Golitsyn??

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: April 20, 2011, 07:36:07 AM »
Nikola & Milena has found a new home!

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: April 15, 2011, 08:30:26 AM »
I have the following titles to offer, they are all in a good state:

Nikola & Milena, King & Queen of the Black Mountain
written by Marco Houston
ISBN 095216444-2

Queen Mary
written by James Pope-Hennessy

Les derniers jours des Romanov
Luc Mary
ISBN 978-2-8098-0056-2

For the royal table, dining at the palace
Kathryn Jones
ISBN 978 1905 686 11 7
All books are in English, except Les derniers jours des Romanov.
If anyone is interested, send me a PM!

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