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Research Russian Roots / Re: my family's exile pictures
« on: January 13, 2008, 08:24:13 AM »
pookiepie, I've enjoyed your photos immensely. As you do, I treasure photos my family brought with them from Europe. Photos allow you to 'feel' your heritage/ancestry and understand your ancestors in a clearer manner, in my opinion.   

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Autism?
« on: January 13, 2008, 08:07:36 AM »
From what I've read, Anastasia doesn't appear to have suffered from Autism though I leave myself open to correction.

Just as there are mild to serious forms of heart disease, kidney disease, mental illness, etc, there are mild to serious forms of ADD & ADHD. I'm not sure why people get so "worked up" about the existence of ADD & ADHD. Would you not treat heart disease, hypertension or kidney disease if you or a loved one suffered these ailments? Would you allow pancreatitis to go untreated? Do you castigate and not treat those who suffer from the different forms of Hepititis? There are a battery of physical and psychological tests the patient is put through before the diagnosis is made and drugs are prescribed for ADD & ADHD. (If the doctor is worth any grain of salt) So it isn't as if you walk into the local pediatric doctor's office, say my child won't sit still and focus then <poof> the doctor writes a script for Concerta, for example. And this class of drug will not work for someone who doesn't suffer from ADD & ADHD. I am stunned at those people who believe that ADD & ADHD is simply a matter of making a child sit still. It's an illness and unfortunately, not all people want to open their minds to its existence.

I'm with you Alixz - "so many claimants and so little time". I don't know whether to pity those claimants or feel anger that they are attempting to profit from a horrible historic event.

I, too, have read about Alexandra listening in on conversations but I've dismissed this as a bit of propaganda. She may have caught bits & pieces of conversations Nicholas had with people but I've never given much weight to the comment. I can't imagine her crossing this line and Nicholas really allowing her to eavesdrop.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra's Personality Traits - Good & Bad
« on: December 09, 2007, 09:30:10 AM »
Alexandra wasn't empress-material and her extreme thoughts concerning Russia and ruling the Russian people undoubtly were wrong but I also do not hold her solely responsible for the Revolution. There were many outside forces - people and political beliefs - assisting with the political turmoil in that country as well as worldwide, really, at that particular time. What suprises me most is that she was the granddaughter Queen Victoria who ruled by a constitutional monarchy favoring its people. How Alexandra could have missed the point, per se, as to what makes a country successful and its people happy is beyond me - she only had to look to her grandmother for that inspiration. That's what doesn't make sense to me. Alexandra had a perfect example of an extremely successful monarch to look to. 
As far as a wife and mother, I certainly she loved and adored her family; worshiped her husband and was an excellent mother. 

The Windsors / Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part 3
« on: December 09, 2007, 08:31:40 AM »
Thank you Eddieboy for that article as it was very insightful. I may be an American but I've always admired the Queen very much.

The Alexander Palace / Re: could u live in a house like that?
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:24:49 PM »
The colorized photo posted by the FA is beautiful and definitely brings life and personality to the room. I would enjoy seeing as many interior photos as possible in this same colorized fashion as I think it would help us to understand the Romanovs and their personalities - much can be revealed by a person's choice in decor and color palette. This room in color and style seems to embody the Victorian era Alexandra was raised in with the cluttered effect, bric-brac and especially the mauve color which of course was her favorite.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra and Maria Feodorovna
« on: December 08, 2007, 11:01:49 AM »
Unfortunately, many wives and mother-in-laws have poor relationships due inpart to one party unwilling to recognize that their influence is no longer as strong as it once was. With that said, much could have been accomplished by both the DE & Alexandra if they had learned to work together using their strengths and weaknesses at the appropriate times.
A person can only be "dominated" by another if they allow themselves to be placed in that position and marriage isn't about domination, it's about devotion. Nicholas & Alexandra were truly in love and devoted to one another. He valued her opinions on topics - right or wrong - as should be in any marriage/relationship. Using the sex angle is rather odd as sex is part of any healthy marriage so it doesn't play out that it was used as 'bribe'. Both Alexandra & Nicholas were people of decent intellect so that comment, in my opinion, cheapened them as humans. They were a married couple, deeply committed to each other and unfortunately neither capable of seeing the writing on the wall concerning Russia.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra as Empress and Mother
« on: December 08, 2007, 09:26:19 AM »
I agree with you, Anna11, regarding the "good mother, bad mother" judgement. Since there isn't a book, per se, one has to go by when being a mother this responsibility is sheerly a stab in the dark in what not to do. For the era Alexandra lived, I personally believe she was an excellent mother. Protocol required her to place Alexei ahead of her daughters because of his future in Russia. As far as the girls being isolated or overprotected, I think again the era required girls of their station in life to be protected or shielded from the world. Making good marriage matches was the primary goal of royal daughters.

The Hohenzollern / Re: German Royals and Nazism/Royals and the Reich
« on: November 25, 2007, 07:04:53 PM »
Yes...Although at some point people knew that it is wrong to blame everything on the Jews and persecute them. But they went along just the same, they do have blood on their hands... :(

Yes, it was very wrong to blame Jews for the problems in Germany. As far as having blood on their hands, it wouldn't be fair to blame all German citizens just as blaming every Middle Easterner for 9/11 is preposterous.

The Windsors / Re: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, Part II
« on: November 25, 2007, 09:00:05 AM »
My curious side begs me to ask if Camilla has a personal dresser to consult with when she's preparing for these functions? The Queen always appears perfectly attired and in good taste at the same time. I can't imagine Camilla not having someone other than her husband who gives an opinion. Maybe the Queen did give her permission to wear these jewels but the combination was way too much in my opinion and as been pointed out in previous comments, only Queen Mary could carry off certain fashion statements such as wearing a large quantity of jewels - Camilla doesn't have that regal style to do so.

The Hohenzollern / Re: German Royals and Nazism/Royals and the Reich
« on: November 11, 2007, 09:30:39 PM »
This thread has been very informative to read because I've often wondered about this very topic. On a very personal note, my grandfather left Germany at a very young age - 14 - travelled the world and eventually landed in America sometime during WW1. By the time of the Second World War, he was married and had three children here but his parents and siblings were there. My mother has a clear memory of her grandparents, aunts & uncles writing letters during the late 1930's (which have been saved) detailing Hitler's rise to power and their hopes for a better state of affairs for their homeland. Eventually, their enthusiasm for the Nazi party waned and as majority of the general population of Germany experienced, my great-grandparents lost everything and one of their sons to the war. Whether one was royality or not, the Nazi party attracted people from all walks of life because people thought the party was offering something better. Unfortunately, it was a smoke-screen for so much evil.

The Windsors / Re: Princess Beatrice of York Pt II
« on: November 10, 2007, 05:45:34 AM »
Whew!! What a collection of photos...poor Princess Beatrice. I certainly do not think she appears very stylish but being well over the age of 21...I asked my 18 year old to take a peek and give her opinion. My very own princess believes that the HRH is guilty of mixing too many current fashion styles at one time and not taking into consideration her body proportions, etc. I have to agree with that thought.

Princess Beatrice would benefit from a stint on the show, "What Not To Wear".

Anna Anderson's false claim is an early example of "stolen identity" without the involvement of technology, of course. Many people are hurt emotionally and financially in these schemes.

I can't say that either person was mistreated by the other but I definitely think that their personalities were at opposite ends of the spectrum and each woman was very much a product of her environment. Alix was greatly influenced by her grandmother, Queen Victoria, and of course the Hessian home she grew up in. Both women had much to offer each other and their country, in my opinion, if they had learned to downplay their differences and joined forces in a positive manner.

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