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Forum Announcements / Re: +Robert (Bobby) Hall
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:35:06 AM »
I'm a so sorry to hear this news. He was a very ardent royalist and a pleasure to know on line. His posts were informative, intelligent and elegant. He will be missed by this forum and his friends...


Having Fun! / Re: Like or Dislike #2
« on: April 08, 2009, 02:55:28 PM »
Dislike--Science and math are torture for me. Heck, simply arithmetic is just icky.

Sour cream or butter?

Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Re: Frozen Tears
« on: April 07, 2009, 07:46:26 AM »
Laura, I hope when you get back we get to hear all about your time in Russia and you post the pictures you took. I can't wait to hear all about it.

Until then, take care and enjoy!


Rasputin / Re: Icons of Rasputin
« on: April 02, 2009, 11:42:55 AM »
Go to the AP main site and look in Murder of the Imperial Family. You will find extensive information there.


So they have Mayerling. Wow. I know I have watched a few other documentaries, like the Vietnam War, The Holocaust. etc.

I enjoyed Three Kings at War.

There is one on Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence. It was enjoyable to watch.


Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Meal Manners
« on: March 31, 2009, 08:00:11 PM »
The diary is from KR, dated March 18, 1912. There is no indication where the lunch took place. As his diary is dated Pavlovsk, I would surmise that the meal took place at either Alexander Palace or Pavlovsk. The diary entry I have is from A Life Long Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra Their Own Story.

As for the meal manners...any childish behavior of the Imperial children didn't fall far from the tree. In Coryne Hall's book, Little Mother of Russia, A Biography of Empress Marie Feodorovna, the author states in Chapter 5, The Cross and the Crescent...

"They were probably among the least restricted and disciplined Romanov children. Dagmar taught them that family life was important and, because of their parent' happy marriage, the were brought up  in an atmosphere of love and security missing from most royal households. As they grew older (Nicholas and his siblings) they dined with their parents and these occasions frequently turned into battles as the children, in fits of laughter, pelted each other with bread. Sasha's aunt, Queen Olga of Wurttemberg, was appalled at his family's table manners."

If there is any information on the table manners of Nicholas and Alexandra's children, other than the recorded event of Alexei, I haven't come across it.


Oh my God. That is so tragic. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Belochka, my condolences to you on this terrible news.


Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Meal Manners
« on: March 30, 2009, 03:33:28 PM »
If you are interested in meals and the etiquette surrounding them, then you may want to read "The Court of the Last Tsar: Pomp, Power and Pageantry in the Reign of Nicholas II" by Greg King.  Try your local libraries for a copy.


I am so very sorry for your loss. Your father will be in your heart forever. Cherish the memories.

My prayers and thoughts are with you.


Forum Announcements / Re: Prayers for the Family of Our Forum Administrator
« on: February 28, 2009, 09:48:05 AM »
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


News Links / Possibility of Rehabilitation closer
« on: October 01, 2008, 06:19:11 AM »
Here is  news link from MSNBC that I came across this morning. Maybe Bob or FA have more details.

Another link from the New York Times


A very big congratulations to my favorite board saint :)


The Final Chapter / Re: The Yurovsky Note
« on: September 07, 2008, 11:23:42 AM »
FANTASTIC. A very big thank you to Greg and Penny. This budding historian is quite grateful to you.


Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Questions about Alexandra's Name?
« on: September 03, 2008, 10:26:29 AM »
We had this discussion three years ago.  The bottom line is that according Marlene Eilers in "Queen Victoria's Descendants" her baptismal name was "Victoria Alix".  Now Ms Eilers is considered "the definitive expert" in this area.  However, as Helen said she had seen the document, Greg King also has seen documents in the Hesse family archives in Darmstadt that refer to her officially as "Alix Victoria"

The best answer we could come up with, and please understand that there IS no actual final answer, is that "Alix" was baptised "Victoria Alix", to appease QV, however there was very soon the obvious confusion of two sisters with the same first Christian name of Victoria, and so she became "Alix Victoria"

Agreed. I have finished searching through the books I have and have come up with either variation--Victoria Alix, or Alix Victoria.

The bottom line, she was known within her family as Alix.


Thanks for the information on Russian teas. I have two cans of teas that I ordered from Ekaterina's--Peter the Great and White Nights. Both dark teas which I enjoy immensely.

Michael HR, where did you get the St. Petersburg tea from?

I'll have to try to get to the Calgary Russian Orthodox Church and see what they have in stock for teas.

Thanks everyone,


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