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The Windsors / Re: Royal Interiors, Part II
« on: April 30, 2011, 12:15:23 AM »
They are terrific.

Flickr has also put up a few very high resolution photos of State Apartments.  Worth a look.

Might you supply us with the URL at Flickr.   Thank you in advance.

The Windsors / Re: Prince William and Kate Middleton
« on: April 18, 2011, 05:02:20 PM »
The royals are a bargain for the UK.  They bring in many times more in tourist dollars than they cost the government.  The royals are what make England what it is.  Without the royals the tabloids would fold up like a wet sack of table scraps.

The Windsors / Re: Prince Albert Victor 'Eddy' Part 2
« on: April 17, 2011, 07:08:17 PM »

Balkan Royal Families / Re: Queen Maria of Romania, Part 3
« on: April 17, 2011, 07:01:40 PM »
Queen Marie was one of the most royal queens ever.  She was dripping with attitude.

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexander III - photo tour
« on: April 03, 2011, 09:03:42 PM »
a somewhat repaired version...

The Windsors / Re: Queen Mary- part 4
« on: April 03, 2011, 08:37:02 PM »

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« on: March 24, 2011, 09:32:01 PM »
With reference to your good points Robert, I would say this.  

Since the TV, films and many books about the last Tsar, the potential interest in the Alexander Palace and it's history is immense.   I would think that in the future there will be much more interest in the recent Romanov family than Catherine and her various palaces at Tsarskoe Selo.

Of course it  will depend to a degree on how the AP is presented to tourists and history buffs.  Advertising it correctly will go a long way in attracting visitors in the years to come.

In the coming decades, the interest in the AP may surprise all of us.

Imperial Transportation / Re: The Standart
« on: March 17, 2011, 11:17:13 AM »
Here is the Standart anchored in the Neva at St. Petersburg in 1909.  The white steam yacht at the left is "Vanadis".   She was owned by American,  Cornelius  Billings (September 17, 1861 in Saratoga, New York – May 6, 1937 in Santa Barbara, California). He retired at age 40 to devote his time and resources to breeding trotting horses.  This photo is new to me.


Well Lucien, I looked through the catalog of her old things and I really already have everything she had.  I have old silver, old dishes and old junk.  I listed above the two items that will complete my collection.  Do you have asparagus tongs?  No house is complete without them.  I didn't notice any silver moeren crackers....did you?

 At least after all of HRH's stuff is cleared out, the new royal kids can occupy her antique schloss without all that old junk filling the place.  They can fill it with new Ikea items.  So lovely.

Last of the viewing days,today sunday,auction starts on tuesday the 14th of March:

It's a good idea to clean out those dusty old attics.  What item do you like?  Myself?  I can't decide...maybe the silver asparagus tongs or the grape scissors.


The Windsors / Re: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York Pt II
« on: March 14, 2011, 12:58:28 AM »
Like her or not, Fergie is a  permanent part of the history of the Royal Family.  There will be no erasing her from the pages of history.  Let's hope, for her daughters sake,  that she can rehabilitate her image before her final days.

Her title and style is:

 Sarah, Duchess of York

On 21 August 1996 letters patent were issued which removed the style of HRH from divorced ex-wives of princes, paving the way for her to retain "Duchess of York"

The Windsors / Re: Andrew, Duke of York
« on: March 11, 2011, 02:27:40 PM »
The Duke of York and his ex-wife....influence peddlers extraordinaire,  for a price.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« on: March 09, 2011, 08:44:07 PM »
Wow, thanks, Lilianna! Could any Russian speakers give the rest of us the gist of what is being said in this video? I made some screen captures, but the photo of the Maple Room intrigues me. Is it already finished? It doesn't look like a watercolor to me.

I believe most of these green rooms and the cluttered ones are in the right wing of the AP.  She seems to be talking about their plans for these rooms which may include opening up some plastered over doors, etc.

The Alexander Palace / Re: Children's Island
« on: March 06, 2011, 12:46:56 AM »
Is the building the play house? The three windows on the side makes me wonder...thanks

Yes, that does appear to be the Playhouse.  Evidently there used to be a wooden porch at the 'back door'.   Also, the chimney's were taller.

If wood is not repaired, replaced and repainted it tends to fall into disrepair over the years.  The porch probably fell off.

 It would be easy to replace it.

There also appears to be an enclosed privy behind the Playhouse.  Nature calls.

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