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The Windsors / Re: the windors claim to the throne
« on: April 15, 2004, 02:13:27 PM »
You know, I was thinking about this yesterday when I was replying to posts from Jake/Jacob.......

I felt like the owner of a dog, whose main job was to go around after this animal cleaning up its "business".

I realize that these people should not warrant a response from others because of their attitutes, but something about it makes me want to tell them that their sense of reality is kind of warped, and so I follow these people around the board doing so. I've noticed that same thing happeneing with palace members and other questionable guests, so maybe it's just not me who finds it their "job."....... JMHO :)

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: russia and its monarchy
« on: April 14, 2004, 09:02:14 PM »
You're right Robert, it is NATO. I guess little slips like that happen when one's in a rush.... :)

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: russia and its monarchy
« on: April 14, 2004, 06:58:47 PM »
Yes, the monarchy era you were referring to has disappeared, but the times change, and the monarchies changed with it, maybe to prevent upheaval like what happened in Russia. I don't think Russia will ever have a monarchy again, only because I feel if they change the type of government they have, it would go back to Communism. That's assuming this change happens within 20 years or so... after that, it's anyone's guess. But I'd like to give an example of something new happening in Eastern Europe and I think it's interesting and something to ponder. In Bulgaria, its exiled king returned in the mid 1990's from Spain with his family, to much cheering. King Simeon II was ousted in 1947 at the age of 9 when Bulgaria went the Communist route. He isn't referred to as "King", and only recently has he regained a portion of his property (though it's currently in dispute). But what he did was endear himself to the Bulgarian people. Then he ran for the office of Prime Minister. He won and that's what he's doing now. He introduced an 800-day plan, and has made it so that Bulgaria will join the United Nations (next year, I think). Though the 800-day plan has generally failed and there are worries about Simeon losing his position, it just shows that ex-monarchists can make a difference and gain popularity while being in the public eye.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« on: April 14, 2004, 05:18:04 PM »
If it was not for her facination with the pathetic Rasputin then the Russian people would not have had a hatred for the Imperial family.

My overall impression was that the Russian people didn't like her from day #1...... Nothing was going to change that, and especially when Russia got involved in the war (which by the way, was pretty much impossible for Russia to avoid given the web of alliances strung across Europe at that time), it added more fuel to the fire.

Alexandra could have also been the one taking the picture...

The Alexander Palace / Re:  Alexander Palace Design
« on: April 03, 2004, 05:22:42 PM »
Does anyone know the last time the palace's exterior was actually painted? I know that part of the palace's exterior paint has been restored recently, but before that? 80 years maybe?

Yes, "Once Upon a December" was written specifically for the movie "Anastasia." It was written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

The Russian Revolution / Re: Future of the Russian Government
« on: April 02, 2004, 01:43:12 PM »
I agree Candice. To me, if Russia really wants to have a democracy, they will need to keep patient with their poor economy until the younger generations come into power. There is still much influence from the Communist Party, and those who grew up during the Soviet period are probably more inclined to think that Communism is infinitely better, and that Russia should go back into it, therefore embracing Putin and his increasingly strong hold on everything.

(BTW, I'm not opposed nor for Communism or Putin... though it may seem like it from my above statements. I do happen to think that Communism is a great theory and if the circumstances are right, it can work, though on a small scale (i.e. not a large country like Russia). And Putin is a strong leader. He's done good things to Russia since he came into office...though it does seem he's becoming more of an autocrat...)

The Imperial Family / Re: What got you interested in the Romanovs?
« on: March 28, 2004, 01:32:27 PM »
I too, am just a regular person who is very interested in the Romanovs. My history major didn't have any classes on Imperial Russia (though there was one on the Soviet Union), so I see this as a supplement to my degree. But this doesn't make me a professional scholar... it's for my own personal enjoyment. I am however a professional daydreamer and I often visualize scenes of the family life at Tsarskoe Selo.... hmmm......... maybe I should write a book (fiction of course).

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Romanov Tiaras
« on: March 19, 2004, 02:52:12 PM »
Along with the site mentioned above, here's a site I like concerning tiaras... they also have pictures of the family and other things, too. The site is run by a man who looks almost exactly like Nicholas. He says he is a Romanov.... a descendent of one of Catherine the Great's illegitimate children (I don't know how many she had). Here's the site
The aquamarine and diamond suite of Grand Duchess Ella that was mentioned by Nick, is also pictured here.

Imperial Succession and the Throne / Re: Tsarevna Olga Nikolaevna
« on: March 10, 2004, 02:27:57 PM »
This is a very interesting question. I can understand that Nicolas was worried since he was so ill and had no son. If indeed Olga had been named hieress, I think she would have been brought up differently. Her education would have different, she would probably have had more people watching her, so she wouldn't have been able to "go under the radar" like she really did. Also she would have had to do more public appearances and ceremonies. As a result of these, her personality could have been different. Who knows? Also, if Nicholas had abdicated in favor of her, I really don't think the outcome would have been any different. They probably would have forced her to abdicate as well. But when thinking of which of Nicholas' daughters (assuming Alexei wasn't in the picture) would have made the best ruler, I think it would have to be a toss-up between Olga and Tatiana. Olga had the brains and understanding of it all, but I don't think she could have handled the pressure... her nervous breakdown during WWI is a good example. Tatiana on the other hand, showed that she could handle tough situations and had a leaders mind. Sure, she didn't quite have Olga's brains and understanding, but no one said a ruler had to be a genius.

All in all, it's an interesting what-if game.


I recall reading something about how Anastasia had a weekly visit by a doctor because she had something wrong with her foot (at least I think it was her foot). It was mentioned that she did not like these visits because it caused her great pain, and she would run and hide. So I'm assuming this was when she was a small child. Maybe this was what you read?

The Final Chapter / Re: Grand Duchess Marie and Ivan Skorokhodov?
« on: March 04, 2004, 05:52:10 PM »
I too, would be interested in hearing about this! Please post away!

The Alexander Palace / Re:  Alexander Palace Design
« on: February 28, 2004, 05:36:37 PM »
Would anyone know what rooms were located on the second floor of the right wing and the Parade Rooms? I'm not sure by looking at the pictures, but I'm thinking that the Parade Rooms have higher ceilings and no rooms above... maybe only some small attic space. Going along with this, is there a floor plan of the second floor all together? Thanks.

The Final Chapter / Re: New DNA article...
« on: February 25, 2004, 07:46:25 PM »
Wow, that is interesting. If this is indeed true, it will open up a whole new world of questions and controversy (heck, it's already causing new questions and controversy!!!). Thanks for bringing this to the forum.

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