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P. Dolgorukov "Petersburg essays"
"Baryatinsky completely turned the head of his poor recollection of the fact that his grandmother was a princess of Holstein-Beck. His imagination was the idea of ​​marriage to achieve a Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. Overconfidence and arrogance knows no limits Bariatinskii. To this end, he became the court to arrange their batteries and to maneuver between the reefs, which in this voyage was set.
Although Olga woman endowed with soul and all the wonderful feminine qualities, but not in his character has the ability to get involved ... Olga gifted intellect cold, sound mind and with the greater self-esteem .... ".

Portrait of Elisabeth by P. Zharkov


Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexandra Pavlovna
« on: November 03, 2011, 01:08:35 AM »
Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna. 1797 by Edward Miles.

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Anna Feodorovna
« on: October 14, 2011, 01:14:37 PM »
All known information about the portrait, I have already written. I found it in a newspaper article about Anna Fedorovna. Here is a link, but the article in Russian:

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Anna Feodorovna
« on: October 14, 2011, 07:25:04 AM »
Grand Duchess Anna Fedorovna in Elfenau. Oil on canvas. Attributed Firmin Masso.

Portrait of princess Wilhelmina Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt.

French Royals / Re: Queens of France
« on: July 25, 2011, 10:12:51 AM »
Anne of Kiev (or Anna Yaroslavna) (between 1024 and 1032–1075) was the queen consort of France as the second wife of Henry I, and regent for her son Philip I.

Her parents were Yaroslav I the Wise and princess Ingegerd Olofsdotter of Sweden.

After the death of his first wife, Matilda, King Henry searched the courts of Europe for a suitable bride, but could not locate a princess who was not related to him within illegal degrees of kinship. At last he sent an embassy to distant Kiev, which returned with Anne (also called Agnes). Anne and Henry were married at the cathedral of Reims on 19 May 1051.

Anne is credited with bringing the name Philip to Western Europe. She imported this Greek name (Philippos, from philos and hippos, meaning "the one that love horses") from her Eastern Orthodox culture.
Young Queen immediately proved to be a visionary and energetic statesman. On the French documents of the time, along with the signatures of her husband, and found the Cyrillic 'Anna Rina "(Queen Anne). The pope, Nicholas II, surprised remarkable political talents of Anne wrote in her letter:
"Hearing about your virtues, a delightful woman who came to our ears, and with great joy, we hear that you are doing in this very Christian state their royal duties with commendable zeal and remarkable intelligence."
For six years after Henry's death in 1060, she served as regent for Philip, who was only eight at the time. She was the first queen of France to serve as regent. Her co-regent was Count Baldwin V of Flanders. Anne was a literate woman, rare for the time, but there was some opposition to her as regent on the grounds that her mastery of French was less than fluent.
Anna moved into the castle Senlis, 40 km from Paris. Here it was established and a convent and church.
A year after the king's death, Anne, acting as regent, took a passionate fancy for Count Ralph III of Valois, a man whose political ambition encouraged him to repudiate his wife to marry Anne in 1062. Accused of adultery, Ralph's wife appealed to Pope Alexander II, who excommunicated the couple. The young king Philip forgave his mother, which was just as well, since he was to find himself in a very similar predicament in the 1090s. Ralph died in September 1074, at which time Anne returned to the French court. She died in 1075, was buried at Villiers Abbey, La-Ferte-Alais, Essonne and her obits were celebrated on 5 September.
Anna and Henry I had four children:
Philip I (23 May 1052 – 30 July 1108)
Emma (born 1054, date of death unknown)
Robert (c. 1055 – c. 1060)
Hugh the Great (1057–1102)

French Royals / Re: The children of Henri II and Catherine de Medici
« on: July 25, 2011, 09:53:25 AM »
Marie Elisabeth of Valois (27 October 1572 – 9 April 1578) was the only child of Charles IX of France and Elisabeth of Austria.

Natalia Alexeievna buried in the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

Tombstone of Natalia Alexeevna

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Alexandra Pavlovna
« on: June 28, 2010, 08:28:30 AM »
Dru, this is a portrait of Alexandra Pavlovna, brush Augustine Ritt.

Letter to the Empress Catherine II of landgrafine Hesse-Darmstadt (10 November 1773):
"Your daughter is healthy, it is still gentle and kind, what you know it. Her husband adores her, and it praises and recommends it, I listen and sometimes rolled with laughter, because she does not need the recommendations of its recommendation in my heart, I love her, she so deserved and I am quite satisfied with it. You have to be terribly exacting and worse some gossips not to be satisfied that the princess, as I pleased with it that tell you, because it's true. I asked her to do the Russian language, and she promised me. In general, our family life is going very well ...».

I like this portrait of her is very like

Letter to the Empress Catherine II on the death of Grand Duchess Natalia Alexeevna:
"God wills it was. What! But I can say that there was nothing to miss, that only the human mind and the art could devise to save her. But there were concurrence of different unfortunate circumstances that have made this case almost unique in the world.
Grand Duke of Quasimodo (April 10, 1776) morning at four o'clock came to me and announced that the Grand Duchess was suffering from midnight, but as the pangs were not strong, it hesitated to wake me. I got up and went to her and found her in decent condition, and stayed with her until ten o'clock in the morning, and saw that she still has no direct meal, went to get dressed, and her back in 12 hours. By the evening meal was so strong that at any moment expecting her permission. And then when it except the best in the city of her midwife, Countess Ekaterina Mikhailovna Rumyantseva, her camera-in-waiting, the Great Duke and me, there was no one, the same doctor was in the front. Night all gone, and pain were the variables with sleep: sometimes rose and sometimes fell as she saw fit. Another day we spent in the same way, but were intended Cruz and Thode, who followed the advice of his midwife, but without success to be our good hope. On Tuesday, the doctor demanded Rogerson and Lindeman, because my midwife gave up the chance. On Wednesday, Thode was admitted, but nothing could preduspet. Child was dead, but the bones remained in the same situation. On Thursday the Grand Duchess was to profess, intermingled and oil extreme unction, and on Friday betrayed the soul to God.
I and the Grand Duke, all five days and day and night were hopeless at it. After the death of the opening of the body was found that the Grand Duchess from childhood had been damaged, that the spinal bone was not only as S, but the part that should be arched, concave, and was lying on the back of the head child? That the bones were four inches in circumference and not could have opened a child in the shoulders was nine inches. Also appertaining joined other circumstances, of which no examples. In a word, such coincidence is not allowed nor mother, nor child of staying alive. My sorrow was great, but who have betrayed the will of God, now we need to think about the award of loss".

Rulers Prior to Nicholas II / Re: Daughters of Emperor Alexander I
« on: June 05, 2010, 08:40:41 AM »
The next morning the Grand Duke Alexander learned from Prince Czartoryski that the latter received orders on the same day to leave the Pavlovsk and soon to go to Italy as an envoy from Russia to the King of Sardinia, whose revolutionary turmoil and war were forced to leave their country and wander different regions of Italy, where there was calm.
Grand Duke was extremely impressed. This appointment is too looked like a link so you can make a mistake, and neither he nor Prince Czartoryski no doubt about that. Grand Duke hastened to his wife. He told her about her grief, and both were lost in the search for causes, which could cause this sudden event. Their Imperial Highness farewell to the prince in the afternoon. Until they heard rumors that some people tried to explain it to remove the cause, it is very insulting to the Grand Duchess. She was deeply shocked by this, and her face were still traces of that feeling, when at night she went to the Emperor.
On entering the room where they usually wait for his Grand Duchesses, he is not saying a word, took the hand of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth, turned it so that light falling on her face and stared at her most insulting manner. Since that day he spoke to her for three months.
That same evening, Count Tolstoy, who seemed genuinely interested in this event, saw hints of the Emperor, that his opinion as to the purity of conduct of the Grand Duchess shaken. Then Tolstoy offered to disclose all this intrigue, and that's how he passed then, that he supposedly learned from Kutaisov.
At the moment when the Empress had brought a little Grand Duchess to the Emperor, in the office were he Kutaisov and Count Rostopchin. Empress drew the attention of the Emperor at that strangeness, that Princess was a brunette, while the Grand Duke Alexander and Grand Duchess Elizabeth were both blondes. When she left, the Emperor was left alone with the Count Rostopchin, and the latter came out of the office of His Majesty ordered to prepare a letter of appointment and the departure of Prince Czartoryski.
Offended by suspicion and imperial favor, Elizabeth withdrew within a child's room and his apartment, trying as much as possible to participate in the affairs of the court and high society. She felt lonely and useless in the royal family. According to contemporaries, "an early print of sadness fell on her image."
All her interests were now in the little Mouse (Mäuschen), she called her daughter. Now the news of her daughter took in her letters to her mother powerful place: "My baby Marie, finally has a tooth, some argue that the eye, others - that is one of the first incisors. All that I know - is that children do not usually begin with the front teeth. But she almost did not hurt, it now seems, the appearance of etsya second. It is such a nice girl: even if she is unwell, this can not be guessed by her mood. If only she kept this character! "
January 21, 1800 Elizabeth shares her thoughts on the future of his daughter: 'You are asking me, dear mother, detects if my baby on me any preference. As to preference - no, but we need to see her joy, all whom she sees all the time. It very much want to ask you a difficult question, my beloved mother, and ask him seriously: how are you fixed it forced their children to love you and take it for happiness be with you. I can swear that, as far as I can remember, I had no greater pleasure than to sit beside you. And the same thing happened to all of us - you could not have anything more to please than to go for a walk, have dinner with us, playing hide and seek. Dear Mama, tell me how you managed to do this? I so wish that my little Maria loved me the same way.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth's mother's happiness was very short. Grand Duchess Mary died June 27, 1800, lived only 13 months.
Sovereign was upset by this and was afraid of how impressed the mountain to the Grand Duchess: it almost in tears, and the Emperor was very worried about her.
His sense of Elizabeth Alekseevna could only express in a letter to her mother:
"Oh, mom, how terrible an irreparable loss: I bear for the first time something like this. You can easily understand what a void, which has spread to the death of my existence. Have you lost a child, but you were the other children, but I have none, and I even lose my hope to have children in the future. But even if I was another child, her, my adored Mäuschen, no longer exists".
Princess Maria was buried in the tomb of the Annunciation of the Alexander Nevsky Monastery.

Tomb of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna.

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