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News Links / Re: Georgy wants the Ekaterinburg remains re-examined
« on: March 03, 2010, 11:48:50 AM »
I went on Wikipedia under Prince Nicholas Romanovich and Maria Vladimirovna and now have a basic understanding of the family division.  However I am still curious about their differences of opinion regarding the IF remains. 

News Links / Re: Georgy wants the Ekaterinburg remains re-examined
« on: March 03, 2010, 08:43:47 AM »
I apologize for this but I am new to the forum and have no knowledge regarding Maria/Georgy or Prince Nicholas and their apparently conflicting opinions regarding the Ekaterinburg remains or the family schism in general. Could admin or any knowledgeable members direct me to where I can learn more about this? Thank you.

You know you're obsessed with the Romanovs when .... you organize your Romanov books on your shelves according to rank!!  I found myself doing this over the weekend.

News Links / Re: Georgy wants the Ekaterinburg remains re-examined
« on: February 26, 2010, 09:14:38 AM »


Your initial question however relates to George, so what are your impressions about his motive?


Is is not possible that he wants the investigation re-opened in an effort to find proof enough to make the Russian Orthodox Church accept the remains as that of the IF?

Having Fun! / Newbie Lament
« on: February 22, 2010, 01:22:23 PM »
Newbie Lament

APTM for many years has been
My favourite site on the net.
Full of history and pictures and facts.
As close to royalty as I’ll ever get.

Romanovs, Romanovs all in their glory
Their palaces, pictures and clothes.
I want to learn more and so I join
The forum to see how it goes.

Discussions aplenty on people and places
Some I’ve never heard of before
Wonderful posters, all-knowing admin,
Threads and threads galore.

I’ll look for pictures of palace interiors!
Search for pictures of royalty rare!
I’ll see what Worth designed for the Empress
And the tiaras adorning her hair!

But before my glazed eyes soon appears
On many such threads repeated
Empty white boxes containing the words:
“This image has been moved or deleted”.

The members reply “Wow these are fantastic”
And “thank you for posting your pics!”
But I have no reason for giving thanks,
Out of 20 I saw only 6!

Oh why didn’t I join earlier?
What was I waiting for?
Saw the pics on the main page hundreds of times
Not knowing the Forum had more!

Still I treasure those photos that still can be seen
And as well there’s so much yet to learn.
I’d best stop complaining and get to the task.
But for those missing pics I will always yearn!


Forum Announcements / Re: Best of The Forum!
« on: February 19, 2010, 12:04:56 PM »
Could anyone direct a poor Newbie to the aforementioned "Marlene / Mrs. Koenig Debate"?

Having Fun! / Re: Most handsome man
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:18:47 AM »
My best looking modern royal would have to be Prince Harry!!!  He's adorable!!

Having Fun! / Re: Most handsome man
« on: February 05, 2010, 08:57:22 AM »
When I saw the name of this thread my very first thought was "Mikhail Alexandrovich"!!  Seems I'm not alone.  He was so tall and had nice broad shoulders. Even when he started losing his hair he was still handsome.  He's always seemed like a bit of a romantic as well.  I only wish he had more sense of duty to the family...he could have been a real help to Nicky. 

Isn't it amazing how excited you can get from the purchase of a good old first edition book?!? My mom opened the package before I got home, and she was like - "this isn't even a NEW book, it looks old as the hills", not realizing that I much prefer old over new!  I love the smell of old books too. When I was little my mom had, and I now have, a 1912 first edition of "Titanic and other great marine disasters".  I went through that book for years growing up and I will always remember the wonderful old smell of the browning pages.

The most I have paid I think was about $75 for a book about the wardrobe of Queen Maude of Norway, which is a lot for my budget, but so worth it!   My best deal was finding an original 1931 copy of "Education of  a Princess" on-line from a book store in Toronto for $14.95!!

  ...but the need to stay hopeful for the sake of others and oneself  remains as long as life does. Life demands that. 

What a beautiful and poignant remark!

The Imperial Family / Re: Pronounciation
« on: January 27, 2010, 02:53:40 PM »
I was reading about Grand Duke George Mikhailovich, and it said that he was known in the family as "Gogi". Any ideas how to pronounce this? Thanks

IMO I think they knew what the final result of their imprisonment would be.  Alix wrote in a letter "we are preparing our souls for heaven".  Although I don't think they sat down and had a family discussion about it.  I can't help thinking that it was somehow fortunate that they died together, which I know is an awful thought, but wouldn't it have been worse if they had been separated before meeting their end? What if guards came and took Nicky and Alexei away like they took the other members of the household away? That would have been pure torture and horror for the women to be left without them and then killed later. 

Nicholas II / Re: How Would History Have Rated Nicholas II if....?
« on: January 21, 2010, 12:01:59 PM »
Will do - thanks.

Nicholas II / Re: How Would History Have Rated Nicholas II if....?
« on: January 21, 2010, 11:19:11 AM »
I often wonder what would have happened had Nicholas not stupidly appointed himself as supreme commander ? 

This has always seemed to me to be the straw that broke the camel's back.  Had he not left the capital for the front and left Alix and Rasputin to tend to the government (with disastrous results)  I believe IMHO things may have worked out different; however the intertia of the whole situation with the war, the scheming revolutionaries, the unrest of the general population, the deserting soldiers - was like a snowball rolling down a steep hill. I feel the revolution would have happened eventually regardless.

I often wonder how things would have been different had Alexander III lived to a ripe old age.  He would have been 67 at the outbreak of war. How do you think he would have handled things?  Would there have been a different outcome?

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