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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2014
« on: February 07, 2014, 09:01:27 PM »

My guess is that it will probably come out after April;  as Helen Rappaport is giving a talk on this book at the RD Weekend in Ticehurst then.
Perhaps it may be for sale at the event, as Hoogstrattens has a table there every year.


The Windsors / Re: Princess Margaret (1930-2002), & her family
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:57:22 PM »
In the Daily Mail,  they said the royal wills are kept secret from public eye ever since one of the princes had left a large amount of jewellery to a mistress in a will.   

They've been closed since Queen Mary maneuvered it to keep her brother Frank's will (and any bequests to his mistress) out of the public eye. After that, it became the norm. I think some were still published but very few--I believe some of the Duchess of Connaught's will was released in the press.

But let's now return to the topic of the thread. Any further discussion of Wilhelm solely should be on his thread. :)

I also didn't get the impression that Rohl disliked Wilhelm. I didn't notice any of that in the books. He was pretty sympathetic towards him on issues and critical on others. I don't  care for a fawning book anymore than a negative one or a gossipy one. I think his books are the best out there on Wilhelm. They place his actions (good and bad) in political, social, familial and emotional context and backs things up with direct sourcing. I also enjoy the wider view he takes in giving insights into Vicky, Fritz, Queen Victoria and other players (major and minor) in the narrative.

The Windsors / Re: Zara & Peter Phillips
« on: January 23, 2014, 11:17:55 AM »
Very nice indeed. I still have a soft spot for Poppy though. LOL But it's a lovely name.

Both John Rohl's book on Wilhelm (vol 1 especially) and the recent book Imperial Requiem (which has Dona as one of its focuses) sheds a lot of light on the up & down, complicated relationship between Wilhelm & Dona. Wilhelm was more passionate about her in the beginning (despite the stories of his early Ella infatuation) but he would blow hot & cold (alternately disregarding and then clinging to her) throughout the relationship. She was never treated by him as an equal in the way of Fritz and Vicky but he depending on her for emotional equilibrium and stability more than previously realized.

Empress Augusta was actually regarded as pretty liberal and I think Wilhelm, for whatever reason, went along with that style of upbringing. Victoria & Albert were very friendly with Augusta--I think she became more conservative as she aged and colder as life in Berlin and her loveless marriage took its toll. But as a younger woman, V&A regarded her as more in line with their way of thinking than Bismarckian.

As for Fritz--some of his writings regarding Waldemar and Sigismund and their loss closely resemble Vicky's. Grieving the loss not just of these splendid sons but of their potential and their idealized memories.

The Hesse-Darmstadts (Hesse and by Rhine) / Re: Grand Duke Ludwig IV
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:11:36 PM »
Catherine's father and Madame Kolemine were first cousins so Catherine and she were first cousins once removed.

I only found bare bones:

Wladimir Pr Obolensky-Neledinsky-Meletzky (Moscow 31 Mar 1847-Yalta 7 Nov 1891); m.3 Feb 1880 Css Alexandra Alexandrovna Apraxine (St.Petersburg 23 Apr 1852-Paris 3 Jan 1943)

I didn't find any mention of her in the book Former People either. She *was* mentioned briefly in The Russian Court at Sea as she was picked up in the Crimea on the Marlborough and accompanied the Dowager Empress from there. (She was called Aprak by some.). After the Dowager Empress's death, it appears she ended up, like many a Russian exile, in Paris.

I think it's just a 'baby face' on his part--maybe that's why he grew a moustache. :)  He's dressed in his Navy uniform/cadet uniform.

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: January 21, 2014, 11:45:58 AM »
I think the web address is on the photo posted as well, isn't it?

The Windsors / Re: Zara & Peter Phillips
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:58:10 PM »
And she was back at home 6 hours after giving birth! Whew. Though, there were times with my kids I didn't feel that I, or they, needed to stay and bugged out of there as soon as the mandatory 24 hrs was up. But still, glad she and the baby felt so well.

The Windsors / Re: Queen Victoria's Family
« on: January 18, 2014, 02:56:33 PM »
Well, didn't that answer the question then?

Having Fun! / Re: Help with Identification, Translations, Finding a Photo
« on: January 17, 2014, 08:52:38 PM »
Yes, Veronica is 100% correct in the identification. I saw that mislabel once too and was like 'huh?'.

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