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Having Fun! / Re: 30 Day European Royality Challenge
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:59:13 AM »
The Bourbon's, in Spain.

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Having Fun! / Re: 30 Day European Royality Challenge
« on: August 21, 2013, 11:02:11 PM »
Day 28, the Principality of Andorra.

Day 29 The Japanese Imperial Family.

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The Hohenzollern / Re: Kaiser Wilhelm II, Part 2
« on: August 18, 2013, 03:05:21 AM »
Marie, I think you should read the last two paragraphs of Ellla's post again.

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The Final Chapter / Re: George V
« on: August 15, 2013, 02:23:46 AM »
Rodney I think there is larger political and national matters at stake in the British decision. Take WWI out of the equation and I believe they opt to make the rescue. But the Russians were still fighting the Germans. Not very effective mind you, but fighting non the less. If the Russians completly break off with the Germans,  or worse switch sides this puts a lot of troops back on the Western Front to fight the Allies. Such a situtation could have very easily changed the entire outcome of WWI.

I'm not sure I get this. It's true the British and other Allies wanted Russia to remain in and be fully committed to the war against Germany. But even the Provisional Government was quick to assure its allies that they were continuing to fight. They underestimated anti-war sentiment and the soldiers' discontent, but at least at the governmental level there was real commitment.

And, IvanVII, the implication of your post seems to be that ,if Britain had offerred asylum to the Romanovs, then  the Russian Provisional Government , because of that offer, would have bailed out of the war  and made a separate  peace with Germany. I think that's unrealistic. Whatever reasons the PG had to remain in the war were far more significant than a symbolic and wholly non-military decision such as a humanitarian gesture to a by-then civilian family , including five children and five females.

Rodney, I think you're looking at it from the point of view of the PG. I'm looking at it from the perspective of the British Goverment. I agree with you that it was unrealistic, but diplomacy sometimes foregoes realisim.

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Makes me think of the Geraldo Rivera/Al Capone safe fiasco.

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Having Fun! / Re: 30 Day European Royality Challenge
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:21:31 PM »
I think Grace is by far the most widely known, at least in today's age.

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Having Fun! / Re: 30 Day European Royality Challenge
« on: July 23, 2013, 01:22:43 AM »
Day 1 Caligula

Day 2 I'll go with Julius Cesar

Day 3 Archduke Ferdinand (the spark to WWI, although I think by that point something/anything was ready to llight that fuse). AII definetly changed Russia, but not necessarily the world.

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The Final Chapter / Re: George V
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:45:19 PM »
Rodney I think there is larger political and national matters at stake in the British decision. Take WWI out of the equation and I believe they opt to make the rescue. But the Russians were still fighting the Germans. Not very effective mind you, but fighting non the less. If the Russians completly break off with the Germans,  or worse switch sides this puts a lot of troops back on the Western Front to fight the Allies. Such a situtation could have very easily changed the entire outcome of WWI.

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Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: What room is this?
« on: July 07, 2013, 10:36:22 PM »
Can you get a clear photo of the actual text, not for the photo of the piece of furniture, but from below that, the 2 colums of print.

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We have to bear in mind that the child is a future monarch, which, I think, rules out Philip - rather a pity, but the only other Philip to be King of England was Philip II of Spain through his marriage to Mary Tudor. Not a happy precedent.

Ann

I was thinking the exact same thing, but what ultimately tipped my guess was William himself. His approach to royal life is so different from his family. I think it would secretly tickle HM if he and Kate decided to name him Phillip (but not as much as if they choice Albert or George after her beloved Papa), and I think Phillip would be super chuffed about it albeit privately. Talk about breaking with tradition! That's what William seems to try to do when possible. I hope they choose the names they want even if that means breaking with royal tradition. Here's to hoping they do!

=Annie=
(aka Ann Elizabeth)
(aka RoyalWatcher)

The thing is he likes to break tradition while being respectful about it, so I think Philip becomes a real choice.

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Having Fun! / Re: 30 Day British Royality Challenge
« on: June 23, 2013, 10:45:32 PM »
Most misunderstood royal.  I'll take the funny route and say Prince Phillip and his innumerable gaffes.

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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alix's suitor's
« on: May 30, 2013, 11:20:32 PM »
The things that worked against her as empress in Russia would not have necessarily worked against her in the UK. She would not have been seen to be an outsider and the role of the monarch in the UK was a well defined constitutional monarchy as opposed to the autocracy of Russia. Switch the two and who knows maybe we have a different history.......

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Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XII
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:37:08 PM »
Tatiana any details on that bottom photo? It appears that they are wearing a different sash than the regular Order of St. Andrew.

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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Winter Palace
« on: May 16, 2013, 10:53:34 PM »
The narrowness of the room in the last two photos appears to be the boudiour of Empress Alexandra in the Winter Palace.

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Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Monplisar at Peterhof
« on: May 16, 2013, 10:48:00 PM »
Thank you so much for that link. What a shame. I think if I had my choice of a place to inhabit at Peterhof Monplisar leads the other residences.

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