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She was not as dimwitted as people make her out to be.  She had an excellent command of the English language and her memoirs are very well written (in English).  One should take the comments of her contemporaries with a grain of salt.

Having Fun! / Re: Looking for pictures III.
« on: November 18, 2012, 10:53:20 AM »

I'm wondering why that photo isn't all over the place on the www - it seems the other poses from that sitting are on every Romanov site on the web.  Thank you for posting!

Having Fun! / Re: Looking for pictures III.
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:30:46 PM »
I've found a version of the 1913 family formal in a book that I haven't seen online.  Anastasia and Alexei have their arms around each other and are also holding hands.  Please post?

С Днем Рождения Ольга!

Prince Michael's book is by far my favorite.  I've come across one called "Anastasia's Album".  It's a very thin hardcover book but it includes some watercolor backgrounds and more than a few photos that were hand colored by AN.

I'm reading this book at the university at the moment.  Even though her entries are terse it still makes for a haunting read.

The Imperial Family / Re: OTMAA's Formal Photos
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:11:37 PM »

Okay - the link will take you to the family formal that has Alexandra resting her face against her hand.  This source is from the Library Of Congress (I think).  File size is 4235 x 3495.  Oh the hitherto unseen details...

Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / rus empire
« on: October 31, 2012, 03:57:58 PM »
Go to

enter ""

click on the "translate this page" link.

spend endless hours, days, weeks, months...

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: casual photos of alix?
« on: October 31, 2012, 12:59:24 PM »
I posted a cropped version of this one on another thread

bigger --->

Having Fun! / Re: Help with Identification, Translations, Finding a Photo
« on: October 30, 2012, 12:24:47 PM »

1024 X 1007 here --->

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Anastasia Anecdotes
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:22:58 AM »
"Royal Romances Of Today" by Kellog Surland (1911)

Probably my favorite AN anecdote to date; there were several laughs in that one for me!

News Links / Re: Belongings Of Russian Royal Families On Sale
« on: October 29, 2012, 04:05:17 PM »
And from Christies...

"An Important Collection of Russian Books & Manuscripts with Imperial Provenance
On 29 November 2012, on the eve of the 400th year since the foundation of the Romanov dynasty, Christie’s will have the great privilege of offering for sale the largest group of Russian books and manuscripts with noble provenance to come to auction in decades: the collections of Emperors Paul I, Alexander I, Alexander II, Alexander III, Nicholas I, Nicholas II, Empress Elizabeth, and numerous Grand Dukes and Duchesses are all represented. The fate of books from the Russian palaces mirrors that of the palaces themselves: war and revolution took their brutal toll. Material with imperial provenance of the quality and importance represented in this collection is seldom offered for sale, and hardly ever in quantity. It would be virtually impossible to form another of this scope and caliber today. Highlights include The Coronation Album of Alexander III (estimate: £70,000 – 100,000) and a unique album of drawings of the coats-of-arms of members of the court of the future Emperor Paul (1796-1801), son of Catherine the Great (estimate: £150,000 – 200,000).  "


News Links / Re: Belongings Of Russian Royal Families On Sale
« on: October 29, 2012, 04:01:37 PM »
Pic from post #2 in case a red x appears in the future

News Links / Re: Belongings Of Russian Royal Families On Sale
« on: October 29, 2012, 03:58:30 PM »
Imperial and Royal auctions at the Hotel des Ventes in Geneva announced for December

The special Russia auction which will be held at the Hôtel des Ventes of Geneva from Monday 10 December will give the general public an opportunity to immerse themselves in the lives of the last Tsars of Russia.

GENEVA.- Bernard Piguet, director and chief auctioneer of the Hôtel des Ventes Geneva, announces forthcoming sales of exceptional importance. From 10 to 13 December, emperors, kings, queens and princes will be the virtual guests of the Geneva based auction house, revealing a remarkable set of objects that have never before appeared on the market: Prince Romanov, Prince Youssoupov, Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, King Boris III of Bulgarie, King Farouk of Egypt, Ferdinand Thormeyer (tutor to the children of Tsar Alexander III), Serge de Diaghilev, Serge Lifar… This is a unique opportunity to plunge into the world of these great names of history thanks to these many objects of prestigious provenance.

The special Russia auction which will be held at the Hôtel des Ventes of Geneva from Monday 10 December will give the general public an opportunity to immerse themselves in the lives of the last Tsars of Russia, in their private lives at court as well as their political and military roles. The collection includes unpublished personal photographs of the Russian imperial family, including a photo album – showing Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovitch trying out the trapeze in a room in the imperial palace and playing croquet with his sister Olga Alexandrovna – and photographs of Tsarevitch Alexei, who was assassinated at the age of 14. These photographs as well as the unpublished autographed letters of the last Tsar Nicholas II to the head of the army Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaïevich, supreme commander of the land and sea armies at the beginning of the First World War will undoubtedly be the outstanding items on the opening evening of the auction. Other items of Russian military history in the period before the Revolution will also be offered for sale at this exceptional auction: shoulder decorations, officers’ helmets, medals… Books about the treasures of the Emperors of Russia, from Catherine II to Nicholas II, complete this prestigious collection. Most of these unpublished documents, that have never been displayed to the public before, come from the collection of the Romanov family.

The Hôtel des Ventes will also be offering for sale a collection of precious objects, family souvenirs and photographs that have never before appeared on the market from the estate of Her Majesty Queen Victoria-Eugenia of Spain, who died in Lausanne in 1969. One of the top lots is undoubtedly a Russian decoration in gold and red enamel of the order of Saint Alexander Nevski.

The jewellery sale will include a cigarette box and two gold and diamond pins, offered by His Majesty King Boris III of Bulgaria to his prime minister. They have remained in the same family to this day.

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