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He did not mean Richard, but Prince Heinrich "Dendy" of Hesse, the late Landgraf Moritz's brother. His memoirs "Der kristallene L├╝ster" were published a couple of years before his death

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Samples of Alexandra's handwriting
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:42:18 PM »
It is defintely Alix :)

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Samples of Alexandra's handwriting
« on: January 25, 2014, 03:19:29 AM »
You should read the diaries of their grandmother Princess Charles of Hesse... this is really hard to read. I always thought GD Elisabeth's handwriting flawless and when copying her letters to her father some time ago I had no problems at all... perhaps when writing to him she was extra-proper?! ;)

She highly disapproved of it. There were a number of things that she disliked in Russia and the IF (not the least her own daughter in law Maria Alexandrovna who caused frictions...).
But first of all it was the danger of the position and of course she knew her grand daughter very well and how uneasy she felt when forced to attend official occasions. I think she was much wiser than most of the other family members

I have never heard about her burning any letters from Princess Elisabeth - destroying papers was due to the revolution or due to contents which the writers thought too private/dangerous whatever (Princess Alice Grand Duchess of Hesse for instance had her diaries burned as well as the letters from her sister Victoria Prussia. All the others survive...) So there is certainly some sort of sorting out what can I keep and what not.
I do not see any reason to burn the scribblings from an eight year old - and we do not even know whether there were many letters... how many have you written at that age?!
There are only a couple of short notes to her father...

Those were the last official portraits taken of Elisabeth!

This is a fake...

How nice to see Crownprincess Victoria wearing Lilian's tiara and necklace on occasion of her sister's wedding - it certainly helped to make the late grand-aunt being a part of the ceremony!

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: cigarette case
« on: June 01, 2013, 07:06:14 AM »
Some of the names sound German or at least English with German roots. Peter, Stephan Schaefers, Mike Vetter

The Hohenzollern / Re: The Hesse-Cassel family
« on: May 24, 2013, 03:48:12 PM »
HRH Moritz of Hesse, the head of the princely family and adopted son of Prince Louis and Princess Margaret has died at the age of 86.

There are so many mislabelled persons and places... they even wrote "house in Baden" were it it Wolfsgarten...
Most interesting to learn that Alexandra had her own copy of the famous "Darmstadt Madonna" by Holbein...

I'd say this is Tatiana Nicolaevna

the diary is in German

I recently found a report my great-grandmother has written about her youth - some sort of memoirs.

She writes that her father, a Doctor in the bath Bad Kreuznach, Germany, treated several Royals including Princess Irene of Prussia and her children. The little princes were accompanied by a very tall footman and they were delighted when my great-great-grandfather allowed them - on a visit to his garden - to eat the fruit from the trees. It seemed as if they were never allowed to do so at Hemmelmark and that they had never eaten cherries before.
She was also aware of little Sigismund's disease and that they had to treat him very carefully (fortunately he never had any bleedings while staying in Kreuznach).
The Princess Irene was described as a most kind person - she obviously regularly invited my gr-gr-great parents for dinner but as she was immensely shy her lady-in-waiting told them that they had to talk to the princess first and were not supposed to wait until she addressed them herself...  which normally would have been strictly against the protocol.

My great-grandmother was very shocked when - decades later - Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig told her that his nephew Sigismund of Prussia now lived the life of an ordinary farmer far away from Germany :)


the first portrait shows in fact Maria A's grandmother Luise of Hesse Darmstadt (1761-1829)

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