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The Imperial Family / Re: Plaque to commemorate Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna
« Last post by Twobsbob on February 19, 2021, 11:09:24 AM »
The Grand Duchess died in an apartment over a hair salon on Gerard Street in Toronto which is located in the Reverdale neighbourhood of Toronto.  Next Tuesday (February 23, 2021), the Riverdale Historical Society (RHS) will host a Zoom conference to commemorate the Grand Duchess' life in Toronto.

RHS is pleased to present our February Speaker via Zoom

Tuesday February 23
6:30 PM Eastern Time

Join Heritage Toronto's Chris Bateman as he tells the dramatic story of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, from Revolutionary Russia to Toronto's Gerrard Street East.
Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/97490542887

Meeting ID: 974 9054 2887
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The Imperial Family / Re: The Imperial children "sad,sheltered" life?
« Last post by Suzanne on February 03, 2021, 09:41:16 PM »
I recommend Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone's biography For My Grandchildren. She discusses how her mother would invite other little girls over to play because Alice only had one sibling - her brother Charles. Alice notes that this was unusual in her family - her grandmother Queen Victoria did not approve of royalty forming close friendships outside the family circle. Alice notes that cousins who had four or five siblings were expected to just socialize with their siblings and cousins as children. Empress Alexandra may well have shared some of Queen Victoria's concerns about suitable friendships for royal children.

I also recommend books about early to mid 20th century debutantes in Britain such as Last Curtsey by Fiona McCarthy and Debs at War by Anne de Courcy. de Courcy notes "Girl children were often lonely" and the reminiscences of the debutantes indicate that many had little social life as children before making their formal debut into society at seventeen or eighteen. One debutante recounted having little contact with anyone as a child except for her parents, her governess, her pony and her dog, recalling that at her family's country estate, "There were no children of my sort of age near by. I did very much miss young people."

If Nicholas and Alexandra's daughters had limited social contacts as children - and their letters/correspondence indicate more contact with other people than previous assumed - this limited social life would not have been unusual for young women of their era and social class. Alexandra's parenting often receives critical scrutiny but she was certainly not the only royal/aristocratic parent whose daughters lived comparatively quiet lives as children.
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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« Last post by sydguy71 on January 17, 2021, 07:08:30 PM »
Hi All.....I have a spare copy of John Van Dr Kiste's The last German Empress to give away.
Cheers
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Other Palaces / Galitzino
« Last post by rpalmgre on December 06, 2020, 10:14:42 AM »
Where was Galitzino located? It was located 100 versts from Saint Petersburg. It might thus have been somewhere in modern day Leningrad oblast. I do not find that place on a map of today. Do anyone here now this location?
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The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Franz Joseph
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on December 05, 2020, 04:12:28 PM »
also on youtube Tomaufnaume 1903 Kaiser Franz Joseph I more on FJ speaking
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The Alexander Palace / What made you laugh today?
« Last post by AshleyNeifs on December 02, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »
An English-dubbed Dutch horror film about Sinterklaas being a serial killer.
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I just came across a picture which is described as an unknown woman in the 19th century... which looks like Maria Sophia.

https://kirkleesimages.org.uk/frontend.php?keywords=Ref_No_increment;EQUALS;k024441&pos=2&action=zoom

What do you think?
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The Habsburgs / Re: Emperor Franz Joseph
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on November 27, 2020, 05:52:12 PM »
I stumbled on to this on youtube Kaiser Franz Joesph I voice (recording 15 December 1915)
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Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Books on Grand Duchess Elizabeth
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on November 23, 2020, 05:02:16 PM »
I have seen pictures of the dead bodies before . I believe they were in the book "The Sokolov Investigation" which identifies who is who.
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page 490 in this book there is a picture of DEMF's hospital train the picture was taken in St Petersberg in 1904 at Nikolkesty station
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