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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #105 on: January 19, 2012, 06:05:00 PM »
Yes. I mean of his generation. Both his parents were Royal & Orthodox. Not even Kyrill can boast that (his mother converted much later)

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #106 on: January 28, 2012, 08:26:11 PM »
Just to ask what were the names of Grand Duke Boris's estates?

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #107 on: January 29, 2012, 02:36:50 PM »
Not sure...I don't think he sold them before he was forced to exile.

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #108 on: March 12, 2012, 05:15:54 PM »
Elena Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia and Princess of Greece and Denmark



as a baby with her Mama and brothers







I cant wait until "Dear Ellen" is out, i been waiting for someone to write and make an album of my favorite Vladimirovichi for years!
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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #109 on: March 13, 2012, 06:38:15 PM »
Thank you Mandie! Those are wonderful photos, especially the first photo. I too cannot wait for "Dear Ellen" ;)

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #110 on: March 14, 2012, 01:22:26 PM »
does anyone have a wedding picture or portrait of Maria Pavllovna and Vladimir Alexandrovich in  1874?

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #111 on: March 15, 2012, 09:33:53 AM »
Thanks for those lovely pics of Ellen !  ;)

One thing though, why is it so hard to marry her off ? Ellen was pretty & rich, that should be a good combination for any royal suitor. Also didn't know why Max broke off the engagement, was it because of the bossiness of Miechen ? I could understand if one prefers the gentle Thyra to Miechen as mother-in-law.

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #112 on: March 15, 2012, 08:48:16 PM »
It was difficult to Marry Elena off due to her overly pompous and imperious behavior......it came across being very agitating and annoying hardly any royal suitor wanted a snob for a wife. But Prince Nicholas and Elena made off very well.

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #113 on: March 16, 2012, 11:37:17 AM »
Really ? Was Elena that bad ? I heard many praised her beauty (including Prince Felix Yussopov) and especially her friendship later with Kate Fox that according to her, class was not a deterrent to friendship...

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #114 on: March 17, 2012, 12:54:02 AM »
Yep...even her aunt Minnie the Dowager Empress found her behavior appalling.  Like mother like daughter Elena was a snob this trait even passed down to her daughter Marina, the Duchess of Kent when she referred to her sisters-in-laws as "common little scotch girls."

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #115 on: March 17, 2012, 06:41:02 AM »
From what I've read, this whole branch of the family was pretty snobbish. IMHO, it stems from the fact that Vladimir always believed that he would have been a better Tsar than his older, more gauche brother Alexander III. Miechen believed this too, and tried to out-Tsaritsa Minnie and Alix at every opportunity. (One of the few things Minnie and Alix stood shoulder to shoulder on was their intense dislike of Miechen!) Vladimir and Miechen brought their children up to this, especially Eleana, IMHO, since Miechen made no secret of the fact that she wanted a brilliant match for her and not some minor Greek prince. I personally think of them as the "Vladimiro-trashy!"  ;) :D

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #116 on: March 17, 2012, 06:47:24 AM »
Yep...even her aunt Minnie the Dowager Empress found her behavior appalling.  Like mother like daughter Elena was a snob this trait even passed down to her daughter Marina, the Duchess of Kent when she referred to her sisters-in-laws as "common little scotch girls."

This would probably be best asked in the "George & Marina" thread, but to take advantage of Marina┬┤s famous quote here, does anybody know how she reacted when her daughter married a common little Scotch man??

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #117 on: March 17, 2012, 03:12:49 PM »
I think it is not fair to trash Elena just on that. Read "From Cradle to Crown" about the sincere friendship between Elena and Kate Fox. Miechen tried to break that friendship, but eventually it failed and Kate Fox remained part of the family. Elena also opposed her brother Vladimir's grandiose gestures on "being Tsar" and broke off communications with her brother's family. The wedding of Marina & George was the healing gesture on the part of Elena. No I don't think she was that bad. Miechen was a law unto herself.

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #118 on: March 18, 2012, 07:34:52 AM »
Who was Kate Fox?

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Re: The Vladimirovitchi - discussion and pictures, Part 2
« Reply #119 on: March 18, 2012, 09:09:11 AM »
Kate Fox was the British nanny for Elena's children. All the Nicholas girls (Olga, Elizabeth & Marina) were devoted to her and Elena trusted her implicitly. However Miechen did not like the friendship and sought to get her fired. Elena resisted this even when her mother stopped her income from Russia. Eventually Kate has to go, but the minute the coast was clear, she became reunited with the Nicholas family. In the book, Elena beamed and wave wildly once she saw Kate Fox in the crowd during a parade. I don't think that makes her a nasty person like Miechen. The thing with her was that she was bought up with a hierarchy of order in what royalty is all about and stuck to it. Indeed, she was correct in the continental sense since the royals today (Hohenzollern, Bourbon-Orleans & Romanov) continued "equal marriages". That was the case even in Britain until WW I, when George V open the way for local female aristocrats to marry into the royal family. Of course that belief in the order of things worked both ways, which explains why Elena sided with the Dowager Empress on the pretensions of her brother Cyril.