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Greetings
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:54:48 AM »
Hi everyone!

When greeting various members of the royal family, what would one say? "Good evening/morning/etc, your royal highness?" I'm asked specifically about Alexei-- I just want to be certain about the address. Furthermore, is there the equivalent of "at ease" in the Russian court?

Secondly, regarding other members of the Russian nobility-- was there any other official greeting by 1917, or given the political climate were they "normal" citizens?
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 11:26:11 AM »
One never spoke first, of course to The Imperial Family.  Alexei would be greeted as "Evo Imperalnaye Vyelishestve" (Your Imperial Highness).  Subsequent conversation, one would refer to him only as "Vyelishestve".  Lesser Nobility than the Grand Duke/Duchess would be addressed "Evo Vyelishestve".


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Re: Greetings
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 12:38:39 PM »
One never spoke first, of course to The Imperial Family.  Alexei would be greeted as "Evo Imperalnaye Vyelishestve" (Your Imperial Highness).  Subsequent conversation, one would refer to him only as "Vyelishestve".  Lesser Nobility than the Grand Duke/Duchess would be addressed "Evo Vyelishestve".



Sorry, but  Alexei would be greeted as "Vysochestvo" not Vyelichestvo. Vyelichestvo is only for the Emperor and Empress. So Alexei would be greeted "Evo Imperatorskoye Vysochestvo".

Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses would be addressed "Imperatorskoye Vysochestvo".

Russian Nobility had various form of addressing, that depended on the rank.

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Re: Greetings
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 04:22:47 PM »
As I'm writing this book in English, is there a translated version? I don't mind using the Russian here and there, but I don't want to use it regularly.
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Re: Greetings
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 04:23:56 PM »
Ah, and my other noble is the daughter of a prestigious military officer-- I'd like her to appear as high ranking as feasibly possible. Suggestions?

Thanks for you help! :)
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