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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #120 on: September 22, 2008, 03:18:19 PM »
I've only ever seen that sitting with Ella & Alix--I wouldn't have dreamed Ducky was there as well! Once again, you're the best Sveta.  :)

It makes me wonder--we hear about Ducky's relationship with Alix, how was it with Ella? She was so close to Ernie yet was becoming more spiritually guided (close to forming her convent) when Ducky joined her Russian family.
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #121 on: September 22, 2008, 03:37:48 PM »
Wonderful pics!
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #122 on: September 22, 2008, 06:43:08 PM »
Yes..They were closer than we realised.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #123 on: September 23, 2008, 12:42:05 AM »
Yes..They were closer than we realised.

Their photosession together doesn't mean they were close. Just a photo of relatives.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #124 on: September 23, 2008, 09:28:12 AM »
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #125 on: September 23, 2008, 11:20:48 AM »
I have to wonder who chose those dresses, it makes them all look so matronly, and they were so young!
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #126 on: September 23, 2008, 12:43:43 PM »
You are right. Ducky looked uncomfortable in them.

They were quite close. Before the coronation, Ducky wrote to Missy that Alicky and Ella were offering dress codes for the balls. I think the fall out was after the divorce. Even after that they continue to meet as photos do show...

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #128 on: September 29, 2008, 11:08:00 AM »
You are right. Ducky looked uncomfortable in them.

They were quite close. Before the coronation, Ducky wrote to Missy that Alicky and Ella were offering dress codes for the balls. I think the fall out was after the divorce. Even after that they continue to meet as photos do show...

Does anyone know anything about the nature of the relationship between Ella and Ducky after the divorce from Ernie?

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #129 on: September 29, 2008, 01:06:23 PM »
As far the Hesse girl goes. Victoria was supportive and Alicky was hurt, Ella & Irene must be somewhere in between.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #130 on: September 30, 2008, 09:26:39 AM »
If I'm right, Ducky attended the coronation of her cousins Alicky and Nicky in 1896. Does anyone know some photos ?

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #131 on: September 30, 2008, 07:34:20 PM »
Famous photosession of 2 sisters actually was with Viktoria Melita - so 2 sisters and one sister-in-law



What year was this?( or around the year if you aren't sure) The dresses do look matronly, as someone else said. Too severe. I think the dress did look nice on Ducky though, and not matronly. But it didn't suit Alexandra or Ella.I never have seen this picture. I assume it was taken before Ducky's divorce, and the dress style looks to be 1890s.
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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #132 on: October 01, 2008, 12:45:07 AM »
That must be the end of the 1890s, probably 1899-1900.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #133 on: October 01, 2008, 02:40:39 AM »
In that picture, I know that Alix is sitting.  In the one on the left, Ella is kneeling and Ducky is standing.

In the next one they have changed positions, but I am having trouble identifying them  Alix is still sitting, and now Ella is standing to her left.  Is that still Ducky to Alix's right?  The hair and face look so different.  The face looks fuller and the hair thicker.

Alix looks like her usual "pissed off" self.

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Re: Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig & Grand Duchess Victoria Melita
« Reply #134 on: October 01, 2008, 04:23:13 AM »
Would you please explain to me why Alexandra Feodorovna looks "pissed off" in your opinion whearas the other ladies, tho looking - to me - in the same grave way - don't? The photo was taken in 1901 Darling - people were not expected to do it the American "cheese" way in official portraits.

When will this endless story of clichè come to an end?! It really makes shrunking my joy to post here.......
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