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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #240 on: December 22, 2006, 10:56:20 AM »
Maybe this picture has already being posted, but aniways here it is:


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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #241 on: December 22, 2006, 05:37:33 PM »
I don't think that has been posted. I enjoyed seeing it, she really wears a ornate tiara there. Does anyone know anything about it? It looks like something Russian royalty would wear, so maybe it ties in with the Romanovs somewhow, where she got it from? I have seen another photo from this session in Camera and the Tsars, where she is with both her daughters when young. But, your picture gives a better look at that amazing dress!

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #242 on: December 23, 2006, 04:09:19 AM »
I don't think that has been posted.

But that had been posted for a while ago by Brian.

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #243 on: December 27, 2006, 06:56:44 PM »

But that had been posted for a while ago by Brian.


AND it is such a god picture if Ducky (one of my favorites), I make the motion for it to be thrice just to make sure everyone gets to see it!   ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #244 on: December 28, 2006, 04:12:46 PM »
It is lovely. If there are any more photos from that photo session, I would love to see them.

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #245 on: January 04, 2007, 08:43:50 PM »
I only saw one of two...One with another without children.  ???

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #246 on: February 11, 2007, 06:44:57 PM »
I think these are from "A Fatal Passion" ?  ???

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #247 on: February 11, 2007, 07:12:19 PM »
Yes, Laurra stated they were.
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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #248 on: February 11, 2007, 07:29:20 PM »
Yes...Some of the photos the author claimed came from Leningen (Marska's collection) .  ???

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #249 on: February 11, 2007, 08:04:02 PM »
They're not uncommon though--both were published at Victoria and Ernie's wedding. He should've tried to tap the Leiningen collection for some rarer ones.
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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #250 on: February 12, 2007, 05:36:08 PM »
What an impossibly skinny waist!  She looks so young and forlorn. :-\

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #251 on: March 09, 2007, 02:14:55 PM »
a pretty nice page dedicated to VM here...its in German but some of the pics are very nice  :)

http://www.royal-magazin.de/german/hessen/hessen-victoria-melita-smaragde.htm


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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #252 on: March 09, 2007, 05:15:50 PM »
Ursula's site is a great one for photos and info on royal jewels.  :)

If you scan down, you can see the information in English as well. Almost all of her pages are like this.
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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #253 on: April 03, 2007, 09:51:40 AM »
here some pics but very small..and in the book eric mentioned yeah :)

http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp52404

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Re: Victoria Melita, Grand Duchess of Hesse
« Reply #254 on: August 20, 2007, 11:55:37 AM »
OOdles of lovely data.....I have a bit of a soft spot for Ducky! I have come to find her bravery and loyalty quite redeeming features! She was far more down to earth than Missy too!

I feel a certain sadness that she was more or less forced into marriage with Ernie, though she did try to make the best of it didn't she? She was really a pawn in her grandmama's grand matchmaking schemes.

I have always thought Ernie a most likeable character, but perhaps he needed to be mothered in his marriages and IMO I do not think Ducky was particularly inclined to be maternal to her husbands. I think with her evident strength of character, she found life with affable but perhaps emotionally troubled Ernie a bit of a strain! I genuinely believe that Ducky was made out as the villainess of the piece in the break down of the marriage, which I feel is a tad harsh! The attempted reconciliation and tragic birth of their stillborn son was probably the catalyst for final and complete breakdown of marital relations. Elisabeth's death must have been agony! She was adored by Ernie and no doubt Ducky too, but the latter was no doubt a little too 'English' in her lack of taste for demonstrative love! Ernie seems to have been thoroughly 'hands on' with all his children, which I really like in him!   

Ducky did get her man in the end, for which I think she was prepared to sacrifice her all! Brave, selfish but also a true mark of her determination to find happiness! I can not say I think she was beautiful, but my goodness I think she was arrestingly striking! Perhaps she didn't photograph particularly well, but in the flesh, I bet she had a dose of magnetism! Her eyes so often look sad in pictures! Rather like Louise F. She, Ducky, was evidently quite a 'deep' character, and I find her far more interesting in a personal way than 'Heart on her sleeve' Missy! It is as though Ducky was somehow 'fated!' It seems tragic that she came to feel betrayed by Kyrill too! Heaven only knows what he did.....but her pain and grief are papable from the scant anecdotes we do have! I am sure I read somewhere that had all her personal papers destroyed, though I may be wrong! I still wonder where the rumours about Ernie and the stable boys came from and can't imagine Ducky would have stooped to such base levels herself!

A Fatal Passion is very 'thin' on it's subject! I was sorely disappointed in it really! Of all QV's grand daughters, I think Ducky really does deserve a proper bio by a 'Pope Hennessy' calibre historian. Hers was a remarkable life, to which a great many of us today can relate in some part on a personal level at least!