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Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna’s visit to Belarus

  July 26, 2009 at 10:11 am by

Upon invitation, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna paid a visit to Belarus from July 16 to July 22. It was the first official visit of a member of the Imperial Family to Belarus after the collapse of the Russian Empire. Maria Vladimirovna visited several cities in Belarus, including Brest and Minsk, as well as several villages. Members of the Grand Duchess’s delegation made sure the protocol is strictly followed: all those … Continue reading

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Ninety Years Ago: Murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family

  July 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm by

On July 25, 1918 The White forces entered Yekaterinburg and immediately headed to free the Emperor but found the Ipatyev house (where the Imperial Family was kept) empty. Gripped with grim predictions, they started searching for clues to what could have happened: the house looked as though it was left in a hurry and although they didn’t find any clothing or jewellery, a lot of personal belongings of the family … Continue reading

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The Glamorous Grand Duke

  June 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm by

Legend has it that Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovitch and Chanel met on a beach, although they may have been introduced to each other by Dmitri’s sister, Marie Pavlovna. One wonders what the dark and handsome Dmitri and the petite Chanel first said to each other! They soon became lovers. The Grand Duke and Grand Duchess certainly had a strong influence on Chanel’s fashion career. Dmitri introduced her to the former … Continue reading

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Unlucky 13 (Plus 100): The Coronation of the Last Russian Tsar

  May 29, 2009 at 9:31 am by

The last Tsar of Russia, His Imperial Majesty Nicholas II The Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russians, was official crowned in an elaborate coronation which took place 113 years ago this past Tuesday in Moscow. After a suitable period of mourning for his father, the Late Tsar Alexander III (who died in 1894), the festivities celebrating the new Tsar could begin. And begin they did. The coronation celebration lasted … Continue reading

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The Search For Romanov Money: Romanoff Gold by William Clarke

  March 18, 2009 at 5:05 pm by

Clarke describes Imperial Russia vividly and delves into the money trail meticulously. The first part of this book is the most interesting. Certain images stayed in my mind: beautiful Meriel Buchanan’s Russian admirer visiting her in a panic after the Revolution, the Tsar’s daughters enjoying their first dances and balls, and the final terrible journey and end of the Royal family. (NB) Reading how Clarke traced the money of the … Continue reading

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DNA Testing Ends Romanov Mystery

  March 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm by

The mystery of the murder on Russia’s last emperor and his family has finally been resolved due to DNA testing. The DNA analysis fragments of the bones of has proven that none of the children of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra survived and all died in Yekatherineburg in 1918. The remains of the Tsar and his family had been found in 1991 but two bodies were missing, that of … Continue reading

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The Humble Grand Duchess: The Last Grand Duchess by Ian Vorres

  February 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm by

Ian Vorres’s kind neighbour, a rather charming, little old lady, often invited him in to have a cup of tea. Soon he found out that she was Grand Duchess Olga, the sister of the last Russian Tsar. It was destiny… Vorres, a writer, persuaded her to let him write her biography. Grand Duchess Olga’s life was so dramatic that it remains interesting even though Vorres’s writing is rather straightforward and … Continue reading

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