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Old 07-04-2011, 01:01 AM
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I wonder if he frequently feels smothered by having to live with his mother all the time.
Maria resides in Madrid while George works in Brussels.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:07 AM
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Well, either way, he looks like he would be a lot more attractive if he lost some more weight.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:11 AM
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No disputing that!
Especially if he is to have any chance of snatching up an equal bride (which seems extremely unlikely).
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:25 AM
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Yeah. In this photo: Google Image Result for http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/50236_6712692095_668933_n.jpg
he looks attractive, but he must be feeling nervous about something. I wonder how he feels about the whole thing.

Right now he looks like The Penguin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ba...turns_ver5.jpg and he really needs to lose weight if he's going to end up attracting a bride. He can't just have one shipped in at the snap of his fingers. I wonder if his mother has someone in mind.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:53 AM
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I wonder if his mother has someone in mind.
Would not be at all surprising. Though surely any old blue-blood would be fine by her.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:09 AM
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I admire her devotion to her heritage and her involvement in Russia, but she simply cannot suggest that if Russians want a restoration, that it would have to be her only and then her son. There are older names and lineage out there than just Romanov and it looks and sometimes sounds like her dedication is coming at a price, not a deep down appreciation.

The others stay away seemingly because they want to come back when welcomed and with open arms, not about ambition. At the moment I think she's being very foolhardy in dealing with Putin at all. The man is ex-KGB and his predecessors merriily butchered her family members. Putin is not Yeltsin who was supposedly interested in a restoration. Putin is a lot more ruthless, a lot more sadistic, and not someone I would want to be in a position of owing anything to.

I just hope for the sake of honor that she isn't making any back alley deals with Putin and Medvedev for this, but is actually being genuinely embraced by the Russian people.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:13 AM
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Because people who are solidly built or overweight never find people to love or be loved in return?

Apart from being utter nonsense, it's such a pathetic thing to suggest.

The man is solid, it's evident to see, but to compare him to such a character is incredibly juvenile and rather malicious. The same goes for what was said about his mother.

That said...

It was great seeing the Grand Duchess in Monaco. She certainly loves her bold colours.
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Old 07-04-2011, 02:26 AM
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I'm just being immature, not hostile.
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:17 AM
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I wonder who is the other man accompanying Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:16 PM
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Just seeing her in that draped flowery outfit and slide on heels, she looks like a woman who should be in a Florida retirement home. As for Umbridge, she definately looks like the cartoon sketch and should have been casted instead of Emma Thompson.

Her son looks like a mafioso boss in training. I wonder if he frequently feels smothered by having to live with his mother all the time.
Funny observation, my dear AristoCat! We all have our flaws and should dress to flatter or play up our good features and hide or conceal our negative or less attractive features. But if the Grand Duchess loves florals and bright colors, C'est la vie.

Not that it matters, but Emma Thompson did not portray Dolores Umbridge. Imelda Stauton took that role; Thompson plays the wacky professor who is a seeress (the name escapes me at the moment).

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Thanks for the correction I don't speak 'pop culture' really well, so I don't know all that many actors/actresses.
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He struck me as 'unhappy' when I looked at the picture. I'd imagine it's not pleasant being thirty years old and having to adhere to one's parent's every whim and command.
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He struck me as 'unhappy' when I looked at the picture. I'd imagine it's not pleasant being thirty years old and having to adhere to one's parent's every whim and command.
What is his relation with his father?
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That is one great mystery.
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Old 07-04-2011, 03:43 PM
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I'll second Al_bina's statement. The only thing I know is that his father is a Hohenzolern (hopefully I spelt that right, forgive me if not), and that him and Maria Vladimirovna are divorced. Don't know if Georgiy has any communication/relationship with his father.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:09 PM
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I suppose Maria is paranoid about her son meeting someone highly unsuitable and then marrying her and wrecking her dynastic hopes. I once joked on another forum that Georgi has likely grown up, being smothered by his mother and grandmother and getting his cheeks pinched while constantly being stuffed with cakes and tea in a pink parlor.

I wonder, if like Umbridge, Maria has sadistic little kitties winding themselves around his legs.
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Old 07-04-2011, 04:36 PM
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Poor young man. Not because he accompanied his mother to the wedding. That would be normal in many families. Not because her outfit was terrible for a woman her size, but what difference does it make whom he marries, as long as he is happy. This make believe throne, should not allow them to treat him like some over stuffed pawn. He is young. He should be having fun.
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He's very valuable to his mother and being groomed as the future Head of the House of Romanov is the only thing he has ever known. He could be out having fun, but there are so many golddiggers and social climbers that are vociferous/ruthlessly ambitious and he has to be protected from that. There's nothing wrong with it. I know all about wanting to be happy, but like a lot of men at a high stature, he has to be responsible about his choices. Like any man, he has to choose someone who will be a good wife and mother to his kids.
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Not that it matters, but Emma Thompson did not portray Dolores Umbridge. Imelda Stauton took that role; Thompson plays the wacky professor who is a seeress (the name escapes me at the moment).
Sibyl Trawlawney. I know I spelt that incorrectly!

I rather thought Maria looked exceedingly formidible at the Monaco festivities. And in some interviews I have seen of her. I rather fancy her as a modern day Tsarina.

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She is likely a seasoned fighter when it comes to things and becoming formidable is a natural result I'm sure.
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