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Old 10-25-2009, 08:55 AM
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^^ Oh, t is SO beautiful Anastasia! (: She is very gorgeus in that picture!
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:22 AM
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^^ Oh, t is SO beautiful Anastasia! (: She is very gorgeus in that picture!
I know, Alix was so stunning in her coronation pictures. I especially love the dress!!!
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:31 AM
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I love the pic of Alix looking out to the water on the ship- ahhh to know what her thoughts migh have been.....?
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:39 AM
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Me too Anastasia XD
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probably what's for dinner, she looks quite fat here

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Old 10-26-2009, 12:47 PM
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Old 10-26-2009, 02:10 PM
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probably what's for dinner, she looks quite fat here

http://nd02.blog.cz/458/499/46cd336ebd_54239397_u.jpg
Alix aged a lot. Notice the photos after 1912- she started to gain weight and appeared older than her actual age. I think she gained weight due to stress.
I have some photos of Alix and Nicholas, after 1912.













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Old 12-03-2009, 11:06 AM
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More photos of my favourite Empress- Alexandra. I like the photo of her holding Lili Dehn's baby. This particular photo is great.


I also love the rest of these photos.





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Old 06-27-2010, 07:47 PM
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One of my favorite royal pictures: Nicholas and George V a year before WWI broke out:



From Wikipedia (here); Nicholas is on the left; the main difference to me is that the Tsar's face is thinner than George's.

At home, I have a thick (American) atlas of the world from 1911, and in it are detailed write ups of each country from some time before 1905, before Bloody Sunday. The final paragraph has an eerie sense of foreboding to it:

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Who can forecast the development of Russia? With a total war-footing of more than two and one-half million troops, an irresponsible monarch, a discontented populace, and the dogma of hereditary aggression as a ruling motive of imperial action, dare we augur peace?
The write up finds conditions in the empire "sufficient to stamp Russia not only as the most despotic, but most barbarous, of civilized nations." But personally I do not blame Nicholas or Alix for this. I see the Tsar as simply the person on top of a desperately rotten system, someone trying to deal with a complex government far too disconnected from a battered people. He was an irresponsible monarch, but sadly ruled in a land that could not handle an irresponsible monarch. Russia was a power keg by the time Nicholas got to the throne, and I personally think no one could have saved the Tsarist Empire.

Nicholas' hesitation over major decisions, Alix's aloofness, the specter of Rasputin, and the divine right of kings mentality were major setbacks, but they alone did not ensure Nicholas would see revolution. Instead, I point to the bloody history before Nicholas, the backwardness of Russia economically, industrially, militarily, politically, etc. I'm fascinated by Russian history (and am majoring in the language in college), and I'm one of those people who emphasize trends in history. Russia's Tsarist history was leading to disaster; Nicholas was the wrong ruler to be caught in the middle but I'm not sure there could have been a "right" tsar at the time.

P.S. I read through the thread, and figured out who Minnie was but who was Ducky?

Nicholas at age 8 (1876) from PictureHistory
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Old 06-27-2010, 07:54 PM
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Oh my God! Nicholas and George look more like brothers than like cousins!

About whether or not another tsar could have prevented the revolution, who knows? But it seems like Nicholas and Alix didn't improve the situation either.
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Nicholas and George V when together, were often mistaken for one another by family and courtiers. Their mothers as sisters had a strking resemblance to one another so it is understandable the two rulers resembled each other. Nicky was so cute as a young boy as shown in the last photograph.
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Quite right, Vasillisos. If I recall correctly, Nicky represented his parents at the marriage of George V and May of Teck in 1893. During that visit, he was, to his great amusement, mistaken by someone for his cousin, which he mentioned in a letter home to Minnie and Sasha.
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http://kp.ru/daily/24531.3/675793/
http://kp.ru/photo/gallery/25527/?showall=1

The above article contains rare photos of Russian leaders during their holidays. These photos are from the Kremlin archives that have not been declassified.
The first on the list is Nicholas II swimming in skerries in the Gulf of Finland.
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Thank you for sharing these very rare pictures of the Tsar. I couldn't help looking at the rest of the pictures of the other Russian leaders. Very fascinating!
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Old 07-29-2010, 10:13 AM
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Whoa! Is that a photograph of Nicholas's bare bottom?? I am surprised that photograph was not destroyed once it was developed.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:03 AM
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Vasillisos, it sure is ~~. It's not the first time I've seen the Sovereign in the altogether....there is a film clip extant, which I've seen a number of times, showing Nicholas II swimming with other men, including the heir, and they're all swimming that way! At one point, I believe you can see him diving off a deck or a boat.

When watching that clip, I distinctly got the impression that bare-bottom swimming was quite respectable and ordinary. Of course, I rather think that would emphatically not be the case when in mixed company.
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I've seen the first two pictures before. I believe they are in my Peter's book: Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas & Alexandra and another book I cannot remember. It was by one of the Grand Duchess George's decendants, I think. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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I have no doubt that there was nothing scandalous about the men swimming in the nude because there were no women present. I am just surprised that a photograph was taken and it was not destroyed or suppressed once it was developed. But maybe the Tsar was not aware of its existence or maybe he did not care. But I suspect Alexandra would have been appalled.
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I am sure there is a legitimate reason for keeping inappropriate photos. In truth, I am surprised that such photos were allowed to be taken at all.
According to the article, Nicholas II could not stand the summer heat well. Thus, he swam in cold waters in the Gulf of Finland.
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