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Queen Victoria’s Diary - Friday 20th April 1894

‘A dull morning. — Breakfasted alone with Beatrice. — Soon after Ella came in, much agitated, to say that Alicky & Nicky were engaged, & begging they might come in. I was quite thunderstruck, as though I knew, Nicky much wished it, I thought Alicky was not sure of her mind. Saw them both. Alicky had tears in her eyes, but looked very bright & I kissed them both. Nicky said 'she is much too good for me'. I told him he must make the religious difficulties, as easy as he could for her, which he promised to do.’ 

María Cristina de Borbón, reina de España (detail), Vicente López Portaña, 1830

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Tsesarevich Nicholas and Princess Alix at the time of their engagement, April 1894.

20 April 1894 Engagement of Princess Alix of Hesse to Nicholas Tsesarevich of Russia

“Today is the first day of my engagement to my darling, adorable Alix. A marvelous, unforgettable day. Oh God, what a mountain has rolled from my shoulders. The whole day I have been walking in a dream, without fully realizing what has been happening to me.” Nicholas

After breakfast, the radiant couple went to have coffee with Queen Victoria, who was delighted with the engagement and reveled in the company of the young lovers. Ten days of bliss followed, during which the couple walked, talked and dined together.

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Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia (1899-1918)

26 May 1896 Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II - Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna with it seems the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, in the second carriage is Nicholas’s sister Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna.

Anonymous wondered,
"I see you like Europian royal families, but i haven't seen anything with the Spanish or Greek ones, are they not that appealing to you? thank you for answering :)"

Hello, you mean nowadays ? You are right I don’t post much about them, I think it’s because I want my blog remaining more focused on past royals, even so I post ‘often’ about the Swedish Royal Family and British Family. But I’m interested by them especially the Spanish, I think Felipe and Letizia do a great job together I can’t wait to see them as King and Queen of Spain. I must say I’m less interested by the Greek Royal Family today. But anyway, same goes for Netherlands, Danish, Norway, Luxembourg, I don’t post much about them but I like them very much. :)

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At the Prussian Court // Mean Girls

The chief troublemarker was Wilhelm’s sister, the reactionary Grand Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburgh-Schwerin. Minutes after her elder brother’s death, Alexandrine threw herself sobbing into the new king’s arms, begging him not to trust his wife. Augusta, she claimed, ‘was an intriguer who would try to meddle into affairs of state and place her own friends in important positions.’ A large woman, filled with piety and her own importance, Alexandrine was nearly sicty at the time and a formidable foe. Next, she turned on Vicky.

Members of the royal family were required to pay homage several times each day to the King’s corpse as he lay on his deathbed, a task that the twenty-year-old Crown Princess found hard to perform, explaining to her mother that the deteriorating body of the old man ‘did not make a pleasant impression upon me.’ Fritz’s aunt must have sensed Vicky’s revulsion because, during one of Vicky’s first visits, she pushed the twenty-year-old girl’s face down almost to Friedrich Wilhelm’s pillow and stood behind her so she could not rise - a piece of mischief that gave Vicky, as she wrote Victoria, 'a great shudder.'

In keeping with Hohenzollern tradition, Friedrich Wilhelm IV’s body was taken after two days to be embalmed, dressed in uniform, and placed in an open coffin for his lying-in-state. The coffin was set in an alcove in the room in which Frederick the Great had died, draped in purple velvet and massed with lighted candelabra. Masked by all this splendor, Friedrich Wilhelm’s body was less intimidating, but Alexandrine’s trick had done its work. 'Today when I went up to the coffin,' the new Crown Princess wrote her mother 'I kept my eyes cast down - I had not courage to look at the King's face. I only looked at it when I was a little further off… and I own it costs me a great struggle to overcome my feelings nw whenever we are obliged to go in.' An Uncommon Woman, Hannah Pakula

Grand Duchess Elisabeth Feodorovna and Grand Dukes Serge and Paul Alexandrovich.

You will not grasp her with your mind
Or cover with a common label,
For Russia is one of a kind –
Believe in her, if you are able…
—Fyodor Tyutchev (translated by Anatoly Liberman)

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The Childhood of Princess Ingrid of Sweden, later Queen of Denmark.


Buckingham Palace bombed during World War Two

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Leo Tolstoy

Yasnaya Poliana, Russia 


Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling on June 19, 2010

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