Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Suleiman. Istanbul, Turkey. c. 1555-1560. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.
Empress Zita and Emperor Karl I of Austria-Hungary
Is it true, Felix was good with words which is the main big problem with his autobiography. To be honest I will advise anyone who wants to read any ‘memoirs’ to read them with a grain of salt. He is not in my eyes a reliable source of information, don’t get me wrong I don’t think his memoirs have no value, I even enjoyed reading it, but he glamorizes many aspect of his life. For instance when he wrote about the murder of Rasputin, the account is more than biased and now we know that it didn’t happen like he said. But he wrote it in a certain way for understandable reasons, it’s why in my eyes his memoirs doesn’t serve history but it is just a literary work with some very good insight of what Russia was like before Revolution.
In an era where royal marriages were mostly unhappy, Princess Maud and Prince Carl had a very harmonious loving one. The first picture which shows the complicity of the couple was taken by Princess Victoria and kept in her albums. Later Maud wrote to her sister
"We are so happy and my C. is a perfect angel to me."
While going through her large collection of clothing saved over many decades a box was found with the polka-dot blouse she wore on the day she became engaged to Charles. It was carefully packed away in tissue paper and a hand-written note by Maud was enclosed saying
"Save this always"
July 22, 1896 – Wedding of Princess Maud of Wales and Prince Carl of Denmark
' Sat out for a short while & then went in to dress, going downstairs at ½ p. 12, to the Bow Room, where all the family were assembled. I wore a black satin dress with embroideries & jet, a lace veil of old point, & diamond diadem & ornaments. After a few minutes, I was rolled through the Hall, Dining room, &c, to the vestibule of the Chapel, Christle & little Arthur going with me.
The Chapel was very prettily decorated with wreaths of red & white roses twined round the pillars. Above the altar was a large cross of white roses, & palms & white flowers on either side. All the Princes & Princesses bowed to me as they came in preceded by Heralds, &c. Dear Alix, looking so young & lovely in a pale grey dress & many diamonds came in last with her brother Freddy. She sat on my left, & Freddy & Louise of Denmark on my right. Next came the Bridegroom, in Danish naval uniform supported by his brothers Christian & Harold, & very soon after followed the dear Bride, led by Bertie & supported by Georgie. She had 8 Bridesmaids: Victoria, Ingeborg & Thyra of Denmark, Thora, Daisy & Patsy, Alice, & little Alix Duff.
Dear Maud looked very pretty in her white satin dress with a very long train bordered with orange blossoms,on her head, her mother’s wedding veil, & a wreath of orange blossoms. The Arch Bishop of Canterbury performed the ceremony, assisted by the Bishops of London & Winchester, other Clergy being also present. The Arch Bishop delivered a short & good address. After the Benediction, Maud came forward to her Parents & then to Me & I kissed both her & the Bridegroom. The Processions reformed in reverse order, & passed to the sounds of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, as in coming, through the covered Gallery which had been arranged on the Terrace. I returned privately as I came & rejoined all the family in the 44 Room, where the Register was signed. ‘ Queen Victoria
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
Good evening ! Well it is really hard to have an opinion, there are so many misinformation and myths around him.. I don’t buy the ‘evil man’ nor the ‘holy man’ thing, he simply took full advantage of the position he found himself in, I even think he had good intentions at least at first, yet he was for sure an opportunistic. I think he had an astonish power of suggestion which led to calm Alexandra, however his influence over her with politics is in my opinion overrated, he was telling Alexandra what she wanted to hear. It also interesting to note his sympathy to the Russian Jews at a time where the Orthodox Church wasn’t keen to help them on the contrary..
So I guess my opinion is always flickering, but I think there’s more behind the image of the evil man forged by years of propaganda..
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna’s Russian ‘workbook’. 1894-1895.
Rare photo of Olga and Maria on the balcony of the Livadia Palace, 1913.
Tsesarevich Nicholas, July 1893, it was taken while he was staying in England on the occasion of his cousin’s wedding, the Duke of York.
“For months after Jack’s death, Bobby remained inconsolable. He was a haunted man; forever dwelling on his loss. He took to wearing his brother’s old jacket. The jacket was a connection to his brother.”