Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, ’ The Younger’.
Everyone was just reaching up to see him, and touch him, even to rip his shirt off. It was like he was a Beatle. He touched people, and they in return wanted to physically touch him. - Courtney Kennedy
Grace of Monaco: Roles
Hello lovely anon thank you I’m really glad you like it !! My name is Emma and next september I will study History at the Sorbonne. I spent a year in London to learn English, well I’m still there, just one month left ! It’s going to be hard to leave this amazing city ! :)
Hello Kya !! Actually yes, the hubris of Charles I was in a certain way his downfall, when he was executed in January 1649, the monarchy was abolished in favour of a ‘republic’ named the Commonwealth of England. Here are two good articles
"I never thought it was possible to love anybody so much or quite so completely, or that anybody should be so wonderfully abundant and prodigal to me in everything I’ve wanted most. As we have settled down and become firmer in our minds, and more peaceful in our hearts, our life together has become so unbelievably beautiful." - Laurence Olivier
Prince and Princess Louis of Hesse, 1865.
' If I say I love my dear husband, that is scarecly enough - it is a love and esteem which increase daily, hourly; which he also shows to me by such consideration, such tender lobing ways. What was life before to what it has become now ? There is such blessed peace being at his side, being his wife, there is such a feeling of security; and we two have a world of our own when we are together, which nothing can touch or intrude upon. My lot is indeed a blessed one; and yet what I have done to deserve that warm and ardent love which my darling Louis ever shows me ? I admire his good and noble heart more than I can say. '
Princess Alice to her mother Queen Victoria, 1862
Princess Alice’s Bedroom at Osborne, occupied after her marriage, July 1st 1862. With a flower wreath of the two initial of the newly married couple. One of the painting is a small reproduction of the famous ‘Empress Eugénie Surrounded by her Ladies in Waiting' by Winterhalter.
1. Post a pic of your favourite OTMA dress, accessory, etc
So many pretty dresses but I love this one
2. Favourite book about OTMA
I never read a biography only focused on them, but with the K. Massie’s book I learnt so much !
3. Least Favourite book “about” OTMA
I don’t have anything in my mind right now..
4. Favourite of OTMA
I just can’t choose because I genuinely love them all, they have their own personality, I will never choose one of them, they come as a package ;)
5. Favourite romanov website
I actually don’t look that much on internet, I guess it is ’ Les Derniers Romanov’ it is the first website that I came across and it is very well made !
6. Would you be the fifth daughter of Nicky & Alix if they survived ?
Definitely ! they were such a happy family despite the tragedies..
And I would have married Vladimir Paley….
7. Gaius Julius Caesar or Mark Antony ?
That is a tough one… Gaius Julius Caesar !
8. Ancient Rome or Ancient Greece ?
Both are fascinating, I definitely can’t choose..
9. Post your favourite pic of Olga
So many ! I will go with this one..
10. Favourite quote written by OTMA
Not really an OTMA quote but… ‘Father asks us to remember that the evil which is now in the world will become yet more powerful, and that it is not evil which conquers evil, but only love…’ Olga.
Prince Alfred with a bust of his late father Prince Albert, March 1862. His sister’s wedding was a tough day for Prince Alfred who ’ sobbed all through and afterwards - dreadfully.’
July 1, 1862 – Wedding of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Prince Ludwig of Hesse.
On July 1, 1862, at Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight, Princess Alice married Prince Louis, the future Grand Duke of Hesse. They had been engaged for over a year, but in the interim, Princess Alice’s father, Prince Albert, had died. After six months the court was still in deepest mourning but, though Queen Victoria was still nearly mad with grief, she ordered that the wedding should go on as planned. In consideration of the circumstances, the wedding was a quiet, private affair; the dining room at Osborne House was converted into a temporary chapel.
Scarcely got any sleep. Towards morning heard all the preparations for today’s ceremony going on. It tired me terribly. Alice got up & came & kissed me & I gave her my blessing & a Prayer Book, like one dear Mama gave me on our happy wedding morning. [..] Took a short drive with Lenchen & then saw dear Louis, who was nervous & overcome. Alice was dressed before 1, looking lovely in her bridal attire. She had no train, but a half high dress with a deep flounce of Honiton Lace, a veil of the same & a wreath of orange blossoms & myrtle. She had her order on & wore the beautiful opal cross & brooch. There were 4 Bridesmaids, our 3 girls & Anna of Hesse, dressed in sprigged net over white, with pale mauve trimmings. — The time had come & I, in my “sad cap” as Baby calls it, — most sad, on such a day, went down with our 4 Boys, Bertie & Affie leading me. It was a terrible moment for me.
I sat all the time in an armchair, Bertie & Affie close to me. The Hessian Family stood opposite, Clementine, Augustus & Nemours, next to them. After a short pause Louis came in, conducted by Ld Sydney, & followed by his 2 brothers William & Henry. After another pause came the dear dear Bride on her Uncle’s arm, followed by the Brides Maids, a touching sight. The service then commenced, the Arch Bishop performing it beautifully. Alice answered so distinctly & was full of dignity & self possession. Louis also answered very distinctly. I restrained my tears, & had a great struggle all through, but remained calm. The service over, dear Alice, who was wonderfully composed, embraced me, as I did also Louis, after which they left the room, followed by us all.
Charles, very overcome & most kind, & dear good Fritz came into the Horn Room, & the Dean brought in the Register, which we all signed, the rest of the Family coming in, in succession. When that was over, I took leave of all the guests & went upstairs, where Alice & Louis joined me, & we lunched together, all the others lunching below. Mr Thomas made a slight sketch of Alice & then she went into her dear Father’s room to change her dress, putting on a white “mousseline de soie” with a little bonnet trimmed with orange blossoms. Her calmness & composure continued. They both went to wish Pce & Pss Charles goodbye, who then came with their sons & daughter to take leave of me. Ernst C. went to Town with them, but returns in 2 days. — Dear Alice & Louis sat with me for a short while & at 5 o’clock I parted with them, blessing them both & saw them drive off.
Dear Fritz dined alone with me & was extremely kind. We talked of many things. The others joined us afterwards. — Read over the account of Vicky’s wedding, so different to this, then, all such a joyous celebration !
Queen Victoria, Tuesday 1st July 1862
Princess Alice and Prince Louis of Hesse, December 1860, informal engagement photography.
Happy Birthday to The People’s Princess
(07.01.61 - 08.31.97)
Diana broke the barriers of nationality and saw everyone for who they were- first and foremost, human beings and extended members of her family. ~ Larry King
The most amazing thing about Diana was that although she was a princess, the struggles she went through were those of the everyday woman. She had been royalty, but she was just like all of us. Someone to aspire to, yet someone to relate to. And when she left the earth, she left a void that can never be filled. ~ Tyra Banks
She had it all, the outside and the inside beauty. Even though I photograph many beautiful people, few have this. ~ Mario Testino
Diana was the very essence of compassion, of duty, of style, of beauty. All over the world she was a symbol of selfless humanity, a standard-bearer for the rights of the truly downtrodden, a very British girl who transcended nationality, someone with a natural nobility who was classless, and who proved in the last year that she needed no royal title to continue to generate her particular brand of magic. ~ Earl Spencer
I still miss her, she was such a light in everyone’s lives. ~ Prince William
First, I want to pay tribute to Diana myself. She was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. I admired and respected her - for her energy and commitment to others, and especially for her devotion to her two boys. ~ Queen Elizabeth II