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Random Royal Rotogravure – Relatives

The always thoughtful JR on Twitter got me ruminating on royal relations with this tweet. To me young Astrid and her cousin Tatiana were spitting images of each other— JR 🇪🇺 (@Jakreg76) July 18, 2021 I did not know that Queen Astrid and the Romanovs were second cousins. JR explains it. Astrid's mother… Continue reading Random Royal Rotogravure – Relatives

Pocket Profiles · Russia

Pocket Profiles – The Daughters Romanov

The collective image of the daughters of Nicholas and Alexander is that of a group of four, frozen in time in a series of black and white photographs. The sisters played into the idea of a collective identity themselves, signing group correspondence "OTMA", the first letter of each girl's name. Their mother referred to them… Continue reading Pocket Profiles – The Daughters Romanov

Pocket Profiles · Russia

Pocket Profile – Tsarevich Alexei

Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, was born in August 1904 to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and Emperor Nicholas II. He was the fifth child and only son of the couple, and to say his arrival was greeted with joy and celebration is the understatement of the century. His parents were rapturous, the extended family overjoyed and… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Tsarevich Alexei

Pocket Profiles · Russia

Pocket Profile – Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

Princess Alix Victoria Helena Louise Beatrice was born in 1872, the sixth child of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and the Rhine, and the 26th grandchild of Queen Victoria. Known as Sunny in her childhood, her early untroubled existence was interrupted by a series of misfortunes. By the… Continue reading Pocket Profile – Empress Alexandra Feodorovna