Letter from George, Duke of York, to his wife, May, describing the wedding of his cousins Tsar Nicholas II and Princess Alix of Hesse in St Petersburg, 26 November 1894

My own darling sweet May

Many thanks for yr letter of the 22nd just received. The wedding is over & everything went so well, not a single hitch anywhere. Alicky looked lovely & was so dignified & graceful only through the ceremony. They are both as happy as they can possibly be, I never saw two people more in love with each other: I told them both that I could not wish them more than that they should be as happy as you & I were together. Was that right? The wedding took place in the Chapel in the Winter Palace, a most impressive but sad ceremony, it only lasted about ¾ of an hour, poor darling aunt Minny behaved beautifully & she kept back her tears in a wonderful way. After they were married [they] drove back to this Palace where they are going to stay, they got a tremendous ovation from the crowds in the streets. And at this moment there is still an enormous crowd in front of the house, several thousands & they are still cheering, they have been several times to the windows & the people cheered tremendously, it reminded me of our wedding very much.

Luckily it has been fine & bright & every body is in holiday costume, a real ray of sunshine in the middle of the deep mourning. Now everybody will go away as everything is over; but now is the time that poor aunt Minny will begin to feel & realize her terrible loss, fancy today is her birthday & such a sad one, but in years to come she will always be able to think that it is less sad as it is Nicky’s wedding day. They have both got the most beautiful presents you ever saw, mostly jewellery, but I have not seen them all. Aunt Minny has given her 5 rows of lovely large pearls, they cost £17000, (because Mama told me so) Nicky gave her one row twice as big & two tiaras & several more things, I never saw such magnificent things.

My darling sweet Tootsums I have been thinking so much of you today, oh, if you only know how I love love you my precious one & how I long be with you again, I shall count the hours till we meet. God bless you my own sweet wife with a kiss for your lovely little face from yr ever most loving & devoted husband.


I can’t write well today I am rather tired.

anonymous asked:

Not sure if this would be considered a "political" question or not, seeing as they are merely pretenders to a defunct throne, but what is your opinion of Maria Vladimirovna?

I don´t think it is a political question considering no Romanov today matters one bit in politics.

Personally, even though I consider myself a monarchist, I do not support her claims to Russian throne. The most important reason for this is that should Russia ever be a monarchy again, they have the right to choose whomever they want to sit in the Winter Palace (or wherever). And should the choice indeed fall upon the house of Romanov once again, I feel a person with more humility and caring more for duty than non-existent old titles would be better than Maria Vladimirovna or her son, who btw doesn´t seem to have any personality. Naturally I can only tell how they seem to be, not knowing them in person. 

Also, I find it amusing that Maria Vladimirovna derives her claim to the throne from Pauline laws, but ignores parts of them because it suits her. In my opinion Kyril did not have the right to proclaim himself an Emperor in the fist place, but even if he did and so did his son, Maria is a woman and according to Pauline laws she is NOT elligible as a ruler and neither is her son. In fact if we adhere strictly to Pauline laws then the children of Paul Ilyinsky are the most direct male descendants of the Romanovs today. And they have no interest in any crown, while other Romanovs readily offer whatever service to Russia they can, without asking for anything in return.

But Maria is from the Vladimirovichi branch of the family. And they ALWAYS were the ambitious and power-loving ones.

the Winter Palace, Vienna, Austria

the battle room, paintings by Jacques Parrocel

“Originally built as a lavish stately residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, then acquired in the eighteenth century by Empress Maria Theresa before being used for the Court Treasury and later as the Ministry of Finance, this Baroque jewel in downtown Vienna has finally been restored to a centre of art and culture. With the opening of the Belvedere’s new – and fourth – exhibition venue, the principal rooms of Prince Eugene’s state apartments will be accessible to the public from 18 October 2013 on.”

source: www.belvedere.at


The Hermitage Museum | St. Petersburg | Russia. From the 1760s onwards the Winter Palace was the main residence of the Russian Tsars. Magnificently located on the bank of the Neva River, this Baroque-style palace is perhaps St. Petersburg’s most impressive attraction. Many visitors also know it as the main building of the Hermitage Museum. The green-and-white three-storey palace is a marvel of Baroque architecture and boasts 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows and 1,057 elegantly and lavishly decorated halls and rooms, many of which are open to the public. The Winter Palace was built between 1754 and 1762. Many of the palace’s impressive interiors have been remodeled since then, particularly after 1837, when a huge fire destroyed most of the building. Today the Winter Palace, together with four more buildings arranged side by side along the river embankment, houses the extensive collections of the Hermitage. The Hermitage Museum is the largest art gallery in Russia and is among the largest and most respected art museums in the world.The museum was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from the German city of Berlin. Today, the Hermitage boasts over 2.7 million exhibits and displays a diverse range of art and artifacts from all over the world and from throughout history (from Ancient Egypt to the early 20th century Europe). The Hermitage’s collections include works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Titian, a unique collection of Rembrandts and Rubens, many French Impressionist works by Renoir, Cezanne, Manet, Monet and Pissarro, numerous canvasses by Van Gogh, Matisse, Gaugin and several sculptures by Rodin. The collection is both enormous and diverse and is an essential stop for all those interested in art and history. The experts say that if you were to spend a minute looking at each exhibit on display in the Hermitage, you would need 11 years before you’d seen them all. х

Russian Imperial Palaces → The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian monarchs. However, some of the monarchs and their families often flocked to their favorite and more secure palaces outside of the city because of the dangers they face at the Winter Palace. In 1905, the Bloody Sunday massacre occurred when demonstrators marched toward the Winter Palace, but by this time the Imperial Family had chosen to live in the more secure and secluded Alexander Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, and returned to the Winter Palace only for the most formal and rarest state occasions.

The palace was constructed on a monumental scale that was intended to reflect the might and power of Imperial Russia. The green-and-white palace has the shape of an elongated rectangle. The Winter Palace has been calculated to contain 1,786 doors, 1,945 windows, 1,500 rooms and 117 staircases. The rebuilding of 1837 left the exterior unchanged, but large parts of the interior were redesigned in a variety of tastes and styles, leading the palace to be described as a “19th-century palace inspired by a model in Rococo style.

Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great’s original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt. After the death of Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum had become a private treasure house of the Tsars, who continued collecting paintings and artworks, albeit not on the scale of Catherine the Great. The museum is open to everyone today.