An excerpt from a letter send to Prime Minister, David Lloyd George from the Secretary of the King regarding the Britain’s offer of asylum to the Tsar of Russia and his family.
This did not really come out until years later, some wonder why George V would have done such a thing. Is is calculating or just evil?
I’ve always wondered what his exact reasoning. Most evidence that has come out suggested the strongest opposition came from George himself and his office.
I’ve done a lot of research and it’s hard to avoid the fact that George both opposed his own government’s plan to offer the Romanovs asylum and that he knew doing so would put them at risk for imprisonment and death.
So, these are the reasons that are the most logical in my eyes, and in all likelihood it was some combination of them and not just one reason:
1. Some sort of little understood (to modern historians) family feud between George/Mary and Nicky/Alix. Their letters don’t really hint at this at all, but in the years since there have been reports of some rumored animosity between the two couples, or primarily between the two wives.
2. Paranoia. To put it simply, George was insanely paranoid about a revolution in Britain that would put his throne at risk. While I have seen letters and other evidence that hints at this paranoia and many historians tie it into his choice to change the family name to Windsor during World War I. He was definitely paranoid, so this is the explanation most historians gravitate to, but I’ve always thought there might have been more to it.
3. A truly naive belief that despite all the evidence to the contrary God would somehow “look after” Nicholas’s family so George didn’t need to concern himself with it.
4. Greed. I mean if the Romanovs came to Britain they would need to have somewhere to stay, and servants would have to be provided, and they probably wouldn’t be able to bring most of their money with them so you know how those expenses would just add up. And then what happens when all those daughters marry a bunch of other exiled Russian aristocrats? Does poor George have to fund them too? And will he have to hire a bunch of guys to watch Alexei so he doesn’t die? I mean, it’s not like George was running a charity house! Note: the previous remarks were satirical, but I have actually seem people argue that George couldn’t afford to offer the Romanovs asylum, or even that he didn’t have room! This theory actually has a lot going for it (George being a greedy bastard, not him being unable to afford it.) because George was a bit of a miser.
I thought she and Imre were still traipsing around Austria and Germany, but this doesn’t surprise me. When you mention stake outs do you just mean the normal protesting bullshit or is she one of the few really stupid ones who shows up at 5am to try and catch the doctor arriving?
40 Days for Life just started yesterday so I expected she might turn back up in the US, but didn’t think it would be this soon. My understanding is in Europe there are much stricter laws protecting patient privacy and preventing disruptive behavior.
I wonder if it’s safe to take a newborn out in below freezing weather?
Queen Victoria, to her daughter, Vicky, sharing her worries about the marriage of her son, Bertie (the future King Edward VII), and, Alix (the future Queen Alexandra) — a marriage that Victoria herself carefully arranged.
If you ever want tips on how to be completely despicable and incredibly terrible to your children, just read ANY letter that Queen Victoria ever wrote to or about her son, Bertie, who later became King Edward VII.
Oh yes, i like Victoria but as a mother, she was terrible! , in special with poor Leopold.
Victoria as a mom…. just ugh….
♕ Ranks and Titles of the Russian Imperial Family
- Tsar/Emperor: Autocratic ruler of the Russian Empire. In formality, the Emperor ranks above any foreign Kings.
- Dowager Empress: Widow of previous Tsar. Takes precedence over current Empress.
- Tsarina/Empress: Consort to Tsar. May rule in his absence.
- Tsesarevich: Heir to the throne. Given the title of Grand Duke at birth, males take precedence over any female siblings. Not to be confused with Tsarevich; traditional title for any male offspring of Tsar.
- Grand Duke: Sons or grandsons of the Tsar. Must marry equally, to Princess of reigning royal house.
- Grand Duchess: Daughter or male-line Granddaughter of the Tsar, or the wife of a Grand Duke. She may choose to keep her title of Imperial Highness when marrying a foreign Prince.
- Prince of the Imperial Blood: a son from a non-reigning line of the Imperial Family; e.g. great-grandsons of the Tsar. Permitted to marry lower-ranked wife.
- Princess of the Imperial Blood: the female equivalent of Prince. May chose to marry lower-ranked husband.
- Prince/Princess of a Noble House: Russian nobility. These families were very old, serving the Imperial Family for hundreds of years. Many had private fortunes, and worked in high government or military positions. Titles were hereditary. Many married into the Imperial Family by the Prince and Princesses of the Blood; e.g. Prince and Princess Felix Yusupov.
No! I haven’t downloaded fics since back in my days in the HP fandom.
I really really wish I did, though! You are not the only person who is looking for this amazing fic.
I’ve gotten a lot of asks about that fanfic and unfortunately the author deleted it. I did some googling trying to find if it was on another site, and as far as I can find it’s not.
It’s really a shame because it was a great story and the author had a lot of talent!
I’ve always been fascinated in the Mitfords. Diana Mosley wrote a great biography of Wallis in the 1980s.
Diana and Oswald were neighbors with the Windsors and did see them a lot socially, but they weren’t quite as close as Diana wanted people to believe. For instance, the Mosleys don’t really come up at all in Wallis and David’s letters or in their personal photo collections. This is quite common. A lot of people who claim to have been besties for life with Wallis and David don’t really show up on their side, which puts a lot of questions in my mind as to how close they really were.
As it is, I don’t think that friendship has any bearing on the Nazi allegation because the Mosleys socialized with a lot of people who didn’t share their political views while at the same time going out of their way to pretend their views were more mainstream than they actually were.
"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
I’m going to go on a little bit of a rant about some of my favorite haters.
If you’ve ever hung around royal forums, history forums, blogs run by middle-aged men, or any site that has a…
so i did what i asked someone to do years ago and edited out all the estelle in aret med kungafamiljen and put it in one video so if anyone else wants it i guess yeah
I found out it’s On Demand if you have Cox through Encore. It’s FREE and you can watch it whenever you want through July. I’m going to try and watch as many episodes as I can while I’m at my mom’s house for the weekend as I won’t be able to access it at my dorm and then I’ll watch the rest week after next when I’m home for spring break.
Don’t mind me, just indulging myself in doing another painting of Bertie aka King George VI
Please don’t repost, reblog instead
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I have not seen that one but it bothers me to no end that Edward is always played by totally unattractive men whereas legit creeepers like Henry VIII are played by male models.
It’s 2013. Yes, Madeleine and Chris had pre-marital sex. Victoria and Daniel also had pre-marital sex. Frederik and Mary probably had pre-marital sex. Mette-Marit and Haakon? More pre-marital sex. Will and Kate? Yep, them too!
Prince Harry’s probably had pre-marital sex with like a dozen people or more.
None of this should be shocking.
I’ve never heard anything about bullying, though I know there was some stupid family drama over something. And think for a second, why would a communist, anti-monarchy revolution want royals living in their country where monarchist forces could access them? It makes absolutely no sense; the only two options were kill them or exile them. Anyone should’ve been able to understand that. George and Mary knew there was a big chance the Romanovs would be killed, they just acted like it wasn’t their problem. And even if you believe this Siberia story, which is completely illogical, so that means George and Mary were okay with their family, their flesh and blood, rotting in a prison camp in Siberia for the rest of their lives?
No, they’re not getting a pass from me.
And anyone who wants to give them the benefit of the doubt, read up on the situation with David and Wallis, and how George banned Mary from ever meeting Wallis and how Mary uphold that even after he died. These people could be nasty, vindictive, and completely selfish. Letting the Romanovs die (or, sorry, spend their lives in a Siberian prison camp if that’s really what you believe…) is 100% in character.