So, I’m thinking of starting a new feature where we talk about the the people who get paid to spread bologna about the royals.
Colin Campbell: A rabid Diana-hater and apologist for Prince Charles. Responsible for spreading bullshit about Diana being manipulative and unbalanced and that somehow excusing Charles and Camilla.
Christopher Wilson: Not only has he written multiple trash biographies but he appears on every trashy royal documentary that comes along. In one of them he claims Prince Harry is better in bed than Prince William as if he has any authority at all to speak on that topic. Or maybe that was some other old guy who write trashy books and appears in trashy documentaries. Either way he’s on the list.
Tina Brown: Any credibility she ever had went down the drain with that awful photoshopped Diana and Kate magazine cover.
David Starkey: Self-righteous racist prick.
Anne Sebba: I’m hoping she’s an elaborate troll tasked with proving the publishing industry no longer has any ethics. That’s the only explanation I can think of.
Ingrid Seward: An otherwise respectable woman, but I can’t stand her criticism of Diana. I absolutely hate this idea that Diana’s behavior towards the royal family was anything less than justified after what she went through.
Harriet von Rathlef: The most obscure name on the list. This woman was partially responsible for sicking Anna Anderson and her crazy fans on the world.
Whoever that dumbfuck was who did that The Queen Mother in Love thing. Apparently it wasn’t Anne Sebba, or Christopher Wilson.
I know I’ve forgotten quite a few deserving people. Who else belongs on the list? I’m thinking Paul Burrell and all the other nasty ex-servants, but I’m having trouble remembering which crazy stories he was responsible for.
It really does but yeah it's Olga. Her forehead is super distinct along with her hair color, Olga had lightish hair color, so you can tell sometimes. And yeah Anastasia usually is with Maria, the whole big pair/little pair but there are a few like this with younger girls and older girls.
Actually I’ve seen quite a few pictures of Anastasia with Tatiana, but far less with Olga. And some have Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia all three. There are also many with Anastasia and Alexei. I know Olga was quite into photography, as well all the Romanov children, and perhaps when they were younger she was taking many of the pictures and thus wasn’t in them.
No I don't blame you, if I hadn't been looking closely I would have not though much of it. A lot of their pictures are small/blurry especially if it was a younger kid taking them, or someone moved in the picture. Plus yeah, with the way Olga is crouching it throws you off.
Yeah, if they were standing you’d be able to tell as Olga was older, but crouching I still think it looks more like Maria than Olga. I mean, I believe y’all who say it’s Olga but just based purely on appearances it looks more like Maria. I blew it up and could see more of Olga in the face, though even close up it could go either way.
Also typically you see more pictures of Anastasia alone with the other siblings than Olga.
You're right it does look quite a bit like Maria, but if you look real close you can see that it's Olga's facial features. She and Maria did look quite a bit alike, so I don't blame you for confusing it, but a good way to tell is her forehead/eyebrows - they are a bit different from Maria's.
I suppose close up it looks different; it’s not a big picture. Part of it may be the angle; Olga doesn’t look much older then Anastasia which also confuses things.
It’s a work in progress; I will do additional editing, add photos, and expand the earlier posts eventually. But now you can go on that page to read them all if you want to. Also, there will be more posts later.
why does Prince William write left handed but paints righthanded?!? I'm a lefty but do everything lefty. I know polo can only be played righthanded and so places still frown upon leftyness but if that was the case wouldnt he do everything as a righty?!?
All of your Romanov posts got me interested in reading about them again! But I was wondering, why do you suppose the two eldest girls weren't married off before the revolution? I think Olga was 24? If I'm not mistaken, or 23. I would think a girl of her social stature and her age would have been married off well before then. I've never really read anything in regards to that though, I wondered if you had.
She was actually twenty-two when she died, and only eighteen when World War II started, which put a damper on her marriage prospects. There had been talks about a few potential grooms (including David and Carol II of Romania; I don’t see either of those options ending well for either party), but Nicky and Alix didn’t really want to “marry off” their girls and preferred they find love matches when the time was right. Olga didn’t want to leave Russia, which along with the protocol for royal marriages significantly narrowed the pool of potential suitors. By that era most royal women married when they were around the ages Olga and Tatiana were when they died. Had Nicholas II stayed in power I think the three oldest girls would have started seriously looking for husbands after the war ended. Alix might have put up a fight to them moving away, though, so perhaps they would have sought husbands among other Russian royals and perhaps one or two of the girls might not have married at all. It was a very close-knit family.
Olga and Tatiana both had a few “boyfriends” among soldiers they worked with during the war, one of whom gave Tatiana her beloved bulldog Ortino. I don’t think they would’ve been allowed to marry anyone who wasn’t royal, though I wonder how their parents would have reacted had they pushed the issue. I don’t see Nicky and Alix cutting off a daughter who wanted to make an unsuitable marriage like many royal parents would, but it would have certainly caused a lot of strain.
Hyphens were reasonably common in French royalty--more with daughters than son, as I recall, and can still be found here and there among the Hohenzollerns (though oddly enough, none of the Louis Ferdinands), among others, of course. I think one or two living Windsors may have hyphens. Possibly one or two of Queen Victoria's grand-daughters also.
Well, I was thinking more of last names, but I do know of a few times it was done with first/middle names. With the French royal family it’s only logical given they gave all their kids the same first names so you have to bring the first two names together in order to tell them apart.
To the fastidious, eagle-eyed editor. My mistake. A jumpy keyboard finger. Albert Victor was not, indeed, hyphenated. My affection for the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha ( which IS hyphenated ) is matched only by my love for overwrought, gilded English punctuation. See you on the Field-of-Green for your Hyphenated Riposte.
It’s a very common mistake. I mean, we all know the royals love hypens.