Prince Vladimir Paley † 18 July 1918
He seemed called to become one of the great characters of Russian literature, but his fate would be different, savagely murdered at the age of 21 along other members of the Imperial Family. Prince Vladimir Paley was the son of the Grand Duke Paul, youngest son of Emperor Alexander II, and of Olga Valerianovna Karnovich, the daughter of a chamberlain in the Imperial Court. The morganatic marriage of his parents prevented him from being considered a member of the Romanov dynasty, yet he deserved more than anyone to bear this name.
He was an amazing gifted man, among music, painting he was primarily a poet, he impressed those around him with his extraordinary talents. It was particularly astonishing to see the natural and abundant way in which harmonious, bright verses flew from him. He learned quickly to play the piano and other instruments, and revealed most remarkable skills for drawing and painting. He learned to read and write with similar ability in French, English and German, and later in Russian as well. At a very early age he astounded people by his extensive reading and his extraordinary memory. [x]
One evening in Petrograd, already given over altogether to Bolshevism, Vladimir was declaiming his verses in the home of the demoiselles Albrecht. A great Russian artist, Mme. RostchinaMsarova (Countess Serge Ignatieff), who was there, murmured as she looked at him :
" It is not possible… he will not live… . When one is gifted with such genius, with an inspiration so pure and so beautiful, one cannot have a long life… . “
♚ VICTORIAN ROYALS A-Z; D is for Princess Dagmar of Denmark, later Empress of all the Russia
Born 26 November 1847 as Her Serene Highness Princess Dagmar of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, the future Empress of Russia was raised in very modest means, but nonetheless within a loving and close-knit family. Her father, Prince Christian was a minor member of the royal family and as such, relatively impoverished. Dagmar, nicknamed “Minnie”, and her siblings made their own clothes, performed housework duties, and when her father returned from military duties on the weekend, undertook exercises on the lawn of the small Yellow Palace in Copenhagen. In 1858 her father unexpectedly became heir to the throne of Denmark and the family entered into the European Royal spotlight.
It was by chance that Dagmar, or Minnie as she was known to her family, met and became betrothed to the dashing Tsarevich Nicholas “Nixa” of Russia, eldest son of Tsar Alexander II in 1864. But sadly, just months later he was to perish from spinal meningitis, devestating his fiancee. At his deathbed, the young Heir gestured to his younger brother, the now Tsesarevich Alexander, to take upon himself his position to the throne, and his young fiancee. Dagmar had already come to love Russia and the Romanov relations, and the two became closer in Nixa’s memory, marrying on the 9 October, 1866. Upon her mandatory conversion to Orthodoxy (as was required by future Empresses), Dagmar became Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna, Tsesarevna of Russia. The marriage was to be a happy one; the future Alexander III it seems was the first Romanov Grand Duke not to take a mistress. Their eldest son, the future Nicholas II, was named for their beloved late Nixa.
Upon her father-in-laws horrid assassination and her husband’s subsequent elevation to the throne, Maria became Russia’s Little Mother, a figure dearly beloved by Russia’s peasant people. Maria Feodorovna became a belle of St. Petersburg society, hosting great parties at Gatchina and the Winter Palace during her time as Empress. She remained close with her sister, now Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom, and the two bought a summer residence Hvidore in Denmark after their father’s death. It was her sister who would come to save Dagmar’s own life when the Revolution swept through her adoptive country. As the cruiser HMS Marlborough sent from England ferried away the few of the Imperial Family that had survived the massacres the Dowager was brought to tears with a final chorus of God Save the Tsar from her remaining loyal kinsmen. Dagmar passed away in 1926, still believing her darling Nicky and younger son Michael had survived the Bolshevik terrors. In 2006, with state pomp and the presence of both Russian and Danish governments, Princess Dagmar of Denmark was returned to her beloved Russia, and laid to rest beside her husband and three of her predeceased sons.
They do the cutest things.
Princess Ariane Wilhelmina Máxima Ines was christened on Saturday, October 20th at the Kloosterkerke in the Hague. Princess Ariane’s godparents are Valeria Delger, Inés Zorreguieta, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg, Tijo Baron Collot d’Escury and Anton Friling. During the ceremony, the siblings and cousins of the little princess decided that entertaining the guests was much more fun. The children, including Princess Amalia, Countess Eloise and Count Claus-Casimir displayed some antics that even elicited some laughter and smiles from Queen Beatrix. At one point, Princess Máxima tried to bring the children under control with a stern face, but failed at the attempt.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal Colonel of The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (4 SCOTS) yesterday (12 June) presented Operational Service Medals to personnel at their base in Bad Fallingbostel, Germany following their successful return from Operation Herrick 19.
The Queen and Prince Consort conclude their summer cruise today, the cruise started on the 18th of this month on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog.
The annual summer cruises aboard the Royal Yacht is apart of a long tradition which dates back to Christian X, who was the first king to make annual trips on Danish waters a regular part of his yearly duties.
Voyage of the current royal yacht, which was commissioned in May 1932, has for 80 years been a permanent part of the royal family’s activities during the summer. The only interruption was the five years during the German occupation of 1940-45, when the ship was laid up in the harbor.
Viva la familia real!