PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?

PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?   There have been several potential candidates mentioned for the hand of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, but according to a 1910 letter from Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (KR) to his son Prince Ioann, the latter was at one point interested in the…

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EMPRESS ALEXANDRA’S LETTER TO GRAND DUCHESS MARIA NIKOLAEVNA

    Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna’s English was not the best, but often she and her mother exchanged letters in English, probably for learning purposes. Maria often used to rewrite Empress Alexandra’s letters in her own hand. This is one of the letters that I obtained from GARF, rewritten in Grand…

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ROMANOV FAMILY: ORIGINAL IMPERIAL “STANDART” OF TSAR PETER THE GREAT

ROMANOV FAMILY: ORIGINAL IMPERIAL “STANDART” OF TSAR PETER THE GREAT   Most Romanov history buffs know of “The Standard”, the beloved imperial yacht which belonged to the Romanov family. But did you know that the original “Standart” belonged to another member of the Romanov family – Tsar Peter the Great?  Frigate “The Standart” –…

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ROMANOV FAMILY: HOW MANDARIN ORANGES BECAME RUSSIA’S NEW YEAR TREAT

ROMANOV FAMILY: HOW MANDARIN ORANGES BECAME RUSSIA’S NEW YEAR TREAT      New Year celebrations are arguably the most major holidays in modern Russia. One of the traditional treats on a Russian New Year’s table are mandarin oranges. This fruit was not native to Russia – it was introduced only a few years prior to the…

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TSAR NICHOLAS II’S AEROPLANE MAKER: IGOR SIKORSKY (1889 – 1972)

TSAR NICHOLAS II’S AEROPLANE MAKER: IGOR SIKORSKY (1889 – 1972)     Born in Kiev (Russian Empire) on May 25, 1889, world famous Russian aircraft engineer, inventor and philosopher Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky was the youngest child of a well-known psychiatrist, professor of the University of Kiev – Ivan Sikorsky and his wife…

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