30 Day Romanov Challenge - Day 7 : Favourite Holiday Destination.
Royal Gathering in Denmark
I love the fact that nearly every summer the grown-up children of King Christian IX and Queen Louise of Denmark visited their father and mother. Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, Queen Alexandra of England, King George of Greece, they came together with their families. With these gatherings they kept ties strong, sharing a lot of joy and fun during these break. A real family gathering.
“Normally, my grandfather, Christian IX, and grandmother, Queen Louise, would come ou to our ship to bid us welcome to Denmark. Then we were rowed ashore and shortly after off we steamed to Fredensborg. We children really lookes forward to these trips, partly because we met with numerous playmates, partly because we were treated to bread and butter with shrimps on. […] King Christian IX xas the most wonderful and lovable grandfather one could wish for. He often played with us children. The Queen was also both friendly and loving, but she did not play with us - but I loved her vey much all the same. As a rule, we were a crowd of children visiting “Europe’s Grandfather”. We came from Russia, England, Greece and Gmunden in Austria. There were also the Danish prince and princesses there.[…] Grandmother would take me for a walk in the park and show me the flowers. There were flowers everywhere in her rooms. Since that time, the scent of roses has always reminded me of my dear “Amama”, and I can still picture her old, gentle face.” Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna “25 Chapters of my life”
Live blogging about #Eurovision2013 was probably the best decision I did today.
Getty Images caption:
1909 B/W MONTAGE Imperial Russian family, the Romanov Dynasty Czar Nicholas II plays tennis w/ relatives while having holidays in the Gulf of Finland (summer 1909, 1910 or 1911), WS of tennis court, two ladies watch the game, vs of men in uniform play tennis w/ the Tsar, woman (wife Alexandra Feodorovna ?) also plays tennis.
30 Day Romanov Challenge - Day 6 : Favourite Dress/Outfit.
Russian Court Dress
“At all ceremonies at foreign courts where court dress was required, the Russian ladies always made a striking impression. All the other court dresses consisted of a train attached to the shoulders of an ordinary ball-dress. The Russian ladies without fail drew all eyes with the beauty and richness of the cut of our national dress. The kokoshnik and veil. The richly embroidered dress of historic cut with a train and the large quantity of precious stones could not but create an impression.” Maria Bock, Maid-of-honour to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna
In 1834 the nature of female court dress was reglamented by a special decree that formes part of the legal codes of the Russian Empire. To give dress national “colouring”, use was to be made of some of the specific and recognisable details found in folk costume : very long slitted sleeves hanging down almost to the knees, very definite rich decor and a strip with buttons, as on the Russian Sarafan, and a vertical line in the centre. Such dress consisted of a bodice, a very open but tightly waisted skirt and a removable train. This decree set ou the cut of the dress, the colour of the velvet of wich it was made and even the gold and silver embroidered patterns used to adorn it - and each of these was different for ladies of a different ranks.
Lady-in-waiting and ladies of the bedchamber has dresses of green velvet with gold embroidery, matching the embroidery on court uniform as worn by their male equivalents. The Empress’s own maids-of-honour wore dresses of scarlet velvet, while the governesses of the imperial daughters wore blue velvet of a slightly palr shade. Ladies without a rank at court who were invited to receptions had to wear dresses of the same style but made up in other fabrics with different embroidery. The official toilet was finished off with a Kokoshnik with a veil of lace or net for ladies or a fillet for unmarried girls..
Empress Maria Feodorovna - Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna - Empress Alexandra Feodorovna - Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna - Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mavrikievna - Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana Nikolaevna.
At the Russian Court Palace and Protocol in the 19th century.
“The Russian court dress was exceedingly picturesque and was donned for all bigger occasions. It consisted of amply cut velvet robes over a tablier of white satin; the shape, with its train, and wide, long-hanging sleeves, had something medival about it. These robes were heavily embroidered in silver or gold and were of every colour of the rainbow; the richest of all were of cloth of gold or silver. A halo-shaped cocoshnic with a veil hanging from beneath it inevitably accompanied this costume, so that every woman appeared to have been crowned. This unity of attire made all Russian court gatherings uniquely picturesque, saturating them with colour and brilliance unlike anything else; veritable pictures out of the “Thousand and One Nights,” Byzantine in splendour, with all the mysterious gorgeousness of the East. In those days the processional entry of the Russian Imperial family into festive hall or saint-haunted church was a picture once seen never to be forgotten.” Marie, Queen of Roumania “The Story of My Life”.