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RUSSIA'S LOST PRINCESSES -anyone watch it?

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DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 29-Nov-14 17:23:10

I'm blown away by the size of the Winter Palace!!!

I'm on episode one and it's a two parter- really enjoying itsmile

AmIthatHot Sat 29-Nov-14 17:45:45

I saw the first episode last week, I think. When is part 2? is it channel 4?

ThursdayLast Sat 29-Nov-14 18:28:58

I saw it earlier in the year I thought it was fascinating.

I visited the Winter Palace on a college trip to Russia - it was awe inspiring

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 29-Nov-14 19:06:04

Oh wow I'm so envy

Think it was a BBC channel

ThursdayLast Sat 29-Nov-14 19:18:41

Yes it was Bbc 2 - probis be on iplayer now if it's being repeated?
Sadly I was 17 and more interested in vodka, so I expect I didn't quite appreciate IT fully

NomorepepperpigPLEASE Sat 29-Nov-14 19:20:27

Oh I'm going to watch that!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 29-Nov-14 19:26:34

The photos fascinated me, if there had been twitter back then they'd have been posting selfies every 5 mins-me in my wheel chair-I adore my girlies-my precious prince-I feel so blessed to have my lovely husband love you lots xxxx


ThursdayLast Sat 29-Nov-14 19:27:12

I felt like I learned a lot about the Tsarinas from that doc. They've kind of become myths, so it was interesting to see all their photographs.

ThursdayLast Sat 29-Nov-14 19:27:55

Yes Dame I think you're right!

fuzzpig Sat 29-Nov-14 19:28:05

Oh thanks for posting this, I never got round to watching this last time.

AmIthatHot Sat 29-Nov-14 20:47:52

Am watching now on I player.

It is fascinating. I read a book about Anna Anderson many years ago and have been fascinated by this family.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 29-Nov-14 20:49:48

How weird , I posted that I was envious and now it's showing a green heart! I hate the iPad smilies!

Yes, I've read about her as well, all fascinating.

ThursdayLast Sun 30-Nov-14 07:11:56

It showing as a little green face here never fear! When I used the app I thought it was a heart and used it wrong on many many many occasions blush

Who is Anna Anderson?

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 30-Nov-14 12:54:07

Have a google of Anna Anderson, you will lose hoursgrin

I'm watching the second one now while I'm waiting for the dinner to cook, fascinating!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sun 30-Nov-14 13:08:29

Goodness, they even took photos of Rasputinshock

specialsubject Sun 30-Nov-14 17:09:21

Anna Anderson was the mentally ill woman who spent her entire life trying to prove that she was the youngest Grand Duchess, Anastasia.

there are some excellent books on the sad story of the last Russian royal family. 'Nicholas and Alexandra' is now very out of date but of course the main story doesn't change. There are also books about the search for and identification of the remains.

ThursdayLast Sun 30-Nov-14 17:26:09

Ah ok, I have heard of her.
Sounds like the kind of subject I could get my Dad to buy me a book on for xmas.

V sad images when they were in Siberia IIRC.

SunnyBaudelaire Sun 30-Nov-14 17:33:48

they were not 'in Siberia' they were held at Yekaterinburg

SunnyBaudelaire Sun 30-Nov-14 17:37:34

also google 'Larissa Tudor' it is fascinating

ThursdayLast Sun 30-Nov-14 18:55:36

So I guess I didn't recall correctly grin

RenterNomad Sun 30-Nov-14 20:34:32

I saw it the last time it was on, and it really explored, in a way I hadn't seen before, just how insular the last Romanovs were. Not just "not in touch with reality", but not even in touch with their own court, which must have been terrifying for everyone around them! Autocracy is problematic at the best of times, but I hadn't realised just how bad Nicholas was.

Those poor girls, brought up so insularly that they didn't even want to escape in marriage... because the candidates were so very foreign to them! And the girls being nothing compared to the importance of Aleksandra's and Aleksei's health... Terrible parents! sad

specialsubject Tue 02-Dec-14 13:46:39

the story is that when Alexandra gave birth to the fourth daughter, Nicholas had to go for a walk first before seeing her to get over the disappointment. The primitive beliefs of the time meant that the dynasty could only be secured by a male heir. Then of course when that heir was born, his haemophilia meant he could die at any moment. The stress on the parents was unimaginable.

I recommend reading 'Nicholas and Alexandra' - the author also has a haemophiliac son.The suffering of Alexis in a time before treatment to alleviate pain and disability was horrific.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 02-Dec-14 19:56:59

I wonder why she insisted on breast feeding in a time when it was unheard of for a lady to do so,I wonder what made her have such strong opinions?

I will look at that book, thank yousmile

KatieKaye Tue 02-Dec-14 22:34:56

Alexandra was not unusual among descendants of Queen Victoria to insist on breastfeeding, although the Queen herself strongly disapproved (several references in her published letters) At least two of her daughters (Vicky and Alice, who was Alexandra's mother)breast fed their children as did many of her grand-daughters.

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