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Special Awards Ceremony & Savoyard Delegation


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-06-01

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The award ceremony for our newest patron Knyazhna Varvara N. Golitsyna’s courage against her uncle’s alleged crimes certainly attracted a few jealous eyes from other young ladies, but also shone in many bachelors' eyes! Everyone was surprised by the Empress' decision to also take her as a Freylina (Maid of Honour).

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The Savoyard Delegation was represented by their Ambassador, half-brother of King of Sardinia - Duc de Chablais. The Empress was very pleased with their gift - a stomacher brooch that was prepared for her, and was pleasantly surprised how grown and pretty his daughter was.


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To celebrate the Savoyard Delegation, the Empress took the Ambassador for the first dance, and all joined in, including Graf Sheremetev who showed possibly signs of affection towards Baryshnya Anna Vorontsova by sharing their first dance!

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Well-timed Dinner


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-05-29

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Yet at another whim, Tzarevich Pavel (perhaps like his father once did) decided to make fools out of the court and shut the doors to his apartment at the last minute announcing that there will be no event hosted tonight by him.

Seeing an opportunity, the Shuvalovs hosted dinner later in the day. Yet the biggest surprise was the return of Knyaz Yusupov - the young eligible bachelor who is one of the richest people in the empire! The conversation ranged from military, arts to sciences and literature, the last of which resulted in a heated discussion between him and Knyaginya Dashkova.


This was only defused by the gracious host and the chaperoned cousin of Dashkova's Anna Vorontsova...



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"Spilling Tea" in Knyazhna Golitsyna's Tea Salon


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-05-26

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While the hostess, the young Knyazhna Golitsyna, was comfortably “spilling tea” in her own salon, including speculations on the rushed clear out of the late Tzarevna’s apartment, other tensions arose in the Golitsyn stronghold, especially in regards to Knyaginya Golitsyna’s “legendary” singing!

Graf Sheremetev’s close friend and Belossersky noticed a few glances, mostly from Baryshnya Anna towards the Graf, on the other hand...

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Is It Time to Move On?


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-05-24

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Since morning and into the evening the palace staff were tirelessly, one could say in a rushed manner, clearing out the late Tzarevna Natalya's things, including her favourite floral painting, her pet Papilon's bed and the portraits of her parents.

Are the apartments expected to be refurbished? Is there a new contestant bride to arrive later this year already?

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Shuvalovs' Comeback!


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-05-19

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The next generation Shuvalovs have made a comeback to the court with a great afternoon of poetry (and much, much gossip) hosted by Grafinya Zinaida Shuvalova! The host seemed not as much touched by the late Tzarevna's passing.

Another comeback has also been made by one of the honorary members of the royal family Baryshnya Varvara von Engelhardt. She seemed quite unsettled when her uncle Grigory Potemkin’s name was ever mentioned. Can she regain the very top of Empress’ favour?

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For the New Beginnings . . ?


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-05-01

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Abiding Easter traditions, the Easter Feast had to take place, regardless of late Tzarevna's recent death. The conversation was forced by all parties involved, although the Empress tried to lighten the conversation with a fitting toast "for the new beginnings", which didn't sit well with her grieving son.


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Tzarevich Pavel has just given away his wife's body to the priests to prepare for the funeral and has already gone into mourning. Displeased with his mother and all courtiers, he eventually left.



 



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Not half an hour has passed when a guard rushed into the dining hall abruptly interrupting the Empress and hurriedly reported that the heir apparent was ready to jump from his salon's window in desperation and grief. All courtiers panicked and were utterly shocked!



 



The Empress showed signs of panic as well as this was her son still, but could only walk at fast pace followed by all of her subjects from one end to the other end of the palace as she was, still, the Empress of All Russia. 



 



Whilst the Empress and Vitze-Kantzler Golitsyn kept talking to him, thus distracting him, the nearby Grenadyor Dobrynin swiftly grabbed on Tzarevich and pulled him away from the window ending possibly the state's greatest crisis yet! For his heroic action, the Empress will give the man a reward, but for now, he only gets a slap on his face from the emotional wreck that is the future Emperor of Russia...




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Christ is risen!


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-04-29

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The Midnight Service first celebrates the resurrection of Christ. Yet no one can truly be joyous with the latest turn of events. The clergy, all in red, perform the chants and singing, letting the incense smoke fill the chapel hours on end. The Empress, clad in her blue Russian gown, attended, as it abides the monarch to maintain a strong relation with the Russian Church. Her son Pavel, however, was nowhere to be seen, and no one could tell where he was.

Rumours say he has shut himself in his dead wife's bedroom with the corpse. Even on the day she has died the room has been giving off unbearable stench, but now with a corpse in the humid spring days - the thought alone makes one shiver!

Baryshnya Anna Vorontsova was seen sobbing by herself, whilst her chaperon stood before her next to the Empress. Graf Sheremetev couldn’t help but be concerned for her, and, in fact, other ladies who might, indeed, face the same fate.

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After completing the lithurgy for the Easter Vigil, the Archbishop gave blessings to each attendant. The Empress was first to do so followed by her subjects, who hoped to progress their own agendas.

People could not ignore the agitation and cold looks the Empress gave to her Vitze-Kantzler Knyaz Golitsyn throughout the night. Before being able to find out why, the Empress promptly left, possibly to check on her grieving son. Does it mean he’s falling from grace?

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Trying to pretend that everything is fine, Knyaz Golitsyn consulted with his cousin and the Empress’ confidante Knyaginya Natalya Golitsyna. Yet both were clueless as to why, leaving promptly to scheme their next move.

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Tzarevna Natalya is pronounced dead...


By Ekaterina Vorontsova-Dashkova, 2019-04-26

5 agonizing days later, the screams stop… But no outcry of a newborn is heard. The Grand Duchess develops high fever and in delusions she has a moment of euphoria before taking final breath. The room is left in a state of complete disarray - the light is dim, the blood around the body has soaked the sheets multiple times over and the stench is unbearable unless you've gotten used to it.

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The Ober-Kamerger Knyaz/Prince Golitsyn emerges bearing the bad news - the newborn son suffocated in the womb and the mother is dead. The courtiers lament, whether for the deceased mother or loss of an heir to the Russian throne.

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In utter grief, Tzarevich/Grand Duke Pavel refuses to surrender the body for funeral preparations, and he is left alone there for the rest of the day.

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