A conference in Moscow tells the story of a duchess in the Russian royal family. She sold off her own jewelry to establish a convent that aided soldiers during WWI, and was hailed as a martyr after the Revolution. The Elizabethan Legacy Today conference kicked off at Tsaritsyno Palace on Wednesday. It is dedicated to Grand Duchess Elizabeth (1864-1918) of the Romanov dynasty and explores the royal family’s history of philanthropy in late imperial Russia. Read more A German princess and granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria, Elizabeth joined the Russian court after marrying Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. Her younger sister tied the knot with Tsar Nicholas II. The duchess had a tragic life, as her husband was killed by a terrorist in a bombing attack near the Kremlin in 1905. A decade later, she was executed by the Bolsheviks, shortly after the October Revolution. After her husband’s death, Elizabeth sold off her jewelry to establish a convent in Moscow. It … [Read more...] about From princess to martyr: Conference in Russia explores legacy of Duchess Elizabeth
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While Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton never got a chance to meet their husbands' mother Princess Diana, both Duchesses have paid homage to the Princess by wearing pieces of her much-loved jewelry. Princess Diana wore a number of valuable earrings, tiaras and rings while was married to Prince Charles. After their divorce, she was allowed to keep her collection in the settlement - though one of the most iconic pieces she wore, the Lover's Knot tiara, was on loan from the Queen so remained in the royal collection. In a "letter of wishes" left by Diana, the Princess reportedly wrote, "I would like you to allocate all my jewellery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewellery to your discretion." Now that her sons are both married, we've started to see some of Princess Diana's favourite pieces re-enter the public sphere - looking just as beautiful … [Read more...] about Princess Diana’s ring, tiara and jewelry: How Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton pay homage to their late mother-in-law
In technical terms Kate Middleton might be a 'commoner', but she led a quietly luxurious lifestyle before marrying into the Royal Family. Since becoming the Duchess of Cambridge Kate has swapped the wild nights out at Mahiki for state dinners and Cartier tiaras, but how much family money did she have before marrying Prince William? What was Kate Middleton's net worth before she married William? Strictly speaking Kate doesn't have any self-made wealth, but she was previously involved in the business owned by her parents, events company Party Pieces. Formerly an air hostess, Carole Middleton set up the company to spend more time with her family. “In 1987, I had two young children and was pregnant with my son, James. We had come back to the UK from living abroad and I was a full-time mum. I didn’t want to miss out on my children growing up, so I considered starting my own business,” Carole told Good … [Read more...] about Prince William and Kate Middleton net worth: Are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge worth more than Meghan and Harry?