7 Dec 2012

Once In Royal Baby's City...

With the recent news that Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their first child (and with some sources claiming twins) it's safe to say that the Royal Baby (who has somehow managed to Tweet from inside the womb) is going to be the media focus for the next few months/years.

On the other side of the coin of this media attention is the way this particular Royal couple are very private people, as private as you can be with camera lenses poking into your life of course.

So what is our obsession with Royalty and where did it begin? Was it with the invention of TV, of the news media tapping into the growing trend to know more about the finer details of celebrities lives? It's hard to say and I'll let you decide on that one.

However for the Royalists among us it is no wonder that there is a growing trend for memoirs of princesses and queens popping up on Amazon. Whether you're a fan of Royalty and the concept of a Royal Family there is no doubt that there are those who are very keen and fascinated by Royalty. 

Source: 25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna

A family reunion in the late 1880ies:

Back row from the left: Princess Marie of Orleans (married to Prince Valdemar of Denmark), Princess Louise of Denmark, (daughter of Crown Prince Frederick),  Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark, Crown Princess Lovisa of Denmark, Prince  Max of Baden, Princess Marie of the Hellenes, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, Prince Albert Victor of Wales, Crown Prince Constantine of the Hellenes, Princess Victoria of Wales, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Russia, Princess Alexandra of the Hellenes.
Seated in front: Princess Thyra of Denmark, (daughter of Crown Prince Frederick), Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) Alexandra, Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Queen Louise of Denmark, Emperor Alexander III of Russia.

As one keen reviewer on Amazon said of the book '25 Chapters of My Life: The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna': 

As the title says, this is 25 chapters, none of the terribly long, but nevertheless this is a good read and a book anyone interested in Olga should buy that will undoubtedly be highly sought after by royalty buffs in years to come.
Grand Duchess Olga Aleksandrovna was the last surviving member of Nicholas II’s immediate family and in this book she recalls her life and relationship with her brother’s family. This includes personal reminisces from the childhood and reign of Nicholas II. Alongside a first-hand account of escape from the Bolshevik regime and life in exile from a member of the imperial family.