Jasmine ‘Grand Duke of Tuscany’ (Jasminum sambac) With a rich, heavenly fragrance, the thick fully double white blooms are much revered throughout Asia where a perfumed drink is made by soaking the flower overnight in water.
Mathilda-Marie Feliksovna Kschessinskaya was perhaps the most notorious ballerina in Imperial Russia. Her love affairs with Nicholas II (before his marriage), and two Grand Dukes gave society much to talk about.
The brother of Tsar Nicholas II, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich Romanov Michael was the first of the Romanovs to be executed by the Bolsheviks. i guess he was just too over the top for starving people.
This historical Rusian cigarette-case belonged to Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholaevich grandson of Emperor Nicholas I. Of Karelian birchwood, the cover is applied with the conjoined Cyrillic initials of the grand duke below a Romanov crown in silver.
bulletproofjewels: Grand Duchess Ella Feodorovna, with her husband Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich and their ‘adoptive’ children, Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna, the younger, and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich.