Anastasia Romanov (1901 - 1918)
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia Анастасия Николаевна Романова
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The 4th child of the Tsar
Anastasia Romanov (1901 - 1918)
was the fourth child of Tsar Nicolas II and Alice Hessen.
Anastasia was the wildest of the Romanov kids.
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Legendes from France
Cremerie de Paris
The Tsarina had a passion for her children
She was not interested in politics, state affairs, court issues ...
All she liked were the children and her husband.
At night she told them fairytale stories
The most beautiful ones were about a certain "Cremerie de Paris",
a milk store at the iconic Halles Centrales foodmarket in heart of the French capital.
Cremerie de Paris is part of a century old mansion
where another child, the young Bourbon King Louis XIV had lived a long time ago.
It was the house of the children François and Catherine de Villeroy,
their father was the tutor of the young boy, later called Sunking.
Later they all lived at the Palace of Versailles.
The stories had a secret code "VB" so that adults
would know what their sorties were about.
The Tsarina knew these stories from her childhood friend
the French Empress Eugenie that was still alive and that lived the United Kingdom in exile.
Eugenie was a friend of her own grandmother, Queen Victoria
mother of her own mother Alice that had died.
Empress Eugénie had lost her only child and loved Alix (the Tsarina)
and sometimes before Alix went to bed,
Eugénie came to tell her about the Cremerie de Paris.
As a young woman Eugenie had married the French Emperor Napoléon III
with the project to make Paris become the world's most beautiful city.
The new foodmarket at Les Halles Centrales was the project of Eugénie.
knew the détail of everything.
The market was made of the Pavillons Baltard, 10 glass iron pavillions
and some beautiful newly erected avenues like the Rue des Halles.
On the corner of number 15 rue des Halles
and the centuries old rue des Déchargeurs
was located the Cremerie de Paris.
When a grand reception was going on in St Petersburg,
food was coming from this market brought to Russia with the Nord Express train.
The Tsarina with her smaller children,
Maria, Anastasia and Alexei talking about the Cremerie de Paris.
Every time the Tsarina come up with new the Cremerie de Paris stories,
so many things had happened in Les Halles,
the children couldn't wait for the next épisode ....
Cèdre Impérial de Meudon
The Imperial Cedar of Meudon was another fairytale
about an old tree located in Meudon outside Paris
9.64 km from Les Halles foodmarket.
According to the legends from Empress Eugénie
tree had the power to transmit good energy
to people that took time to watch it.
The tree was the home of green Paraguay birds
and all the Romanov children wanted to see it.
The Moovie with Ingrid Bergman 1956 Anatol Litvac made a moove about Anastasia.
The actors were Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner and Helen Hayes
The Moovie by Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
The animated music film was distributed by the American film studio 20th Century Fox
now part of the Walt Disney company.
The film does not match reality and retells Anastasia's life with a lot of phantasy.
The moovie enjoyed a positive reception from many critics and received nomination for several awards,
like an Oscar award by the Academy Award for Best Original Score of the Best Original Score.
The 5 children of Tsar Nicolas II and Alix Hessen Olga Romanov (1895 - 1918) Tatiana Romanov (1897 - 1918) Maria Romanov (1899 - 1918) Anastasia Romanov (1901 1918) Alexei Romanov (1904 - 1918)
living with them young uncle Dmitri Romanov (1891 - 1942)
Dmitri was later the boyfriend of Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971)
who was a friend of Aimée de Heeren (1903 - 2006)
Ben Solms, editor of VB.com
The children of the Tsarina's brother Ernst Ludwig Hessen (1868 - 1937) married Victoria Melitta Sachsen Coburg (1876 - 1936)
Elisabeth Hessen (1895 - 1903)
Victoria Melitta divorced in 1901
and remarried Kyrill Romanov (1876 - 1938),
a cousin of Nicolas II
and brother of Boris Romanov (1877 - 1943)
Maria Romanov / Leinigen (1907 - 1951)
Kira Romanov / Preussen (1909 - 1967)
Vladimir (1917 - 1992)
Ernst Ludwig Hessen remarried
to Eleonore Solms (1871 - 1937)
Don Hessen (1906 - 1937)
Don was married to Cecile Greece (sister of Philip Mountbatten)
the entire family died in a plane crash
Ludwig Hessen (1908 - 1968)
and their nieces & nephews
Philipp Solms (1895 - 1918)
Anna Agnes Solms (1899 - 1987)
Rosa Solms (1901 - 1963)
Hermann Otto Solms (1902 - 1940)
Carl Solms (1903 - 2004)
great-uncle and baby-sitter of Ben Solms
Elisabeth Solms (1903 - 1997)
Johanna Solms (1905 - 1982) Friederike Solms (1905 - 1993)
great-aunt & baby-sitter of Ben Solms
Children of the Tsarina's sisters Victoria Hessen (1863 - 1950) married to Louis Battenberg (1854 - 1921)
Alice Battenberg / Greece (1885 - 1969)
Philipp Mountbatten (1921 - 2021)
married to Queen Elisabeth II
Louise Battenberg / Sweden (1889 - 1965)
George Battenberg (1892 - 1938)
Louis Battenberg / Mountbatten (1900 - 1979)
Elisabeth Hessen (1864 - 1918) married to Sergei Romanov (1857 - 1905), a cousin of Nicolas II
had no children - later became a nun
Elisabeth Hessen / Romanov
adopted children from Sergei's brother Paul Romanov (1860 - 1919)
Maria Pavlovna Romanov (1890 - 1958)
Dmitri Pavlovich Romanov (1891 - 1942)
boyfriend of Coco Chanel (1883 - 1970)
Paul Romanov lived in Boulogne sur Seine
and had children with Olga Paley (1865 - 1929)
Vladimir Paley (1897 - 1918)
Irina Paley (1903 - 1990)
(1905 - 1981)
Irene Hessen (1866 -
1953) married to Heinrich Preussen ( 1862 - 1929)
Waldemar Preussen (1889 - 1945)
Sigismund Preussen (1896 - 1978)
Heinrich Preussen (1900 - 1904)
The children of the Tsar's sister
Romanov (1875 - 1960) married to Alexander Romanov (1866 - 1933)
Irina (1895 - 1970) married to Felix Yusupov (1887 - 1967)
Andrei Romanov (1897 - 1981)
Fedor (1898 - 1968)
Nikita (1900 - 1974)
father of Alexander (1929 - 2002) married to Mimi
Valguarnera di Niscemi
Dmitri (1901 - 1980)
Rotislav (1902 - 1978)
(1907 - 1989)