Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Alexandra’s Boudoir – Photo Album & Glue

Grand Duchess Marie A. took her daughters on a visit to St. Petersburg in the fall of 1891. Princess Marie (Missy) wrote to her brother Alfred on October 4th that they went “… over the Winter Palace and Mama showed us all the rooms she lived in when she was a little girl …”

Prince Ernst and Princess Alexandra (Sandra) of Hohenlohe-Langenburg with her father the Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha visited Russia from January 5th to February 21st, 1900. They stayed in the Winter Palace on the 3rd floor.

Nicholas II enjoyed his photo albums; one diary entry says it all. On October 29th, 1896 he wrote “… played around with my photographs, sorting them out in order to paste in my big album …”

The photo below of Sandra in Alexandra’s boudoir gives us a glimpse of the large tin of paste with the long brush that Nicholas used.

The brush is a 'mess' about to happen. It would have been a tense atmosphere for others when helping Nicholas paste.  I now think of our glue bottle with a slit in the red rubber top or our modern glue stick with relief!

The next photo with Sandra in the boudoir shows a door behind her. I will open it and show you the rooms beyond soon.

The smaller Royal houses have been ignored far too long. Their archives contain diaries, letters and photos of fascinating lives that should be published.

Schloss Langenburg today is a magnificent hotel [www.schloss-langenburg.de].

Do you want to come with me to the Schloss? Don’t worry if I disappear. I(we) will be sneaking off to the archives!


  1. In the village, one still can buy the original "Wiebelchen" mentioned by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in her letter of 13/26 August 1911 to her sister-in-law Eleonore.

  2. Thank you. I just read again the letter in Petra Kleinpenning's book "... Would you be able to send me Wiebelchen and small salted pretzels to sell? ..." Petra's footnote: 'Wiebelchen - diminutive of Wibele, a type of small sweet biscuit invented by Jacob Wibel, cook at the court of Hohenlohe-Langenburg'. Fascinating, not only its origin but it continues to be made today. Do you have a photo of it?

  3. A couple of years ago, I bought a bag of Wibele like this one at a local Langenburg bakery:
    http://test.echte-wibele.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Wibele_3.jpg .
    Wiebelchen have a vanilla flavour and are light and small, which may explain why the Empress used a diminutive.