“The princess is not a profession“?
Even more often should be heard from lips of young girls and to read like “I want to live in blogs of the phrase as the princess!“ that means the easy carefree life full of entertainments and pleasures. The word “princess“ became a synonym of the word “delicacy“ in many respects thanks to Andersen`s fairy tales which motive was picked up by modern factories of dreams.
However we live in the real world where in a number of the countries still there is an institute of the monarchy, besides we have an opportunity to read reliable information about the princesses living in the last centuries. Certainly, it is not search of an ideal, but only attempt to think of whether pertinently to equate the princess to the idler and whether pertinently to compare itself to persons of royal blood only on existence in a casket of pearls and diamonds.
The princess Alice (nee Velikobritanskaya, in marriage - Hesse - Darmshtadskaya), as well as all daughters of the Queen Victoria, knew how to cook, to conduct economy and to conduct calculation of finance. Prickers to the children clothes as the small Giessen principality was almost ruined after free - Prussian war. During travel stayed at budget hotels and did not take with itself maids because payment of their journey increased expenses.
Her oldest daughters Victoria and Elizabeth divided one room for two, cleaning of the room belonged to their daily duties, in a cold season of the princess kindled a fireplace. In time free - Prussian war in the palace the princess Alice ordered suit hospital, and itself worked at soup kitchen, and it was helped by eight-year-old Victoria.
After death of mother of care of younger sisters and the brother laid down on the princess Victoria. She married the relative Ludwig Battenberg, the naval officer. During their accommodation on Malta where the spouse of Victoria served, she took part in archaeological expeditions, and also learned to draw maps. She was engaged in education and house education of the children and grandsons. Its phrase addressed to the son is known: “That will live in the history, so it is good work and identity, not comparable with titles and ranks“.
Elizabeth Gessenskaya married the grand duke Sergey Aleksandrovich subsequently. Having become a widow/widower, she based in Moscow Marfo - Mariinsky monastery of mercy where on an equal basis with other obitelsky sisters performed economic works and looked after patients, and also assisted at the most difficult operations. It was arrested by Bolsheviks in 1918 as the member of an imperial family and it is sent to Alapaevsk. Shortly before killing of prisoners in fact ceased to contain, and the grand duchess cooked food and was engaged in a kitchen garden. On questions of people around from where to it all this is familiar, answered: «of the House taught me to everything“.
Her niece and the pupil Maria Pavlovna (in first marriage - the princess Swedish) studied painting and art in Stockholm. Having left the spouse, Maria Pavlovna returned to Russia, served as the sister of mercy on the advanced front line. After seizure of power by Bolsheviks she emigrated in 1918. In Paris Maria Pavlovna was engaged in production of embroideries and laces, having got the haughty nickname “Cinderella Romanova“ in emigrant circles, however it helped it to provide the family, and its embroideries presented on Chanel`s dresses still are considered as an example of grace and taste. She was fond of the photo and received prize-winning places at photo exhibitions in Europe.
The princess Irena, the third daughter of Alice Gessenskaya, learned the lessons of the mother who considered that it is unworthy to be proud of a high origin, and about people it is necessary to judge by their acts. After a marriage of two elder sisters undertook care of the father and managed a lock state of affairs in Darmstadt. After a marriage Irena lived in isolation enough as two of three of her sons were sick with hemophilia.
The last Russian empress Aleksandra Fiodorovna (the fourth daughter of Alice Gessenskaya) did not love secular amusements. She could not impart the Russian aristocracy the European taste to work, however succeeded in education of the children. Besides, Aleksandra Fiodorovna perfectly embroidered, devoting to it till five o`clock in day, she presented the works in gift to temples. Her daughters, great princesses, to take a bath, had to bring several tens buckets of water. All of them are Aleksandra Fiodorovna, Olga, Tatyana, Maria and Anastasia in the years of World War I served as sisters of mercy.
Current queens, in the past - princesses, have civil specialties too. Elizabeth II, the English queen, completed the driver`s courses - the mechanic of the ambulance. Margrethe II, the queen of Denmark, made a cycle of works to Tolkien`s book “Lord of the Rings“, created drawings of models of suits to eight ballets and three performances.
In the early nineties Stephanie Monakskaya, giving interview to the press, declared that “the princess is not a profession“, and it is difficult not to agree with her words.