Cinders, I called her, but why? Cinderella. Surely Gertrude was the last person in the world to make anyone want to call her by that name? Yet I did. Cinders … someone of importance had given a party to which she hadn’t been invited. I mocked her. ‘Poor old Cinders.’ It was her name from then on. She retaliated by calling me Dumb-Du-M.
I went and met Gertrude, not Cinders yet, at the station. She was wearing a fur coat. I remembered that Gerald, my father, always gave his leading ladies presents and took them to lunch at the Savoy. I must do the same. I asked Gertrude to lunch at a small table at the Savoy Grill, where we could talk uninterrupted about the play. She took one look at the table, ‘But nobody will see me here.’ We hastily moved to a table where everyone could see her as they walked into the Grill. She was so right. Then I do recollect presents of champagne, a fur rug either for her flat or her car, I’ve no idea, but I had an account at Fortnum’s, so to some extent I was doing a Gerald.
– Daphne du Maurier
(Photographed at Waterloo Station, London, October 1948)
It seems to me there’s so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamed of.
♕ Ranks and Titles of the Russian Imperial Family
- Tsar/Emperor: Autocratic ruler of the Russian Empire. In formality, the Emperor ranks above any foreign Kings.
- Dowager Empress: Widow of previous Tsar. Takes precedence over current Empress.
- Tsarina/Empress: Consort to Tsar. May rule in his absence.
- Tsesarevich: Heir to the throne. Given the title of Grand Duke at birth, males take precedence over any female siblings. Not to be confused with Tsarevich; traditional title for any male offspring of Tsar.
- Grand Duke: Sons or grandsons of the Tsar. Must marry equally, to Princess of reigning royal house.
- Grand Duchess: Daughter or male-line Granddaughter of the Tsar, or the wife of a Grand Duke. She may choose to keep her title of Imperial Highness when marrying a foreign Prince.
- Prince of the Imperial Blood: a son from a non-reigning line of the Imperial Family; e.g. a great-grandsons of the Tsar. Permitted to marry lower-ranked wife.
- Princess of the Imperial Blood: the female equivalent of Prince. May chose to marry lower-ranked husband.
- Prince/Princess of a Noble House: Russian nobility. These families were very old, serving the Imperial Family for hundreds of years. Many had private fortunes, and worked in high government or military positions. Titles were hereditary. Many married into the Imperial Family by the Prince and Princesses of the Blood; e.g. Prince and Princess Felix Yusupov.