There’s Something About…Natalia Pavlovna Paley

©Renee  2014


Born Countess Natalia Pavlovna von Hohenfelsen
December 5, 1905
Paris, France
Died December 27, 1981 (aged 76)
Manhattan, New York, New York USA
Other names Nathalie Paley
Occupation Actress, Model, Socialite
Spouse(s) Lucien Lelong (1927–1936)
John Chapman Wilson (1937–1961)

Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley (Наталья Павловна Палей), Countess de Hohenfelsen (December 5, 1905 – December 27, 1981) was a member of the Romanov family. A daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia, she was a first cousin of the last Russian emperor, Nicholas II. After the Russian revolution she emigrated first to France and later to the United States. She became a fashion model, socialite, vendeuse, and briefly pursued a career as a film actress.

Princess Natalia Paley was born, as Countess Natalia Pavlovna von Hohenfelsen, at her parents’ estate, 2 avenue Victor Hugo (now 4 avenue Robert Schuman), in Boulogne-sur-Seine, close to Paris, France, on 5 December 1905. She was the youngest child of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia and hismorganatic second wife, Olga Valeriovna Karnovich, who was of Hungarian descent.

Her parents had met in St. Petersburg in 1895, when Olga Karnovich was married to an officer, by whom she had three children. Grand Duke Paul already was the father of two; his first wife, Princess Alexandra of Greece, had died in childbirth. On January 9, 1897, Olga gave birth to a son, Vladimir, by Grand Duke Paul. Olga was granted a divorce from her husband and soon left Russia to marry Paul in Livorno, Italy, on 10 October 1902. Their daughter Irina was born on 21 December 1903. In 1904, Grand Duke Paul arranged through Prince Regent Leopold of Bavaria for his wife and their children to be granted the hereditary title of Count and Countesses de Hohenfelsen with a coat of arms. Grand Duke Paul and Olga were still vacationing in Rome when they were forbidden to return to Russia by Paul’s nephew, the reigning Tsar Nicholas II.

They settled in Paris and bought a house in Boulogne-sur-Seine that previously belonged to Princess Zenaide Ivanovna Youssoupoff. It was there that Natalia was born in 1905, completing their family. Paul and Olga employed a household staff of sixteen maids, gardeners, cooks, and tutors. Vladimir, Irene and Natalia had a happy and privileged upbringing, and for a time, utterly protected from the outside world. Though their parents had a busy social life, the children were very close to them and they ate their meals together, an unusual custom for children of their time and station. On Sundays, the whole family would enter the Russian church on rue Daru, but would only attend private mass with the priest who had christened Natalia.

Life in Russia

From left to right: Princess Olga Paley, her eldest son Alexander Erikovich von Pistohlkors, Olga Erikovna von Pistohlkors, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia,Princess Irina Paley, Princess Natalia Paley, Prince Vladimir Paley, andMarianne Pistohlkors.

In January 1912 Tsar Nicholas II forgave his only living uncle for marrying morganatically, and Grand Duke Paul returned to Russia on the occasion of the tercentenary of the Romanov family. He was followed later by his wife and their three children. In the Spring of 1914, the family settled in Tsarskoe Selo in a luxurious palace filled with antiques and object of arts. In Russia, Natalia became close to her maternal grandmother, her half-sisters and half-brothers. Three months after they had settled into their new life, World War I began.

During the war, the German title Count/Countess von Hohenfelsen resulted inappropriate so in August 1915 Nicholas II created the title Prince/Princess Paley. This was the name for which Natalia, her full siblings and their mother would be known from then on. In the same month, Natalias’s brother, Prince Vladimir Paley, joined a regiment. Though he was in poor health, Natalia’s father, Grand Duke Paul, ignoring his doctor’s advice, left to take command of a Guards regiment in 1916. At the fall of the Russian monarchy in March 1917 instead of leaving the country, Grand Duke Paul and his wife, not seeing the dangers ahead, decided to stay in their luxurious estate amid the upheaval. As Tsar Nicholas and his family were sent to internal exile to Siberia, Natalia and her family remained living in their palace under increasingly deteriorating conditions after the Bolsheviks rise to power in October 1917. By early January 1918, they could no longer afford to heat their large Tsarkoe Selo Palace and they were forced to move to an English dacha at Tsarkoe Selo that belonged to Grand Duke Boris Vladimirovich. Their home was expropriated and turned into a museum while Lenin himself rode their car.

Princesses Natalia and Irina Paley

In March 1918 the revolution tightened its grip. All male members of the Romanov family, including Natalia’s bother Vladimir, were ordered to register at Cheka headquarters and shortly after they were sent away into internal Russian exile. They never saw Vladimir again. He was murdered by the Bolshevik along with several other Romanovs relatives on 18 July 1918, one day after the murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his immediate family at Yekaterinburg. Grand Duke Paul, who was too ill to travel, initially escaped the fate of his son. He was arrested on July 30 and sent to Spalernaia prison, where he would remain for most of his incarceration. In desperation, Olga left her two youngest daughters Irina and Natalia, aged 14 and 12, under the care of their English governess moving with her daughter Marianne to be closer to her husband’s prison. Irina and Natalia, accompanied by their governess, were allowed to pay two visits to their father. The sisters lived alone with the servants until October when Grand Duke Boris’ dacha was expropriated and the sisters were evicted.

Natalia and Irina were forced to move to Petrograd with their mother and their half-sister Marianne. Worried about her daughters, Olga, with the help of a few remaining friends, organized Irene and Natalia’ escape. In early December the girls left their mother and took a streetcar to the train station of Ochta. After a four hours trip in a cattle wagon, they jumped into the snow and took a horse-drawn sleigh. Finally, they walked for miles in the frigid night air. After thirty-two hours of traveling they reached Terijoki, the Finnish frontier. On arriving there, they continued their journey to Vyborg. Taken to a sanatorium in Ranha, they anxiously awaited their parents’ arrival. Their father never made it. Grand Duke Paul was killed in January 1919, and tossed into a heap along with the bodies of other victims. The following month, Princess Olga joined her daughters in Finland…..



Anna Chapman/Russian spy connects to PUTIN:

William S. Paley (September 28, 1901 – October 26, 1990) was the chief executive who builtColumbia Broadcasting System (CBS) from a small radio network into one of the foremost radio andtelevision network operations in the United States.

Born September 28, 1901
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 26, 1990 (aged 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Renal failure
Resting place
Memorial Cemetery of Saint John’s Church
Nationality American
Education Western Military Academy
Alma mater The Wharton School
Occupation Television executive
Known for President of CBS
Political party
Religion Jewish
Spouse(s) Dorothy Hart Hearst (m. 1932; div.1947)
Barbara “Babe” Cushing Mortimer (m. 1947; died 1978)
Children 4
Parents Samuel Paley


Dominique-France Loeb Picard
Queen consort of Egypt
Pretendence 1976–1999
Spouse Fuad II (m. 1976–1996)
Issue Muhammad Ali, Prince of the Sa’id
Princess Fawzia-Latifa
Prince Fakhruddin
House Muhammad Ali Dynasty
(by marriage)
Father Robert Loeb
Mother Paule Madeleine Picard
Born 23 November 1948 (age 65)
Paris, France

Dominique-France Loeb Picard (born 23 November 1948), also called Princess Fadila of Egypt, is the ex-wife of Fuad II, former King of Egypt and the Sudan.


She was born to a Jewish family in Paris as the daughter of Robert Loeb and his Catholic wife Paule-Madeleine Picard. When a student of 29 she wrote her doctoral thesis at the Sorbonne on the Psychology of Women in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights.

Engagement and marriage

At Monaco’s royal palace, she met and began her courtship with HM King Fuad II, whom she married on 16 April 1976 in Monaco. Although she married Fuad II after the loss of his throne, she was still styled Her Majesty Queen Fadila of Egypt by monarchists. The marriage ended in divorce in 1996, and since 1999 she is styled Her Royal Highness Princess Fadila of Egypt.

Divorce and financial difficulties

The marriage was dissolved in 2008 with the style and title removed by Fuad. In 2002, her Paris apartment was taken from her due to her outstanding debts.


Egyptian Royal Family
Coats of arms of the Kingdom of Egypt and Sudan.png

They have 3 children:

Titles from birth

  • 1948-1976: Miss Dominique France Loeb Picard
  • 1976-1996: Her Majesty Queen Fadila, The Queen of Egypt
  • 1996-1999: Her Royal Highness Princess Fadila of Egypt
  • 1999-present: Ms Fadila Dominique France Loeb Picard


  1. Jump up^ Montgomery-Massingberd 1980, p. 37
  2. Jump up^ “Milestones”. Time. 17 October 1977. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
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  5. Jump up^ Webster, Paul (16 September 2002). “Egypt’s last queen ousted from palatial Parisian apartment”. The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-02-28.


Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh, ed. (1980). “The Royal House of Egypt”. Burke’s Royal Families of the World. Volume II: Africa & the Middle East. London: Burke’s Peerage. pp. 20–37. ISBN 978-0-85011-029-6. OCLC 18496936.


Fawzia Fuad of Egypt (Persian: شاهدخت فوزیه‎, Turkish: Prenses Fevziye, Arabic: الأميرة فوزية‎) (5 November 1921 – 2 July 2013) was an Egyptian princess who became Empress of Iran as the first wife ofMohammad Reza Pahlavi.

She is also known as Fawzia Chirine (or Shirin), having remarried in 1949. Although her royal titles were no longer recognized by the Egyptian government after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952international protocol dictates that former monarchs and members of former ruling royal families still retain titles obtained whilst a member of a reigning monarchy. She was the oldest member of the deposed Muhammad Ali Dynasty of Albanian descent residing in Egypt. Her nephew, Fuad, who was proclaimed King Fuad II of Egypt and Sudan after the Revolution, resides in Switzerland.

Fawzia Fuad
Princess of Egypt and Iran
Princess Fawzia bint Fuad of Egypt.jpg
Queen consort of Iran
Tenure 16 September 1941 – 17 November 1948
Spouse Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
(m. 1939–div. 1948)
Ismail Chirine (or Shirin)
(m. 1949–d. 1994)
Issue Shahnaz Pahlavi
Nadia Chirine
Hussein Chirine
Full name
English: Fawzia Fuad
Arabic: فوزية فؤاد
Persian: فوزيه فؤاد
House Muhammad Ali dynasty (by birth)
Pahlavi dynasty (by marriage)
Father Fuad I of Egypt
Mother Nazli Sabri
Born 5 November 1921
Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria, Egypt
Died 2 July 2013 (aged 91)
Alexandria, Egypt
Burial Cairo, Egypt

Subject: Du Bois, W. E. B. State funeral in Ghana: Kwame Nkrumah and Shirley Graham Du Bois with heads bowed

Date: 1963 August

Reference no. 784


  • Du Bois, W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963–Funeral and mourning services.
  • Du Bois, Shirley Graham, 1896-1972.
  • Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972.

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