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Alice, Princess [Princess Alice of Battenberg; married name Princess Andrew of Greece] (1885–1969), Greek Orthodox nun and mother-in-law of Elizabeth II, was born (in the presence of Queen Victoria, her great-grandmother) on 25 February 1885 at Windsor Castle. Named Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julie Marie...

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Smith, Constance Babington (1912–2000), photographic interpreter and author, was born at Beech Law, Puttenham, Surrey (on the Hog’s Back, in the North Downs), on 15 October 1912, the seventh of ten children of Sir Henry Babington Smith (1863–1923), civil servant and financier, and his wife Lady ...

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Svetlana Beriosova (1932–1998) by Baron, 1954 [ and Michael Somes (1917-1994), in Rinaldo and Armida] Corbis

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Beriosova, Svetlana (1932–1998), ballet dancer, was born on 24 September 1932 at Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of Nicholas Beriozoff (1906–1996), dancer and ballet master, then a member of the Lithuanian State Ballet, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1941). Her grandparents had migrated to ...

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Chrysostomides, Iouliane [Julian] (1928–2008), Byzantine scholar and teacher, was born in Constantinople on 21 April 1928 (two years before the city was renamed Istanbul), the daughter of Chrysostomos Chrysostomides, a Cappadocian entrepreneur, and his wife, Victoria, née Rizas, a Phanariot from whom she inherited her sensitivity, perseverance, and love of beauty, and who remained a major influence in her life. She was educated at the ...

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Iouliane Chrysostomides (1928–2008) by unknown photographer, 1963 Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway College

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See Collins, Cecil James Henry

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Jane Elizabeth Digby (1807–1881) by Sir George Hayter, c. 1825 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Digby, Jane Elizabeth (1807–1881), adventuress, who was known successively as Lady Ellenborough, Baroness von Venningen Üllner, Countess Theotoky, and the Honourable Mrs Digby el Mesreb, was born on 3 April 1807, the eldest child of Captain, later Admiral, Sir Henry Digby (1770–1842) and his wife, ...

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Dame Elizabeth Mary Hill (1900–1996) by unknown photographer, c. 1980 The Mistress and Fellows, Girton College, Cambridge

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Hill, Dame Elizabeth Mary (1900–1996), Russian and Slavonic scholar, was born on 24 October 1900 in St Petersburg, Russia, the fifth of the six children (and second of the three daughters) of Frederick William Hill (1860–1924), merchant, and his wife, Louisa Maria Wilhelmina Sophia, ...

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Tamara Platonovna Karsavina (1885–1978) by Emil Otto Hoppé, c. 1911 [in the title role of The Firebird by Michel Fokine] Getty Images – Emil Otto Hoppé

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Karsavina, Tamara Platonovna (1885–1978), ballet dancer, was born in St Petersburg on 9 March (25 February os) 1885, the daughter of Platon Karsavin. She grew up with her brother, Lev, in an artistic family (her father was a danseur, mime, and ballet teacher with the ...

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Khan [married name Hawkins; second married name Towerson], Mariam (fl. 1611–1619), early Indian immigrant to Britain, was the daughter of Mubarak Khan, one of the courtiers of the Mughal emperor Jalal-ud-din Akbar. A Christian Armenian, who after the death of her father had been taken into the protective fold of the Mughal harem, ...

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Marina, Princess [Princess Marina of Greece and of Denmark], duchess of Kent (1906–1968), was the youngest of the three daughters of Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece and of Denmark. Her father (1872–1938) was the third son of George I of Greece and her mother was the ...

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Olga Novikov (1840–1925) by unknown photographer, 1875 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Novikov [née Kiréev], Olga (1840–1925), journalist and apologist for Russia, was born in Moscow on 29 April 1840. She was one of the five children of Aleksey Kiréev (d. 1849) and his wife, Aleksandra, née Alabyev. Her father was educated by ...

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Pallis, Marietta (1882–1963), ecologist, painter, and author, was born on 26 October 1882 in Bombay, the first of the five children of Julia Ralli (1857–1940) and her scholar–poet husband, Alexander Pallis (1850–1935), a member of the Greek trading firm Ralli Brothers. The family left ...

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Anna Pavlovna Pavlova (1881–1931) by Sir John Lavery, 1911 [La mort du cygne: Anna Pavlova] by courtesy of Felix Rosenstiel's Widow & Son Ltd., London, on behalf of the Estate of Sir John Lavery; © Tate, London, 2004

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Pavlova, Anna Pavlovna [formerly Anna Matveyevna Pavlova] (1881–1931), ballet dancer, was born in St Petersburg on 31 January/12 February 1881 according to an entry in the register of the St Petersburg military hospital; she later changed her second name to Pavlovna...