To another royal story that I almost missed. A pauper died while sitting under a tree with his dog in the Northern Territory town of Katherine. Kind of a sweet way to go really. A brief clutch at the chest and then just sagging a little. I can imagine him sitting with his back against the trunk of the tree and his loyal dog licking his hand while sitting beside him as he died. Who was he?
He was no less than Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky, the great grandson of Tsar Alexander III, who reigned in Russia during the 1880s. He lived incognito in Australia since 1967. His car broke down in Katherine some years ago and he never moved on. If you have been to Darwin you could not help but of heard of the Paspaley pearling family, well Paspaley's Pearls at least, and they kindly allowed him to be buried in their private Greek family grave in Darwin. I assume the Paspaleys paid his funeral expenses. I can't find photos of him as an adult but here he is at a young age with his grandmother, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna who was sister of Tsar Nicholas II and daughter of Alexandra III of Russia. Oh, those Romanovs. Intriguing to the last.