PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?
There have been several potential candidates mentioned for the hand of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, but according to a 1910 letter from Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (KR) to his son Prince Ioann, the latter was at one point interested in the Tsar’s eldest daughter romantically.
MARIA ROMANOV: STRANGE EPISODE OF BREAKING WINDOWS (THE CAPRICE)
In a 1915 letter from Grand Duchess Maria to her father, she described a very strange episode of the grand duchesses breaking glass panels with their parasols on the Caprice overpass in Alexander Park.
“15 September… We walked to the Caprice and walked up the stairs. You know [a diagram drawing]. And then, when we got up there, Olga took her parasol and attacked one of the windows viciously, and broke 3 glass panels, then gave me the parasol, and I broke a window too and Anastasia [did] too. “”
For a long time, I was very confused by these lines, and could not figure out what happened, or why the girls would engage in an act that was nothing short of vandalism. So when I got back to Tsarskoe Selo last December, I decided to take a careful look at that area to see if I could find any clues.
Recently I was contacted by a reader who had an interesting story. He told me that his mother is a long time collector of antiques, and one of her acquisitions was an early Steiff bear that belonged to the Tsar’s children. Both of them were able to meet with me, and I was able to meet the teddy, whose name is, appropriately Nicholas, in person!