PRINCE IOANN KONSTANTINOVICH AND GRAND DUCHESSES OLGA NIKOLAEVNA?

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.   

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ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA

ROMANOV FAMILY: OTMA TROIKA

OTMA: Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia.
 
From the memoirs of Sofia Yakovlevna Ofrosimova:

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MARIA ROMANOV: STRANGE EPISODE WITH BREAKING WINDOWS (THE CAPRICE)

MARIA ROMANOV: STRANGE EPISODE OF BREAKING WINDOWS (THE CAPRICE)
The Big Caprice and the Podkaprizovaya Road in Alexander Park.

 

The Grand Duchesses in Tsarskoe Selo circa 1915

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.

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ROMANOV FAMILY: TIME TRAVEL INTO THEIR WORLD

ROMANOV FAMILY: TIME TRAVEL INTO THEIR WORLD

Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana in front of Znamenie Church circa 1915. The grand duchesses attended daily morning services there during their work at the infirmary.

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ROMANOV FAMILY: FUN IN THE SNOW

ROMANOV FAMILY: FUN IN THE SNOW

Romanov family loved snow. Tsarevich Alexei with his sister at the snow tower.
Romanov family loved snow. Tsarevich Alexei with his sister at the snow tower.
Romanov family loved snow. Maria Romanov and her sisters and father at the "snow tower"
Romanov family loved snow. Maria Romanov and her sisters and father at the “snow tower”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE TSAR’S CHILDREN’S TEDDY BEAR?

teddy 1THE TSAR’S CHILDREN’S TEDDY BEAR? 

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!

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