Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna's Personal Photo Album Digitalized Topic: Olga Nicholayevna GD
Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna
Note: this article has been edited and updated from its original by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library in St. Petersburg has enriched its electronic holdings with unique photographs of Emperor Nicholas’ II family.
The library makes available an electronic edition of the personal photo album of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, the eldest daughter of Emperor Nicholas II. The leather-bound album depicts the monogram of the grand duchess in the upper right hand corner, and the Imperial crown in the center. It contains 294 photographs of the Imperial family taken in the early 20th century. The informal pictures depict walks in the parks, sea trips, fishing, children's games, picnics and a New Year’s celebration. One photo shows the grand duchess and members of her family getting into small boats, preparing to row around the ponds at Tsarskoye Selo. Many of the images depict lively, happy faces of a family who are ready to, among other things, make fun of each other without malice, allow children more freedom than in the prudish rooms and halls of the palace. For example, we see Tsesarevich Alexei, who was not very healthy, standing barefoot on the deck of a ship holding his shoes under the hot summer sun. The four sisters of the heir to the throne liked to be photographed with naval officers, particularly those assigned to the Imperial yacht Standart.
One of the most charming images from the album of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna shows the five children standing one behind the other, starting from the eldest at the top, the youngest at the bottom.
Totally, the digital collection on the Presidential Library website featuring the Romanov dynasty includes more than 900 items. It brings together digitized official documents, memoirs, diaries, business and personal correspondence, newsreels, photos, paintings, audio recordings of broadcasts, popular science films, historical researches, bibliographies, and other historical documents.
Restored Kokoshnik of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Topic: Olga Nicholayevna GD
Kokoshnik of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, restored by Moscow masters.
From the collection of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve
Moscow masters have restored a kokoshnik worn by Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. The museum acquired the item in 2014 from a private collection, and is now in the collection of the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. The kokoshnik will be put on permanent display in the Alexander Palace, after the restoration of the palace-museum is complete in July 2018.
The kokoshnik was originally commissioned to mark the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 1913. It was made by the nuns in the Starotorzhsk Convent of St. Nicholas in Kostroma province. The kokoshnik is made in a traditional style in the shape of a crown, covered with peach velvet. It is embroidered with silk and silver threads, decorated with semiprecious stones and mother of pearl.
Similar kokoshniks were made for all four daughters of Emperor Nicholas II. Two of them (Grand Duchesses Olga and Maria) had been sold abroad - presumably by the Soviets in the 1930s. The other two, owned by Grand Duchesses Tatiana and Anastasia, were evacuated and have survived to the present day, and are now part of the collection of the Pavlovsk State Museum Preserve. The kokoshnik of Grand Duchess Maria remains in a private collection in the United States. It is hoped that it will one day be returned to Russia.
Grand Duchess Olga Nicholayevna Reviewing Her Regiment Topic: Olga Nicholayevna GD
This hand tinted colour image of the Grand Duchess Olga Nicholayevna (1895 - 1918), resplendent in the full dress uniform as Commander-in-Chief of the Elizavetgradsky Hussars; photographed while reviewing her regiment. She was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the 3rd Elizavetgradsky Hussar's Regimment on 11 July, 1909. During World War I, aside from playing a ceremonial role in the household cavalry, the Grand Duchess also worked as a nurse in one of the military hospitals at Tsarskoye Selo.