THE GRAND NIECE OF THE LAST TSAR, NICHOLAS II
This is very much a human interest story, told with humour by a down to earth woman struggling to make ends meet in the 21st century. The upkeep of her historical childhood home, Provender House, in the depths of the English countryside, is indeed a constant daily battle for this modern-day princess. Princess Olga Romanoff, is the daughter of the eldest nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, murdered with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. She is the youngest child of the late Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia, who was born in the Winter Palace in St Petersburg in 1897. He fled Russia in 1918 with his pregnant (first) wife and his father, Grand Duke Alexander Michaelovich, while his mother, Grand Duchess Xenia, and his grandmother, Her Imperial Highness Maria Feodorovna, followed a few months later.
The fabled Romanov jewels that they were able to smuggle out had to be sold and the exiled family were accommodated for some time by the British Royal Family at various grace-and-favour homes at Windsor Castle and Hampton Court.
In her memoirs we are taken on a journey from now and back to then, to an Imperial Russia that no longer exists, to the horror of the revolution and the fate of those who had to flee and start a new life elsewhere, all the way to the life of Princess Olga Romanoff today.
This is the first book of memoirs by a Romanov family descendant in many years.
“You have to be so polite, she sighs, shaking her head. It is not the first adjective I would use to describe her. Colourful, definitely. Entertaining, without question.”
“As intriguing, eccentric, and funny as her ancestors, Princess Olga: a true Romanov.”
RUSSIAN ROULETTE MAGAZINE
“She has written a bitingly funny memoir and history of her family, in which she is also more forthcoming about our own royals.”
THE SUNDAY TIMES
“Rasputin’s murder, sexual misconduct and the Loch Ness monster: Princess Olga Romanoff’s memoirs make for quite an extraordinary read. A richly entertaining book has emerged which will defy many expectations.”