Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia
Olga Nikolaevna was the eldest child of the last Tsar of the Russian Empire, Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia. She nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital until her own nerves gave out and, thereafter, oversaw administrative duties at the hospital. Olga’s murder following the Russian Revolution of 1917 resulted in her canonization as a passion bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church.
About Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia in brief
Olga Nikolaevna was the eldest child of the last Tsar of the Russian Empire, Emperor Nicholas II, and of Empress Alexandra of Russia. She nursed wounded soldiers in a military hospital until her own nerves gave out and, thereafter, oversaw administrative duties at the hospital. Olga’s murder following the Russian Revolution of 1917 resulted in her canonization as a passion bearer by the Russian Orthodox Church. In the 1990s, her remains were identified through DNA testing and were buried in a funeral ceremony at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg along with those of her parents and two of her sisters. She was known for her compassionate heart and desire to help others, but also for her temper, blunt honesty and moodiness. She once lost patience while posing for a portrait painter and told the man, ‘You are a very ugly man and I don’t like you one bit!’ Her siblings were Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Tsarevich Alexei of Russia; among her godparents was her great-grandmother Queen Victoria. She also reportedly enjoyed choosing from her mother’s book selection until she determined whether it was an appropriate book for her to read. She enjoyed reading about politics and read newspapers. When she was a young girl, Olga once thought that a hat maker who came to the palace had given her a new hat as a present. When a policeman arrested someone on the street, she was frightened because she lived in a sheltered life and thought the policeman would come to arrest her because she had behaved badly for the policeman.
She had little experience with the world because her sisters had not had the opportunity to shop in stores or to see money exchange hands. She wanted to marry a Russian and remain in her home country. Her wishes were not honored, much to the relief of her governess, Margaretta Eagar. She felt the rights of eldest children should be protected. She sympathized with the eldest brothers rather than Joseph in the Biblical story of David and Goliath. On a visit to a museum where state carriages were on display, she once ordered one of the servants to prepare the largest and most beautiful carriage for her daily drive. Her governess and tutors also noted some of the autocratic impulses of the daughter of theTsar of All the Russias, one-of-the wealthiest men in the world. Her Russian title is most precisely translated as \”Grand Princess,\” meaning that Olga, as an \”imperial highness,\” was higher in rank than other princesses in Europe who were \”royal highnesses\”. However, the usual English translation is the usual American translation of ‘Grand Duchess’ Olga loved to read and, unlike her four siblings, enjoyed school work. Olga was most often paired with her sister Tatiana and were known as ‘The Big Pair.’ She once told her mother that Alexandra must wait until her mother read a book until Olga had determined whether her mother had read it before she could read it.