Book review : Princess Olga, A Wild and Barefoot Romanov

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Princess Olga, A Wild and Barefoot Romanov Hardcover – 1 Oct 2017
by Her Highness Princess Olga Romanoff (Author),‎ Coryne Hall (Contributor)

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. The book is peppered with amusing anecdotes about the British Royal Family, their British cousins. The reader will also get a glimpse of the Princess’s cosseted childhood. She was looked after by a number of nannies and then privately educated at home, as her mother remembered the terrible time she herself had had at boarding school. But Princess Olga preferred the outdoor life and riding her ponies. She still laughs at one of her mother’s ambitions which was to marry her off to Prince Charles It was indeed an unusual upbringing with a snobbish and strict mother of Scottish and Scandinavian background, and a more relaxed and indulgent Romanov father whose occupation was stated as ‘Prince of Russia’ on Olga’s birth certificate. Her home, Provender House is crammed full of fascinating Romanov memorabilia, from the crockery used by the tsar and his family during their final captivity in Ekaterinburg, to the diamond blade penknife used for scratching ContentsCast of Main Characters; List of Illustrations; 1 The Romanov Legacy; 2 My Mother’s Family; 3 Nursery Days; 4 Wild in Kent; 5 Out into Society; 6 Highland Fling; 7 Provender; 8 My Children; 9 Provender Deteriorates; 10 Restoration; 11 Lost Heritage; 12 Reflections

 

The fascinating story of the young Romanov princess whose family fled the Russian revolution and who lived in exile, firstly in homes provided by the British Royal family. A very readable autobiography. Born and bred in England, Princess Olga recounts her own life, brought up by an indulgent and easygoing Romanov father and a strict mother of Scottish and Scandinavian descent, her father’s second wife. Some fascinating anecdotes about her father’s own life in Russia, his escape in 1918 and stories of his life in Paris and later in England. Insights into her own childhood and rebellious youth makes it a little bit entertaining.
Her Serene Highness Olga Andreievna Romanoff, Princess of all Russia was born to H.S.H Prince Andrei Alexandrovich Romanov (1897-1981) and Nadine McDougall (1908-2000) on April 1950. She was educated at home by private tutors, with no school friends to mix with. She is the youngest granddaughter of Her Imperial Highness Kseniya Alexandrovna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Imperial Russia, great grand niece of His Imperial Majesty Tsar Nickolas II, Autocratic Emperor of The Russian Empire (murdered with his family in 1918), great granddaughter of H.I.M Tsar Alexander III and H.I.M Empress Marie Feodorovna (known as The Dowager Empress after the death of her husband), mother of Tsar Nickolas II. She is the cousin of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and The Commonwealth, and Her Majesty The Queen of Denmark and many other reigning and non-reigning Royal Houses of Europe.

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