Grand Princess Olga Nicholaevna Romanova
Grand Princess Olga Nicholaevna (1895-1918), the first child of Emperor Nicholai II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, was born on November 3, 1895. (This date is according to the old calendar used before the Russian revolution. The new calendar date of Olga Nicholaevna’s birth is today, November 16.)
In his memoirs, Mikhail Diterichs wrote of her, “Grand Princess Olga Nicholaevna was a typical, good Russian girl with an expansive soul. She impressed all around her with her affectionateness, and her charming, agreeable way of relating to everyone. With everyone she behaved equally, calmly, and amazingly simply and naturally. She did not like domestic duties but she loved solitary time with a book. She was intelligent and very well read; she had a talent for the arts: she played the piano, studied singing in Petrograd and sang well, and was a good painter. She was very modest and did not like luxury.”
Olga was the embodiment of Christian virtues, a humble and compassionate soul.
During the First World War she was a sister of mercy. The Tsar’s family gave all its time to the wounded and sick soldiers. Olga strove never to show her high status, and was always tactful and straightforward in her association with the wounded. In the memoirs of one of the officers who was a patient in the S. P. Pavlov infirmary of Tsarskoe Selo is recorded a conversation with the Princess: “Once Grand Princess Olga told me that tomorrow they will not be in the infirmary, because they need to visit the infirmary of the Great Palace (Ekaterina Palace) and that it will be very boring there. With her customary soft and shy smile the Grand Princess explained the reason for this boredom: “Everything is so strict and official there, she has to watch her every step, because we are the center of attention there. We have never liked it there, and the sisters are so important. We only feel good and cozy in your infirmary!”
On the night of July 16-17, 1918, in the Ipatiev house in Ekaterinburg, Olga Nicholaevna died from the first bullets fired at her family.