Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The story of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia

Olga Romanov (far right) and her sisters

The Romanov Family ruled Imperial Russia until Czar Nicholas and his family's execution by firing squad in 1918.

Nicholas's sister Olga did in fact escape the revolution, first taking up life as a farmer in Denmark, eventually settling in Campbellford, Ont.

The Grand Duchess, who once was free to run through 900-room palaces as girl, ended her days living in an apartment above a hairdresser on Toronto's grotty Gerrard Street East where she died in 1960.

She is interred next to her husband in the York Cemetery, Toronto, next to her husband Captain Nicholas Kulikovsky. They had two sons, Tikhon and Gury Nikolaievitch Kulikovsky, who I think are both passed away now. Where are their descendants?

The funeral for the last Grand Duchess of Russia was attended by numerous Russian immigrants to Canada who arranged a dignified guard of honor.

Olga Romanov's headstone in York cemetery, Toronto.