Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna

Born: 1882, Peterhof
Died: 1960, Toronto

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna was the sixth child and second daughter of Alexander III and Maria Fyodorovna. She was born at the Cottage in Alexandria in the summer of 1882, fifteen months after the murder of Alexander II and succession of her father to the Russian throne.

Writing to King Christian IX on 8/20 June 1882, Alexander III wrote that Minny “experienced stronger pains than before, but I put her sufferings down more to nerves. God willing, we will visit you again, in our dear Denmark, with all our children, like in the good, old, happy days, which have now, for us, disappeared forever.”

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna married Duke Peter Friedrich Georg of Oldenburg (1901), divorced him (1916) and married Colonel Nikolai Kulikovsky (1916), with whom she had two sons, Tikhon and Gury.

Maria Fyodorovna described the birth of Tikhon in her diary on 12 August 1917: “I felt enormous joy and sensed true bliss when I saw how happy Olga was at the birth of her baby... The doctor was delayed. Madame was pleased and proud that she had coped with everything alone. Poor Kulikovsky was not himself at all after all these horrific perturbations. We all embraced and congratulated one another.”

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna emigrated in 1919, arriving in Denmark in 1920. She and her family lived at Knudsminde Farm on the island of Zealand from 1930 to 1948. In 1948, they moved to Canada. Olga died in an apartment above a beauty salon on Gerrard Street East in Toronto and was buried at York Cemetery (1960).

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