The Royal Women

The murder of Rasputin

The unpopularity of Grigory Rasputin could only end in one way, his murder. Many people around him were suspicious when he received an invitation to the home of Prince Felix Yusupov, who was married to Princess Irina of Russia, Nicholas II’s niece. Rasputin’s daughter even went as far as to hide his boots so that he would [read more]

Olga Nikolaevna of Russia

Olga Nikolaevna – The first-born daughter

Born on 15 November [O.S. 3 November] 1895 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Olga Nikolaevna or Ольга Николаевна in Russian was the eldest child of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia; Nicholas was the last Tsar of Russia as he was forced to abdicate when the Bolsheviks came to power. Olga was born in Alexander Palace [read more]


The October Revolution 1917

A key event in Russia in the year of the last Romanovs was the October Revolution which, coincidentally, was not in October at all according to the dating we use now. It took place 7 November 1917; however, in Old Style dating it took place on 25 October. Thus, it was called the October Revolution [read more]

Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine

The martyred Elizabeth Feodorovna

Born on 1 November 1864, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine was born in Bessungen, Grand Duchy of Hesse, German Confederation; she was later known Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna (or Елизавета Фëдоровна Романова in Russia). A German princess by birth, her parents were Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. As such, [read more]