"In the purple" is a phrase that's used quite a bit when talking about the Russian Empire. Purple is considered the color of royalty in Russia and reigning. To be born "in the purple" is to be born while your parents are reigning. For an example all of the children of Nicholas II are "born in the purple" as their father became Tsar before they were born. In contrast, Grand duchess Olga Alexandrovna was the only child born to Alexander III who was "born in the purple" all of the other children were born during the reign of their grandfather Alexander II.
My edit of "The Angel" Grand duchess Maria Nikolaevna (June 26 1899-July 17 1918). She was known as the angel of her family, the sweetest and kindest girl. All she ever wanted was to get married and have many children. Not only was she kind, but she was brave as well as strong. May she rest in peace. This was my first attempt at an edit like this, what do you think?
Happy 116th Birthday to my favorite Grand duchess Maria Nikolaevna! Here she is every year of her life edited by me. "A happy day: the Lord sent us a third daughter Maria, who was safely born at 12:10! Alix hardly slept all night, and towards the morning the pains got stronger Thank God it was all over quite quickly! My darling felt well all day and fed the baby herself. Mama arrived from Gatchina at 4 o'clock. The immediate family gathered in church for a Te Deum Had tea with Mama, wrote telegrams and went through the unbearable papers. I only managed to get out into the fresh air after dinner the evening was marvelous."
-Tsar Nicholas' diary on the birth of his third daughter Grand duchess Maria Nikolaevna.
Here you can see side by side the difference between Konstantin Makovsky's painting of Grand duchess Maria versus how Maria actually looked around the time that the painting was made. It's interesting to see how much Makovsky changed the appearance of Maria.
Many times Empress Alexandra would stay on the Standart with a daughter while the other girls would go ashore with their father. More often than not, Tatiana would faithfully stay by her mother's side. As seen in this picture Tatiana is the only daughter dressed differently, probably because she stayed behind with Alexandra.
Happy 133rd Birthday to Grand duchess Olga Alexandrovna! Grand duchess Olga Alexandrovna was the youngest child of Alexander and his wife Maria Feodorovna. She was also their only child to be born in the purple meaning while her father was ruling since she was born the year after assassination. Growing up, Olga her grandfather's was always closer to her father than to her mother. Olga was only 12 when her father died and her oldest brother Nicholas became Emperor Olga was always close to her brother, acting like an older sister to his four daughters being Godmother to both Olga(her namesake) and Anastasia. In 1901 she married Duke Peter Alexandrovich of Oldenburg, an unhappy marriage that was later annulled. Olga Alexandrovna was a nurse during WWI just like her sister-in-law and nieces. Olga married a commoner, Nikolai Kulikovsky in 1916. They had two sons Tikhon(1917-1993) and Guri(1919-1984). Olga survived the revolution that killed many members of her family, and finally ended up in Canada. She said that her years in Canada with her husband and sons were the best of her life. Olga died in Canada on 24 November 1960 at the age of 78, the same year as her sister Grand duchess Xenia Alexandrovna.
Grand duchess Olga Alexandrovna colored by me.
For my first post. Here is the five children of the last ruler of the Romanov Dynasty and of Imperial Russia, (from left to right) Grand duchess Tatiana, Grand duchess Anastasia, Tsarevich Alexei, Grand duchess Maria, and Grand duchess Olga.