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Old 08-04-2011, 06:43 PM
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Why Grand Duchess Olga lived such a retreat life in the last years?
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It was probably smart of her since the Communists were likely still afoot, ready to kill every Romanov they could get their hands on. Second, Olga apparently never liked court life since her husband wasn't accepted by her mother, plus Olga had been stuck serving as a companion of her mother, following her around on her travels. If I were Olga I would be more than happy to get away and live my own life.
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Why Grand Duchess Olga lived such a retreat life in the last years?
My dear Cory,

Olga helped a number of Russian expatriates during World War II while she lived in Denmark. Olga would have been very happy to continue living in Denmark after the war but being so close to the Soviet Union and with the Soviets making noises about her helping people flee that country. she decided to leave and move to Canada.

The poster above is quite right that Olga was not enamored of court life. I read that shortly before Olga died in 1960, Queen Elizabeth II visited Canada and Olga was invited to a luncheon aboard the royal yacht Britannia. Protocol required that she buy a hat but Olga hated wearing hats. However, Olga purchased a hat to go with her new dress but her first action after disembarking from the yacht was to fling the new hat into the water. Olga must have been quite the character.
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Olga must have been quite the character.
All the Romanovs were when you think about it.
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I suppose Grand Duchess Olga was very different from her sister Xenia.Mr Koulikovsky's wife did not really enjoyed the public life.
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From St. Petersburg to Toronto: The Life of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960) | Carolyn Harris: Royal Historian
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I suppose Grand Duchess Olga was very different from her sister Xenia.Mr Koulikovsky's wife did not really enjoyed the public life.
Perhaps everything had traumatized her os badly that she couldn't cope with public life or the lifestyle she used to have. Too many memories and after all that, it would have been a horrific burden to end up living a prominent life in society. She would have been a leading figure and she would surely have ended up having a lot of pressure on her with people asking her about her feelings all the time about the death of her brother and his family/her nieces.
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Perhaps everything had traumatized her os badly that she couldn't cope with public life or the lifestyle she used to have. Too many memories and after all that, it would have been a horrific burden to end up living a prominent life in society. She would have been a leading figure and she would surely have ended up having a lot of pressure on her with people asking her about her feelings all the time about the death of her brother and his family/her nieces.
I believe Olga had always been weary of royal life and preferred a more carefree lifestyle without royal trappings even from childhood. Olga was to her father, who liked a simpler lifestyle, and had difficult relationship with her mother, who was the queen bee of court life and St. Petersburg society.
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BEing her mother's companion probably wasn't easy either.
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I wonder if Xenia or her sister will be re-buried in their native Russia?

As far as I'm aware Olga is buried in Canada and Xenia in the south of France.
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That would be interesting.
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Isn't Olga buried next to her husband?
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Thank you, Kell, for letting me know.
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Isn't Olga buried next to her husband?
Yes indeed both are interred at the York Cemetery, Toronto.
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