Letter from Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna to her niece,

14 Mar 2023

⚜️ Letter from Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna to her niece, daughter of Nicholas II Maria Nikolaevna.

The letter was written on October 5-6, 1914.

Footnotes :

* Oleg - prince of imperial blood Oleg Konstantinovich, son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, great-grandson of Nicholas I. He died on September 27, 1914, from a wound received during one of the battles. He was the only Romanov who died in the war. Oleg Konstantinovich was engaged to the princess of imperial blood Nadezhda Petrovna, the daughter of Grand Duke Peter Nikolayevich, was the great-granddaughter of Emperor Nicholas I.

* Kukushkin - an affectionate nickname for the second husband of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna - officer Nikolai Alexandrovich Kulikovsky

⚜️To be continued
⚜️Why was the patronymic "Fyodorovna" so loved in the Romanov dynasty?

For the entire 300-year reign of the Romanov dynasty, the most common female patronymic was Fedorovna. Beginning with Peter I, male members of the Romanov dynasty married foreign princesses. Arriving in Russia, and having married the Russian Grand Duke, the girls were obliged to accept Orthodoxy and change their name. Starting with Empress Maria Feodorovna, the second wife of Paul I, the patronymic Feodorovna became the most popular among the Romanovs. Foreign princesses were called so in honor of the icon of the Feodorovskaya Mother of God - the most revered shrine of the Romanov family, the first tsar of the dynasty, Mikhail Fedorovich, prayed to her when he was elected to the kingdom. Since the 19th century, the wife of Grand Duke Konstantin - Anna Fedorovna, the wife of Nicholas I - Alexandra Fedorovna, the wife of Prince Mikhail - Olga Fedorovna, the wife of Alexander III - Maria Fedorovna, the wife of Prince Sergei - Elizabeth Fedorovna, the wife of Nicholas II - Alexandra Fedorovna and wife Prince Kirill - Victoria Feodorovna.

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