Thursday, 22 September 2016
Winter Palace to Grand Duchess Olga’s Palace on Sergievskaya Ulitza
On Wednesday, February 22nd, 1912 Nicholas II wrote “… I went to the city to a big reception in the Winter Palace. Had lunch at Olga’s with Misha. Returned to Tsarskoe Selo at 3 PM …”
Aerial (below) looking east from the Winter Palace to the Summer Garden and beyond to Sergievskaya Ulitza
Aerial (below) looking further east from the Summer Garden to the district of Sergievskaya Ulitza
Grand Duchess Olga’s Palace on Sergievskaya Ul (below) c1900
Nicholas II’s diaries were never intended as aides-mémoire to preserve experiences and emotions but rather records of his daily routines.
What did Nicholas, Olga and Misha talk about during lunch? Was it a reconciliation between Olga and Misha? Why didn’t Empress Marie or Alexandra attend? Grand Duchess Olga and Grand Duke Mikhail’s 1912 diaries, if extant, may reveal more than a terse line.
Their future is known to us; it is consoling to know they had been once again together as brothers and sister.
Interiors of Grand Duchess Olga’s Palace today – Monogram of Olga (below)
Oak Drawing Room
Gothic Drawing Room