Welcome to the home of Princess Olga Romanoff

The memoirs of Princess Olga Romanoff will be released in several countries during the period of 2018-2020, starting with Serbia on September 7th.

Her home, Provender House in Kent, UK, is also available for photo shoots as well as a film setting. The 13th century house, has been seen in series such as Ukrainian Bachelor, You can’t get the staff and in many documentaries.

Provender dates back to the 13th century and was named after its first owner, Sir John de Provender. Sir John had become rich in the service of King Henry III, from whom he received a pension of one penny a day – a princely sum for the times.

In the 14th century the de Viennes – wealthy local landowners – bought Provender and added a private wing, including a magnificent vaulted ‘solar’ with beautiful carved crown posts. This, recently restored under the direction of Ptolomy Dean and English heritage, is now called The Crown Post Room and together with the dining room has formed the core of the house since the 13th century.

Over the following six centuries, Provender’s architecture reflected England’s history on a human scale. Adventurers, explorers, heiresses and princesses have lived here, each re-fashioning the house or adding wings to make it their own. It was sold to James Huguesson, ‘merchant adventurer’, in 1633, and remained in his family for nearly three hundred years.

The development of the 18th century wing was carried out by Sir William Huguesson who died in 1779, leaving his house to his two daughters, Dorothy and Mary. Dorothy married the naturalist Joseph Banks, who planted hickory and chestnut trees and ‘Banksia’ roses at Provender. They died without heirs and the house was inherited by Mary Huguesson’s son, Edward Knatchbull-Huguesson, 9th Baronet and first Lord Brabourne.

It’s possible that Jane Austen would have visited Provender from her brother’s home nearby in Godmersham – potentially checking out Provender’s Edward Knatchbull-Huguesson as a potential husband for her favourite niece, Fanny Knight. Fanny did indeed marry Edward, and lived at Provender despite fretting that its 30 rooms would be inadequate for her seven family members and twelve servants. Her son, Lord Brabourne, edited the first edition of Jane Austen’s letters, having found them, along with an original copy of ‘Lady Susan’ in Jane’s hand-writing, ‘in a box at Provender.’

Provender is now the home of Princess Olga Romanoff, the daughter of Prince Andrew Romanoff, the eldest nephew of the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. The Knatchbull-Huguessons rented the house to Princess Olga’s maternal great-grandmother in 1890, and sold it at auction in 1912 to her Finnish grandmother Sylvia McDougall, born Borgström in Helsinki. During the Second World War, Provender was requisitioned. It was then returned after the war to Sylvia’s daughter Nadine who in 1942 had married Prince Andrew Romanoff.

When Princess Andrew died in 2000, the house was almost derelict, but a programme of careful restoration has revealed a wealth of historical and architectural detail. This makes Provender a fascinating record of English life over seven centuries.

Romanov family members pay tribute to Nicholas II on 100th anniversary of his murder

Twelve members of the Romanov House have come to St. Petersburg to pay homage to last Russian Czar Nicholas II and his family members marking 100 years since the Royal family’s execution, President of the Romanov Family Association Princess Olga Andreevna, Nicholas II’s grand-nephew, told reporters at a news conference at the TASS St. Petersburg press center.

“There are twelve of us in St. Petersburg today. First of all, we will be present in the St. Peter and Paul Fortress. After that, we will have a special dinner,” the princess said, adding that she, along with other Romanov family members, visited the State Hermitage Museum on Tuesday morning.

According to the press service of the St. Petersburg administration, a Divine Liturgy dedicated to the centenary of the Royal family’s murder was held in the Grand Church in the Winter Palace. “The Divine Service was attended by Governor Georgy Poltavchenko and representatives of the Romanov family. The service was led by Archpriest Vladimir Sorokin, Senior Priest of the St. Vladimir Cathedral,” the administration reported.

Prayer services in memory of Russia’s last Emperor Nicholas II and his family members will be held in several churches of St. Petersburg associated with the Romanov dynasty. “Night services will be held in two churches related to the Romanov House. The first church is the Feodorovsky Sovereign’s Cathedral in Tsarskoye Selo, where the Royal family members went to pray from the Alexander Palace. The second place is the Cathedral of the Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos of St. Theodore, which was a special heavenly patroness of the Romanov family and the empresses,” Natalya Rodomanova, head of the Communications Sector at the St. Petersburg Metropolitanate, informed TASS.

 Czar Nicholas II, who abdicated the throne on March 2, 1917, and his family were executed by a firing squad in the basement of the Ipatyev House in Yekaterinburg overnight to July 17, 1918. The Russian Orthodox Church canonized them in 2000 as imperial passion bearers.

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Princess Olga Romanoff to visit St. Petersburg

The head of the Romanov Family Association, Princess Olga Romanoff, will visit St Petersburg on the centenary anniversary since the execution of Russia’s last Czar Nicholas II and his family. Her grandmother, Grand Duchess Xenia of Russia, who fled to United Kingdom after the revolution was the sister of Czar Nicholas II.

On July 17, she will attend a memorial service in honor of the martyrs and confessors at the St Peter and Paul’s Cathedral and at the Winter Palace in St.Peterburg, Russia.

Her memoirs will be published in several countries during 2018-2020.