Yesterday marked the 100 anniversary of the deaths of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and the end of the Russian Imperial royal dynasty. Commemorations were held in St. Petersburg, including the unveiling of a memorial statue of the late czar, his wife and children, a memorial service and the reburial of remains of two children, Alexei and Maria, with the rest of the family.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent attended, the princess in a black lace veil (click on bottom photo below and scroll to last photo. Also in attendance was Princess Olga Romanoff, great niece of Nicholas II (granddaughter of the Tsar’s younger sister Grand Duchess Xenia), in an elegant black straw pillbox hat trimmed with dotted veil, crin leaves and bows by British milliner Laura Cathcart.
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The photo is of Princess Olga Romanoff this morning in the Astoria Hotel in St Petersburg on way to the graveside memorial service of the murder of her imperial family 100 years ago today - From today’s Daily Mail - “A feather in the cap for society milliner Lady Laura Cathcart”: The wife of writer William Cash and eldest daughter of Earl and Countess Cathcart has been appointed hat maker to the House of Romanov. Princess Olga Romanoff, the great-niece of Tsar Nicholas II, and her daughter Alex will wear Laura's creations today at the official graveside service in St Petersburg to mark the centenary of the murder of the Russian royal family. In 1768, Laura's direct ancestor Charles, 9th Earl Cathcart — known as 'Patch' due to the black silk patch he wore on his cheek after being shot in the face at the Battle of Fontenoy — was appointed ambassador at St Petersburg, and he was well known to Catherine the Great. Laura says: 'I'm so happy with the result that I've decided to launch a new 'in memoriam' range, which will feature hats in black and blue and will be ideal for funerals, memorial services and, of course, the Cenotaph Remembrance Day service. 'I'd be delighted to make a hat for Theresa May to wear in November.' #romanoff #princessolga #princessolgaromanoff #romanov #romanov100 #russianprincess #dailymail #millinery #ambassador #cathcart #lauracathcartmillinery #lauracathcarthats #centenary #astoriahotel #houseofromanov