By Olga Alexandrovna
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Mother didn’t have as much as a scratch on her. However, my father’s dog Kamtchatca who had been lying at his feet had been killed on the spot. Fourteen to sixteen people had been sitting at my parents’ table and several of them had been seriously injured. One of the ladies-in-waiting, Countess Marie Kutusov, suffered a back injury and was bedridden for over a year. Colonel Sheremetev, who had also been sitting at the table had his chest crushed, and died of this injury several years later. I can also remember that it made a very strong impression on me that the servant who had come in with the semolina pudding just as the accident happened had had his face and hands covered in it, and had been really seriously burnt.
It was also at Knudsminde that Olga started a very happy and productive period of her artistic life. Her paintings through the mid-1940s reflect this with scene after scene of life on the 200 acre farm. She made gifts of her artwork to members of her immediate Romanov family and also to her more extended Royal family. Today, Queen Elizabeth II of England enjoys breakfast with nine Olga paintings hanging on the wall at Sandringham. Other paintings are to be found in the collections of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and King Harald V of Norway.
As soon as he had a spare moment he would grab his brushes and paint away at his many pretty watercolours. When he had finished one, he would take a few steps back to give it a critical look – and then generally tore it to pieces. They never turned out as well as he had intended them to be. I did not understand him because I thought that he painted very beautifully and I had a huge admiration for his pictures. In order to save them from sharing the fate of their predecessors I would often seize the chance to hide his watercolours before he decided to rip them to pieces.
25 Chapters of My Life by Olga Alexandrovna