1911 Princess Olga Orlova by Valentin Serov (State Russian Museum - St. Petersburg Russia)

This is what I could find out about her, thanks to a post by lancashireladandre to the Alexander Palace Time Machine Discussion Forum on 12 September 2005, "Princess Olga Konstantinovna Orlova was the middle daughter ( there were also two brothers) of Prince Konstantin Esperovitch Belosselsky-Belozersky (1843-1920,Paris). Her mother was one of the three beautiful sisters (another was the ravishingly beautiful Countess Zina Beauharnais) of the famous General Mikhail Skobelev. Olga seems to have inherited the Skobelev blue eyes, willowy & graceful. She married Prince Vladimir Orlov a dashing cavalry officer and a intimate friend of Nicholas II. The Couple lived on the Moika canal, where the Prince a descendant of a Brother of Catherine the Great's lover was renowned for both his caustic wit and his gourmet tastes. This led him to become enormously fat, his wife was reputed to be the best dressed woman in the capital was so slender they were known as 'flesh and bone.' In 1916, Prince Vladimir fell foul of the Rasputin clique & was sent to the Caucuses as Viceroy to replace the late count Vorontsov-Dashkov. The family never returned north and instead soon after the revolution they went to their property near Yalta. By then their only child Nicholas was married to Nadejda the younger daughter of Grand Duke Peter & his Montegrin wife Militza, also the Orlov's had seperated. After a harrowing time Olga left Russia with her son & his wife & elder daughter aboard the HMS Marlborough in the retinue of the Dowager Empress. Arriving in London she was reunited with her elderly parents & brother Serge who with his American wife had left via Finland. The younger couple settled in Kent but Olga headed to the emigree mecca, Paris where she was reunited with her son & his family. Vladimir was also there.... with his new wife, living at Lamorlaye the estate that had come to him from his father. In 1920 the french portion of the Orlov art collections inherited by Vladimir (& his bachelor elder brother who had died in 1916) were sold so there must have been some money afloat. Vladimir outlived Olga & died in 1927. Nicholas is still the owner of Lamorlaye but long divorced from his first wife who died in the early 1960's." Italics are words added to the narrative by gogm, other minor edits were also made.

1911 Princess Olga Orlova by Valentin Serov (State Russian Museum - St. Petersburg Russia)

Olga Orlova is dressed for the Russian cold with a fur hat and a fur-trimmed wrap in this 1911 Serov portrait.

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