Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff

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Princess Olga Andreevna
Princess Olga of Russia.jpg
Born (1950-04-08) 8 April 1950 (age 66)
London, England
Spouse Thomas Mathew
(m. 1975; separated 1989)
Issue Nicholas Mathew
Francis Mathew
Alexandra Mathew
Thomas Mathew
Full name
Olga Andreevna Romanova
House Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia
Mother Nadine Sylvia Ada McDougall

Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff (born 8 April 1950) is a Russian princess and descendant of the House of Romanov.


Russian imperial family
Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire

HH Prince Andrew
HH Princess Inez

  • HSH Prince Alexis
    HSH Princess Zoetta
  • HSH Prince Peter
    HSH Princess Barbara
  • HSH Prince Andrew
    HSH Princess Elizabeth
    • HSH Princess Natasha

HSH Princess Olga

HH Princess Dorrit

HH Princess Sveva

  • HSH Princess Natalia
  • HSH Princess Elizabeth
  • HSH Princess Tatiana

HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna

She was born in London the daughter of Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia and his second wife Nadine Sylvia Ada McDougall (1908–2000). Her father was the son of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sister of Tsar Nicholas II.

Princess Olga is the great-granddaughter of the Dowager Empress Maria, through whom she is related to all the major royal houses of Europe. She is the only child of Prince Andrei to have been educated at home by private tutors. She joined the Romanov Family Association in 1980 and currently serves as a committee member.

She resides at Provender House,[1] Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom.[2][Note 1]

Olga Andreevna uses the English version of her family name, preferring 'Romanoff' to the Russian feminine form 'Romanova'. From 1950 to 1975, she used the title Princess Olga Andreevna Romanoff. In 1975, she married and took her husband's surname, Mathew.

In 2006, she was on Australian Princess (an Australian reality TV show) giving advice to competitors.

Marriage and children[edit]

Once considered a possible bride for Charles, Prince of Wales,[3] she married Thomas Mathew (b. 8 July 1945)[4] on 1 October 1975 in London. They separated in 1989 after having had four children:

  • Nicholas Mathew (b. 6 December 1976);[5] married, three children.
  • Francis-Alexander Mathew (b. 20 September 1979);[6] freelance photographer.[7] 2012 contestant on Ukraine version of The Bachelor.[8] Starred in season 2 of Secret Princes as "Prince Alexander".
  • Alexandra Mathew (b. 20 April 1981)[9]
  • Thomas Mathew (27 November 1987 – 20 April 1989)[10]

Title and styles[edit]


  1. ^ Provender is a tiny hamlet between Teynham and Faversham in Kent. ("Charming tale of the gardener and the maid" (24 Aug 2011) The East Kent Gazette, Sittingbourne, UK)
  2. ^ Since the Russian revolution members of the Imperial family have tended to drop the territorial designation “of Russia” and use the princely title with the surname Romanoff. (Almanach de Gotha, 186th Ed., p.314 (2003) ISBN 0-9532142-4-9) However this title, and even her right to the surname Romanoff are disputed by some. (“if any person in the Imperial Family enters into a marriage with a person of a status unequal to His, that is, not belonging to any Royal or Ruling House, in such a case the person in the Imperial Family cannot pass on to the other person the rights which belong to Members of the Imperial Family, and the children issuing from such a marriage have no right of succession to the throne.”


  1. ^ "A home fit for a princess..." (25 May 2011) The East Kent Gazette
  2. ^ "History lesson: The architect and television presenter Ptolemy Dean has built a new house that looks old. He wanted it to blend in, not stand out, says Caroline Donald" (10 Feb 2013) Sunday Times, London
  3. ^ Ghirardani, Jane (1998-08-22). "I might be a Russian princess but I still go to Safeway's, do all the cleaning and muck out the pony; My Diary: By Princess Olga Romanoff, Housewife.". Daily Mirror. 
  4. ^ "Person Page - 6601" Accessed October 29, 2013
  5. ^ "Person Page - 6601" Accessed October 29, 2013
  6. ^ "Francis-Alexander Mathew-Romanov" Accessed October 29, 2013 - NOTE: The gives his birthdate as 26 September 1978
  7. ^ "Francis Mathew Photographer". Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Great-great nephew of Czar Nicholas II looks for love on Ukraine 'Bachelor'". 
  9. ^ "Person Page - 6601" Accessed October 29, 2013
  10. ^ "Person Page - 6601" Accessed October 29, 2013
  11. ^ "Dynastic Succession" Decree on the Imperial Succession of 1820 26 July 2009

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