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Granddaughters of Alexander II of Russia:

  • Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, born on 6th April 1875, was the elder daughter and fourth child of Alexander III of Russia (1845-1894), the second son of Alexander II, who wasn’t expected to be Emperor until his older brother died. She was also the sister of Nicholas II (1868-1918), the last Emperor of Russia. She married her cousin, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia; they had seven children. After the fall of the Russian monarchy in February 1917, she fled from Russia and eventually settling in United Kingdom. She died on 20th April 1960.
  • Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, born on 13th June 1882, as the younger daughter of Alexander III of Russia, and sister of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. She married twice, first to her cousin, Duke Peter of Oldenburg, who in private was believed by family and friends as homosexual henceforth their marriage remained unconsummated. Their marriage was annulled in 1916, and the following month after her annulment to her first husband, she married secondly to a cavalry officer, Nikolai Kulikovsky (whom she had fallen in love years before), with whom she had two sons. After the downfall of the monarchy in February 1917, she fled to Crimea, then later to Denmark with her husband and children, accompanying her mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (1847-1928). Although in 1948, she and her family, migrated to Canada. Where she died, seven months after her sister, on 24th November 1960. After her death, she was widely recognised as the last Grand Duchess of Imperial Russia.
  • Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, was born on 17th January 1882, as the youngest child and only daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (1847-1909), the third son of Alexander II. She married her second cousin, Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark on 1902, with whom she had three daughters, including Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. She and her family lived in France for a time, after the turmoil of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the turmoil in Greece. Though eventually going back to Greece, where she died as a widow in Athens on 13th March 1957.
  • Princess Marie Alexandra Victoria of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, better known as Marie of Romania, born on 29th October 1875, as the second child and eldest daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna (1853-1920), the only surviving daughter of Alexander II. She was also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, through her father, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (later, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha) (1844-1900), the second son of Victoria. On 1893, she married Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, with whom she had six children, including Carol II of Romania. She later became the Queen consort of Romania in 1914, and was popular with the Romanian people. During the First World War, she like many of her female relatives including her cousin, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), volunteered as Red Cross nurse, aiding the sick and the wounded. She died on 18th July 1938.
  • Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born on 25th November 1876, as the second daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. Also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She married twice, firstly to her first cousin through her father, Ernst Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse (who was the sister of her cousin through her father, Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna, in turn wife of Nicholas II of Russia, who was also her cousin through her mother), thus becoming Grand Duchess of Hesse. They had one daughter, who died at the age of eight in 1903, of typhoid fever. Their marriage was a failure, as they divorced on 1901. Victoria Melita later remarried, to her first cousin through her mother, Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich (brother of Elena Vladmirovna) on 1905. They had three children. Due to the shock of her second marriage, Tsar Nicholas stripped Grand Duke Cyril of his offices and honors, initially banishing him and Victoria from Russia - settling in Paris. Though in 1910, they eventually moved to Russia. After the downfall of the monarchy, Victoria and her family fled to Finland. Victoria died from suffering a stroke on 2nd March 1936.
  • Princess Alexandra Louise Olga Victoria of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was born on 1st September 1878, as the fourth child and third daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. She was also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She married Ernst II, Prince of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, despite of her father’s objection; they had five children. She lived in Germany for the rest of her life, and served as a Red Cross nurse (like her older sister, Marie of Romania). She died on 16th April 1942.
  • Princess Beatrice Leopoldine Victoria of Edinburgh, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, born on 20th April 1884, the youngest child and fourth daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. She was also a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. She married into the Spanish Royal Family, to Infante Alfonso, Duke of Galleria, thus becoming Duchess of Galleria; together, they had three children. She died on 16th July 1966.
  • Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, also known as Maria Pavlovna the Younger (to distinguish her from her aunt-by-marriage, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna, the Elder, the mother of Elena Vladimirovna). She was born on 18th April 1890, as the elder child and only daughter of Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich (1860-1918), the youngest son of Alexander II, from his first marriage. Her mother died when she was not yet two from complications after giving birth to Maria’s younger brother, Grand Duke Dmitri. In result to her mother’s death, her father was so distraught and neglected his two children, leaving them in the care of their uncle and aunt-by-marriage, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, who had no children in their own. And was left to be raised by them, as their father was banished from Russia for marrying a commoner in 1902. Maria was married off to Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland, thus she became Duchess of Södermanland. They had one son. Their marriage was unhappy and ended in divorce in 1914. She served as a nurse during World War I, until the fall of the monarchy in February 1917. She later remarried during the provisional government, to Prince Roman Mikhailovich Putyatin, whom she had one son with but died in infancy. The couple fled to Ukraine in 1918, eventually divorcing in 1923 whilst still in exile. She died on 13th December 1958.

Guri (1919-1984) and Tikhon (1917-1993) Nikolaevich Kulikovsky were the sons of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia, the youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and paternal aunt of OTMAA. Sadly, the two young boys never met their first cousins and uncles, who were all murdered just the year after Tikhon was born.

Although, despite the fact they’ve never met, Tikhon’s birth has been acknowledged by the imperial family while exchanging letters with Olga, who had been living in exile in the Crimea with her relatives. Tikhon shared the same birthday as his cousin, the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich of Russia (of whom had turned 13 years old on the very same day Tikhon was born). Guri was named after an officer in his mother’s military regiment who had been killed in service. Photograph taken circa mid 1920s.

Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, morganatic son of Grand Duke Pavel Alexandrovich. Though born as illegitimate, Volodya, as he was undoubtedly one of the most intelligent representatives of the young Romanov generation, as well as a talented poet. He was murdered in 1918 along some of his legitimate Romanov relatives.

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Princess Nina Georgievna of Russia (20 June 1901 – 27 February 1974)  was born inMikhailovskoe, the Palace of her paternal grandfather, Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia. Through her father, she was a member of the Romanov family, and princess of the Imperial blood as a great-granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. Nina’s mother was a princess of Greece and Denmark (daughter of King George of Greece). On her maternal side, Nina was a great-granddaughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and related to members of many European royal families.

Princess Nina spent the first years of her life in apartments at the Mikhailovsky Palace outsideSt. Petersburg, the residence of her paternal grandfather Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia. In 1905, the family moved to a newly built small palace in the Crimea. Constructed in English style, they gave the property a Greek name, “Harax”. For nine years the family led a quiet life. A contemporary of Tsar Nicholas II two youngest daughters, Princess Nina and her only sibling Princess Xenia, played sometimes with them, while they were in the Imperial capital.

The marriage of Nina’s parents was unhappy. Grand Duke George was a devoted father, and the two sisters were close to him, but Grand Duchess Maria Georgievna never liked Russia and eventually became estranged from her husband. In June 1914, Maria took her two daughters to England on the pretext of improving their health; in reality, she wanted to be separated from her husband. When the war broke out a month after her arrival, the Grand Duchess did not rush back to Russia and later it was too dangerous to attempt a return.Princess Nina and her sister never saw their father again. He was killed during the Russian Revolution. Imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, he was shot by a firing squad, along with other Romanov relatives in January 1919. During the turbulent years of World War I and the Russian Revolution, Princess Nina remained living safely in London with her mother and her sister. Both sisters treasured their father’s memory and resented their mother. In part to escape her control they both married very young.

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Granddaughters of Alexander III of Russia:

  • Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna of Russia, born on 15th November 1895, was the eldest daughter of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II (1868-1918), the eldest child and son of Alexander III. The older sister of Grand Duchesses Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and their hemophiliac brother, Tsarevich Alexei. During her lifetime, her future marriage was the subject of great speculation within Russia. She was considered by many as compassionate, sensitive, and thoughtful. Out of all her siblings, she was intellectually mature, and was quick. It was her who answered back to their mother, when in a disagreement. Olga nursed wounded soldiers during World War I, until the stress of caring for the wounded took a toll on her nerves. Eventually being given arsenic injections in October 1915. She, her parents and siblings, along with their several faithful servants, were murdered by the Bolsheviks on 17th July 1918, at just the age of twenty-two, if she could’ve lived throughout the year, she would’ve been able to turn twenty-three.
  • Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia, born on 10th June 1897, was the second daughter of Nicholas II. She was the tallest and the slenderest of her sisters. A favorite of her mother, Tatiana was an idealist, and reserved by nature. Out of all her siblings, she’s the most practical and reliable, having a natural talent for leadership. During the World War I, she, like her older sister Olga, and mother, Alexandra Feodorovna, served as Red Cross nurses, aiding the wounded soldiers until the Russian Revolution of 1917. She was brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks on 17th July 1918, at the age of tweny-one.
  • Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, born on 26th June 1899, was the middle child and third daughter of Nicholas II. She was friendly, sweet and loving, deferential to her parents. She was tall, and surprisingly strong, which she have inherited from her bear-like grandfather, Alexander III. Out of all her sisters, she was considered the prettiest. Though not as bright as her sisters, she had a particular talent in drawing and painting. During World War I, unlike her mother and two older sisters, she did not become a Red Cross nurse because she was too young. In July 17th 1918, she was murdered at the age of nineteen.
  • Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, born on 18th June 1901, was the fourth child and youngest daughter of Nicholas II. She was the youngest sister of Olga, Tatiana and Maria; together, the four sisters are known as OTMA. She was the shortest, but bright and ingenious. She was known in the family as ‘shvibzik’, Russian word for ‘imp’. She was vivacious, and energetic - the tomboy of the family. During World War I, Anastasia, along with her sister, Maria visited the wounded soldiers at a private hospital in the grounds of Tsarskoye Selo. As their mother and older sister, Olga & Tatiana, served as Red Cross nurses. In the wake of the Russian Revolution of 1917, Anastasia and her family were imprisoned in their own home, Alexander Palace. Later in Tobolsk, and finally in the Ipatiev House, in Ekaterinburg. Where she, with her parents and siblings, and several servants were brutally murdered by the Bolsheviks in the dawn of 17th July 1918. She was just seventeen.
  • Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, born on 15th July 1895, was the eldest child and only daughter of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875 - 1960), the elder daughter of Alexander III. She’s the only niece of Nicholas II. Irina was considered one of the most eligible women in Imperial Russia. Shy, and tongue-tied, Irina had a happy childhood. In February 1914, she married the wealthiest man in Imperial Russia, Prince Felix Yusupov; they had one daughter. After the fall of the monarchy in the Russian Revolution of 1917, Irina and her family fled, and settled in Paris. She died there on 26th February 1970.
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Romanov Family Lookalikes

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia’s younger son Guri strongly resembled his uncle Michael and cousin Maria, both of whom were murdered in the summer of 1918, nearly a year before Guri was born. It appears that Guri’s daughter Xenia has inherited the Romanov genes as well.

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Granddaughters of Nicholas I of Russia (legitimate & survived to adulthood):

  • Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia, born on 17th October 1853 as the fifth child and only surviving daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia (1818-1881), the eldest son of Nicholas I. She married Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and Duke of Edinburg, thus becoming Duchess of Edinburgh (1874-1900), and Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1893-1900); they had five children, including Marie of Romania. Maria, the only child of Alexander II to survive the revolution, died in her sleep on 24th October 1920.
  • Princess Maria Maximilianovna of Leuchtenberg, also known as Princess Maria Romanovskya, born on 16th October 1841 as the eldest daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna (1819-1876), the daughter of Nicholas I. She married Prince Wilhelm of Baden, and had two children. Maria died on 16th February 1914, in St. Petersburg.
  • Princess Eugenia Maximilianovna of Leuchtenberg, also known as Princess Eugenia Romanovskya, born on 1st April 1845, as the second daughter of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna. Eugenia married Duke Alexander of Oldenburg on 1868; they had one son, Duke Peter Alexandrovich who would later marry and become the first husband of the last Tsar of Russia’s sister, Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. Eugenia died in exile, on 4th May 1925.
  • Grand Duchess Olga Constantinovna of Russia, born on 3rd September 1851, the second child and elder daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaevich (1827-1892), the second son of Nicholas I. At sixteen years-old, she married George I of Greece, thus becoming the Queen consort of Hellenes; they had eight children, including Constantine I of Greece and Prince Andrew (the father of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh). Olga died on 18th June 1926.
  • Grand Duchess Vera Constantinovna of Russia, born on 16th February 1854, the younger daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaevich. Due to her prone to violent fits of anger - her “nervous condition” - becoming unmanageable to her parents, she was sent, and later adopted by her childless aunt, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, Queen of Württemberg. Vera married her distant cousin, Duke Eugen of Württemberg, and had three children. Vera died in Stuttgart on 11th April 1912.
  • Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, born on 28th July 1860, was the second child and only daughter of Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich (1832-1909), the youngest son of Nicholas I. Anastasia married her cousin, a direct-descendant of Tsar Paul I of Russia, Frederick Francis III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, thus becoming Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; they had three children, including Alexandrine, Queen consort of Denmark. Anastasia died, after suffering from a stroke, on 11th March 1922.
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Princess Ileana of Romania, born in January 1909, was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand I of Romania and his consort Queen Marie of Romania. The princess was once considered to be a potential wife for the last Tsarevich of Russia, Alexei Nikolaevich, and the next possible Empress consort of Russia. Shortly before the First World War in mid-June of 1914, five-year-old Ileana met the nine-year-old Alexei during the Romanov family’s official state visit to Romania. The primary plan for the visit was to try to unite Ileana’s oldest brother Carol to Alexei’s oldest sister Olga for marriage. However, both of the unions were never to be commenced. Olga never liked Carol, who eventually became King Carol II of Romania, and Alexei and his family were murdered just four years later. The princess married an Austrian archduke instead and died in exile as a nun in 1991. 

Photo 1: Princess Ileana of Romania as a young teenager in circa early 1920s. Photo 2 & 3: from left to right, Tsarevich Alexei of Russia, Princess Ileana, and her brother, Prince Nicolae of Romania in June 1914.

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The House of Hesse was one of the most humble but yet tragic royal families in all-time history. The family was known to be figuratively cursed, as many of their dear loved ones had been taken away from them by deadly diseases, aviation accidents or brutal murder.

When I die, you must die too, and all the others. Why can’t we all die together? I don’t want to die alone, like Frittie.” - Grand Duke Ernest Louis of Hesse when he was a young boy stricken with Diphtheria, referring to his hemophiliac younger brother’s premature death a few years earlier.

Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, future Grand Duchess of Hesse and mother of the last Russian Empress, with her younger sisters Princesses Louise and Helena. They were dressed as bridesmaids for their elder sister, Victoria, Princess Royal’s wedding to the future German Emperor Frederick III, in the Royal Chapel at James’s Palace, on 25 January 1858. Originally sepia photograph coloured by me.

Guri Nikolaevich Kulikovsky, the younger son of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia. We can see that he resembles his uncle, Grand Duke Michael “Misha” Alexandrovich of Russia, who was among those murdered by the Bolsheviks after the collapse of the Romanov dynasty.

Source: Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Appreciation Society

Victor Cordairo, born July 2001, is another descendant of the Romanov Family. His great-grandmother is Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Romanova of Russia, the youngest sibling of the last Tsar, Nicholas II. Victor’s mother, also named Olga, is the daughter of Olga’s elder son, Tikhon, who was born on Tsarevich Alexei’s 13th birthday in 1917. Victor currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He certainly has his great-grandmother’s eyes, doesn’t he?

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The greatest Russian heiress of her day, and the last of her line at the House of Yusupov, Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova was a Russian noblewoman best known as the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov, the murderer of Rasputin, and the mother-in-law of Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia, the only niece of Tsar Nicholas II. As a leading figure in pre-Revolutionary Russian society, she was famed for her beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality.