Grand Duchess Maria of Russia
H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria of Russia
Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria of Russia (Maria Vladimirovna Romanova) born December 23 1953 in Madrid Spain.
The Grand Duchess Maria is a member of the Imperial House of Romanova, and is the great-great-grand daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia.
The Grand Duchess was born in Madrid as the only child of Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia and Princess Leonida Bagration-Mukhrani of Russia. Her paternal grandparents were Cyril Vladimirovich Romanov, Grand Duke of Russia, and Victoria Feodorovna Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia and member of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
The Grand Duchess Maria was educated in both Madrid and Paris, before spending a few terms at Oxford University, where she studied Russian history and literature.
In Madrid on September 22 1976, the Grand Duchess Maria married Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, a member of the House of Hohenzollern, and great-grandson of Germany’s last emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II and, like his bride, a great-great grandchild of Queen Victoria. Franz Wilhelm converted to the Russian Orthodox faith prior to the wedding, taking the name Michael Pavlovich and receiving the title of a Grand Duke of Russia from Maria’s father.
The couple separated in 1982, a year after the birth of their only child George Mikhailovich, who had been granted the title Grand Duke of Russia at birth by his grandfather Vladimir. Following the divorce on 19 June 1985, Franz Wilhelm reverted to his Prussian name and style.
The Grand Duchess Maria never again married, and presently has homes in Russia, France, and Spain. Her Imperial Highness speaks fluent Russian, English, French and Spanish, and also speaks some German, Italian and Arabic.
Role in the restored Russian Monarchy
The Grand Duchess Maria is Patron and supporter of numerous organisations reflecting her wide-ranging interests.
In support of the future Tsarina, Her Imperial Highness will oversee the establishment of several new hospitals that will soon be built across Russia. The Grand Duchess’s military affiliations will include being the Colonel-in-Chief of The Grenadier Household Guards of Saint Petersburg.
Present title and status
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The duties of the Crown Princess includes maintaining good relations with members of the federal and regional governments, political and business leaders, representatives of the economic, social, cultural and scientific sectors, academia, and the media.
Crown Princess Katalina (The Tsarevna) and other prominent members of the Russian Imperial Family also keep in close touch with the progression of Russian society, promoting private and public initiatives that help bring about economic and social improvements. Certain members of the Russian Imperial Family also represent Russia as Goodwill Ambassadors for economic investment and trade missions, and as well participate in both domestic and international philanthropy.