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Grand Duchess Maria

 

Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

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.

Early life

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.

Personal life

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

  • Grand Duchess of Russia

Awards and honours

  • Order of St. Andrew the First-Called
  • Dame Grand Cross Order of Saint Catherine
  • Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky
  • Order of the White Eagle
  • Order of St. Anna 1st Class
  • Order of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker 1st Class
  • Order of St. Anastasia Order of Saint Stanislaus 1st Class
  • Order of St. Michael the Archangel, 1st Class #
  • Dame Grand Cross Sovereign Military Order of Malta
  • Order of St. Olga 1 Class (Patriarch Alexius II, Russian Orthodox Church)
  • Order of St. Paraskeva 1 Class (Moldovan Orthodox Church)
  • Order of St. Barbara 1 Class (Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
  • Dame Grand Cross Order of Saint Michael of the Wing (Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza)
  • Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Queen of Sheba (Crown Council of Ethiopia)
  • Order of the Republic (Pridnestrovian Moldova)
  • Lady of the Grand Collar of The Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Irakli Bagration of Mukhrani)
  • Cross of Russian Nobility Association 1st Class

Future titles and honours

  • Grand Duchess of Russia
  • Grand Lady of Her Majesty’s Court