Prince Michael Andreevich Romanoff

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Prince Michael Andreevich of Russia
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Князь Михаил Романов, Князь Михаил Андреевич Романов, Romanov
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Prince Michael Andreevich of Russia (15 July 1920 – 22 September 2008) was a descendant of the House of Romanov which ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917. He was a great nephew of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia.

Early life

Prince Michael Andreevich was born in Versailles, the second child and eldest son of Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia and Donna Elisabetta di Sasso-Ruffo (1886–1940). He was a grandson of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia and a great nephew of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia. From his father's first marriage he had two siblings, an older sister Xenia and a younger brother Andrew. From his father's second marriage he had one half sister, Olga.

Neither Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich nor his son Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich (who were heads of the House of Romanov from 1924 to 1992) recognised Michael as a Prince of Russia. Cyril and Vladimir held that the marriage of Prince Michael Andreevitch's parents was not dynastic and that Michael had no succession rights to the Russian throne. They accorded him the title HSH Prince Romanovsky-di Sasso Ruffo."

Prince Michael Andreevich was educated at Beaumont College in Old Windsor, and lived with his parents and his grandmother Grand Duchess Xenia in exile at Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland as well as at Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The family later stayed at Wilderness House until Michael was commissioned to serve in the Royal Navy during World War II. During the war Michael served in Australia with the Fleet Air Arm. He moved there permanently following the conclusion of the war and became an aviation engineer.

Marriages and later life

Prince Michael Andreevich married three times. On 24 February 1953 at Sydney he married Jill Murphy (b. 1921); the marriage was short lived and was dissolved by divorce in September 1953. On 23 July 1954 at Sydney he married Shirley Cramond (1916–1983). On 14 July 1993 at Sydney he married Giulia Crespi (b. 1930). Michael had no children from any of his marriages.

In 1980 Prince Michael Andreevich became Imperial protector of the Sovereign Order of the Orthodox Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem which was formerly under the protection of his father Prince Andrei and uncle Prince Vasili. In 2006 he was elected Grand Prior. This group is not recognized by the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, or the Associated Orders of St. John. He was also vice president of the Romanov Family Association.

Prince Michael Andreevich died at 2am on 22 September 2008 in Sydney, Australia, the same day as his cousin, Prince Michael Feodorovich of Russia, the son of Prince Feodor Alexandrovich of Russia.

Title and styles

  • His Highness Prince Michael Andreevich of Russia

N.B. After the Russian revolution members of the Imperial family tended to drop the territorial designation “of Russia” and use the princely title with the surname Romanov. However this title, and even his right to the surname Romanov were disputed by some.

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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Князь Андрей АлександровичКнязь Андрей АлександровичFather24.01.189708.05.1981
        2Елизавета  СассоЕлизавета СассоMother29.10.1940
        3Княгиня Ксения  РомановаКнягиня Ксения РомановаSister10.03.191922.10.2000
        4Nikolajs II RomanovsNikolajs II RomanovsUncle19.05.186817.07.1918
        5Князь Дмитрий АлександровичКнязь Дмитрий АлександровичUncle15.08.190107.07.1980
        6Князь Никита АлександровичКнязь Никита АлександровичUncle16.01.190012.09.1974
        7Ростислав АлександровичРостислав АлександровичUncle24.11.190231.07.1978
        8George VIGeorge VIUncle14.12.189506.02.1952
        9George BrasovGeorge BrasovUncle06.08.191021.07.1931
        10Гурий  КуликовскийГурий КуликовскийUncle23.04.191911.09.1984
        11Prince George Duke of KentPrince George Duke of KentUncle20.12.190225.08.1942
        12Prince Vasili AlexandrovichPrince Vasili AlexandrovichUncle07.07.190724.06.1989
        13Великий князь Пётр НиколаевичВеликий князь Пётр НиколаевичUncle10.01.186417.06.1931
        14Anastasia RomanovaAnastasia RomanovaAunt18.06.190117.07.1918
        15Princess Xenia  Georgievna of RussiaPrincess Xenia Georgievna of RussiaAunt22.08.190317.09.1965
        16Alexandrine  of Mecklenburg-SchwerinAlexandrine of Mecklenburg-SchwerinAunt24.12.187912.12.1952
        17Irina Alexandrovna of RussiaIrina Alexandrovna of RussiaAunt03.07.189526.02.1970
        18Princess Nina GeorgievnaPrincess Nina GeorgievnaAunt20.06.190127.02.1974
        19Елена КравцоваЕлена КравцоваSister in-law00.00.192700.00.1992
        20Grand Duke Alexander MikhailovichGrand Duke Alexander MikhailovichGrandfather13.04.186626.02.1933
        21Великая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаВеликая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаGrandmother06.04.187520.04.1960
        22Михаил НиколаевичМихаил НиколаевичGreat grandfather25.10.183218.12.1909
        23Alexander IIIAlexander IIIGreat grandfather10.03.184501.11.1894
        24Владимир АлександровичВладимир АлександровичGreat grandfather10.04.184704.02.1909
        25Мария ФёдоровнаМария ФёдоровнаGreat grandmother26.11.184713.10.1928
        26Olga  FeodorovnaOlga FeodorovnaGreat grandmother20.09.183912.04.1891
        27Maria  PavlovnaMaria PavlovnaGreat grandmother14.05.185406.09.1920
        28Elizabeth IIElizabeth IICousin21.04.192608.09.2022
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