Princess Catherine Ivanovna

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Princess Catherine Ivanovna of Russia
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Екатерина Иоанновна, Princess Catherine Ivanovna of Russia, Её Светлость Княгиня Екатерина Иоанновна
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Princess Catherine Ivanovna of Russia (Russian: Княжна Екатери́на Иоа́нновна; 12 July 1915 – 14 July 2007) was a great-great-granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia and a niece of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia. She was the last member of the Imperial Family to be born before the fall of the dynasty, and was ultimately to become the last surviving uncontested dynast of the Imperial House of Russia.


Born in Pavlovsk Palace, she was the second child of Prince John Konstantinovich of Russia and Princess Jelena of Serbia. After the Revolution, her father was arrested and deported from the capital and her mother followed her husband into exile. Catherine and her brother Vsevolod remained in the care of her grandmother, the Grand Duchess Elizaveta Mavriekievna of Russia. On 18 July 1918, their father Prince John was killed, and their mother Princess Jelena was arrested and spent several months in Soviet prisons. Grand Duchess Elizabeth was able to take Catherine and her brother to Sweden. Sometime later, they were reunited with their mother.

The family lived in Serbia, then moved to England. There, Catherine received an excellent education, although she never learned the Russian language because her mother, devastated by her husband's death, didn't want her children speaking that language in front of her.

From 1937 to 1945, Princess Catherine Ivanovna lived in Italy. During her stay there, she married the Italian diplomat Ruggero Farace, Marchese Farace di Villaforesta (4 August 1909 - 14 September 1970) in Rome, Italy on 15 September 1937; on occasion of her wedding, she renounced to her succession rights to the Russian throne. They had three children:

  • Nobile Nicoletta Farace (b. Rome, Italy, 23 July 1938), married on 25 March 1966 to Alberto Grundland. They had two children:
    • Eduardo Alberto Grundland (b. 15 January 1967), married on 15 November 1999 to Maria Ester Pita Blanco and had one son:
      • Federico Grundland Pita (b. 15 March 2005).
    • Alexandra Gabriella Grundland (b. 17 September 1971), married on 24 March 2001 to Roberto Castro Padula and had one son:
      • Santiago Castro Grundland (b. 15 October 2006).
  • Nobile Fiammetta Farace (b. Budapest, Hungary, 19 February 1940), married firstly on 16 September 1969 to Victor Carlos Arcelus (divorced in 1980) and secondly in 1981 to Nelson Zanelli. She had three children:
    • Victor John Arcelus (b. 24 November 1973).
    • Sebastian Carlos Arcelus (b. 5 November 1976), married on 16 October 2007 to Stephanie Janette Block and had one daughter:
      • Vivienne Helena Arcelus (b. 19 January 2015).
    • Alessandro Zanelli (b. 31 July 1984).
  • Giovanni Farace, Marchese Farace di Villaforesta (b. Rome, Italy, 20 October 1943), married on 14 February 1968 to Marie-Claude Tillier-Debesse (b. Paris, 1944) and had two sons:
    • Alessandro Farace (b. 29 August 1971).
    • Yann Farace (b. 4 October 1974), married on 4 October 2009 to Anne-Sophie Laignel and had one son:
      • Tancredi Farace (b. 20 November 2010).

In 1945, after the end of the World War II, Princess Catherine separated from her husband (although they never legally divorced) and moved with her children to South America. In later years, she lived in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she died two days after her 92nd birthday.

Titles, styles and honours


  • Russian Empire House of Romanov: Dame Grand Cordon of the Imperial Order of Saint Catherine.


  • Grigoryan VG Biographical Directory. M.: AST: Astrel: Guardian 2007.
  • Dumin SV Romanova. Ivperatorsky home in exile. M. Zakharov-ACT, 1998.
  • Pchelov EV Romanovs. History dinastii.- Moscow: Olma-Press, 2004
  • Gabriel K., Vel.kn. In the Marble Palace. St. Petersburg, 1993.

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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Prince Ioann  Konstantinovich of RussiaPrince Ioann Konstantinovich of RussiaFather05.07.188618.07.1918
        2Jelena KarađorđevićJelena KarađorđevićMother04.11.188416.10.1962
        3Всеволод  РомановВсеволод РомановBrother20.01.191418.06.1973
        4Ruggiero Marchese Farace di VillaforestaRuggiero Marchese Farace di VillaforestaHusband04.08.190814.11.1970
        5Oleg  KonstantinovichOleg KonstantinovichUncle15.11.189229.09.1914
        6Igor  ConstantinovichIgor ConstantinovichUncle29.05.189418.07.1918
        7Georgy  KonstantinovichGeorgy KonstantinovichUncle23.04.190307.11.1938
        8Gabriel RomanovGabriel RomanovUncle15.07.188728.02.1955
        9Constantine I of GreeceConstantine I of GreeceUncle02.08.186811.01.1923
        10Prince Andrew of  Greece and DenmarkPrince Andrew of Greece and DenmarkUncle02.02.188203.12.1944
        11Владимир АлександровичВладимир АлександровичUncle10.04.184704.02.1909
        12Великий Князь Георгий МихайловичВеликий Князь Георгий МихайловичUncle23.08.186330.01.1919
        13Prince Christopher  of Greece and DenmarkPrince Christopher of Greece and DenmarkUncle10.08.188821.01.1940
        14Великий князь Пётр НиколаевичВеликий князь Пётр НиколаевичUncle10.01.186417.06.1931
        15Александр ИскандерАлександр ИскандерUncle15.11.188726.01.1957
        16Сергей АлександровичСергей АлександровичUncle11.05.185717.02.1905
        17Сергей  РомановСергей РомановUncle11.05.185717.02.1905
        18Paul  AlexandrovichPaul AlexandrovichUncle03.10.186030.01.1919
        19Prince Nicholas of  Greece and DenmarkPrince Nicholas of Greece and DenmarkUncle22.01.187208.02.1938
        20Alexander IIIAlexander IIIUncle10.03.184501.11.1894
        21Princess Maria of Greece and DenmarkPrincess Maria of Greece and DenmarkAunt03.03.187614.12.1940
        22Maria AlexandrovnaMaria AlexandrovnaAunt17.10.185324.10.1920
        23Вера КонстантиновнаВера КонстантиновнаAunt24.04.190611.01.2001
        24Alexandra  GeorgievnaAlexandra GeorgievnaAunt30.08.187024.09.1891
        25Константин КонстантиновичКонстантин КонстантиновичGrandfather10.08.185802.06.1915
        26Пётр I КарагеоргиевичПётр I КарагеоргиевичGrandfather29.06.184416.08.1921
        27Elisabeth  of Saxe-AltenburgElisabeth of Saxe-AltenburgGrandmother25.01.186524.03.1927
        28Princess ZorkaPrincess ZorkaGrandmother23.12.186416.03.1890
        29Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of RussiaGreat grandfather06.07.179618.02.1855
        30Александр КарагеоргиевичАлександр КарагеоргиевичGreat grandfather
        31Мориц Саксен-АльтенбургскийМориц Саксен-АльтенбургскийGreat grandfather24.10.182913.05.1907
        32Konstantin NikolayevichKonstantin NikolayevichGreat grandfather21.09.182725.01.1892
        33Никола I ПетровичНикола I ПетровичGreat grandfather07.10.184101.03.1921
        34Александра ИосифовнаАлександра ИосифовнаGreat grandmother08.07.183006.07.1911
        35Persida  NenadovićPersida NenadovićGreat grandmother15.02.181329.03.1873
        36Елена ПавловнаЕлена ПавловнаGreat grandmother28.12.180621.01.1873
        37Кирилл ВладимировичКирилл ВладимировичCousin12.10.187612.10.1938
        38Marie of RomaniaMarie of RomaniaCousin29.10.187518.07.1938
        39Helen of Greece and DenmarkHelen of Greece and DenmarkCousin02.05.189628.11.1982
        40Prince PhilipPrince PhilipCousin10.06.192109.04.2021
        41Dmitri  PavlovichDmitri PavlovichCousin06.09.189105.03.1942
        42Andrei  VladimirovichAndrei VladimirovichCousin02.05.187930.10.1956
        43Princess Nina GeorgievnaPrincess Nina GeorgievnaCousin20.06.190127.02.1974
        44Princess Xenia  Georgievna of RussiaPrincess Xenia Georgievna of RussiaCousin22.08.190317.09.1965
        45Великая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаВеликая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаCousin06.04.187520.04.1960
        46Ольга  РомановаОльга РомановаCousin13.06.188224.11.1960
        47Grand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaGrand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaCousin17.03.188213.03.1957
        48Natālija AndrosovaNatālija AndrosovaCousin23.02.191725.07.1999
        49Кирилл  АндросовКирилл АндросовCousin05.12.191507.02.1992
        50Grand Duchess Maria PavlovnaGrand Duchess Maria PavlovnaCousin18.04.189013.12.1958
        51Vladimir  PaleyVladimir PaleyCousin09.01.189718.07.1918
        52Natalia PaleyNatalia PaleyCousin05.12.190527.12.1981
        53Nikolajs II RomanovsNikolajs II RomanovsCousin19.05.186817.07.1918
        54Mikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovMikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovCousin04.12.187813.06.1918
        55Prince AlfredPrince AlfredCousin15.10.187406.02.1899
        56Boris  Wladimirowitsch RomanowBoris Wladimirowitsch RomanowCousin24.11.187709.11.1943
        57Princess IrenePrincess IreneCousin13.02.190415.04.1974
        58Георг IIГеорг IICousin19.07.189001.04.1947

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