ROMANOV FAMILY: “UNCLE MIMI” – GRAND DUKE MICHAEL ALEXANDROVICH

ROMANOV FAMILY: “UNCLE MIMI” – GRAND DUKE MICHAEL ALEXANDROVICH

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich: youngest brother of Tsar Nicholas II and favorite uncle of the Romanov children. His nieces often mentioned him in their diaries, especially during wartime when he was allowed to return to Russia (he lived abroad after his unpopular morganatic marriage to Natalie Wolfert).

Romanov family with Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich.
One of rare photographs of the Romanov family with Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich -“Uncle Mimi”. Left to right: Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, Tsar Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, Grand Duke Michael, Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Olga. Grand Duchess Anastasia and Grand Duchess Maria are a the front.

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich

From the 1914-15 diaries of Tatiana Romanov:

Saturday, 20 September… Breakfast 4 with Papa, Mama and Uncle Misha… ” ;  “Saturday, 3 January… Had tea with Papa, Mama and Uncle Mimi…”

 

From the book Tatiana Romanov, Daughter of the Last Tsar: Diaries and Letters, 1913–1918

 

From the 1916 diary of Maria Romanov:  

 
27 January…  Had tea at Grandmama’s with Uncle Mimi … Had dinner with Papa, Uncle Mimi and Mama on the sofa…” 

Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich

From the book MARIA and ANASTASIA: The Youngest Romanov Grand Duchesses In Their Own Words: Letters, Diaries, Postcards.

 

From the 1917 diary of Olga Romanov:

“Monday. 9th January… [We] were preparing for the Romanian ceremony and that made me angry. The ceremony was successful, [I] sat between Papa and Uncle Mimi…”; “Thursday. 12th January.  … Uncle Mimi had breakfast… “;  “Tuesday. 17th  January…  Uncle Mimi had dinner…”  “6th  Febr…  Uncle Mimi had tea. “

Last known photograph of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and his secretary, taken in Perm shortly before their murder.
Last known photograph of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and his secretary, taken in Perm shortly before their murder.

 

From the books  Russia’s Last Romanovs: In Their Own Words and The Diary of Olga Romanov: Royal Witness to the Russian Revolution

 

 

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