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).
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 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…”
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. “