ROMANOV FAMILY: THEIR BRITISH COUSINS’ OFFER OF ASYLUM
Most of us heard the story of King George V of England rescinding on his offer of asylum to the Romanov family in 1917, but here is the first hand account of the Head of the Provisional Government, Alexander Kerensky.
PRINCESS ILEANA OF ROMANIA: WOULD BE TSARINA OF RUSSIA?
Born on January 5, 1909 in Bucharest – Romania’s capital, Princess Ileana was the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand I and Princess Marie of Edinburgh, who was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England and first cousin to Empress Alexandra of Russia.
As a young child Princess Ileana met and befriended the children of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II, who were her 2nd cousins. The little girl became especially fond of Tsarevich Alexei, Heir to the throne of Russia. In fact, both sets of parents did not exclude the possibility of marriage between their children some time in future; Alexei’s eldest sister – Grand Duchess Olga – was also thought to have been a good dynastic match for Ileana’s big brother Carol, heir to the Romanian throne. Of course the possibility of any Russian marriages ended with the brutal murder of the entire Romanov family in 1918.
DID YOU KNOW that Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich, brother of Tsar Alexander III and uncle of Nicholas II, visited numerous cities in the United States in 1871?
ROMANOV FAMILY POET: GRAND DUKE KONSTANTIN KONSTANTINOVICH “KR”
Prince Oleg Konstantinovich was the fourth son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich (KR), born 27 November 1892 (N.S.).
In 1913 he graduated from school and was enrolled as cornet in the Hussars. From the first days of the war he served in the army in East Prussia. Read more ROMANOV FAMILY COUSIN: PRINCE OLEG KONSTANTINOVICH (1892-1914)