The Romanovs are one of the most famous dynasties in the world. She ruled in the Russian Empire for 320 years and by the beginning of the 20th century controlled 1/6 of the Earth’s land mass.
After the October Revolution, 17 of the 65 family members were killed, and the rest fled to the West, taking family values and cashing in foreign assets.
All modern Romanovs trace their ancestry to Emperor Nicholas I, who ruled from 1825 to 1855. Only 13 members of the dynasty kept their surname.
The rest of the representatives of the royal house entered into unequal morganatic marriages and assimilated with the Europeans, losing the princely title, the right to inheritance and even a surname that could not be passed on to either spouses or children.
After the October Revolution, the surviving Romanovs fled abroad to France, the United States and Britain. Until the 1930s, many hoped to return to Russia, as they did not believe in the stability of the Soviet regime.
During this time, they maintained close ties with the imperial courts of other countries. The Romanovs did not live well, since their property remained in Soviet Russia. However, they
The collapse of the USSR occurred only 70 years later. During this time, the Romanovs dispersed around the world and settled in different countries, essentially losing all their greatness. However, they are still proud of their history and try to preserve the royal traditions.
Over the years, the dynasty has split up. Today, she is represented by two family organizations at once: the Association of members of the Romanov family and the Russian Imperial House. They conduct charitable activities and argue with each other over a hypothetical Russian throne.
So, the Association of members of the Romanov family
The current «emperor» is the great-nephew of Nicholas II. He was born in London, served in the British army during the Second World War, and then moved to the United States.
Romanov led the ordinary life of an ordinary American: he grew vegetables for sale and was a real estate agent. He was married three times and had four children.
The eldest of them is Alexey, the future head of the clan. He has two graduate degrees, is in business, lives in California. Other children of Andrey Andreyevich Peter, Andrey and Natasha also live in the USA and lead an unremarkable life.
From the point of view of succession to the throne, princes do not have the right to the throne, since they married ordinary women, and not representatives of equal princely blood. However, as men, they retained their surname.
Empress Maria is a Spanish citizen, also the great-niece of Nicholas II. She was married to Prince of Prussia Franz Wilhelm, therefore she retained the «purity of blood» and
The Empress maintains close ties with European royal houses, heads many public, charitable and scientific organizations in Russia and abroad and
Maria’s son George graduated from Oxford University. It is interesting that he managed to work in Russia as well: in 2008
The heir is preparing for the wedding with the Italian Rebecca Virginia, the daughter of an Italian diplomat. The bride’s father helped build an Orthodox church in Rome and promoted Russian-Italian relations.
Today the Romanovs are trying to maintain relations with the Russian government and do not claim power. And society as a whole has forgotten about them and does not consider it necessary to restore the powers of the imperial dynasty.