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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich
Grand Duke of Russia, Prince of Prussia
House House of Romanov-Hohenzollern
Father Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
Mother Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Born March 13, 1981 (1981-03-13) (age 28)
Madrid, Spain
Russian Imperial Family
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HIH The Dowager Grand Duchess


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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia (Russian: Georgiy Mikhailovich Romanov, Russian Cyrillic: Георгий Михайлович Романов; born March 13, 1981) is the heir apparent to Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia a claimant to the disputed Headship of the Imperial Family of Russia. He uses as his title of pretension Tsarevich and Grand Duke of Russia with the style of Imperial Highness; as the son of a Prince of Prussia he also has the title Prince of Prussia with the style of Royal Highness.

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Early life

George was born in Madrid in 1981, the son of Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia (at the time styled HIH Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia) and Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, only child of Vladimir Cyrillovich, Grand Duke of Russia. He was baptised on May 6, 1981, in Madrid; his godfather is King Constantine II of Greece. Also present at the baptism were King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain and King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria.[1]

Following his birth George was given the title Grand Duke of Russia by his maternal grandfather.[2] Prince Vasili Alexandrovich, then president of the Romanov Family Association, responded in writing that, "The Romanov Family Association hereby declares that the joyful event in the Prussian Royal House does not concern the Romanov Family Association since the newborn prince is not a member of either the Russian Imperial House or of the Romanov family".[3]

In anticipation of his eventual succession as pretender and with his maternal grandfather's approval, George was registered with the French authorities as "Grand Duke George of Russia".[3] His parents separated in 1982 and divorced in 1985. His father, who stopped using his Russian title after his separation, has said of his son "I have his German passport right here; I always carry it with me. It says he is Prince George of Prussia".[3]

George spent the first years of his life in France before moving to Spain.[4] There he and his mother lived, along with his maternal grandmother, in the home of his maternal half-aunt, Helen Kirby, who inherited a significant fortune from her father, Sumner Moore Kirby.

Heir to his mother

On April 21, 1992, upon the death of his maternal grandfather Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich, George's mother claimed to have succeeded as the sovereign and Curatrix of the Throne of Russia[5], making him, to supporters of his mother, heir-apparent and tsarevich. He visited Russia for the first time shortly thereafter to attend the funeral of his grandfather.[4] His claim to the throne is contested, for reasons detailed in the article on the line of succession to the Russian throne.

In 1996, when he, his mother, and his grandmother Leonida returned to Russia after living in Madrid, one of President Boris Yeltsin's former bodyguards was assigned as tutor to the 15-year-old prince. He was also set to study at a Russian Naval college but these plans were dropped out of concern that he would be bullied.[6]

When asked by reporters if he expected the monarchy in Russia to be restored some day, he replied, "I hope so." George is also in the line of succession to the British Throne.

Education and career

George was educated in the United Kingdom, including at St Benet's Hall, Oxford.

In Brussels, George worked at the European Parliament where he was an assistant to Loyola de Palacio, former European Commissioner for Transport and Energy. Later he moved to Luxembourg where he was employed at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Atomic Energy and Security.

On December 12, 2008, George was appointed an aide to the Director General of MMC Norilsk Nickel, a major Russian nickel-mining company.[7]

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Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Succession to the Imperial throne of Russia (Note: referenced document written in support of a disputed point of view.)
  2. ^ Massie p. 264
  3. ^ a b c Massie, 270.
  4. ^ a b "Georgii Mikhailovich". imperialhouse.ru. http://www.imperialhouse.ru/eng/imperialhouse/chipdom/georgiy.html. Retrieved 2008-08-01.  
  5. ^ Dynastic Succession
  6. ^ Slater, Wendy (2007). The Many Deaths of Tsar Nicholas II. Routledge. p. 56. ISBN 0415345162.  
  7. ^ "Georgy Romanov appointed as Advisor to General Director of MMC Norilsk Nickel".
  8. ^ Dynastic Succession

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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 13 March 1981
Russian royalty
Preceded by
Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Line of succession to the British Throne
112th position
Succeeded by
Princess Cécilia of Leiningen
First in line Line of succession to the Russian throne
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Last in line
Preceded by
Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
Line of succession to the German throne
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