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Prince Alexander Nikitich
Spouse Maria Valguarnera di Niscemi
Full name
Alexander Nikitich Romanov
House House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Prince Nikita Alexandrovich of Russia
Mother Countess Maria Vorontsova-Dashkova
Born 4 November 1929(1929-11-04)
Paris, France
Died 22 September 2002 (aged 72)
London, England, United Kingdom

Prince Alexander Nikitich Romanov (4 November 1929 – 22 September 2002) was a Russian prince and descendant of the Imperial Family.



He was born in Paris, the son Prince Nikita Alexandrovich of Russia and his wife Countess Mariya Ilarianovna Vorontzova-Daschkova.[1] Prince Alexander was a grandson of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and a great nephew of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II. He spent the early years of his life in the United Kingdom and received British nationality in 1938.

At the outbreak of the Second World War Prince Alexander and his family were in France and unable to return to the United Kingdom so he was taken to Rome first and then on to Czechoslovakia which resulted in the family almost being repatriated to Russia.[2] Following the conclusion of the war he returned to Britain before moving onto the United States to study at Columbia University. He returned to Britain in 1953 and stayed with his grandmother Grand Duchess Xenia at Hampton Court until her death in 1960.[2]

On 27 May 1961 he became the first descendant of the Imperial Family to return to Russia after its members went into exile or were murdered by the Communists following the October Revolution, when he managed to get a visa to join a group of tourists. During his stay he visited Moscow and St Petersburg the former capital of the Russian Empire.[2][3]

Prince Alexander was married to Maria Valguarnera di Niscemi on 23 February 1971 at New York in a civil marriage and they remarried on 18 July 1971 in Cannes.[1][4]

Title and styles

N.B. After the Russian revolution members of the Imperial family have tended to drop the territorial designation “of Russia” and use the princely title with the surname Romanov.[5] However this title, and even his right to the surname Romanov were disputed by some.[6]



  1. ^ a b Darryl, Lundy. "Aleksandr Nikitich Romanov, Prince Romanov". The Peerage. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  
  2. ^ a b c "Prince Alexander Romanoff". Daily Telegraph. 2002-10-02. Retrieved 2008-01-28.  
  3. ^ "Great-Nephew of Czar Off to Soviet on Tour". New York Times. 1961-05-28. pp. 52.  
  4. ^ "Miss di Niscemi AndaRomanoff Are Wed Here". New York Times. 1971-02-24. pp. 48.  
  5. ^ Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. pp. 314. ISBN 0953214249.  
  6. ^ "Dynastic Succession". Retrieved 26 July 2009.  

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