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Prince Dimitri Romanovich
Prince Dimitri (c) and wife Dorrit with Vladimir Putin at a state reception
Spouse Johanna von Kauffmann
Dorrit Reventlow
Full name
Dimitri Romanovich Romanov
House House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia
Mother Countess Prascovia Sheremeteva
Born 4 March 1926 (1926-03-04) (age 83)
Cap d'Antibes, France
Russian Imperial Family
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  • HH Prince Nicholas
    HH Princess Sveva
    • HSH Princess Natalia
    • HSH Princess Elizabeth
    • HSH Princess Tatiana
  • HH Prince Dimitri
    HH Princess Dorrit

HIH Dowager Grand Duchess Leonida

Prince Dimitri Romanovich Romanov (born 4 March 1926) is a Russian prince, philanthropist and author. He is also the heir to the prerogatives of Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia a claimant to headship of the Imperial House of Russia.

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Early life, career and marriages

Prince Dimitri Romanovich was born in Cap d'Antibes near Antibes in France, the second son of Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia and his wife Countess Prascovia Sheremeteva. Prince Dimitri has an older brother Prince Nicholas Romanovich. Their father Prince Roman Petrovich was the only son of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia and his wife Princess Milica of Montenegro. Prince Dimitri's grandfather was the younger son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia and Duchess Alexandra of Oldenburg. His great grandfather Nicholas Nikolaevich, a younger son of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and his Empress, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, founded the Nikolaevichi branch of the Russian Imperial Family.

Prince Dimitri spent the first ten years of his life in Antibes, France where he received a traditional Russian education.[1] In 1936 his family moved to Italy where he continued his education and for a time he lived at the Royal Palace in Rome. His family moved again in 1946 this time to Egypt where they lived for a number of years before returning to Italy. In 1960 he moved to Denmark where he worked for a number of banks including the Danske Bank where he was an executive until his retirement in 1993.[1]

Prince Dimitri has been married twice. His first wife was Johanna von Kauffmann (1936–1989) who he married in Copenhagen on 21 January 1959. After being widowed in 1989, Prince Dimitri married Dorrit Reventlow (born 1942) in Kostroma on 28 July 1993. His second marriage was the first time a Romanov had been married in Russia since the fall of the dynasty.[2] Prince Dimitri has no children from either marriage.

Prince Dimitri is fluent in Russian, French, English, Danish and Italian.[1]

Charity work

Since his retirement Prince Dimitri has been involved in a number of charitable endeavours. In June 1992 he was one of seven Romanov princes who met in Paris where they decided to create the Romanov Fund for Russia with the task of carrying out charitable acts in post communist Russia.[3] He visited Russia in July 1993 on a fact finding mission to decide on what areas the charity should focus on.[4] Prince Dimitri has served as Chairman of the Romanov Fund for Russia since its creation.[4]

Prince Dimitri is also the Chairman of the Prince Dimitri Romanov Charity Fund which he founded in 2006.[5]

Russian prince

Prince Dimitri has been a member of the Romanov Family Association since 1979 the year of its creation and currently serves as a committee member.[3][6] In July 1998, he joined other members of the Imperial family in St. Petersburg to attend the funeral of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II and his family.[7] In March 2003 the then Bulgarian Prime Minister, and former Tsar, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha invited Prince Dimitri to attend events celebrating the liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman rule during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–1878.[8]

In September 2006 after a successful lobbying campaign of the Danish royal family and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Prince Dimitri arranged for the remains of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna to be moved from Denmark, where she died in exile, to Russia so she could be buried alongside her husband Emperor Alexander III.[9] After attending the divine service for Maria Feodorovna at the Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark,[10] Prince Dimitri accompnyied her remains on the Danish naval ship that transferred them to Russia.[11] After their arrival, Prince Dimitri with other members of the Imperial family attended the reburial service in Russia.[12]

As a descendant of the Electress Sophia of Hanover he is also in the Line of succession to the British throne.[13]

Title, styles and honours

N.B. Since 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 while keeping the appropriate style.[14] However this title, and even his right to the surname Romanov are disputed by some.[15]

Prince Dimitri has been awarded the Danish Order of the Dannebrog,[16] and the Montenegrin orders of Saint Peter of Cetinje and Prince Danilo I. He has also been decorated with Bulgarian orders and a Russian medal in honour of the 300th Anniversary of St Petersburg.[1]

Bibliography

  • The Orders, Medals and History of Greece. Balkan Heritage. 1987. ISBN 8798126717.  
  • The Orders, Medals and History of the Kingdom of Bulgaria. Balkan Heritage. 1982. ISBN 8798126709.  
  • The Orders, Medals and History of Imperial Russia. Balkan Heritage. 2000. ISBN 8798126741.  
  • The Orders, Medals and History of the Kingdoms of Serbia and Yugoslavia. Balkan Heritage. 1996. ISBN 8798126733.  
  • The Orders, Medals, and History of Montenegro. Balkan Heritage. 1988. ISBN 8798126725.  
  • The Adventures of Mikti: the memoirs of a teddy bear. Balkan Heritage. 1999. ISBN 8798126768.  

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Prince Dimitri Romanovich Romanov". The Prince Dimitri Romanov Charity Fund. http://www.dimitriy-romanov-fund.eu/about-Dimitriy-Romanov-english.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  2. ^ Raymond, Allan. "Russian Royal Family". Monarchies of Europe. http://www.btinternet.com/~allan_raymond/Russian_Royal_Family.htm#4.97222. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  3. ^ a b "The Romanoff Family Association". Romanov Family Association. 1998-03-29. http://romanovfundforrussia.org/family/family.html. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  4. ^ a b "Creation of the Romanov Fund for Russia". Romanov Fund for Russia. http://www.romanovfundforrussia.org/fund.html. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  5. ^ "Founders". The Prince Dimitri Romanov Charity Fund. http://www.dimitriy-romanov-fund.eu/founders-english.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  6. ^ "A General Assembly of the Romanoff Family Association". Romanov Family Association. http://www.romanovfundforrussia.org/family/ga.html. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  7. ^ "17 July 1998: The funeral of Tsar Nicholas II". Romanov Family Association. http://romanovfundforrussia.org/family/funeral.html. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  8. ^ "Prince Romanov at Mass in Sofia". Novinite. 2003-03-02. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=19894. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  9. ^ Cecil, Clem (2003-12-05). "Tsar's mother to be returned home". The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article1034429.ece. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  10. ^ "Guest list to Roskilde Cathedral". The Danish Monarchy. http://kongehuset.dk/publish.php?id=4185. Retrieved 2009-07-26.  
  11. ^ "Mother of tsar makes last voyage". BBC. 2006-09-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/5372956.stm. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  12. ^ "The Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna reburied in St Petersburg". Romanov Family Association. http://www.romanovfundforrussia.org/family/empress.html. Retrieved 2008-07-22.  
  13. ^ Reitwiesner, William Addams. "Persons eligible to succeed to the British Throne as of 1 Jan 2001". http://www.wargs.com/essays/succession/2001.html. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  
  14. ^ Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. pp. 314. ISBN 0953214249.  
  15. ^ "Dynastic Succession". imperialhouse.ru. http://www.imperialhouse.ru/eng/imperialhouse/succession.html. Retrieved 26 July 2009.  
  16. ^ "Prince Dimitri Romanoff". Almanach de Gotha. http://web.archive.org/web/20011214000533/www.almanachdegotha.com/romanov_biog.htm. Retrieved 2008-07-23.  

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Prince Dimitri Romanov
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 4 March 1926
Russian royalty
First in line Line of succession to the Russian throne
1st position
Succeeded by
Prince Andrew Romanov
Preceded by
Maria Nikolaievna Eltchaninovna
Line of succession to the British throne
1182nd position
Succeeded by
Baroness Elisabeth of Waldstätten
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