Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia

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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich
Grand Duke of Russia, Prince of Prussia
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HouseHouse of Hohenzollern-Romanov
FatherPrince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
MotherMaria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Born(1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 32)
Madrid, Spain
 
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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich
Grand Duke of Russia, Prince of Prussia
George romanow.jpg
HouseHouse of Hohenzollern-Romanov
FatherPrince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
MotherMaria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Born(1981-03-13) 13 March 1981 (age 32)
Madrid, Spain

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia (Russian: Георгий Михайлович Романов; born 13 March 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.

Early life[edit]

Russian Imperial Family
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HIH The Grand Duchess

  • HI&RH Grand Duke George

HH The Prince
HH The Princess

  • HSH Princess Natalia
  • HSH Princess Elizabeth
  • HSH Princess Tatiana
HSH Prince Dimitri
HSH Princess Dorrit
Coat of arms of the German Empire (1871-1918)

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 6 May 1981, in Madrid; his godfather is King Constantine II of Greece. Also present at the baptism were King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofía 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, his mother applied for a change of name with the French authorities as "Grand Duke George of Russia" instead of "Prinz of Preussen".[3] This was refused by the French Minister of Justice. 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 Princess Leonida Bagration of Mukhrani, his maternal grandmother, in the home of his maternal half-aunt, Helen Kirby, who inherited a significant fortune from her father, Sumner Moore Kirby.[5]

Heir to his mother[edit]

On 21 April 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,[6] 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.[7]

When asked by reporters if he expected the monarchy in Russia to be restored some day, he replied, "I hope so."[citation needed] George is also distantly in the line of succession to the British throne through his mother's descent from The Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, second son of Queen Victoria. George is also descended through his father from Empress Frederick, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.

Education and career[edit]

George was educated at Runnymede College in Madrid, Doverbroecks College, Oxford and 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 12 December 2008, George was appointed an aide to the Director General of MMC Norilsk Nickel, a major Russian nickel-mining company.[8]

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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
Cadet branch of the House of Hohenzollern
Born: 13 March 1981
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Alfred, son of Victoria
Succeeded by
Prince Emich of Leiningen
Titles in pretence
First in lineLine of succession to the Russian throne
(Disputed)

1st position
Last in line
Preceded by
Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia
Line of succession to the German throne
10th position