Cecilie Auguste was born on 20 September 1839 in Karlsruhe and was the youngest daughter of Leopold of Baden and Sophie of Sweden. When Cecilie was seventeen, she became engaged to Grand Duke Michael Nikolaievich of Russia, the youngest son of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, and the couple were … [Read more...] about Cecilie Auguste of Baden (1839-1891)
Russia was ruled by the House of Rurik from 862 to 1612, and was followed by the House of Romanov which ruled from 1613 to 1917.
Anastasia Mikhailovna was born in St. Petersburg on 28 July 1860 and was the second of seven children born to Michael Nikolaevich, Grand Duke of Russia, and Cecilie of Baden. As the only girl, Anastasia was spoiled by her brothers and adored by her father, although her mother was a strict … [Read more...] about Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (1860-1922)
Kira Kirillovna was born in Paris on 9 May 1909 and was the daughter of Kirill Vladimirovich, Grand Duke of Russia, and Victoria Melita of Edinburgh. Since her parents were first cousins it was against Russian Orthodox laws for them to marry, however they disregarded the rule and married without … [Read more...] about Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1909-1967)
Mathilda-Marie Feliksovna was born in Ligovo, near Peterhof, on 31 August 1872 and was the daughter of Julia and Felix Kschessinsky, both of Polish origin and dancers of the Imperial Ballet. Mathilde joined the Imperial Ballet School and made her debut in La Fille Mal Gardée during a graduation … [Read more...] about Mathilde Kschessinska (1872-1971)
Marie Alexandrine Elisabeth Eleonore was born in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, on 14 May 1854 and was the daughter of Frederick Francis II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Augusta of Reuss-Köstritz. On 28 August 1874, Marie married Vladimir Alexandrovich, son of Alexander II of Russia, and took … [Read more...] about Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1854-1920)
Elena Vladimirovna was born in Tsarskoe Selo on 17 January 1882 and was the only daughter and youngest child of Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, son of Alexander II, and Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Elena Vladimirovna and her three brothers, Kirill, Boris, and Andrei, had an English nanny and … [Read more...] about Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (1882-1957)