Prince Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia

Prince Ioann  Konstantinovich of RussiaPrince Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia
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Иоанн Романов, Иоанн Константинович Романов
Aristocrat, Knyaz (Prince, Duke), Victim of crime, Victim of repression (genocide) of the Soviet regime
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Prince Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia (Russian: Иоанн Константинович) (5 July 1886 – 18 July 1918), sometimes also known as Prince JohnPrince Ivan or Prince Johan, was the eldest son of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich of Russia by his wife Yelizaveta Mavrikievna, née Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. He was described by contemporaries as a gentle, religious person, nicknamed "Ioannchik" by his relatives.

Spouse Princess Helen of Serbia

Issue Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich
Princess Yekaterina Ivanovna Full name Ioann Konstantinovich, Prince of Russia HouseHolstein-Gottorp-Romanov

Father Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich of Russia

Mother Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg

Early life

Ioann Konstantinovich was born as a Grand Duke of Russia with the style Imperial Highness, but at the age of 9 days, aUkaz of his cousin Emperor Alexander III of Russia stripped him of that title, as the Ukaz amended the House Law by limiting the grand-ducal title to grandsons of a reigning emperor. As a result, he received the title Prince of the Imperial Blood (Prince of Russia) with the style Highness.

He once entertained the possibility of becoming an Orthodox monk, but eventually fell in love with Princess Helen of Serbia. They married on 2 September 1911, and Helen took the name Princess Yelena Petrovna of Russia. They had a son, Prince Vsevolod Ivanovich (20 January 1914 – 18 June 1973), and a daughter, Princess Yekaterina Ivanovna (12 July 1915 – 13 March 2007), who was the last member of the Imperial Family to be born before the fall of the dynasty, and was ultimately to become the last surviving uncontested dynast of the Imperial House of Russia.

Revolution and death

Prince Ioann fought in the First World War, was decorated as a war hero, and was at the front when the Russian Revolution of 1917 started. In April 1918 he was exiled to the Urals by the Bolsheviks, and later murdered in July the same year in a mineshaft near Alapayevsk, along with his brothers Prince Konstantin Konstantinovich and Prince Igor Konstantinovich, his cousin Prince Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, and other relatives and friends.

His body was eventually buried in Beijing, in the cemetery of the Russian Orthodox Mission, which was destroyed in 1986 to build a park. His sister Princess Vera Konstantinovna, mother Grand Duchess Yelizaveta Mavrikievna and wife Princess Yelena Petrovna left Russia in April 1919 with help from the King of Norway. His daughter Princess Yekaterina married Ruggero, Marquis Farace di Villaforesta (a descendant of the Medici family of Florence). Yekaterina lived in Buenos Aires and later in Montevideo, Uruguay where she died in 2007. His sister Princess Vera Konstantinovna, the youngest daughter of Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, died in New York in 2001, aged 94.

Titles and styles

  • 5 July 1886 – 14 July 1886: His Imperial Highness Grand Duke Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia
  • 14 July 1886 – 18 July 1918: His Highness Prince Ioann Konstantinovich of Russia


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        Relation nameRelation typeBirth DateDeath dateDescription
        1Константин КонстантиновичКонстантин КонстантиновичFather10.08.185802.06.1915
        2Elisabeth  of Saxe-AltenburgElisabeth of Saxe-AltenburgMother25.01.186524.03.1927
        3Всеволод  РомановВсеволод РомановSon20.01.191418.06.1973
        4Princess Catherine IvanovnaPrincess Catherine IvanovnaDaughter25.07.191513.03.2007
        5Georgy  KonstantinovichGeorgy KonstantinovichBrother23.04.190307.11.1938
        6Igor  ConstantinovichIgor ConstantinovichBrother29.05.189418.07.1918
        7Gabriel RomanovGabriel RomanovBrother15.07.188728.02.1955
        8Oleg  KonstantinovichOleg KonstantinovichBrother15.11.189229.09.1914
        9Вера КонстантиновнаВера КонстантиновнаSister24.04.190611.01.2001
        10Jelena KarađorđevićJelena KarađorđevićWife04.11.188416.10.1962
        11Duke Peter  Georgievich of OldenburgDuke Peter Georgievich of OldenburgUncle26.08.181214.05.1881
        12Alexander IIAlexander IIUncle29.04.181813.03.1881
        13Konstantin NikolayevichKonstantin NikolayevichUncle21.09.182725.01.1892
        14Sophia of NassauSophia of NassauAunt09.07.183630.12.1913
        15Olga  NikolaevnaOlga NikolaevnaAunt11.09.182230.10.1892
        16Екатерина МихайловнаЕкатерина МихайловнаAunt16.08.182730.04.1894
        17Marie Luise Augusta KatharineMarie Luise Augusta KatharineAunt30.09.181107.01.1890
        18Nikolajs II RomanovsNikolajs II RomanovsNephew19.05.186817.07.1918
        19Andrei  VladimirovichAndrei VladimirovichNephew02.05.187930.10.1956
        20Mikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovMikhail Aleksandrovich RomanovNephew04.12.187813.06.1918
        21Кирилл ВладимировичКирилл ВладимировичNephew12.10.187612.10.1938
        22Dmitri  PavlovichDmitri PavlovichNephew06.09.189105.03.1942
        23Vladimir  PaleyVladimir PaleyNephew09.01.189718.07.1918
        24Boris  Wladimirowitsch RomanowBoris Wladimirowitsch RomanowNephew24.11.187709.11.1943
        25Великая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаВеликая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаNiece06.04.187520.04.1960
        26Grand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaGrand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaNiece17.03.188213.03.1957
        27Ольга  РомановаОльга РомановаNiece13.06.188224.11.1960
        28Natalia PaleyNatalia PaleyNiece05.12.190527.12.1981
        29Мария ПавловнаМария ПавловнаNiece18.04.189013.12.1958
        30Пётр I КарагеоргиевичПётр I КарагеоргиевичFather in-law29.06.184416.08.1921
        31Princess ZorkaPrincess ZorkaMother in-law23.12.186416.03.1890
        32Ruggiero Marchese Farace di VillaforestaRuggiero Marchese Farace di VillaforestaSon in-law04.08.190814.11.1970
        33Нина НестеровскаяНина НестеровскаяSister in-law14.03.189007.03.1950
        34Мориц Саксен-АльтенбургскийМориц Саксен-АльтенбургскийGrandfather24.10.182913.05.1907
        35Nicholas I of RussiaNicholas I of RussiaGrandfather06.07.179618.02.1855
        36Михаил ПавловичМихаил ПавловичGrandfather08.02.179828.08.1849
        37Александра ИосифовнаАлександра ИосифовнаGrandmother08.07.183006.07.1911
        38Елена ПавловнаЕлена ПавловнаGrandmother28.12.180621.01.1873
        39Irina Alexandrovna of RussiaIrina Alexandrovna of RussiaGranddaughter03.07.189526.02.1970
        40Paul IPaul IGreat grandfather01.10.175423.03.1801
        41Louis Württemberg, DukeLouis Württemberg, DukeGreat grandfather30.08.175620.09.1817
        42Георгий Петрович ОльденбургскийГеоргий Петрович ОльденбургскийGreat grandfather00.00.178400.00.1812
        43Александра ФёдоровнаАлександра ФёдоровнаGreat grandmother13.07.179801.11.1860
        44Maria FeodorovnaMaria FeodorovnaGreat grandmother14.10.175924.10.1828
        45Екатерина ПавловнаЕкатерина ПавловнаGreat grandmother10.05.178809.01.1819
        46Henriette  Nassau-Weilburg, PrincessHenriette Nassau-Weilburg, PrincessGreat grandmother22.04.178002.01.1857
        47Džordžs VIDžordžs VIGreat grandson14.12.189506.02.1952
        48Edward  VIIIEdward VIIIGreat grandson23.06.189428.05.1972
        49Великий Князь Георгий МихайловичВеликий Князь Георгий МихайловичCousin23.08.186330.01.1919
        50Princess Maria of Greece and DenmarkPrincess Maria of Greece and DenmarkCousin03.03.187614.12.1940
        51Петр  ОльденбургскийПетр ОльденбургскийCousin21.11.186811.03.1924
        52Maria AlexandrovnaMaria AlexandrovnaCousin17.10.185324.10.1920
        53Grand Duchess Maria  Nikolaevna of RussiaGrand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of RussiaCousin18.08.181921.02.1876
        54Анастасия МихайловнаАнастасия МихайловнаCousin28.07.186011.03.1922
        55Принц Александр  ОльденбургскийПринц Александр ОльденбургскийCousin02.06.184406.09.1932
        56Принц Николай ПетровичПринц Николай ПетровичCousin09.05.184020.01.1886
        57Duke Constantine  Petrovich of OldenburgDuke Constantine Petrovich of OldenburgCousin09.05.185018.03.1906
        58Prince Nicholas of  Greece and DenmarkPrince Nicholas of Greece and DenmarkCousin22.01.187208.02.1938
        59Princess LouisePrincess LouiseCousin03.12.183823.04.1923
        60Николай СтаршийНиколай СтаршийCousin27.07.183113.04.1891
        61Paul  AlexandrovichPaul AlexandrovichCousin03.10.186030.01.1919
        62Дмитрий Константинович РомановДмитрий Константинович РомановCousin01.06.186030.01.1919
        63Владимир АлександровичВладимир АлександровичCousin10.04.184704.02.1909
        64Георгий Мекленбург-СтрелицкийГеоргий Мекленбург-СтрелицкийCousin25.05.185905.12.1909
        65Constantine I of GreeceConstantine I of GreeceCousin02.08.186811.01.1923
        66Alexander IIIAlexander IIICousin10.03.184501.11.1894
        67Grand Duke Nicholas  Nikolaevich of RussiaGrand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of RussiaCousin18.11.185605.01.1929
        68Nicholas  MikhailovichNicholas MikhailovichCousin14.04.185930.01.1919
        69Grand Duke Alexander MikhailovichGrand Duke Alexander MikhailovichCousin13.04.186626.02.1933
        70Ольга КонстантиновнаОльга КонстантиновнаCousin03.09.185118.06.1926
        71Великий князь Пётр НиколаевичВеликий князь Пётр НиколаевичCousin10.01.186417.06.1931
        72Alexandra  GeorgievnaAlexandra GeorgievnaCousin30.08.187024.09.1891
        73Николай КонстантиновичНиколай КонстантиновичCousin14.02.185027.01.1918
        74Prince Christopher  of Greece and DenmarkPrince Christopher of Greece and DenmarkCousin10.08.188821.01.1940
        75князь Георгий Максимилианович Романовскийкнязь Георгий Максимилианович РомановскийCousin29.02.185203.05.1912
        76Карл Шведский, герцог ВестергётландскийКарл Шведский, герцог ВестергётландскийCousin27.02.186124.10.1951
        77Тереза ОльденбургскаяТереза ОльденбургскаяCousin30.03.185219.04.1883
        78Duchess Alexandra  Petrovna of OldenburgDuchess Alexandra Petrovna of OldenburgCousin02.06.183825.04.1900
        79Александр ИскандерАлександр ИскандерCousin15.11.188726.01.1957

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