Prince Vasili Alexandrovich

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Prince Vasili Alexandrovich of Russia
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Князь Василий Александрович, Князь Василий Александрович Романов
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Prince Vasili Alexandrovich of Russia (7 July 1907 – 23 June 1989) was the sixth son and youngest child of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. He was a nephew of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Born in Imperial Russia during the reign of his paternal second cousin and maternal uncle Nicholas II, he was on vacation in Crimea at the fall of the Russian monarchy. He was joined there by his immediate family. They escaped the fate of many of his relatives killed by the Bolsheviks. He left Russia in April 1919, at age 11. In the late 1920s, he emigrated to the United States where he met Princess Natalia Golitsyna. They married in 1931. The couple had one daughter and lived for decades in Woodside, California.

Early life

Prince Vasili Alexandrovich Romanov was born in the Palace of Gatchina on 7 July 1907, the sixth son and last of the seven children of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. Although a grandson of Emperor Alexander III through his mother, he was not entitled to the title Grand Duke of Russia because he was only a great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I in the male line through his father. He was a sickly child and after his birth there was some doubts that he would survive so he was baptized in the nursery. Shortly after his birth his parents started to live separate lives.[3] Prince Vasili spent his early years in Imperial Russia during the reign of his maternal uncle Tsar Nicholas II. At the fall of Russian monarchy in February 1917 Vasili, aged ten, was on vacation in Ai-Todor, his father's estate in Crimea. By the end of March both of his parents, all his siblings and their grandmother Empress Maria Feodorovna were also in Crimea.

After the Russian Revolution, when the Bolsheviks seized power in October 1917, Prince Vasili along with his parents, siblings and grandmother the Dowager Empress were placed under house arrest at Ai-Todor. On 11 March 1918 they were transferred with other Romanovs relatives to Dulber, the estate of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich in Crimea. He escaped the fate of a number of his Romanov relatives imprisoned who were murdered by the Bolsheviks when he was freed with the Romanovs in his group by German troops in May 1918. 

He escaped from Russia on 11 April 1919 with the help of his great aunt Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom (née Princess Alexandra of Denmark), Dowager Empress Maria’s sister. King George V of the United Kingdom sent the British warship HMS Marlborough which brought Vasili's family and other Romanovs from the Crimea over the Black Sea to Malta and then to England. Prince Vasili, who was eleven years old at the time, spent the rest of his life in exile.


During his first years in exile, Prince Vasili lived in England with his mother. In the late 1920s, he emigrated to the United States where he spent the rest of his life. Vasili earned a living by finding work as a cabin boy, shipyard worker, stockbroker, winemaker and a chicken farmer in northern California.

Prince Vasili married in New York City on 31 July 1931, Princess Natalia Golitsyna (Moscow 26 October 1907 – Woodside 28 March 1989), a fellow Russian exile — they met in the United States. Natalia was a distant cousin of Prince Rostislav's wife.[11] Her sister, Princess Olga Golitsyna, married Geoffrey Tooth, who would become the second husband of Vasili's niece, Princess Xenia Andreevna. Princess Natalia came from one of Russia's most aristocratic families, the noble Golitsyns. Her father, Prince Alexander Golitsyn, the son of the governor of Moscow, was a country doctor. Her mother belonged to the Lyubov family. Princess Natalia escaped revolutionary Russia with her family in 1920 through Siberia to China.

In 1927, they moved to the United States. For a time, she pursued a career as an actress playing small parts in the theater and in silent films. Prince Vasili met Princess Natalia Golitsyna in 1931, marrying her a few months later. The couple moved to Northern California in 1934. They lived for the rest of their lives in a house, 30 km. south of San Francisco. Prince Vasili and his wife had one daughter:

  • Princess Marina Romanov (born in San Francisco 22 May 1940); married in Woodside, California on 8 January 1967 (divorced) William Beadleston (born in Long Branch, New Jersey 31 July 1938) an art dealer. They had four children.

In 1980, Prince Vasili was appointed president of the Romanov Family Association in succession to his brother Prince Dmitry Alexandrovich. He remained president until his death in Woodside, California aged 81. He was buried at the Serbian Cemetery in San Francisco.

Titles, styles, honours, and arms

Titles and styles
  • 7 July 1907 – 23 June 1989: His Highness Prince Vasili Alexandrovich of Russia

N.B. After the Russian revolution members of the Imperial family tended to drop the territorial designation “of Russia” and use the princely title with the surname Romanov.


It is often alleged that Vasili's marriage with Princess Golitsyna would have been morganatic. However, Romanov biographer Pieter Broek holds that it was as acceptable dynastically as the Bagrationi marriage of Vasili's cousin, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia. Since the extinction of the Korecki family in the 17th century, the Golitsyns have claimed dynastic seniority in the House of Gediminas. The Gediminids were a dynasty of monarchs of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania that reigned from the 14th to the 16th century and Emperor Peter I had permitted the Golitsyns to incorporate the emblem of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania into their coat of arms.


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        Saistītās personas vārdsSaitesDzimšanas datumsMiršanas datumsApraksts
        1Großfürst Alexander MichailowitschGroßfürst Alexander MichailowitschTēvs13.04.186626.02.1933
        2Великая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаВеликая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаMāte06.04.187520.04.1960
        3Ростислав АлександровичРостислав АлександровичBrālis24.11.190231.07.1978
        4Князь Дмитрий АлександровичКнязь Дмитрий АлександровичBrālis15.08.190107.07.1980
        5Князь Андрей АлександровичКнязь Андрей АлександровичBrālis24.01.189708.05.1981
        6Князь Никита АлександровичКнязь Никита АлександровичBrālis16.01.190012.09.1974
        7Irina  RomanowaIrina RomanowaMāsa03.07.189526.02.1970
        Princess Natalia GolitsynaSieva26.10.190728.03.1989
        9Михаил Михайлович, Великий князьМихаил Михайлович, Великий князьOnkulis16.10.186126.04.1929
        10Великий князь Сергей МихайловичВеликий князь Сергей МихайловичOnkulis07.10.186918.07.1918
        11Nikolai  Michailowitsch RomanowNikolai Michailowitsch RomanowOnkulis14.04.185930.01.1919
        12Алексей МихайловичАлексей МихайловичOnkulis28.12.187502.03.1895
        13Великий Князь Георгий МихайловичВеликий Князь Георгий МихайловичOnkulis23.08.186330.01.1919
        14Michail Alexandrowitsch RomanowMichail Alexandrowitsch RomanowOnkulis04.12.187813.06.1918
        15Džordžs V  VindzorsDžordžs V VindzorsOnkulis03.06.186520.01.1936
        16Анастасия МихайловнаАнастасия МихайловнаTante28.07.186011.03.1922
        17Мария ПавловнаМария ПавловнаTante18.04.189013.12.1958
        18Мария ЭдинбургскаяМария ЭдинбургскаяTante29.10.187518.07.1938
        19Ольга  РомановаОльга РомановаTante13.06.188224.11.1960
        20David MountbattenDavid MountbattenBrāļa/māsas dēls12.05.191914.04.1970
        21Prince Alexander  RomanovPrince Alexander RomanovBrāļa/māsas dēls04.11.192921.09.2002
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        Georgina KennardBrāļa/māsas meita17.10.191928.04.2011
        Tatiana Elizabeth MountbattenBrāļa/māsas meita16.12.191715.05.1988
        26Княгиня Ксения  РомановаКнягиня Ксения РомановаBrāļa/māsas meita10.03.191922.10.2000
        27Irina YusupovaIrina YusupovaBrāļa/māsas meita21.03.191530.08.1983
        28Марина  Голенищева-КутузоваМарина Голенищева-КутузоваSvaine20.11.191200.00.1969
        29Мария Илларионовна Воронцова-ДашковаМария Илларионовна Воронцова-ДашковаSvaine13.01.190315.06.1997
        30Елизавета  СассоЕлизавета СассоSvaine29.10.1940
        31Felikss  JusupovsFelikss JusupovsSvainis23.03.188727.09.1967
        32Aleksandrs III RomanovsAleksandrs III RomanovsVectēvs10.03.184501.11.1894
        33Михаил НиколаевичМихаил НиколаевичVectēvs13.10.183205.12.1909
        34Olga  FjodorownaOlga FjodorownaVecāmāte20.09.183912.04.1891
        35Мария ФёдоровнаМария ФёдоровнаVecāmāte26.11.184713.10.1928
        36Maximilian de  BeauharnaisMaximilian de BeauharnaisVecvectēvs02.10.181701.11.1852
        37Николай СтаршийНиколай СтаршийVecvectēvs27.07.183113.04.1891
        38Михаил ПавловичМихаил ПавловичVecvectēvs08.02.179828.08.1849
        39Karl  FriedrichKarl FriedrichVecvectēvs02.02.178308.07.1853
        40Aleksandrs II RomanovsAleksandrs II RomanovsVecvectēvs29.04.181813.03.1881
        41Константин КонстантиновичКонстантин КонстантиновичVecvectēvs10.08.185802.06.1915
        42Кристиан IXКристиан IXVecvectēvs08.04.181829.01.1906
        43Nikolajs I  RomanovsNikolajs I RomanovsVecvectēvs06.07.179618.02.1855
        44Leopold BadenLeopold BadenVecvectēvs29.08.179024.04.1852
        45Георгий Петрович ОльденбургскийГеоргий Петрович ОльденбургскийVecvectēvs00.00.178400.00.1812
        46Marie von  Hessen-DarmstadtMarie von Hessen-DarmstadtVecvecmāte08.08.182403.06.1880
        47Marija  Nikolajewna RomanowaMarija Nikolajewna RomanowaVecvecmāte18.08.181921.02.1876
        48Alexandra von  OldenburgAlexandra von OldenburgVecvecmāte02.06.183825.04.1900
        49Elisabeth  von Sachsen-AltenburgElisabeth von Sachsen-AltenburgVecvecmāte25.01.186524.03.1927
        50Maria  PawlownaMaria PawlownaVecvecmāte04.02.178611.06.1859
        51Елена ПавловнаЕлена ПавловнаVecvecmāte28.12.180621.01.1873
        52Екатерина ПавловнаЕкатерина ПавловнаVecvecmāte10.05.178809.01.1819
        53Louise von  Hessen-KasselLouise von Hessen-KasselVecvecmāte07.09.181729.09.1898
        54Nikolajs  NikolajevičsNikolajs NikolajevičsBrālēns/māsīca18.11.185605.01.1929
        55Петр  ОльденбургскийПетр ОльденбургскийBrālēns/māsīca21.11.186811.03.1924
        56Maria of YugoslaviaMaria of YugoslaviaBrālēns/māsīca06.01.190022.06.1961
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        58Džordžs VIDžordžs VIBrālēns/māsīca14.12.189506.02.1952
        59Ольга  НиколаевнаОльга НиколаевнаBrālēns/māsīca15.11.189517.07.1918
        60Александрович МихаилАлександрович МихаилBrālēns/māsīca22.11.187813.06.1918
        61Великая княжна Мария НиколаевнаВеликая княжна Мария НиколаевнаBrālēns/māsīca26.06.189917.07.1918
        62Anastasia de TorbyAnastasia de TorbyBrālēns/māsīca09.09.189207.12.1977
        63Кирилл ВладимировичКирилл ВладимировичBrālēns/māsīca12.10.187612.10.1938
        64Princess Nina GeorgievnaPrincess Nina GeorgievnaBrālēns/māsīca20.06.190127.02.1974
        65Prince George Duke of KentPrince George Duke of KentBrālēns/māsīca20.12.190225.08.1942
        66Anastasija RomanovaAnastasija RomanovaBrālēns/māsīca18.06.190117.07.1918
        67Кира  РомановаКира РомановаBrālēns/māsīca09.05.190908.09.1967
        68Princess Xenia  Georgievna of RussiaPrincess Xenia Georgievna of RussiaBrālēns/māsīca22.08.190317.09.1965
        69Grand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaGrand Duchess Elena VladimirovnaBrālēns/māsīca17.03.188213.03.1957
        70Lennart  BernadotteLennart BernadotteBrālēns/māsīca08.05.190921.12.2004
        71Andrei  WladimirowitschAndrei WladimirowitschBrālēns/māsīca02.05.187930.10.1956
        72Nadejda  Michailowna RomanowaNadejda Michailowna RomanowaBrālēns/māsīca28.03.189622.01.1963
        73Boris  Wladimirowitsch RomanowBoris Wladimirowitsch RomanowBrālēns/māsīca24.11.187709.11.1943
        74Elisabeth of  RomaniaElisabeth of RomaniaBrālēns/māsīca12.10.189414.11.1956
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        76George BrasovGeorge BrasovBrālēns/māsīca06.08.191021.07.1931
        77Vladimir  RomanovVladimir RomanovBrālēns/māsīca30.08.191721.04.1992
        78Cecilie  Mecklenburg Schwerin, DuchessCecilie Mecklenburg Schwerin, DuchessBrālēns/māsīca20.09.188606.05.1954
        79князь Николай  Романовкнязь Николай РомановBrālēns/māsīca00.00.192215.09.2014
        80Eduards VIII  VindzorsEduards VIII VindzorsBrālēns/māsīca23.06.189428.05.1972
        81Дмитрий  РомановДмитрий РомановBrālēns/māsīca17.05.192631.12.2016
        82Nikolajs II RomanovsNikolajs II RomanovsBrālēns/māsīca19.05.186817.07.1918

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