|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1920|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 2008|
Russian Prince. He was a descendant of the House of Romanov which ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917. He was a great nephew of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia. was born in Versailles, the second child and eldest son of Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia and Donna Elisabetha Ruffo (1886–1940). He was a grandson of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia and a great nephew of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia. From his father's first marriage he had two siblings, an older sister Xenia and a younger brother Andrew. From his father's second marriage he had one half sister, Olga. Neither Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich nor his son Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich (who were heads of the House of Romanov from 1924 to 1992), recognised Michael as a Prince of Russia. Cyril and Vladimir held that the marriage of Prince Michael Andreevitch's parents was not dynastic and that Michael had no succession rights to the Russian throne. They accorded him the title Prince Romanovsky. He was brought up living in the grounds of Windsor Castle with ‘Uncle George' (King George V) and ‘Aunty Mary' (Queen Mary) as he called them. He was educated at the Imperial College and then the College of Aeronautical Engineering in London. When World War Two arrived, he joined the Royal Navy and, as Lieutenant Romanoff, he found himself in Australia with the Fleet Air Arm as Japan surrendered. His repatriation was delayed, and by the time he was able to go home, he decided he wanted to stay in Sydney, working at first for QANTAS and then as an all-rounder. He was known by his workmates as ‘Mike' and rarely spoke about his lineage or cared for titles, after seeing so many pretenders to the Russian throne emerge.
Andrei Alexandrovitch Romanov (1897 - 1981)
Donna Elizabeta Fabrizievna Ruffo-Sasso Romanov (1886 - 1940)
Botany Lawn Cemetery
New South Wales, Australia
Created by: julia&keld
Record added: Feb 17, 2012
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