In late 1912 the Grand Duke Michael chose Nicholas as his private secretary. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and Nikolai Johnson. [16], The family maintained their contacts in British society, appearing in Country Life magazine in 1899. In 1914 Grand Duke Michael and the Countess Sophie gave a great ball for their daughters Zia and Nada. Reilly was heavily involved in the revolutionary years, in the main to facilitate and support the overthrow of the Bolshevik regime via the planned invasion of Russia by the Western Powers. She was expert in several European languages and adept at mathematics and creative thinking. Speaking three languages, he was sociable, smiling, and an accomplished pianist, and would accompany the very musical Michael, who played several instruments, notably the guitar. He died on July 31, 1917, and Michael found out on 2 August. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia with his wife, Natalia Brasova. Grand Duke Michael had a more robust reaction. He devoted himself to serving his master, and even in the face of certain death his loyalty never wavered. Grand Duke Michael. The grand duke met Sophie when he saved her from a horse that had run away with her. Michael and Natasha is a fascinating account of two lesser known members of the Romanov family. He was the first of the eighteen Romanovs who were killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Grand Duke Michael. Albert Henry Stopford, known as Bertie Stopford, was a British antique and art dealer, who also specialised in the manufactured jewellery from the houses of Fabergé and Cartier. Grand Duke Michael helped finance the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.[20]. [23] Trying to help his country, he acted as an agent for Russian loans in France. Russian Royalty. After the outbreak of World War I, Michael returned to Russia, assuming command of the ’Savage Division‘, which was a cavalry regiment. Today, the memory of Grand Duke, Michael is actually very much uh put to the four in the town of a wonderful memorial Chapel was built in his honor and it's visited every year during the substitute days the royal days in July when the Imperial family is mourned. At that point Michael asked his brother if he could return and partake in duties of the war. On 13 June 1918, after the execution of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich the younger brother of the Emperor Nicholas II, the guards at Perm are recorded as having noted that they believed that Grand Duke Michael had been laying plans for an escape or may have been attempting to coordinate a rescue effort. He was married to Natasha Wulfert. [10], While in Nice, in 1891, Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich fell in love with Countess Sophie von Merenberg, daughter of Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm of Nassau and his morganatic wife, née Natalie Alexandrovna Pushkin, a member of the minor Russian nobility. [10] He tried to get permission to marry her and he went with his father to talk to Tsar Alexander III. The hunt for the grand duke … In 1903, Michael's father had a stroke and was moved to Cannes. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia (Russian: Михаи́л Алекса́ндрович; 4 December [O.S. Grand Duke Michael was born on November 22, 1878 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov. As a token of the work they had carried out for the Bolshevik Revolution, Marcov stole a wristwatch from Johnson. While many sympathized with Grand Duke Micheal, the Romanovs and society remained mostly hostile towards Natalia. Lloyd George was often blamed for the refusal of asylum. Three of his brothers were killed by the Bolsheviks, but he escaped the Russian Revolution because he was living abroad. In The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael, numerous historical high-ranking figures are set within an audacious plot in a ‘what if’ drama against the backdrop of the First World War and which could have changed 20th Century history. He did not bother to ask for the necessary permission for the marriage from the Tsar or his parents because he knew it would not be granted. Michael was the first of the Romanovs to be executed by the Bolsheviks. Knowing more than most, he advised Carl that Michael was hoping to be secreted out of Russia to … He is alleged to have spied for at least four different powers. There is no doubt that we are well situated, but is wealth the only happiness in the world? George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India. The German High Seas Fleet retreated to port, but the British public were disappointed that the Royal Navy had not won a victory on the scale of the Battle of Trafalgar. [15] Michael afforded this lifestyle by being the owner of the factory near Borjomi (Georgia) that bottled mineral water. Fully illustrated to show the assets used and resumé of important political and armed forces leaders of time. Voynich was a significant figure, not only on the late Victorian literary scene, but also in Russian émigré circles. The one great engagement at sea, the Battle of Jutland, ended in a draw with both sides claiming victory. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, 1912. Nicholas Johnson, in the background of the destruction of the Romanov dynasty during the Bolshevik revolution must be one of the greatest adventures ever told. On 4 September 1927, his wife died, aged fifty-nine. Eventually, the Russian Royal Family were moved to the Urals where they were executed in 1918. He lost a good deal of his money, which was tied up in the Romanovs' fortunes. Between bouts of this he was a painter of some accomplishment. The last serving Liberal British Prime Minister, Lloyd George welcomed the fall of the Tsar in a message to the new Russian Prime Minister Kerensky but became concerned to the suggestion of the Russian Foreign Minister Pavel Milyukov that the toppled Tsar and his family be given sanctuary in Britain. On 13 June 1918, after the execution of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich the younger brother of the Emperor Nicholas II, the guards at Perm are recorded as having noted that they believed that Grand Duke Michael had been laying plans for an escape or may have been attempting to coordinate a rescue effort. Michael was the fourth of the four sons and the fifth of the six children of Alexander III, Emperor of All Russia and Dagmar of Denmark (Empress Maria Feodorovna). In late 1912 the Grand Duke Michael chose Nicholas as his private secretary. Tirpitz turned to submarines, which antagonised the United States, and called for the most extreme use of weapons, especially unrestricted submarine warfare. The grand duke was the founder and president of the Cannes Golf Club, where he often played during the winter season. His only certainty of retaining control was the ultimate permanent removal of the Imperial Families. He was described as a born autocrat, single-minded, and a stickler for protocol. In April 1917, the British Government withdrew its consent under Royal pressure. The overthrow of the Russian Monarchy brought the war with Russia and Germany to an end. He was also forbidden to return to Russia for life. Because of the day he theoretically reigned, he is sometimes considered to be Tsar Mikhail II, the last ruler of the Romanov dynasty, but this is … He was married to Natasha Wulfert. He had become short-tempered and rude to the servants and a great trial to his wife. Assets Used in the Journeys. [13] When his mother heard of his morganatic marriage, she collapsed with shock and went by train to the Crimea to recover, but then had a heart attack and died, for which Michael was blamed. Michael did not go to the state Duma that day and it is unclear what kept him from doing so. Michael was a very eligible bachelor in the early part of the last century and had many Royal suiters. Johnson had been Grand Duke Michael's private secretary since 1912 and was described as being 'round faced, not very tall, and speaking three languages'. Michael was shallow and not particularly bright, but he was tall and handsome. At the center of the story are Tzar Nicholas II's younger brother, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (Russia's actual final Tzar), and … He became a prominent member of British society, one of his daughters marrying into the British aristocracy and another marrying a great-grandson of Queen Victoria. At the fall of the Romanov Dynasty Michael was placed under house arrest and exiled to Siberia where he was eventually murdered. He socialised there with other royalty who also stayed at the Riviera. The statue (with inscription to him) now stands in the Queen's Gardens by the Ironmarket. He served in the Russo-Turkish War in 1877, became a Colonel and was adjutant at the Imperial court. [3][4] Arriving home after completing the two-week round trip in the depths of winter, the pair were arrested by Lenin’s Bolsheviks, exiled to Siberia, imprisoned, and then murdered. He was well known to the three British Monarchs of the first part of the twentieth century, and as an emissary for the M16 becoming the eyes and ears of Petrograd during the First World War. However, this account remains unproven other than dubious admissions by the assumed assassins some years later. [1], Known in the family as Miche-Miche,[1] he was a year old when, in 1862, the family moved to Tiflis, Georgia, on the occasion of his father's being named Viceroy of the Caucasus. In “Grand Duke Michael: Brother of the Tsar” Nicholson shared new research from his recent book, co-authored with translator Helen Azar, Michael Romanov: Brother of the Last Tsar, Diaries and Letters 1916-1918. Winter 2016. He was buried with his wife in Hampstead Cemetery.[27]. [16] It was around this time that he shaved off his beard and stopped dyeing his hair. He was born fourth in line to the throne after his father and elder brothers Nicholas and George. [17] In 1900, the grand duke began renting Keele Hall, a stately home in Staffordshire, a few miles from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Michael represented his brother, the Tsar, at the funerals of both Queen Victoria in 1901 and Edward VII of England in 1909. When Nicholas abdicated on 15th. [2] The relationship with his parents was troublesome. The two hundred metres of soft golden sands at low tide, bordered by cobalt-coloured waters and blue skies from the left… scanning towards the right and seeing the thrashing waves on the defending Speeton Cliffs is a dichotomy of vibrating senses which excite the spirit. I thought Grand Duke Michael working at Bletchley Park `during his second life` is a very clever idea/arrangement which protects his identity. Grand Duke Michael was born on November 22, 1878 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov. It purports to trace the end of the life of the last Romanov tsar as well as his supposed rescue/survival (think along the lines of the Anastasia story, but throw in some spies.) This was accepted and in September 1914 he left Paddockhurst in Sussex and returned with Natasha and their son George, eventually settling back in the family home at Gatchina. In her post-war years, after decommissioning from MI6, she chose to continue using her covert operational code name, Olga Bystrovia. He died on June 13, 1918 in Perm, Russia. His father, Nicholas, was a … He lost his fortune with the fall of the Russian monarchy in 1918. To the left, I can see the charming and unspoilt old fishing town of Filey, which today is a haven for thousands of discerning tourists each year, often accompanied by children and dogs. He carried out many courier activities under the guise of his diplomatic immunity, transporting out of revolutionary Russia, vast quantities of wealth in antiques and jewellery. He was an artist of some skill, but his life was marred by ill health and mental problems. Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich was born at Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg on 16 October [O.S. They were married in San Remo on 26 February 1891. Every year Grand Duke Michael and his wife would visit Edward VII at Windsor Castle or Sandringham and attend luncheons at Buckingham Palace. Oct 7, 2020 - Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich brother of Tsar Nicholas II. It is said that she had an intense relationship with Sidney Reilly in 1895, and subsequently wrote the book with him as the main character in 1897. He was married to … The old grand duke was charmed by his daughter-in-law and his Torby grandchildren. 22 November] 1878 – 13 June 1918) was the youngest son and fifth child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and youngest brother of Nicholas II. On 16 August 1857, he married Princess Cecily Auguste of Baden (1839–1891), daughter of Leopold, Grand Duke … Summer Palace of Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich‎ (2 C, 8 F) Media in category "Michael Pavlovich of Russia" The following 2 files are in this category, out of 2 total. "The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael" is a well-intended work that is clearly written by someone who is still developing himself as a writer. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich was the younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II. Marriage and issue. He survived her for less than two years. This part of the story carries with it the intensity of his two romances. [6] In 1888, he had an affair with Princess Walewski. After the death of Edward VII, Grand Duke Michael, pushed by his wife, tried in vain to obtain an English title for her. and the captivating heartbreak at his death of which both his wives are present. Grand Duke Michael was born on November 22, 1878 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov. By the time the palace was finished Grand Duke Michael had gone into exile from Russia. However, a noted biographer of Reilly, recalls that these were romanticised versions of such events and very doubtful, and counters instead that Reilly was perhaps informing on Voynich’s radical, pro-émigré activities to the Metropolitan Police Special Branch. In the south of France, he usually met his relatives, particularly his sister Anastasia who owned a villa nearby. 22 November] 1878 – 13 June 1918) was the youngest son and fifth child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and youngest brother of Nicholas II. A son was borne as the legitimate ascendant. Nicholas, in anger, accused Michael of disloyalty to the pledges of the line of succession and exiled Michael to England and removed him from the line of succession. Natalia Brasova was a Russian noblewoman who married Grand Duke Michael. She was born in Cork, but grew up in England. He had a spartan upbringing that included sleeping on army cots and taking cold baths. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia. In August 1918, Scheer was promoted to the Chief of Naval Staff and retired after the end of the war. 22 November] 1878 – 13 June 1918) was the youngest son and fifth child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and youngest brother of Nicholas II. Later, he fell in love with Countess Catherine Nikolaevna Ignatieva (1869–1914), the daughter of the former Minister of Interior, Nicholas Pavlovich Ignatiev. [10], The marriage was not only morganatic but also illegal under the Imperial house laws and caused a scandal at the Russian court, despite the bride's dynastic paternal ancestry. "The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael" is a well-intended work that is clearly written by someone who is still developing himself as a writer. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich (1878-1918) was the third and favourite son of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and his Danish wife the Empress Maria Feodorovna. Both were murdered by a group of Bolsheviks in 1918 in the city of Perm, after … Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich was the first of the eighteen Romanovs who were killed during the Russian Revolution.. Born on December 4, 1878, he was the third of the three surviving sons and the fourth of the five surviving children of Alexander III, Emperor of All Russia and Princess Dagmar of Denmark (Empress Marie Feodorovna). [13], Not only did they not secure a title for Sophie, but the couple's position in British society was threatened when in the same year Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Nicholas II's younger brother, chose England for his exile after also contracting a morganatic marriage. Nicholas had written to George to tell him that Grand Duke Michael had asked his permission for his wife to accept a British title and that he had given consent, subject of course to George's agreement. In “Grand Duke Michael: Brother of the Tsar” Nicholson shared new research from his recent book, co-authored with translator Helen Azar, Michael Romanov: Brother of the Last Tsar, Diaries and Letters 1916-1918. [13] Michael became president of the Hampstead General Hospital, to which he donated an ambulance, as well as president of the Hampstead Art Society. In 1908, Michael published a novel, Never Say Die, about a morganatic marriage, written in resentment at not being allowed back into Russia. In 1814 he visited Paris with the Allies and then traveled throughout the Russian Empire on his return. Whilst under the care of  Olga Bystrovia, who was also a British spy and accomplice to Reilly, he falls deeply in love with her. Fabergé’s production of the very first so-called Fabergé egg, the Hen Egg, given as a gift from the Tsar to his wife Maria Fyodorovna on Easter of 1885, so delighted her that the Emperor assigned Fabergé the title 'Goldsmith by Special Appointment' to the Imperial Crown. They were both exiled from Russia in 1912 and eventually, after a year of living in European hotels, went to England and lived there until the start of the war. He settled permanently in England in 1900, leasing Keele Hall in Staffordshire and later Kenwood House on the outskirts of London. The first of the eighteen Romanovs executed during the Russian Revolution, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia was born December 4, 1878, at the Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Every year Grand Duke Michael and his wife would visit Edward VII in Windsor Castle or Sandringham and attend luncheons at Buckingham Palace. During World War I, Michael was made a chairman of the commission to consolidate Russian orders abroad, but was denied permission to come back to Russia and serve with its armed forces. A major preoccupation of his tenure in the War Office was the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War, declaring that Bolshevism must be ‘strangled in its cradle’ and created a plan for an allied invasion of Russia in 1918. Wilson found it increasingly difficult to maintain neutrality in World War I, due to Germany’s commitment to unrestricted submarine warfare and their promise to the Mexican Government that if Germany was victorious, she would support them in winning back the southern states from the USA. Grand Duke Michael contracted influenza and died in London on 26 April 1929, aged sixty-seven. This novel creates a credible story and challenges the contemporary accounts of the murder of Grand Duke Michael, inviting an alternative theory supporting his second life in the UK from 1919 to his death in 1947… through the weaving of fact and fiction. Grand Duke Michael was involved in the construction of the Russian church in Cannes and in laying the cornerstones for hotels and casinos in the area. Before returning to Russia, they buried a horde of Russian Romanov treasures on the East Coast of Yorkshire, hoping to retrieve them shortly after he became Tsar. Grand Duke Michael's beloved dog, Volchok. As a result, they never received the newcomers at Kenwood. Michael was considered the least gifted of the seven children and his mother referred to him as "stupid". The Tsar and his immediate family remained in Russia, where they were murdered by Bolsheviks in 1918. Forces central to Allied success in the remaining battles of 1918. Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia (Russian: Михаи́л Алекса́ндрович; 4 December [O.S. A vivid and well-researched novel about Grand Duke Michael who briefly reigned as the last Tsar of Russia. Grand Duke Michael of Russia, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Romanov, marriage certificate. It purports to trace the end of the life of the last Romanov tsar as well as his supposed rescue/survival (think along the lines of the Anastasia story, but throw in some spies.) This allowed them to dedicate more troops to the Western Front, thus making U.S. The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael. Russian Royalty. It was designed by architect Maximilian Messmacher in Neo-Renaissance-style with its front entrance on the Admiralty Embankment 8. In 1912, Michael shocked Nicholas by marrying the unpopular Natalia (Natasha) Wulfert, who had two previous marriages behind her. At the death of his father in Cannes on 18 December 1909, Michael was allowed to come to Russia for the funeral;[16] however, his wife refused to go with him as she still resented the insults which had marred their marriage so many years before. 4 October] 1861, the third child and second son of the seven children of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and his wife, Grand Duchess Olga Feodorovna (born Princess Cecile of Baden).. They lived in splendour, enjoying a privileged place in British society. In his reply George pointed out "I have not the power to grant a title in England to a foreign subject and still more impossible in the case of a Russian Grand Duke." The Imperial Royal Yatch `Standart` Elegant style yachts were once the norm among many of the world’s most important rulers. In this lecture, our Director of Development and Romanov scholar Nicholas Nicholson will present new research from his recent book from Academica Press co-authored with translator Helen Azar, Michael Romanov: Brother of the Last Tsar, Diaries and Letters 1916-1918. [12] To break off the relationship, the parents decided to send him abroad. [9], The same year Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich proposed marriage to Princess Irene of Hesse Darmstadt. [5] He was a disappointment to his mother, who compared him unfavourably with his more intelligent eldest brother, Grand Duke Nicholas. Michael was rescued by Reilly barely alive and sent back to the UK. He was the youngest son of Emperor Alexander III of Russia. Despite stories appearing in the world press that he was alive through sightings, raising hope of him defeating Bolshevism through his reported activities, Lenin later admits he had been assassinated. He was married to Natasha Wulfert. My mind is slowly transported to the year of 1917… one hundred years ago. He died on June 13, 1918 in Perm, Russia. Suffering a total memory loss, he built a new life protected by MI6, worked at Bletchley Park during WW2 and later married, Olga Bystrovia, an MI6 spy, who had assisted him in Russia. "[21] While remaining "devoted" to Sophie, Michael nevertheless often fell in love with pretty girls. Scheer joined those calling for unrestricted submarine warfare against the Allies, a move the Kaiser eventually permitted. He knew that Grand Duke Michael was being courted by the WW I allies to spearhead their planned invasion of Russia at Archangel during the summer of 1918. The Battenberg family was itself the product of a morganatic marriage, but one whose members had been allowed to use the style His/Her Serene Highness. Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia (Franz Wilhelm Victor Christoph Stephan Prinz von Preussen; born 3 September 1943) is a German businessman and member of the House of Hohenzollern, the former ruling German imperial house and royal house of Prussia.From 1976 to 1986 he was known as Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia. Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov took power of Russia but reign only lasted one day; He was banished to exile along with secretary Nicholas Johnson and the two were executed alongside each other in … Grand Duke Michael: Brother of the Tsar An online lecture by Nicholas Nicholson. After leaving Keele, the grand duke moved with his family to Hampstead in 1909, taking a long lease on Kenwood House, a house owned by the Earl of Mansfield, overlooking London's Hampstead Heath. [13], In September 1912, Grand Duke Michael was allowed to visit Russia for the centennial of the Battle of Borodino, and was restored to the honorary colonelcy of the 49th Brest Regiment.[22]. After his brother George died in 1899, Michael … Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich was deprived of his military rank and of his position as adjutant at the Imperial Court. He served However, George V and Queen Mary helped with £10,000. Michael Evans (@grand_duke_of_pizza) on TikTok | 346 Likes. His father, a British Citizen, was a Captain in the Imperial Army being posted to the Royal Courts. Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia (Russian: Михаи́л Па́влович; Mikhail Pavlovich) (St. Petersburg, 8 February 1798 – Warsaw, 9 September 1849) was the tenth child and fourth son of Paul I of Russia and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg. Nicholas Johnson was born in Russia in 1878. 4 October] 1861, the third child and second son of the seven children of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and his wife, Grand Duchess Olga Feodorovna (born Princess Cecile … Marriage and issue. Grand Duke Michael was the fourth son and seventh child of Czar Nicholas I of Russia and Charlotte of Prussia. “My poor Volchok’s light went out — he had been at the hospital for 12 days and had been ill since early March. Together with her planning and strategic thinking, Olga was key in assisting Sidney Reilly in the Russian theatre of operations, and settlement of Imperial Families in exile. The Grand Duke and his family threw themselves into the war effort. He was not allowed to attend his mother's funeral. THE GRAND DUKE MICHAEL PAVLOVICH SERVICE A magnificent French Empire silver-gilt dinner-service Marks of Martin-Guillaume Biennais and Jean-Charles Cahier, Paris, 1809-1819 Comprising, A large two-handled soup-tureen, cover, liner and stand, the stand on six twin lion's paw and foliage feet, the vase-shaped tureen with two acanthus, anthemion and demi … He kept it until his death in 1965, claiming it had never needed any repairs and had kept perfect time. Grand Duke Michael of Russia, Mikhail Aleksandrovich Romanov ru: Михаи́л Александрович Рома́нов (St. Petersburg, 22 November 1878 –– Perm, Ural, about 12 June 1918) was the controversial younger brother of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.Michael was a son of Alexander III of Russia and Dagmar of Denmark.His paternal grandparents were Alexander II of … Known for her coolness under stress, she could marginalise aggression in her opponents through her wit and charm. [25], The grand duke's son, Michael, Count de Torby (known familially as Boy Torby), lost his employment and came to live with them, but the relationship was difficult, not least because Boy suffered a recurring form of depression. 4 October] 1861, the third child and second son of the seven children of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and his wife, Grand Duchess Olga Feodorovna (born Princess Cecile of Baden). He was also a frequent visitor of North Berwick, a seaside resort in Scotland. No other books have taken a slice of Russian history and reinterpreted it to… [10] In love with her first cousin, Prince Henry of Prussia, she rejected him. But few of these highly specialized ships can compare with the Standart, reserved exclusively for the use of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Tirpitz took the modest Imperial Navy, starting in the 1890s, and turned it into a world-class force that could threaten the British Royal Navy. [19], Part of the year was spent at his villa in the south of France. Following the Russian Revolution of 1917, he was imprisoned and murdered in Perm in June 1918. But because of the strengthening position of the Bolshevik Revolutionaries and wider difficulties with the conduct of the war, the plan was never put into operation. They lived comfortably: Five footmen, a butler, a valet, a lady's maid, a governess, a nursery maid and six chefs attended them. Ethel Lilian Voynich was an Anglo-Irish novelist and musician, and a supporter of several revolutionary causes. Presidential archives have been opened to the international group of researchers from SEARCH Foundation, Inc., who are looking for the remains of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich and his friend and secretary Nikolai Johnson. He was the son of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia and Countess Sophie de Torby and a great grandson of both Tsar Nicholas I and Alexander Pushkin. [16] He was an excellent golfer and hosted parties with his wife. After the death of Sinclair, Menzies was made Chief of SIS in 1939. They marry in 1946 and the child George is born who is the legitimate heir to the Russian Throne. [18] In 1903 he unveiled a statue of Queen Victoria in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Grand Duke Michael was born on November 22, 1878 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov. During the ten years he lived there, he entered country society. 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