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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        1Großfürst Alexander MichailowitschGroßfürst Alexander MichailowitschTēvs13.04.186626.02.1933
        2Великая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаВеликая княгиня Ксения АлександровнаMāte06.04.187520.04.1960
        3Князь Андрей АлександровичКнязь Андрей АлександровичBrālis24.01.189708.05.1981
        4Князь Никита АлександровичКнязь Никита АлександровичBrālis16.01.190012.09.1974
        5Ростислав АлександровичРостислав АлександровичBrālis24.11.190231.07.1978
        6Князь Дмитрий АлександровичКнязь Дмитрий АлександровичBrālis15.08.190107.07.1980
        7Irina  RomanowaIrina RomanowaMāsa03.07.189526.02.1970
        Princess Natalia GolitsynaSieva26.10.190728.03.1989
        9Prince Albert VictorPrince Albert VictorOnkulis08.01.186414.01.1892
        10Konstantin  Nikolajewitsch RomanowKonstantin Nikolajewitsch RomanowOnkulis21.09.182725.01.1892
        11Великий Князь Георгий МихайловичВеликий Князь Георгий МихайловичOnkulis23.08.186330.01.1919
        12Михаил Михайлович, Великий князьМихаил Михайлович, Великий князьOnkulis16.10.186126.04.1929
        13Алексей МихайловичАлексей МихайловичOnkulis28.12.187502.03.1895
        14Nikolai  Michailowitsch RomanowNikolai Michailowitsch RomanowOnkulis14.04.185930.01.1919
        15Великий князь Сергей МихайловичВеликий князь Сергей МихайловичOnkulis07.10.186918.07.1918
        16Prince AlfredPrince AlfredOnkulis15.10.187406.02.1899
        17Džordžs V  VindzorsDžordžs V VindzorsOnkulis03.06.186520.01.1936
        18Wladimir Pawlowitsch  PaleyWladimir Pawlowitsch PaleyOnkulis09.01.189718.07.1918
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        20Princess Victoria of the  United KingdomPrincess Victoria of the United KingdomTante06.07.186803.12.1935
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        23Анастасия МихайловнаАнастасия МихайловнаTante28.07.186011.03.1922
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        25Olga  RomanowaOlga RomanowaTante11.09.182230.10.1892
        26Grand Duchess Maria PavlovnaGrand Duchess Maria PavlovnaTante18.04.189013.12.1958
        27Marie of RomaniaMarie of RomaniaTante29.10.187518.07.1938
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        Georgina KennardBrāļa/māsas meita17.10.191928.04.2011
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        38Елизавета  СассоЕлизавета СассоSvaine29.10.1940
        39Felikss  JusupovsFelikss JusupovsSvainis23.03.188727.09.1967
        40Aleksandrs III RomanovsAleksandrs III RomanovsVectēvs10.03.184501.11.1894
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        42Мария ФёдоровнаМария ФёдоровнаVecāmāte26.11.184713.10.1928
        43Olga  FjodorownaOlga FjodorownaVecāmāte20.09.183912.04.1891
        44Константин КонстантиновичКонстантин КонстантиновичVecvectēvs10.08.185802.06.1915
        45Aleksandrs II RomanovsAleksandrs II RomanovsVecvectēvs29.04.181813.03.1881
        46Leopold BadenLeopold BadenVecvectēvs29.08.179024.04.1852
        47Nikolajs I  RomanovsNikolajs I RomanovsVecvectēvs06.07.179618.02.1855
        48Maximilian de  BeauharnaisMaximilian de BeauharnaisVecvectēvs02.10.181701.11.1852
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        59Louise von  Hessen-KasselLouise von Hessen-KasselVecvecmāte07.09.181729.09.1898
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        61Marie von  Hessen-DarmstadtMarie von Hessen-DarmstadtVecvecmāte08.08.182403.06.1880
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        66Дмитрий Константинович РомановДмитрий Константинович РомановBrālēns/māsīca01.06.186030.01.1919
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        68Andrei  WladimirowitschAndrei WladimirowitschBrālēns/māsīca02.05.187930.10.1956
        69Nadejda  Michailowna RomanowaNadejda Michailowna RomanowaBrālēns/māsīca28.03.189622.01.1963
        70Lennart  BernadotteLennart BernadotteBrālēns/māsīca08.05.190921.12.2004
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        73Ksenija RomānovaKsenija RomānovaBrālēns/māsīca22.08.190317.09.1965
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