Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna

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Елена Владимировна,
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Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia, Helen, Helena,Helene, Ellen, Yelena, Hélène, or Eleni,
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Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia (17 January 1882 – 13 March 1957), sometimes known as HelenHelena,Helene, Ellen, Yelena, Hélène, or Eleni, was a Russian grand duchess as the only daughter and youngest child of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

Her husband was Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark and paternal first cousin of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.

Early life

Elena and her three surviving older brothers, Kirill, Boris, and Andrei, had an English nanny and spoke English as their first language. The young Elena had a temper and was sometimes out of control. When she posed for an artist at age four, she grabbed a paper knife and threatened her nurse, who hid behind the artist. "The little lady then transferred her attentions to me, her black eyes ablaze with fury," recalled the artist. Elena, raised by a mother who was highly conscious of her social status, was also considered snobbish by some. "Poor little thing, I feel sorry for her," wrote her mother's social rival, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, "for she is really quite sweet, but vain and pretty grandiose."


She was initially engaged to Prince Max of Baden, but Max backed out of the engagement. Elena's mother was furious and society gossiped about Elena's difficulty in finding a husband. At one point in 1899, the seventeen-year-old Elena was reputedly engaged to Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, however this came to nothing as he fell in love with Countess Sophie Chotek.[3] Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, the third son of George I of Greece, first proposed in 1900, but Elena's mother was reluctant to allow her daughter to marry a younger son with no real fortune or prospects of inheriting a throne. She finally agreed to let Elena marry Nicholas, who was Elena's second cousin through his mother Olga Constantinovna of Russia and her father Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, in 1902 after it became clear that no other offers were on the horizon. The couple were married on 29 August 1902 in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia. The Dowager Empress wrote that Elena "has a very brusque and arrogant tone that can shock people" and expected trouble in the marriage. Elena's "grand manner" did irritate some people at the court, but her marriage was a happy one.

Prince and Princess Nicholas had three daughters:
  • Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark (1903–1997); later Princess Olga of Yugoslavia
  • Princess Elizabeth of Greece and Denmark (1904–1955); later Countess of Toerring-Jettenbach
  • Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (1906–1968); later Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent.

Life in exile

The family was later affected by the turmoil of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent turmoil in Greece, which became a republic and resulted in the family living in France for a time.

While living in France Grand Duchess Elena became deeply involved in charity work for Russian exiles, particularly children. Short of money due to their exile from Greece and the loss of their Russian income, Prince Nicholas and his family lived in reduced, but elegant, circumstances. Grand Duchess Elena's fabulous jewel collection, as well as Prince Nicholas' own artwork, were their sources of income.

Princess Olga of Greece married Prince Paul of Yugoslavia; Princess Elizabeth of Greece married Count Karl Theodor zu Toerring-Jettenbach, son of Duchess Sophie in Bavaria and scion of a rich Bavarian mediatized family; and Princess Marina of Greece married the Prince George, Duke of Kent in November 1934.

Grand Duchess Elena became a widow early in 1938, as Prince Nicholas suffered a heart attack and died suddenly. She remained in Greece throughout the Second World War, dying there in 1957. She bequeathed her personal library to the Anavryta School.

Titles and styles

  • 17 January 1882 – 29 August 1902: Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia.
  • 29 August 1902 - 13 March 1957: Her Imperial and Royal Highness Princess Nicholas of Greece and Denmark


  • Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Catherine.
  • Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Saints Olga and Sophia.


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        Saistītās personas vārdsSaitesDzimšanas datumsMiršanas datumsApraksts
        1Владимир АлександровичВладимир АлександровичTēvs10.04.184704.02.1909
        2Marie  von MecklenburgMarie von MecklenburgMāte14.05.185406.09.1920
        3Princess Marina Duchess of KentPrincess Marina Duchess of KentMeita13.12.190627.08.1968
        4Princess Elizabeth of  Greece and DenmarkPrincess Elizabeth of Greece and DenmarkMeita24.05.190411.01.1955
        5Andrei  WladimirowitschAndrei WladimirowitschBrālis02.05.187930.10.1956
        6Boris  Wladimirowitsch RomanowBoris Wladimirowitsch RomanowBrālis24.11.187709.11.1943
        7Кирилл ВладимировичКирилл ВладимировичBrālis12.10.187612.10.1938
        8Nikolaus  von GriechenlandNikolaus von GriechenlandVīrs, Onkulis22.01.187208.02.1938
        9Александр ИскандерАлександр ИскандерOnkulis15.11.188726.01.1957
        10Сергей АлександровичСергей АлександровичOnkulis11.05.185717.02.1905
        11Сергей  РомановСергей РомановOnkulis11.05.185717.02.1905
        12Prince Ioann  Konstantinovich of RussiaPrince Ioann Konstantinovich of RussiaOnkulis05.07.188618.07.1918
        13Aleksandrs III RomanovsAleksandrs III RomanovsOnkulis10.03.184501.11.1894
        14Pawel  RomanowPawel RomanowOnkulis03.10.186030.01.1919
        15Великий князь Пётр НиколаевичВеликий князь Пётр НиколаевичOnkulis10.01.186417.06.1931
        16Великий Князь Георгий МихайловичВеликий Князь Георгий МихайловичOnkulis23.08.186330.01.1919
        17Konstantin I.Konstantin I.Onkulis02.08.186811.01.1923
        18Ludwig IVLudwig IVOnkulis12.09.183713.03.1892
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        27Татьяна РомановаТатьяна РомановаBrāļa/māsas meita10.06.189717.07.1918
        28Irina  RomanowaIrina RomanowaBrāļa/māsas meita03.07.189526.02.1970
        29Anastasija RomanovaAnastasija RomanovaBrāļa/māsas meita18.06.190117.07.1918
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        31George IGeorge ISievas/vīra tēvs24.12.184518.03.1913
        32Olga  RomanowaOlga RomanowaSievas/vīra māte03.09.185118.06.1926
        33Prince George Duke of KentPrince George Duke of KentZnots20.12.190225.08.1942
        34Зинаида РашевскаяЗинаида РашевскаяSvaine03.11.189630.11.1963
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        38Christoph  von GriechenlandChristoph von GriechenlandSvainis10.08.188821.01.1940
        39Константин КонстантиновичКонстантин КонстантиновичVectēvs10.08.185802.06.1915
        40Aleksandrs II RomanovsAleksandrs II RomanovsVectēvs29.04.181813.03.1881
        41Николай СтаршийНиколай СтаршийVectēvs27.07.183113.04.1891
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        43Alexandra von  OldenburgAlexandra von OldenburgVecāmāte02.06.183825.04.1900
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        48Nikolajs I  RomanovsNikolajs I RomanovsVecvectēvs06.07.179618.02.1855
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        51Peter von  OldenburgPeter von OldenburgVecvectēvs26.08.181214.05.1881
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        54Михаил ПавловичМихаил ПавловичVecvectēvs08.02.179828.08.1849
        55Alexander  Württemberg, DukeAlexander Württemberg, DukeVecvectēvs09.09.180404.07.1885
        56Елена ПавловнаЕлена ПавловнаVecvecmāte28.12.180621.01.1873
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        62Wilhelmine   Baden, PrincessWilhelmine Baden, PrincessVecvecmāte21.09.178827.01.1836
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        67Nikolajs II RomanovsNikolajs II RomanovsBrālēns/māsīca19.05.186817.07.1918
        68Артур Уильям Патрик, принц ВеликобританииАртур Уильям Патрик, принц ВеликобританииBrālēns/māsīca01.05.185016.01.1942
        69Alfrēds Edinburgas, Olsteras un Kentas, Saksen- Koburgas  un Gotas HercogsAlfrēds Edinburgas, Olsteras un Kentas, Saksen- Koburgas un Gotas HercogsBrālēns/māsīca06.09.184431.07.1900
        70Принцесса ЛуизаПринцесса ЛуизаBrālēns/māsīca18.03.184803.12.1939
        71Imperatore  Aleksandra FjodorovnaImperatore Aleksandra FjodorovnaBrālēns/māsīca06.06.187217.07.1918
        72Wladimir Pawlowitsch  PaleyWladimir Pawlowitsch PaleyBrālēns/māsīca09.01.189718.07.1918
        73Prinzessin BeatricePrinzessin BeatriceBrālēns/māsīca14.04.185726.10.1944
        74Prince Vasili AlexandrovichPrince Vasili AlexandrovichBrālēns/māsīca07.07.190724.06.1989
        75Natālija PalejaNatālija PalejaBrālēns/māsīca05.12.190527.12.1981
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        78Князь Роман ПетровичКнязь Роман ПетровичBrālēns/māsīca17.10.189623.10.1978
        79Надежда  РомановаНадежда РомановаBrālēns/māsīca15.03.189821.04.1988
        80Victoria Princess RoyalVictoria Princess RoyalBrālēns/māsīca21.11.184005.08.1901
        81Princess IrenePrincess IreneBrālēns/māsīca13.02.190415.04.1974
        82Князь Андрей АлександровичКнязь Андрей АлександровичBrālēns/māsīca24.01.189708.05.1981
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        94Grand Duchess Maria PavlovnaGrand Duchess Maria PavlovnaBrālēns/māsīca18.04.189013.12.1958
        95Prince AlfredPrince AlfredBrālēns/māsīca15.10.187406.02.1899
        96Natālija AndrosovaNatālija AndrosovaBrālēns/māsīca23.02.191725.07.1999
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        98Кирилл  АндросовКирилл АндросовBrālēns/māsīca05.12.191507.02.1992
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        100Петр  ОльденбургскийПетр ОльденбургскийBrālēns/māsīca21.11.186811.03.1924
        101Ksenija RomānovaKsenija RomānovaBrālēns/māsīca22.08.190317.09.1965
        102Всеволод  РомановВсеволод РомановBrālēns/māsīca20.01.191418.06.1973
        103Princess Nina GeorgievnaPrincess Nina GeorgievnaBrālēns/māsīca20.06.190127.02.1974
        104Марина  РомановаМарина РомановаBrālēns/māsīca11.03.189215.05.1981

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