Grand duke 1878-1918

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Ni­cholas II’S youngest brother Michael fol­lowed his heart stub­bornly. With a his­tory of in­ap­pro­pri­ate ro­man­tic choices in both com­mon­ers and first cousins, the ob­jects of his af­fec­tions were kept un­der sur­veil­lance by the Tsarist se­cret po­lice, the Okhrana. Michael then fell for an­other com­moner, the wife of a fel­low cav­alry of­fi­cer, Natalia Sergeyevna Wulfert.

Kept in a St Peters­burg apart­ment at his ex­pense and car­ry­ing his son, the pair mar­ried in Vi­enna hav­ing given their Okhrana min­ders a dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tion for their hol­i­day. Michael was ban­ished from Rus­sia and forced to live on a stipend from his brother.

A por­trait of State Coun­cil Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich Romanov

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