Grand duchess 1819-1876

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The un­like­li­est source of con­tro­versy, Maria was the daugh­ter of Ni­cholas I and a great pa­tron of the arts and char­ity. When she and her wom­an­is­ing hus­band, Max­i­m­il­ian de Beauhar­nais, Duke of Leucht­en­berg, be­gan to drift apart Maria fell for Count Gre­gori Alexandrovich Stroganov who the ru­mour mill in­sisted was the real fa­ther of her son, Ge­orge.

Fol­low­ing Max­i­m­il­ian’s death the two mar­ried in se­cret, ter­ri­fied of her fa­ther’s wrath. When Ni­cholas I died, she had slightly bet­ter luck with her brother Alexan­der I. Although he re­fused to le­git­imise their union, he sug­gested they live abroad while he pro­vide for the chil­dren of her first mar­riage.

Maria Nikolaevna was oth­er­wise the du­ti­ful daugh­ter and duchess

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