- Historical event
- 23 December 1953
- Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna is a descendant of the Russian tsars. When her father – Grand Duke Vladimir Kirilovich – died in Miami, Florida in 1992, Maria Vladimirovna succeeded him as pretender to the Russian imperial throne.
On this day in 1953 Maria Vladimirovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, was born. Had the Russian Empire survived to this day, she would be its ruler (the empress) because she is the head of what is left of the famous Romanov dynasty after the killings that followed the October Revolution.
Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna is a descendant of the Russian tsars, and was born in Madrid, where her family was in exile. Her father’s name was Vladimir Romanov Kirilovitch, and he was head of the Romanov dynasty from 1938 until his death in 1992 (so, over a very long period of almost 54 years). Maria Vladimirovna was his only daughter and thus an heiress to his position as the head of the house Romanov. When Vladimir Kirilovitch died in Miami, Florida in 1992, Maria Vladimirovna succeeded him as pretender to the Russian imperial throne.
Maria Vladimirovna married the German Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, who is also a descendant of a dethroned imperial dynasty (the German royal dynasty is named Hohenzollern). Indeed, Prince Franz Wilhelm is great-grandson of the last German emperor Wilhelm II – known for his role in the First World War. Particularly interesting is that Maria Vladimirovna has only one son – George Mikhailovich, who is, paternally, actually a member of the Imperial German Hohenzollern dynasty. By the logic of inheritance, he should also inherit the Russian imperial throne from her, which would actually make a German prince of the Hohenzollern dynasty the future pretender to the Russian imperial throne.