Dorrit Reventlow

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Dorrit Romanov
BornDorrit Reventlow
(1942-04-22) 22 April 1942 (age 81)
Recife, Brazil
Dom Telmo José Coelho de Braganza
(m. 1961; died 1985)

(m. 1993; died 2016)
IssueDona Maria de Braganza Pederson
HouseHolstein-Gottorp-Romanov (by marriage)
Reventlow (by birth)
FatherEric Reventlow
MotherNina Bent Rasmussen
ReligionEastern Orthodox Church

Dorrit Romanov (née Reventlow; born 22 April 1942) is a Danish translator, benefactor, philanthropist, social activist, and the widow of Prince Dimitri Romanov, who had claims to the headship of the Imperial House of Russia.


She was born Dorrit Reventlow on 22 April 1942 in the city of Recife, Brazil, in the family of Eric Reventlow (1903–1944) and his wife Nina Bent Rasmussen (1912–1996). Dorrit is the third child in the family, her sister Rosa was born in 1938 and is married to French-Brazilian industrialist Jose Carlos Gonçalves. Brother George was born in 1941 and lived only eight years and died in 1949 in Denmark.

Dorrit's father died when she was only two years and in 1946 the family returned to Denmark. She attended private schools in Denmark and Switzerland, where she learned Portuguese, English, French, Italian and Spanish. In 1976 she opened her own translation company in Lisbon. After the death of her first husband in 1985 she returned to Denmark, where she worked as a representative of a Portuguese tourism company, also serving as the chair of a Danish-Brazilian society. In this role, Princess Dorrit succeeded in expanding the society's membership, while promoting Portuguese language and culture.

Since 1993, she has headed her own translation firm called Translator Dorrit Romanoff & Assoc. In her free time she actively helped her husband in his humanitarian and charitable work in Russia.

Marriages and children[edit]

In 1961, she married Dom Telmo José Coelho de Braganza (1925–1985), and had issue.

At a reception in 1991, Dorrit met Prince Dimitri Romanovich Romanov. On July 1993 they were married in Kostroma, which became the first visit of some Romanov spouses to Russia. Prior to her 1993 wedding, Dorrit joined the Russian Orthodox Church under the name Theodora Alexeevna.


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  1. ^ a b c "Æresmedlem – H.H. Prinsesse Dorrit Romanoff | Dansk-Brasiliansk Selskab". Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2015.
Dorrit Reventlow
Born: 22 April 1942
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Countess Sveva della Gherardesca
The Wife of the Head of the Romanov dynasty
15 September 2014 – 31 December 2016
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1917
Succeeded by

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