Irina Yusupova

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Princess Irina Felixovna
Countess Nikolai Dmitrievich Sheremetev
Prince Felix and Princess Irina Alexandrovna Yusupovs with their daughter, Irina Felixovna Yusupova, called "Bébé", in 1916.
Born (1915-03-21)21 March 1915
Moika Palace, Petrograd, Russian Empire
Died 30 August 1983(1983-08-30) (aged 68)
Cormeilles, France
Burial Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery
Spouse Count Nikolai Dmitrievich Sheremetev
Issue Countess Xenia Nikolaevna Sheremeteva
Full name
Irina Felixovna Yusupova
House Yusupov
Father Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov
Mother Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia

Princess Irina Felixovna Yusupova (Russian: Ирина Феликсовна Юсупова), nicknamed "Bébé", (21 March 1915 – 30 August 1983)[1] was born in Petrograd, Russian Empire, the only child of Prince Felix Yusupov and Princess Irina of Russia.



Prince Felix was the heir of one of the wealthiest families of Russia and of Europe. Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia was the daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, the elder daughter of Tsar Alexander III and sister of Tsar Nicolas II.

After the February Revolution, the Yusupovs fled Russia and settled in Paris, leaving behind most of their wealth. At first, the little girl was raised by her paternal grandparents until, at the age of nine, they returned the little princess to her parents. According to her father, Prince Felix Yusupov Feliksovitch, his daughter received a poor education causing an alteration in the character of the girl, who became capricious. Princess Irina Felixovna Yusupova was raised by nannies and, whilst she adored her father, she was very distant with her mother.[2]


Princess Irina married on 19 June 1938 in Paris, France, Count Nikolai Dmitrievich Sheremetev (28 October 1904, Moscow, Russia – 5 February 1979, Paris, France), son of Count Dmitri Sergeievich Sheremetev and his wife Countess Irina Ilarionovna Vorontzova-Dashkova. His ancestors include Boris Petrovich Sheremetev and Illarion Ivanovich Vorontsov-Dashkov. He worked with the shipping company, Vlasoff. He later contracted tuberculosis, and they moved to Greece for a climate better suited to his condition.

They had one daughter, Countess Xenia Nikolaevna Sheremeteva, born 1 March 1942 in Rome.


  • Countess Xenia Nikolaevna Sheremeteva (born 1 March 1942, Rome, Italy), married on 20 June 1965 in Athens, Greece, to Ilias Sfiris (born 20 August 1932, Athens, Greece); had issue:
    • Tatiana Sfiris (born 28 August 1968, Athens, Greece), married on May 1996 in Athens, Greece, to Alexis Giannakoupoulos (born 1963), divorced, no issue; married Anthony Vamvakidis and has issue:
      • Marilia Vamvakidis (17 July 2004)
      • Yasmine Xenia Vamvakidis (7 May 2006)

Death and burial[edit]

Princess Irina Felixovna Yusupova died on 30 August 1983 at Cormeilles in France. She was buried alongside her paternal grandparents and her parents at the cemetery Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery in Essonne, France).[1]



  1. ^ a b julia&keld (25 Apr 2011). "Irina Felixovna Youssoupoff Cheremeteva (1915 - 1983)". Find A Grave Memorial. Salt Lake City, UT, Usa: Find A Grave, Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^ King, Greg (1995). The man who killed Rasputin : Prince Youssoupov and the murder that helped bring down the Russian Empire. A Birch Lane Press book. Secaucus, NJ, USA: Carol Pub. Group. ISBN 978-1-55972-295-7. OCLC 32549224.