Prince Andrew Romanov

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Prince Andrew Andreevich Romanov
Prince of Russia
Head of the House of Romanov (disputed)
Time 31 December 2016 - present
Predecessor Prince Dimitri Romanovich
Heir apparent Prince Alexis Andreevich
Born (1923-01-21) 21 January 1923 (age 94)
London, England
Spouse Elena Dourneva
Kathleen Norris
Inez von Bachelin
Issue Prince Alexis Andreyevich
Prince Peter Andreyevich
Prince Andrew Andreyevich
House Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia
Mother Elisabetha Ruffo

Andrew Andreyevich Romanov (born 21 January 1923) is a Russian American artist and author. He is a great-nephew of Russia's last Emperor, Nicholas II. Since December 31, 2016 he is a claimant to the headship of the Imperial House of Russia and President of the Romanov Family Association.


Russian imperial family
Coat of Arms of the Russian Empire

HH Prince Andrew
HH Princess Inez

  • HSH Prince Alexis
    HSH Princess Zoetta
  • HSH Prince Peter
    HSH Princess Barbara
  • HSH Prince Andrew
    HSH Princess Elizabeth
    • HSH Princess Natasha

HSH Princess Olga

HH Princess Dorrit

HH Princess Sveva

  • HSH Princess Natalia
  • HSH Princess Elizabeth
  • HSH Princess Tatiana

HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna

Andrew Andreyevich Romanov was born in London, England to Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia (1897–1981) and his first wife, Elisabetha Sasso-Ruffo (1886–1940).[1] He is the head of the family of his great-grandfather, Emperor Alexander III of Russia. He is the eldest living male line grandson of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and his wife Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia, the eldest sister of the last reigning Emperor Nicholas II of Russia,[2] thereby being the last Emperor's closest family relation from the Romanov Family. His godfather was Edward VIII of the United Kingdom.[3] He spent his childhood living in a guesthouse at Windsor Castle.[4]

Romanov was educated at the Imperial Service College and served in the Royal Navy during World War II. In 1949 he left the United Kingdom for the United States where he worked for a time as a carpenter.[5] He became a naturalised U.S. citizen on 20 December 1954.[2]

He currently resides in Inverness, Marin County, California and in 2007 released an autobiography called The Boy Who Would Be Tsar, which is illustrated with his artwork.

His work has been exhibited worldwide, including recent exhibitions at Gallery 16 in San Francisco.

Marriages and children[edit]

Prince Andrew has been married three times. He was married first in San Francisco on 9 September 1951 to Elena Dourneva (1927—1992). They had one son before divorcing in 1959.

  • Prince Alexis Andreevich Romanov (born 27 April 1953)

He was married secondly to Kathleen Norris (1935–1967) whom he married on 21 March 1961 in San Francisco. They had two children. Kathleen Norris was a granddaughter of American authors Kathleen Norris and Charles Gilman Norris.

  • Prince Peter Andreevich Romanov (born 21 November 1961)
  • Prince Andrew Romanov Jr. (born 20 February 1963)

He is presently married to Inez von Bachelin (born 1933).

Title and styles[edit]

N.B. Since the Russian revolution members of the Imperial family have tended to drop the territorial designation “of Russia” and use the princely title with the surname Romanov.[6] However this title, and even his right to the surname Romanov are disputed by some.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Almanach de Gotha. Gotha: Justus Perthes. 1944. p. 113. 
  2. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "The Peerage". Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  3. ^ van der Kiste, John; Coryne Hall (2004). Once A Grand Duchess. Sutton Publishing. p. 209. ISBN 0-7509-3521-9. 
  4. ^ Farr, Kristin (5 February 2007). "Art Review : Andrew Romanoff: The Boy Who Would Be Tsar". Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  5. ^ Liberatore, Paul (22 January 2007). "Liberatore at Large: Shrinky Dink autobiography tells the storybook life of a Russian prince in Inverness". Retrieved 3 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. p. 314. ISBN 0-9532142-4-9. 
  7. ^ "Dynastic Succession". Retrieved 26 July 2009. 

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Prince Andrew Romanov
Cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg
Born: 21 January 1923
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Prince Dimitri Romanov
Head of the House of Romanov

Prince Alexis Romanov