Prince Rostislav Romanov (1938–1999)
|Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich|
24 November 1938|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||7 January 1999
|Spouse||Stephena Verdel Cook
|Issue||Princess Stephena Rostislavovna
Princess Alexandra Rostislavovna
Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich
Prince Nikita Rostislavovich
|Father||Prince Rostislav Alexandrovich of Russia|
|Mother||Princess Alexandra Pavlovna Galitzine|
Known as "Rosti", he was born in Chicago, the only son of Prince Rostislav Alexandrovich of Russia and his first morganatic wife, Princess Alexandra Pavlovna Galitzine  (later Mrs. Armour) (1905–2006). He was a grandson of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia, and thus the great-grandson of Tsar Alexander III. Prince Rotislav's parents divorced in 1944.
It is often alleged that Rostislav's birth was morganatic and not dynastic, arguing that his father's marriage with Princess Alexandra Galitzina would have been morganatic.
Prince Rostislav spent his early life in Chicago and after attending Phillips Academy, Andover he graduated from Yale University. He later moved to the United Kingdom where he worked in London as a merchant banker.
In 1998 Prince Rostislav visited Russia for the funeral of his great uncle Emperor Nicholas II. Shortly after returning to the United Kingdom he was taken ill, with doctors believing he caught a rare disease from the dust at the church where the funeral took place. He subsequently fell into a coma, dying in London.
Marriages and children
- Princess Stephena Rostislavovna Romanov (born 1963)
- Princess Alexandra Rostislavovna Romanov (born 1983)
- Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov (born 1985)
- Prince Nikita Rostislavovich Romanov (born 1987)
Title and styles
- His Highness Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich of Russia
N.B. After the Russian revolution morganatic descendants of the Imperial family tended to use the princely title with the surname Romanov. However this title, and even his right to the surname Romanov was disputed by some.
|Ancestors of Prince Rostislav Romanov (1938–1999)|
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- Bassano. "Princess Alexandra Pavlovna Galitzine". National Portrait Gallery.
- Massie, Robert K. (1995). The Romanovs The Final Chapter. Jonathan Cape. p. 261. ISBN 0-224-04192-4.
- Christy, Mark (1999-11-21). "Real Life: The 4tsar hotel; B&B Landlady Tia is a Russian Princess". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- Theroff, Paul. "Russia". Online Gotha. Archived from the original on 2007-01-25. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. p. 314. ISBN 0-9532142-4-9.
- "Dynastic Succession". imperialhouse.ru. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009.