Prince Rostislav Romanov (born 1985)

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Prince Rostislav Romanov
Rostislav Romanov 2014.jpg
Born (1985-05-21) 21 May 1985 (age 36)
Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.
SpouseFoteini Georganta
IssueRostislav-George Romanoff (b. 2013)
Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov
FatherPrince Rostislav Rostislavovich
MotherChristia Ipsen
ReligionRussian Orthodox Church

Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich Romanov (Russian: Ростисла́в Ростисла́вович Рома́нов) (born 21 May 1985) is an American-born artist living and working in the UK. He is a member of the House of Romanov. The House of Romanov was the former ruling Russian Imperial dynasty. He is also known by the names "Rosti" and "Misha".[1]


Rostislav was educated at Brambletye and Milton Abbey Schools, and at Falmouth University where he graduated with a BA in Fine Art.[2]


Rostislav is a landscape artist. He is particularly interested in en plein air painting and much of his artwork depicts the Sussex countryside or is inspired by his travels in Russia and elsewhere. He works primarily with oil and creates sculptural, three-dimensional paintings primarily in impasto. His most significant early work uses pastels. Pastels, or watercolours, is also the medium of studies for his more important paintings. His work includes relief printing, and dry-point, and soft ground acid etchings.


His first solo exhibition was in 2011 at the Fabrica Gallery, Coupla in Moscow. He has since participated in numerous exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. He has exhibited twice in the A. Kasteev Art Museum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and participated in exhibitions in Dubai and Monaco. In London he has exhibited twice at the Brick Lane Gallery, London. In May 2018 he has a solo exhibition "Way of Life" at The C. John Gallery, Mayfair. He is represented by the Maison d'Art Gallery in Monaco [1], and The Martix System [2] in the U.K.

Birth and family[edit]

Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, the eldest son and second child of Prince Rostislav Rostislavovich and his second wife, Christia Ipsen, Baroness Ampthill (b. 1949). He has an older sister, Princess Alexandra (b. 1983), and a younger brother, Prince Nikita (b. 1987). From his father's first marriage to Stephena Verdel Cook, he has an older half-sister, Princess Stephena (b. 1963).[3]

Prince Rostislav belongs to the Mihailovichi branch of the Romanov family as a male line descendant of Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia, the youngest son of Emperor Nicholas I. He is also a descendant of Emperors Alexander II and Alexander III, being the great grandson of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia (sister of the last Emperor Nicholas II) and her husband Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia. Prince Rostislav has been a member of the Romanov Family Association since 1985 and was a committee member between 2007 and 2013.[4][5] As a descendant of the Electress Sophia of Hanover, he is also in the line of succession to the British throne. In addition, through his paternal grandmother, he is also a descendant of Sophia Palaiologina and Ivan III of Russia[6][7]

The Prince lived in Chicago until he was two months old, when his father moved his family to London. The family then moved to the village of Rye in East Sussex, where he spent his teenage years.[8] Prince Rostislav was educated at Brambletye and Milton Abbey Schools, and at Falmouth University where he read Fine Art.[2]

Prince Rostislav visited Russia in 1998 with his parents and siblings to attend the reburial rites of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. Six months later, on 7 January 1999, his father died during the Russian Christmas celebration. Though he had been treated for cancer, some speculate that he contracted a rare illness from the dust at the church where the Imperial funeral was held. The loss of the late Prince's income left his family facing financial difficulties. In order to provide for the family Princess Romanova started a bed and breakfast in an 18th-century mansion in Rye, East Sussex. The house was in a semi-derelict state, though, and in need of renovation. As there was initially no kitchen, the children had to carry buckets of water up to the bathroom in order to wash the dishes in the bathtub.[1] His mother later married David Whitney Erskine Russell, the heir to the title Baron Ampthill.[3]

Russian prince[edit]

On 23 September 2006, Prince Rostislav was a guest at the reburial and memorial service for his great-great grandmother the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (born Princess Dagmar of Denmark) at Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark.[9] He then attended the reburial of his great-great grandmother's remains in Russia, where he announced that he was considering moving to Russia. The Romanov Family Association considers Rostislav to be fourth in line to the throne, but the line of succession is disputed by another branch of the family.[10] Furthermore, the Romanov Family Association has essentially renounced any claims to the Russian throne upon its formation in 1979.

In November 2007 Prince Rostislav was featured in a documentary produced by France 3 called "Un nom en héritage, les Romanov" where he was filmed visiting St. Petersburg the former Imperial capital.[11] In July 2009 accompanying his cousin Prince Dimitri Romanovich, he attended events in St. Petersburg to commemorate the 91st anniversary of the murder of Nicholas II and his family. It was also announced that he was visiting Russia to learn the language.[12]

Current life[edit]

Prince Rostislav is the only descendant of the former ruling Russian Imperial dynasty to have moved back to Russia - in 2009 - where he lived for two years and studied Russian.

The late president of the Romanov Family Association, Prince Nicholas, appointed him the official representative of the Association in Russia. Rostislav is currently serving as Vice-President of the Romanov Family Association.

In 2010, Prince Rostislav was appointed honorary Director of the Board of Russia's oldest factory, founded by his ancestor Peter the Great: The Petrodvorets Watch FactoryRaketa. He was also advisor to the factory's Creative department for a brief time. The Prince no longer has ties to the Raketa company.

Prince Rostislav married in October 2019 property consultant Foteini Georganta (born in 1979), of Athens, and they have one son named Rostislav-George (born in September 2013).

Titles and styles[edit]

N.B. Since the Russian revolution some members of the Romanov family have tended to use a princely title with the surname Romanov while keeping the appropriate style.[3]



  1. ^ a b Christy, Mark (21 November 1999). "Real Life: The 4tsar hotel; B&B Landlady Tia is a Russian Princess". Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b Rostislav Romanov
  3. ^ a b c Almanach de Gotha (186th ed.). 2003. pp. 314, 323. ISBN 0-9532142-4-9.
  4. ^ "The Romanoff Family Association". Romanov Family Association. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  5. ^ "A General Assembly of the Romanoff Family Association". Romanov Family Association. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  6. ^ Golitsyn, princely family // Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary  : in 86 volumes (82 volumes and 4 additional). - SPb. , 1890-1907.
  7. ^ All living members members of the House of Galitzine are descendants of Sophia Palaiologina and Ivan III, this genealogy is cited on source n. 6.
  8. ^ Royal Bridges
  9. ^ Reburial
  10. ^ Blomfield, Adrian (30 September 2006). "Romanovs retake St Petersburg to bury tsarina". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Un nom en héritage, les Romanov" (in French). France 3. Retrieved 22 July 2008.
  12. ^ "Prince Dmitry Romanov visits Imperial Cathedral in St Petersburg". ITAR-TASS. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2009.[permanent dead link]

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Prince Rostislav Romanov (born 1985)
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Born: 21 May 1985
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Preceded by
Prince Andrew Romanov
Line of succession to the Russian throne
4th position (disputed)
Succeeded by
Prince Rostislav Romanov