Maria Vladimirovna, also known as the Grand Duchess of Russia, carries herself with

the air of an empress,

despite the fact that the Russian revolution overthrew the


dynasty in 1917, after three centuries in power.

She has an imposing figure and her taste for ornate garments and striking colors adds a

jewelery box worthy of a royal.

He is not known for public or political aspirations of any kind, although he does have nostalgia, honor for his ancestors and a hard-to-hide joy at descending from the house of Romanov, the last Russian dynasty.

He was born in Madrid on December 23, 1953 and here he spent the first years of his life.

She is the daughter of Vladimir Kirilovich of Russia and Leodina of Georgia, and

great-great-granddaughter of Alexander II of Russia,

the penultimate Russian emperor.

In their exile in Madrid, the family had the appreciation of the Spanish Royal House.

In 1992, on the occasion of the death of her father and 75 years after the execution of the main branch of the imperial family,

she proclaimed herself Tsarina

and heiress to the non-existent Russian throne.

Although it is pure chimera, some European royal houses do recognize her as a worthy descendant of the Romanovs.

In the 1990s, shortly after the disintegration of the USSR, the family

traveled to Russia

and since then the Grand Duchess has maintained a close link with this country.

A child and a broken marriage

After graduating from Oxford University, she married Francis William of Prussia.

The couple separated in 1982, a year after the birth of

her only son, George Mikhailovich,

who was granted the title of Grand Duke of Russia by her grandfather.

In 1985 they signed the divorce and Prince Francis Wilhelm recovered his name and his Prussian title.

She is known as a woman of strong character and firm convictions.

She likes to travel and leads a discreet life, between France and Spain.

Her appearances are rare, but

she hardly goes unnoticed.

His son married the Italian crime novel writer

Rebecca Bettarini on October 1 at the Saint Petersburg cathedral.

It was the first wedding of a member of the Romanov dynasty in Russia in over a hundred years, and it was a grand ceremony, but without a hint of the pageantry it would have had in the days of the Tsars.

your way of dressing

That day, María wore an impactful look: a straight dress with a matching powder blue coat and fur details on the cuffs and collar.

Her diadem, a

Russian-trimmed tiara,

a symbol of elegance and wealth in the monarchy, did not detract from her teardrop earrings.

The Orthodox temple welcomed more than 400 guests, including Luis Alfonso de Borbón and his wife Margarita Vargas.

Maria Vladimirovna in a picture from last year.

Message on Ukraine

Now the Russian Grand Duchess has surprised again, this time with

a message in which she calls for peace in Ukraine,

although she is blamed for her lukewarm condemnation and lack of clarity in her position.

"The events taking place in our homeland are very alarming and deeply painful," she said in a statement.

In the text he avoids any direct reference to politics, although he does

fully recognize the independence

and sovereignty of the States that were formed after the disintegration of the USSR.

The aristocrat highlights the "high spiritual sense" and the cultural ties shared by all the countries resulting from the dissolution.

For this reason, she finds it

"terrifying and painful"

to see how they face each other and spill their blood.

In its statement, it adds that the Russian Imperial House

does not make statements of a political nature

and that it lacks sufficient information to make a statement without causing unintentional damage.

However, he insists that Russia and Ukraine should not be enemies.

"It's something as monstrous and unnatural as if members of the same family killed each other," she concludes.

In 2014 he did speak

out in favor of the annexation of Crimea to Russia

as something "natural" and "inevitable".

He has even traveled there to unveil a statue of the last Russian tsar.

the Romanov family

The Romanovs are a

large family.

According to the historian Alexander Radaev, there would be hundreds of descendants of some of the Russian emperors, from Paul I to Alexander III, and as many interests and points of view about the improbable succession of the Russian imperial crown.

The grand duchess and her son would represent only part of the Romanov family.

For Russia it is a non-existent dynasty.

It does not recognize imperial highnesses, not even highnesses.

Both property and titles have been abolished and only a tiny remnant of Russian society still embraces the hope that a Romanov will be crowned in the Kremlin.

The Grand Duchess has never had any intention of interfering in political processes.

She avoids confrontation and insists on the need to learn the lessons of the past in order to avoid revolts and new fratricides.

She is satisfied with being present

in social life

to ensure respect for the historical and cultural legacy.

The figure of her is the last symbol of a centuries-old history.

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