Person:Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia (1)

Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia
b.22 Apr 1847
d.17 Feb 1909
Facts and Events
Name Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia
Gender Male
Birth[1] 22 Apr 1847
Death[1] 17 Feb 1909
Reference Number? Q312819?


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Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia (; 22[1] April 1847 – 17 February 1909) was a son of Emperor Alexander II of Russia, a brother of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and the senior Grand Duke of the House of Romanov during the reign of his nephew, Emperor Nicholas II.

Grand Duke Vladimir followed a military career and occupied important military positions during the reigns of the last three Russian Emperors. Interested in artistic and intellectual pursuits; he was appointed President of the Academy of Fine Arts. He functioned as a patron of many artists and as a sponsor of the Imperial ballet.

During the reign of his father, Emperor Alexander II, he was made Adjutant-General, senator in 1868 and a member of the Council of State in 1872. His brother, Alexander III, also promoted his career. He became a member of the Council of Ministers, Commander of the Imperial Guards Corps and Military Governor of Saint Petersburg. He tried to exert some influence over his nephew Tsar Nicholas II, but had to content himself with holding a rival court with his wife Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna at his palace in Saint Petersburg. The events of Bloody Sunday in 1905, while he was Military Governor of St Petersburg, tarnished his reputation. During the last years of his life, the rift between his family and that of Nicholas II widened. He died after a stroke in 1909.

Vladimir Alexandrovich's great-granddaughter, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, is the current claimant to the headship of the House of Romanov.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.