Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia

Nicholas Romanovich Romanov
Prince of Russia[1]
Head of the House of Romanov (disputed)
Time21 April 1992 – 15 September 2014
PredecessorGrand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich
SuccessorPrince Dimitri Romanovich
Born(1922-09-26)26 September 1922 (O.S. 13 September 1922)
Antibes, France
Died15 September 2014(2014-09-15) (aged 91)
Tuscany, Italy
SpouseCountess Sveva della Gherardesca
IssuePrincess Natalia Nikolaevna
Princess Elizabeth Nikolaevna
Princess Tatiana Nikolaevna
HouseHolstein-Gottorp-Romanov
FatherPrince Roman Petrovich of Russia
MotherCountess Praskovia Dmitrievna Sheremeteva

Nicholas Romanovich Romanov, Prince of Russia[2][3] (Russian: Николай Романович Романов; 26 September 1922 – 15 September 2014) was a claimant to the headship of the House of Romanov[2][4] and president of the Romanov Family Association. Although undoubtedly a descendant of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, his claimed titles and official membership in the former Imperial House were disputed by those who maintained that his parents' marriage violated the laws of Imperial Russia.[5]

Family and childhood

Prince Nicholas was born in Cap d'Antibes near Antibes, France, the eldest son of Prince Roman Petrovich and his wife Princess Praskovia Dmitrievna (née Countess Sheremeteva). Prince Nicholas had a younger brother, Prince Dimitri Romanovich. Their father Prince Roman Petrovich was the only son of Grand Duke Peter Nicolaievich and Grand Duchess Militsa Nikolaievna (née Princess of Montenegro). His grandfather was the younger son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich and Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna (née Duchess of Oldenburg). His great grandfather Nicholas Nikolaevich was a younger son of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia and Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna (née Princess Charlotte of Prussia) and founded the Nikolaevichi branch of the Russian Imperial Family.

Prince Nicholas was brought up in Cap d'Antibes with his family still using the Julian calendar and he spoke both fluent Russian and French from his childhood on.[2] He was brought up in a Russian environment with his local church having a Russian priest and his family employing Russian staff and a Russian nanny.[6]