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Modern Descendants of the Russian Romanov Family

Hundreds of living relatives, famous and infamous, can claim a Romanov connection.
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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Queen Elizabeth II's husband is the grandnephew of the last tsarina, Alexandra Romanov, and great-great-grandson of Nicholas I. His DNA was used to identify the murdered Romanovs' remains. His descendants, including Princes Charles, William, and Harry, are therefore related to the Romanovs as well.

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Prince Michael of Kent

His grandmother was first cousin to Nicholas II, and he was one of the living Romanov relatives whose DNA was used to help identify the remains of the tsar's family. He is also first cousin to Queen Elizabeth II. In England, his frequent use of royal perks earned him the tabloid nickname Rent-a-Kent.

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Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster

After the unexpected death of his father in August last year, 25-year-old Hugh became the 7th Duke of Westminster, a billionaire, and, as the Telegraph put it, "Britain's most eligible bachelor." Grosvenor is a descendant of Mikhail Romanov—and, incidentally, Alexander Pushkin.

King Constantine II of Greece

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The last king of the Hellenes; his great-grandmother was a Romanov grand duchess. He was dethroned in a coup in 1967 but moved back to Greece in 2013 after a 46-year exile. King Constantine is the grandfather of T&C Modern Swan Princess Olympia of Greece.

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna

The great-great-granddaughter of Alexander II lives in Spain and is the Imperial House of Russia's official head.

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Grand Duke George Mikhailovich

Vladimirovna's son will become head of the Imperial House on his mother's death. He recently started Romanoff & Partners, a consulting firm specializing in politics and public affairs.

Francis-Alexander Mathew

One of Olga Andreevna's four children, Mathew is a photographer and occasional actor. He played himself in season two of Secret Princes, a TLC reality show.

Nicoletta Romanoff

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The great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Nicholas I. An Italian actress, Nicoletta collaborated with Damiani jewelry in 2016 to create the Romanov Collection.

Olga Andreevna Romanoff

Daughter of Prince Andrei Alexandrovich, Nicholas II's oldest nephew. She lives in Kent, England, and organizes the annual Russian Debutante Ball in London. Currently working on a tell-all book about her royal connections.

Prince Rostislav Romanov

He was born in Illinois, but Rostislav is one of the few Romanov relatives who actually live in Russia. He is the great-grandson of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna. Based in Moscow, he is director of a watch factory founded by his ancestor Peter the Great.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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