Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia

Noble person

1875 – 1960


Who was Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia?

Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia was the eldest daughter of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia and the sister of Emperor Nicholas II. She married her cousin Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia, with whom she had seven children. During her brother's reign she recorded in her diary and letters increasing concern about his rule. After the fall of the monarchy in February 1917 she fled Russia, eventually settling in the United Kingdom.

Famous Quotes:

  • 'There are disturbances in the city, there was even shooting into the crowd, [they] say, but everything is quiet on the Nevsky. They are asking for bread and the factories are on strike.'
  • 'This is to state that I am convinced that Mrs Anderson or Tchiakovsky is an imposter. I believe in the statement my sister the Grand Duchess Olga, made in 1925 that this woman was not Anastasia.'
  • 'The Russian Revolution took almost everything from me but the Bolsheviks left me with one privilage--to be a private person.'

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