Dmitriy Romanov

Dmitriy Romanov

Head of the Romanov family
Date of Birth: 17.05.1926
Country: Denmark

  1. Biography of Dmitry Romanov
  2. Early Life and Exile
  3. Exile and Marriage
  4. Family Schism and New Exile
  5. Life in Egypt and Career
  6. Marriage and Later Life

Biography of Dmitry Romanov

Dmitry Romanovich Romanov was born on May 17, 1926, as the son of Roman Petrovich Romanov and Countess Praskovia Sheremeteva. He was considered the main heir of the former Russian imperial dynasty, being the great-grandson of Nicholas I and the third cousin of Nicholas II. Dmitry's family faced numerous challenges, including the Russian Revolution and their subsequent exile.

Dmitriy Romanov

Early Life and Exile

Dmitry's father, Roman Petrovich, was the son of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich and Princess Militsa, the daughter of Prince Nikola I of Montenegro. Despite his fragile health, he actively participated in military actions. After the revolution, Dmitry's family moved to Crimea, where he met a young Countess, Praskovia Sheremeteva.

Dmitriy Romanov

Exile and Marriage

In 1919, Dmitry's family, along with other members of the Romanov family and a large group of refugees, were evacuated from Crimea by the English warship 'Malborough'. Among them was Praskovia Sheremeteva, who later married Roman and became Dmitry's stepmother. In November 1921, Roman and Praskovia got married in Antibes, France. They had two sons, Nikolai and Dmitry.

Dmitriy Romanov

Family Schism and New Exile

By the time Dmitry was born, a split had emerged among the Romanov descendants. Kirill Vladimirovich, in 1924, declared himself "Kirill I, Emperor in Exile," which was met with opposition from other family members who remembered his role in the February Revolution and his marriage to his first cousin, Victoria Melita. Kirill, on the other hand, claimed that he did not recognize the marriage of Praskovia and Roman, as he had not given his permission.

In 1931, after the death of Dmitry's father, the Romanov family moved to Italy. However, due to political instability, they decided not to accept an offer to rule in Montenegro. In 1946, after the proclamation of the Italian Republic, the Romanovs relocated to Egypt.

Life in Egypt and Career

In Egypt, Dmitry started working as a mechanic at a Ford factory in Alexandria. He quickly excelled in his job and soon began selling cars. Despite his youth, wealth, and popularity, Dmitry admitted to leading a typical playboy lifestyle during this time. In 1952, he returned to Italy and found employment in a shipping company. Over time, he became the personal secretary to the owner.

Marriage and Later Life

In 1958, Dmitry married Johanna von Kaufman, a young Danish aristocrat, in Copenhagen. They settled in Denmark, where Dmitry worked in a commercial bank and eventually became the head of the international department. He also developed a passion for heraldry, collecting and researching orders and medals. He authored several books on the subject and worked extensively in museums and archives.

After Johanna's death in 1989, Dmitry devoted himself to public work and founded the Romanov Family Foundation for Russia. He participated in humanitarian actions in his ancestors' homeland and made significant cultural contributions, including donating family artifacts to the Hermitage Museum. In 1993, he remarried Countess Dorrit Reventlow, and their wedding took place in Kostroma, Russia, marking the first Romanov marriage in the country since 1917.

Dmitry Romanov passed away on December 31, 2016, in Copenhagen, Denmark. His death marked the end of the male branch of the "Nikolaevich" line. Throughout his life, Dmitry expressed his opposition to the restoration of the monarchy in Russia, believing that an elected president was the best form of government. He also dedicated himself to the proper burial of the remains of the imperial family, hoping that it would contribute to the unity of all Russians.