Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia

Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
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Anastasia at age 18
Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Tenure15 April 1883 – 10 April 1897
Born(1860-07-28)28 July 1860
Peterhof Palace, Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Empire of Russia
Died11 March 1922(1922-03-11) (aged 61)
Èze, French Third Republic
IssueAlexandrine, Queen of Denmark
Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Cecilie, German Crown Princess
Alexis Louis de Wenden
FatherGrand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia
MotherPrincess Cecilie of Baden
ReligionRussian Orthodox

Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia (Russian: Анастасия Михайловна; 28 July 1860 – 11 March 1922) was the only daughter and second child of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and a granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.


She was raised in the Caucasus, where she lived between 1862 and 1878 with her family. In 1879 she married Friedrich Franz III of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who in 1883 became the reigning Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. The couple had three children, but her husband was plagued by ill health and they spent most of the year living abroad. The Grand Duchess never became used to her new country where she was unpopular. After the death of her husband in 1897, her visits to Schwerin were sparse.

A strong-willed, independent and unconventional woman, she caused a royal scandal when in 1902 she had a child fathered by her personal secretary. In her widowhood, she lived most of the year in the South of France. During World War I, she decided to settle in neutral Switzerland, living in Lausanne. She died following a stroke a few years later.

Five year old Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna.


Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia with her three children: Cecilie, Alexandrine and Friedrich Franz.

Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna and her husband, Friedrich Franz III, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, had three children:

Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna also had an illegitimate son with Vladimir Alexandrovich Paltov (1874 – 1944):

  • Alexis Louis de Wenden (23 December 1902 – 7 July 1976), who married Paulette Seux on 25 January 1929. They had two daughters: Xénia Anastasie Germaine Louis de Wenden (born 1930, who married Alain Brulé), and Anastasie Alexandrine Paule Louis de Wenden (1935–1995).




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