Prince Dmitri Alexandrovich of Russia
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|Prince Dmitri Alexandrovich|
|Spouse||Countess Marina Sergeievna Golenistcheva-Koutouzova|
Sheila MacKellar Chisholm
|Princess Nadejda Dimitriievna|
|House||House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov|
|Father||Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia|
|Mother||Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia|
|Born||15 August 1901|
Gatchina Palace, Gatchina, Russian Empire
|Died||7 July 1980 (aged 78)|
London, England, United Kingdom
Prince Dmitri Alexandrovich of Russia (15 August 1901 – 7 July 1980) was a son of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. He was a nephew of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
Prince Dmitri Alexandrovich Romanov was born at the Gatchina Palace, near Saint Petersburg, Russia on 15 August 1901. He was the four son and fifth child among seven siblings. His parents : Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich (1866–1933) and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875–1960) were first cousins once removed. Consequently Prince Dmitri was the great-grandson of Tsar Nicholas I (from his father's side), also the great-great-grandson of the same Tsar Nicholas I (from his mother's one), the grandson of Tsar Alexander III and the nephew of Tsar Nicholas II.
During the Russian Revolution Prince Dmitri was imprisoned along with his parents and grandmother the Dowager Empress at Dulber, in the Crimea. He escaped the fate of a number of his Romanov cousins who were murdered by the Bolsheviks when he was freed by German troops in 1918. He left Russia on 11 April 1919 abroad the Royal Navy ship HMS Marlborough to attend to Malta were they spent nine months before settling to England.
Prince Dmitri had a varied career. In the 1920s he was a stockbroker in Manhattan; for a brief period in the 1930s he managed Coco Chanel's shop at Biarritz. During World War II he was a lieutenant commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. After the war he became secretary of the travelers club in Paris and in the 1950s he was the European sales representative of a whisky firm.
Following the creation of the Romanov Family Association in 1979, Prince Dmitri was chosen as its first president serving until his death a year later in England.