Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Russia (1854)

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Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Russia (1854) Gender: F
Marie Alexandrine Elisabeth Eleonore / Mecklenburg
born on 14 May 1854 at 19:45 (= 7:45 PM )
Place Ludwigslust, Germany, 53n19, 11e30
Timezone LMT m11e30 (is local mean time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 23°36' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 23°11 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 23°45'

Grand Duchess of Russia (1854) Maria Pavlovna (wearing the Vladimir Tiara)


German duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin by birth, and by marriage a Grand Duchess of Russia, called "Miechen" or "Maria Pavlovna the Elder." A prominent hostess in St Petersburg following her marriage to the Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, she was known as the grandest of the grand duchesses and had an open rivalry with the Empress Maria Feodorovna. The Grand Duchess Maria was the last of the Romanovs to escape Revolutionary Russia, as well as the first to die in exile.

She was a daughter of Grand Duke Friedrich Franz II of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Princess Augusta of Reuss-Köstritz. She was eight years old when her mother died in 1862. Her father married twice more.

She married the third son of Alexander II of Russia, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia (1847–1909), her second cousin, on 28 August 1874, being one of the very few princesses with Slavic patriline to ever marry a male dynast of the Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov. Upon her marriage she took the Russian name of Maria Pavlovna of Russia - the name she is best known by. As a result of marrying a son of an Emperor of Russia, she took on a new style Her Imperial Highness; the couple had four sons and one daughter.

The Grand Duchess had a passion for jewels, and her renowned collection included a 100 carat emerald once owned by Catherine the Great and the 5 carat ruby of Josephine de Beauharnais. Some of her emeralds were purchased by Barbara Hutton, and later by actress Elizabeth Taylor, who had them recut.

She died on 6 September 1920, aged 66, surrounded by her family at Contrexéville, France.

Her great-granddaughter, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, is the current claimant to the headship of the House of Romanov.

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  • Death of Mother 3 March 1862 (Princess Augusta of Reuss-Köstritz)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 28 August 1874 (Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia)
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  • Death of Mate 17 February 1909 (Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield forwarded news report from "Leipziger Zeitung," 18 May 1854, p. 4: "Mecklenburg. Schwerin, 14. Mai. Heute Abend um 7¾ Uhr ist Ihre königliche Hoheit die Frau Großherzogin Augufte von einer gefunden Prinzesfin glücklich entbunden worden, und wurde dieses dem großherzoglichen Hause, wie dem ganzen Lande erfreuliche Ereigniß heute Abend in Schwerin und Ludwigsluft durch den Donner der Kanonen verkündet. (Meckl. Z.)."

(Mecklenburg. Schwerin, 14 May. This evening at seven-forty-five o'clock, Her Royal Highness the Grand Duchess Auguste, was happily delivered of a Princess, and this joyous event at the Grand Ducal house was announced to the whole country in Schwerin and Ludwigslust by the thunder of cannonfire this evening (Meckl[enburg] Z[eitung])).


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Other Psychological (Gambler)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (34 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Collector (Jewels)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, by birth)
  • Notable : Famous : Royal family (House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov, by marriage)
  • Notable : Famous : Socialite ('Grandest of the grand duchesses')