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Topic: Constantine Constantinovich, GD
The Grand Duke Constantine Constantinovich (1858-1915) is one of the most beloved and highly respected members of the Russian Imperial Family.
A grandson of the Emperor Nicholas I, he is more commonly known by his pen name "KR", taken from his transliterated name, Konstantin Romanov.
Not only was he a patron of the arts, he was an artist in his own right. He was a talented pianist and a man of letters, including poet and playwright. He was Chairman of the Russian Musical Society and founded several Russian literary societies.
Grand Duke Constantine served in the Russian Imperial Navy, and later joined the elite Izmailovsky Regiment of the Imperial Guard.
His devotion to duty and Russia endeared him to both Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. The former appointed him President of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and later as Chief of All Military Colleges.
In 1884, he married Princess Elisabeth of Saxe-Altenburg. Upon her marriage, she became the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Mavrikievna. He was a devoted to his wife and their nine children, and a loving father.
He and his family made their home at Pavlovsk, and the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg. He and his wife were among the few members of the Romanov family on intimate terms with Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
KR died on 15 June, 1915. His death spared him the horrendous suffering visited upon his family during the Russian Revolution a few years later.
This one-hour documentary explores the life of the grand duke and includes a wonderful collection of vintage photographs and rare film footage of him in the various stages of his life.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 April, 212