Topic: Alexander Mikhailovich, GD
A monument to the Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich (1866-1933) was unveiled this week at the Krestovsky Yacht Club in St. Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by Prince Dmitry Romanovich (born 1926).
The grand duke is remembered for his outstanding service to Russia's army, navy and air force during the Tsarist years. Alexander or "Sandro" as he was known to members of the Russian Imperial family, also served as patron for the sailing school on the banks of the Maly Neva 125 years ago.
Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich married the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (eldest daughter of Emperor Alexander III, and sister to Emperor Nicholas II) on 6th August [O.S. 25th July], 1894. He was one of the few grand dukes to have escaped the Red Terror in which many members of the Romanov family were murdered by the Bolsheviks.
During his years in exile in Paris, Alexander penned his memoirs in two volumes, as well as other books on royalty.
The monument was created by the famous Russian sculptor, Albert Charkin, and shows the grand duke looking out onto the Gulf of Finland.
For more information about this monument, please refer to the following article and video posted on 23rd March, 2012;||| Bust of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich - VIDEO |||
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 July, 2012