|Maria Vladimirovna wearing her pearl kokoshnik (Photo: FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)|
Maria Vladimirovna is the granddaughter of royals we’ve talked about on the blog: Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia and his wife, Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh. Kirill was the most senior male member of the Romanov family to survive the Russian revolution, and during his lifetime, most (but not all) recognized him as the head of the house — some even considered him to be the rightful tsar. After his death, his son Vladimir Kirillovich followed in his footsteps. Vladimir was Marie Vladimirovna’s father; he died in 1992. Her right to the position of head of the House of Romanov has been disputed by many, for several complicated reasons, but this year, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church recognized her claim. Who knows — the jockeying for position within the surviving Romanovs has always been a tricky business.
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