Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia

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Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich
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Born (1864-01-10)10 January 1864
Saint Petersburg
Died 17 January 1931(1931-01-17) (aged 67)
Spouse Princess Milica of Montenegro
Issue Princess Marina Petrovna
Prince Roman Petrovich
Princess Nadejda Petrovna
Princess Sofia Petrovna
Full name
Peter Nikolaevich Romanov
House House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaievich
Mother Alexandra Petrovna
(Alexandra of Oldenburg)

Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia (10 January 1864 – 17 January 1931) was a Russian Grand Duke and a member of the Russian Imperial Family.

Early life and marriage

Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich was the second son of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicolaievich the Elder (1831–1891) and Duchess Alexandra of Oldenburg (1838 – 1900).

He was born in Saint Petersburg. As was the custom for Russian Grand Dukes (the title applied to all sons and grandsons of a Russian Emperor), the Grand Duke Peter served in the Russian army as a Lt.-General and Adjutant-General.

On 26 July 1889, he married Princess Milica of Montenegro (1866–1951), daughter of King Nicholas I of Montenegro (1841–1921). The Grand Duke and Duchess had four children:

Life at court

In 1907, his elder brother, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich, married Grand Duchess Militza's sister, Princess Anastasia of Montenegro, known as Stana. The two couples were socially very influential at the Russian Imperial Court in the early 20th century. Nicknamed joined "the black peril", a group interested in the occult. They are credited with introducing first a charlatan mystic named merely Philippe, and then, with graver consequences, Grigori Rasputin (1869–1916) to the Imperial family. Prince Felix Yussupov (1887–1967) — who was their neighbour in Koreiz — once described Znamenka, the Grand Duke and Duchess's palace, as "the central point of the powers of evil". This was later to be a widely held belief within the higher echelons of the divided Russian court. The Dowager Empress Marie firmly believed that the couple plotted with Rasputin and others to gain influence and favours through the neurotic Empress Alexandra (1872–1918). However, by 1914, Alexandra herself referred to them as "the black family" and felt herself to be manipulated by them.


The couple escaped the Russian Revolution to the south of France. Here Grand Duke Peter Nicholaievich died at Cap d'Antibes, near Antibes on 17 June 1931. His wife died in Alexandria, Egypt in September 1951.


Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia: ancestors in three generations
Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich of Russia
Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia
Paternal Grandfather:
Emperor Nicholas I of Russia
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Emperor Paul I of Russia
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Duchess Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg
Paternal Grandmother:
Princess Charlotte of Prussia
Paternal Great-grandfather:
King Frederick William III of Prussia
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Princess Alexandra of Oldenburg
Maternal Grandfather:
Duke Peter of Oldenburg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Duke George of Oldenburg
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Grand Duchess Catherine Pavlovna of Russia
Maternal Grandmother:
Princess Therese of Nassau-Weilburg
Maternal Great-grandfather:
William, Duke of Nassau
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Louise of Saxe-Hildburghausen