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Prince of Russia     $75.00
Prince of Russia
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Prince Russia autograph check reproduction.

Fine signed autogrpah cheque reproduction drawn on Midland Bank dated 21st August 1936, by Prince Andrei Alexandrovich of Russia (1897 - 1981).

Andrei was a son of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna of Russia. He was also the eldest nephew of Nicholas II of Russia, the last Tsar. Born and raised in Imperial Russia during the reign of his uncle. His military career in the Russian navy and the Chevalier guards was cut short by the Russian Revolution. He escaped the fate of many of his relatives killed by the Bolsheviks, fleeing to his parents' estate in Crimea. For a time, he was under house arrest there with a large group of family members. 

Andrei spent the first couple of years in exile in France. For a time he lived in the French Riviera in a property that belonged to his aunt Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia. The two eldest children of  Andrei and his wife called Elsa within the family, were born in France and the youngest one in London.

Short of money and without a steady occupation, they eventually settled permanently in England at Frogmore, where his mother had a grace and favor residence named Wilderness House. They later moved to Hampton court. They were living there during World War II when Elisabetta, stricken with cancer, died during an air raid in October 1940. One bomb hit very close to their house knocking the ceiling beam down onto Elisabetta who succumbed to the injuries shortly thereafter.

Two years later, while staying in Balmoral, Andrei met his second wife Nadine McDougall. She was the eldest of the three daughters of Lieutenant Colonel Herbert McDougall and his Finnish wife Sylvia Borgstrom. They became engaged on 18th June 1942 and married at Norton, Kent church, near Provender on 21st  September 1942. The Archbishop of Canterbury officiated the Anglican service while the Russian Orthodox wedding was presided by Archimandrite Nicholas who, as Sydney Gibbes, had been tutor of the children of Tsar Nicholas II.


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