How is Grand Duchess Maria Related to Other Royal Families?
Europe’s royal families, including Russia’s, are related to each other in multiple ways.
Grand Duchess Maria’s grandmother was a member of the British Royal Family. She was Princess Victoria Melita of Edinburgh, Princess of Great Britain and Ireland, who married Grand Duke Kirill. At her birth, Princess Victoria Melita was 10th in line to the British throne. She was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria; a daughter of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh; and a first cousin of King George V.
Grand Duchess Maria’s father, Grand Duke Wladimir, was at his birth 20th in line to the British throne. He was a second cousin of two English monarchs: King George VI (father of Queen Elizabeth II) and King Edward VIII (later the Duke of Windsor).
Grand Duchess Maria’s son and heir, Grand Duke George of Russia, is a descendant of Queen Victoria both through his mother (from Queen Victoria’s second son, Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh) and through his father (from Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal).
Other European royal families
The names of various cousins of Grand Duke Wladimir and Grand Duchess Maria illustrate the extent to which royal families used to intermarry.
Grand Duke Wladimir’s first cousins included Marina, Duchess of Kent; Queen Marie of Yugoslavia; King Carol II of Romania; Queen Elizabeth of Greece; and Princess Olga of Greece and Denmark (consort of Prince Paul, Regent of Yugoslavia).
Grand Duke Wladimir’s second cousins included (in addition to King George VI and King Edward VIII of Great Britain, mentioned above) the Tsesarevich Alexei of Russia; Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia; King Olav V of Norway; Infante Juan of Spain, Count of Barcelona (father of King Juan Carlos); Kings George II, Alexander and Paul of Greece; Earl Mountbatten of Burma (Lord Louis Mountbatten); Queen Ingrid of Denmark; Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Germany; Queen Helen of Romania; Queen Louise of Sweden; Princess Andrew of Greece (mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and grandmother of the Prince of Wales); and Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden (father of the present King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf).
Grand Duchess Maria’s second cousins include King Peter II of Yugoslavia; King Michael of Romania; Edward, Duke of Kent; and Prince Michael of Kent.