Legitimist Profiles


"Legitimist Profiles" is a new series from The Russian Legitimist in which we will be introducing the many men and women who were active supporters of the Legitimist cause, and who were instrumental in building a movement of those who were loyal to the Russian Imperial Crown in emigration.  Rare photographs and documents will accompany this series, as well as footnotes that will direct interested readers to relevant primary and secondary historical sources.

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Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia

While Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich was considered by many anti-legitimists to be a possible candidate for the throne, he nevertheless supported and promoted the claims of Grand Duke Kirill and his son, Grand Duke Wladimir.  Read about Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich and his legitimist efforts here:

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Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia

Most of the morganatic descendants of the Romanoff family are descended from the compelling Grand Duke Alexander, husband of Nicholas II's sister, Grand Duchess Xenia. Grand Duke Alexander, however, was an ardent supporter of Grand Duke Kirill and his public exhortations to Russians abroad to support the Emperor in Exile are an important legacy of his Legitimist work:


Grand Duke Gavriil Constantinovich of Russia

Born a prince of the blood Imperial at Pavlovsk, Gavriil Constantinovich was a staunch monarchist, and supported both Grand Duke Kirill and Grand Duke Wladimir fully.  His loyalty to the Sovereign Emperor-in-Exile Kirill resulted in his elevation to Imperial Highness and Grand Duke in emigration.  Learn about him here:


Archbishop Nikon of Washington & Florida

Archbishop Nikon (Rklitsky) of Washington & Florida was born at Borki, Chernigov in the Russian Empire to the family of a priest.  Archbishop Nikon graduated from the Chernigov Theological Seminary and then from the University of Kiev, where he received a law degree. His practice of the law was interrupted by the revolution; he served faithfully in the White Army, and was evacuated from Crimea with his family in 1920. Learn about him here: