October 25, 1899
Grand Duke Michael of Russia has been visiting the Duke and Duchess of Connaught at Abergeldie Castle at Balmoral, and "making the acquaintance of the Duke's eldest child, Princess Margaret," although it is unlikely that there will be an engagement announcement, reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.
The Duke of Connaught is a soldier and Queen Victoria's favorite son.
The engagement is certainly desired by the Grand Duke's family -- he is the younger brother of Nicholas II -- but the marriage is unlikely to take place. Because Princess Margaret is the desired bride, Grand Duke Michael will do the opposite of what his family wants, and "marry someone else."
The Marquise also notes that Michael's older brother, Nicholas, was expected to marry Princess Helen of Montenegro, as she was brought up at the Court of St. Petersburg, and "under the supervision" of Nicholas' mother, who believed Helen fitted the position of Empress of Russia.
But at the last moment, Nicholas "declined to conform himself to the views of his parents," and married instead Princess Alix of Hesse and By Rhine. He, according to this report, experienced great difficulty in "obtaining his father's consent" to his marriage.
Helen is now the wife of the Crown Prince of Italy.