Thursday, October 6, 2011

Grand Duke Michael en route to Balmoral

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October 6, 1899

Grand Duke Michael, younger brother of Nicholas II and heir to the Russian throne, is going to Balmoral to meet with Queen Victoria, reports the Chicago Daily Tribune.  It is being "whispered" that there is to be an announcement of a betrothal between the young Grand Duke and Princess Margaret of Connaught, the elder daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught. Princess Margaret will celebrate her 18th birthday in January.

The young Grand Duke was born in 1878, and his mother and older brother would like to see him marry.   The story of a possible marriage between Michael and Grand Duchess Helen, daughter of Grand Duke Vladimir, was "obviously nonsense", as the Russian Orthodox Church "positively forbids the marriage of first cousins."

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