- Nov 2012
You know, when you click on Alexandrovichi, they would have been out of succession line, one by one. One married a woman of royal blood but she was divorced, and his first cousin; one had a court of lovers and unmarried at that time, later marrying morganatically; one eventually married Kshesinskaya.Good post! That said, though, a slight correction--there were actually plenty of Romanov male agnates who were in line to the Russian throne before the Mikhailovichi when the Russian monarchy was abolished:
Line of succession to the former Russian throne - Wikipedia
Ironically, the one who would have real rights around 1915 was Dmitry Pavlovich. Dutchess Olga was in love with him. The scandal related to his liaison with Felix Yusoupoff effectively destroyed that marriage.
But gives one something to think about. I thought the Tzar and the Tzarina merely liked Dmitry who was raised by Tzarina's sister Ella, but no, if you click on the previous contenders, it does seem that Dmitry Pavlovich stood the best chance of being the next Tzar.
I wonder how Russian history might have changed had Rasputin kept silent about the closeness between Felix and Dmitry. That was a huge scandal. But otherwise, Olga would have married the most reasonable in-line...