The law of succession of the Imperial House of Russia

The law of succession of the Imperial House of Romanoff was laid down by Tsar Paul I in 1797 and is based on the Salic Law. It was ratified respectively in 1886 by Tsar Alexander III and in 1906 by Tsar Nicholas II and modified in 1911 again by Tsar Nicholas II. In accordance with this law the succession to the headship of the Imperial House is by male primogeniture, passing to the female line only on the extinction of the male line.

The titles of the Imperial Family were regulated by the same law and revised for the last time in 1886, whereby the children and grandchildren in the male line of a Tsar were accorded the title of Grand Duke or Grand Duchess of Russia and were styled Imperial Highness. All other descendants were accorded the title of Prince or Princess of Russia and were styled Highness or Serene Highness.

The last Grand Duke of Russia, Andrei Vladimirovich, died in Paris in 1959, and the last Grand Duchess of Russia, Olga Alexandrovna, the youngest sister of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, died in Canada in 1960.

All the members of the Romanoff Family Association are in agreement that dynastic claims should not be advanced, considering that the question can eventually be settled only in the future by the will of the Russian people.

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More information about the Romanoff Family can be obtained by consulting the books listed under "Updated Select Bibliography ".

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