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16 May 2009 Present
6 December 1988 (age 32)
Anna Petrovna Romanoff
Zephyrine Xenia Dmitrievna
Prince Dmitri Nikolaevich
Russian Orthodox Christianity
Zephyrine, Princess of Romanovskaya
"Just love eachother." - Zephyrine
Quote taken from an interview with the Romanovskaya Gazette
Zephyrine (Russian: Зефирин Ксения Дмитриевна Рома́нов, tr. Zephyrine Xenia Dmitrievna Romanoff; born 6 December 1988) is the reigning Princess of Romanovskaya. She is the daughter and eldest child of Marina, Princess of Romanovskaya (1947-2009) and her husband Prince Dmitri Nikolaevich Romanoff (1936). On 14 May 2009, she married her long term partner Prince Pyotr Ivanonvich Golitsyn-Romanoff, just 1 day before the death of her mother. Zephyrine is one of the wealthiest monarchs in Europe.
She was born on 6 December 1988 in Vyborg, Romanovskaya as the eldest child to Princess Marina and Prince Dmitri. She has one younger sibling, Prince Dmitri Dmitrievich Romanoff. Her grandfather and great grandmother were also monarchs of Romanovskaya.
Zephyrine grew up with her parents in Vyborg where she spent the all of her childhood, being educated at a private school. At the age of 18 she attented the University of Geneva, Labyrnna where she graduated with a masters degree in music. While attending university, she met her future husband, Pyotr Ivanovich Golitsyn. Music was always a major passion for Zephyrine and was a very well acclaimed singer as well as a violinist and pianist. She performed quite regularly at shows during her time in Geneva.
Zephyrine completed her degree in 2008 and stayed for a shorty while in Geneva with her partner. Later that year he proposed to her and they were engaged to be married with the wedding to take place in May 2009. The couple got married on 14th of May in Vyborg, Romanovskaya. It was a big occasion for the Principality as thousands of people lined the streets to send their good wishes. Zephyrine's parents were both in attendance, which as it would turn out would be the last public appearance of Princess Marina.
to the throne. 2007
The next day, on 15 May 2009, Princess Marina would pass away in her sleep, which transpired to be a stroke. In a rare interview made a few years after, Zephyrine would go onto say how it was an incredibly difficult time in her life. Not only mourning the loss of her mother, but taking on the responsibility of being the head of state of a country.
The first part of Princess Zephyrine's enthronement as ruler of the Principality was on 11 August 2009, after the end of the three-month mourning period for her mother. A morning Mass at the Church of the Saviour on the Water which formally marked the beginning of her reign. Afterward Zephyrine returned to the princely palace to host a garden party for 7,000 Romanovans born in the principality. In the courtyard, the Princess was presented with two keys of the city of Vyborg as a symbol of her investiture and she made a speech. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks display on the waterfront.
The first challenge of her reign came about in 2012 when a group of Deputies in the Imperial Duma proposed an amendment to curtail the power of the princely family, including removing the right to veto referendums. Despite an almost year-long campaign by those who proposed the changes, 76% of those voting in a referendum supported the Princess's power to veto the outcome of future referendums. Zephyrine responded to the result the following day saying: "It is with joy and gratitude that the Princely House of Romanovskaya has taken note that a large majority of the population would like to continue the hitherto so successful partnership between the people and the Princely House."
Zephyrine is involved with a number of charities, one being a charity based within Romanovskaya to support emerging artists in theatre, dance, and film and music. She is also involved with international charities which cater to animal rights. Zephyrine herself owns 2 pet terriers and is often spotted walking them outside the palace grounds.
Zephyrine is a named major shareholder in the RGT Group and has a substantial family fortune which she inherited. As of 2020, she has an estimated net-worth of И₽62.7 billion ($4.4 billion). She is a known collector of antique intruments, with the princely palace decorated with many grand piano's and harpsichords in particular. She is also known to own an original Stradivarius violin. She also has a small collection of Imperial Fabergι eggs as well as some Renaissance masterpieces.
Dassault Falcon 7X
2012 ZiL 4112R
posing for a photograph in 2016
Zephyrine is the great-great granddaughter of Emperor Alexander III of Russia on her mothers side, while she is the great-great-great grandaughter of Emperor Nicholas I on her fathers side.
On 14 March 2009 she married partner and Romanovan national, Pyotr Ivanonvich Golitsyn-Romanoff, who upon his wife's ascension to the throne, became His Serene Highness, Prince Pyotr of Romanovskaya
They have three children:
Hereditary Princess Anna Petrovna Romanoff of Romanovskaya (b. Vyborg, 10 July 2010)
Princess Maria Petrovna Romanoff of Romanovskaya (b. Vyborg, 31 August 2015)
Prince Vsevolod Petrovich Romanoff of Romanovskaya (b. Vyborg, 17 May 2018)
Zephyrine has previously written about the role of the state in the modern world. She argues for the continued importance of the nation-state as a political actor. She makes the case for democracy as the best form of government, which she sees many third world countries as being in transition towards although the path will be difficult for these nations. She also declared her role in a princely family as something that has legitimacy only from the assent of the people. She stated that government should be limited to a small set of tasks and abilities, writing that people "have to free the state from all the unnecessary tasks and burdens with which it has been loaded during the last hundred years, which have distracted it from its two main tasks: maintenance of the rule of law and foreign policy".
In an interview, recorded in November 2010, Zephyrine said that she saw certain problems with aspects of western democracies, such as the lack of direct democracy.
The Princely family are known to have offered major contributions to groups who advocate for self-determination, direct-democracy and libertarianism.
6 December 1988 15 May 2009: Her Serene Highness Zephyrine, The Hereditary Princess of Romanovskaya
16 May 2009 Present: Her Serene Highness Zephyrine, The Princess of Romanovskaya
The official title for the monarch is "Princess of Romanovskaya and Sovereign of the house of Romanov" (Russian: Княгиня Романовская и Государыня дома Романовых)
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle the First-Called
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Saint Catherine
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Saint Anna
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Saint Michael the Archangel
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Honour
Romanovskaya: Imperial Order of Friendship
Romanovskaya: Holy Order of the Holy equal-to-the-apostles Grand Prince Vladimir
Romanovskaya: Holy Order of Glory and Honor
Romanovskaya: Holy Order of Saint Alexius
Romanovskaya: Holy Order of the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow
Romanovskaya: Holy Order of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Princess Olga III
Romanovskaya: Holy Order of Saint Sergius of Radonezh
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