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The succession to the throne/ headship of the Imperial House was an automatic one. But Priince Roman' s line did not want to ask permission from Grand duke Cyril who was the next in line and de jute Emperor/ head of the House.Roman' s oncle, the Grandduke Nicolas, formally head of the army and later Vice King of the Caucasus, was regarded by many as the better head. If his nephew would have asked Grandduke Cyril is would have been a sign that Curil was head of the house. so they asked the Dowager Empress ... Her agreement however was a mere moral, but no legal permission. the permission was needed. The Countess was however not of equal standing and a marriage - even if with permission - would not have given their sons succession rights. Therefore, under no circumstances NIcolas and Dimitir would have been Princes of Russia or head of the Imperial House. Only Grandduchess Maria Vladimirovna is the legimate head of the Imperial Family.
: Dimitri Romanoff, the younger son of HH Prince
: Roman of Russia and Countess Prascovia
: Cheremeteva, died 31 Dec 2016 in a hospital
: in Denmark. He was 90. He is survived by his
: widow, Feodora (née Dorrit Reventlow). He
: had no children.
: As President of the Romanoff Family
: Association he was also the head of that
: association's charitable foundation which
: raised money for several causes to benefit
: the people of Russia. The bequests were
: often medical equipment and supplies.
: Dimitri's position in the family was
: disputed. According to the generally
: acknowledged Head of the House, Grand
: Duchess Maria, he was not a member of the
: Imperial House, the same opinion she
: currently has of every other Romanoff,
: except her son. In her view, Dimitri was
: simply Mr. Dimitri Romanoff.
: Dimitri's father, Prince Roman Petrovich,
: was of the opinion in 1921 (when he married
: Prascovia) that there was no longer an
: Empire, and there was no longer an Emperor,
: so there was no one that he had ask
: permission from to marry. As a result, he
: never asked for, nor did he receive, any
: title for his wife or children. By Roman's
: thinking his children would be HH Prince
: Nicolas (d.2014) and HSH Prince Dimitri of
: The current Russian government, which
: recently awarded him the Order of Alexander
: Nevsky for his charitable work, refers to
: him as "Prince Dimitri Romanoff."
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