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Birthplace: St Petersburg, Russian Impire
Death: Died in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Cause of death: pneumonia
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About Nicholas/Николай Constantinovich/Конста... Romanov/Рома́нов (Holstein-Gottorp, Romanov), Grand duke of Russia

Grand Duke Nicholas Constantinovich

is perhaps one of the most scandalous members of the Romanov dynasty. His father, the Grand Duke Constantine, was the second son of Tsar Nicholas I, whose name Constantine gave to his firstborn. The young Nicholas was a handsome man, he lived surrounded by pomp during the times when his father was in favour with the Tsar and acted as Viceroy of Poland. However, Nicholas was easily tempted by women, and when he met Fanny Lear, an American touring Russia, he gave her a diamond necklace he had stolen from his own mother. It was a scandalous offence, and Nicholas was whisked off to the ends of the Empire, to Tashkent (today in Uzbekistan). He was practically erased from all living memory; his name was struck from the Romanov family tree and he lost his rank and position. He never returned to Saint Petersburg nor did he see his family ever again. From then on Nicholas dedicated himself to improving the area where he lived, promoting the arts and so on. He married a woman who gave him two sons (one of them was killed in the Russian Civil War). Nicholas also had six illegitimate children, some of which had psychological problems. Another one died of a drug overdose while visiting his mother. Nicholas himself died shortly after the Russian revolution of pneumonia, on January 26th 1918. He was so popular among the locals that he was given a sort of state funeral by the Bolsheviks. He was buried in the Cathedral of Tashkent, which was later demolished by the Soviet regime.

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The Peerage: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10082.htm#i100812

Geneall: http://www.geneall.net/W/per_page.php?id=18695

Wikipedia:

English: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Duke_Nikolai_Konstantinovich_of_Russia

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Nicholas Constantinovich Grand Duke of Russia's Timeline

1850
February 2, 1850
St Petersburg, Russian Impire
1877
May, 1877
Age 27
1878
December 11, 1878
Age 28
1881
1881
Age 30
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
1882
1882
Age 31
Orenburg, Russian Impire
1889
November 15, 1889
Age 39
Taschkent
1918
January 14, 1918
Age 67
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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