Bust of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich Established in St. Petersburg

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Earlier this week, a bust of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich (1798-1849), was solemnly opened on the territory of the Mikhailovsky Military Artillery Academy, in St. Petersburg.

The opening of the bust is timed to the 198th anniversary of the establishment of the school, named in honour of its founder Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich. Celebrations were held within the framework of the 53rd international military-scientific conference.

The youngest son of Emperor Paul I, Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, already at the age of 16, showed himself to be an experienced officer, participating in the anti-Napoleonic campaigns of 1814-1815. He took part in the suppression of the Decembrist uprising on December 14, 1825. At his suggestion, in 1820, an officer’s school was organized in Tsarskoye Selo to train instructors for army and guards units.

Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich married his first cousin once removed Princess Charlotte of Württemberg (1807–1873), in St. Petersburg on 19 February 1824. Charlotte took the name Elena Pavlovna upon converting to Orthodoxy. They had five daughters.

The Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg, was built by the famous Russian architect Carlo Rossi for Grand Duke Michael between 1819–1825. In 1895, the palace was established as the Russian Museum of His Imperial Majesty Alexander III. Today, the palace is home to the State Russian Museum, the world’s largest depository of Russian fine art. Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich died in Warsaw on 9th September (O.S. 28 August) 1849. He was buried in the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 December 2018