Her Imperial Highness Princess Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1909-1922)
Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Kira Kirillovna of Russia (1922-1938)
Her Imperial & Royal Highness Princess Louis Ferdinand of Prussia (1938-1951)
Her Imperial & Royal Highness The Princess of Prussia (1951-1967)
The second daughter of an unapproved marriage between cousins, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (who had scandalously divorced her first cousin-husband) and Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich of Russia, the beautiful little Kira was born in exile. The family was eventually reconciled to the Tsar. During the civil war, when Kira was eight, they were given permission to leave by the Provisional Government, hoping to return after the war ended. They were at their home in Finland, thereby surviving when so many other Romanovs were murdered in the Revolution. Kira married the anti-Nazi Prussian Prince Louis Ferdinand, who eventually became head of the dethroned German imperial family. They remained in Germany after the war, raising seven children. She suffered a heart attack while visiting her younger brother (a leading claimant to the Russian throne) and died at the age of 58.