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Prince George Galitzine

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The Galitzine Family

The Mecklenburg-Strelitz Family







Prince George (Georgii Vladimirovich) Galitzine was born in Imperial Russia (Tiflis, Georgia; now Tbilisi) in 1916 but spent the majority of his life living and working in England. His father Prince Vladimir Emanuelovich Galitzine (1884-1954)was an officer in the Cavalier-Guards and his mother was Princess Ekaterina Georgievna Galitzine (nee Countess Carlow, 1891-1940). He was a descendant of Grand Duchess Ekaterina Mikhailovna and Duke Georg August of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

In 1919 aged 3 years old Prince George escaped with his family from revolutionary Russia and settled in England.  Educated at Lancing College and St Pauls School, George got a scholarship to Oxford and read History at Brasenose College.  In 1936 he was awarded a medal by the Royal Humane Society for saving a man’s life during peacetime.  Durinn World War II, Prince Galitzine served in the Welsh Guards.  In the late 1940's he spent 6 years in Pakistan and India, in the diplomatic service.  After retiring from his business career (Xerox, Plessey, Pactel, British Steel) in the 1970's, he began taking cultural lecture tours to Russia. George Galitzine was Chairman of the Russian Refugee Aid Society and a focal member of the Council of Great Britain – USSR Association in London. Prince Galitzine wrote articles for various magazines on Russian history, and the history of his family.  In 1991, his book on Russian architecture “Imperial Splendour'' was published in 5 languages by Viking, London.  As a lecturer he spoke at: The Queen’s Gallery (Buckingham Palace), Victoria and Albert Museum, Friends of the Royal Academy, National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts (NADFAS), The English Speaking Union, Oxford University, Eton College, the Royal Geographic Society, and many other organizations in Great Britain as well as in the United States of America.  A proud and honest man, loved by all who knew him he remained faithful to Russia and whilst visiting his country of birth in August 1991 witnessed the overthrow of the Soviet regime.
The Library created in memory of Prince George Galitzine follows his activities in reinforcing the cultural bonds between Russia and the West.