THE family of Harefield’s Russian princess has an illustrious past.
Last week the Gazette reported how a flat in Harefield High Street was once owned by the British-born Princess Troubetzkoy, maiden name Muriel Marie Beddam, during the Second World War.
Little more is known about why she moved to the area or how long she stayed there.
The Gazette’s research suggests she married to Prince Paul Petrovich Troubetzkoy, a famous sculptor who was known as the Russian Rodin. The Troubetzkoy lineage belongs to the dynasty of Jagellons, who ruled Lithuania, Poland, Bohemia and Hungary during the middle ages.
Members of the family, whose exact relation to our royal lady is unknown, include Prince Serge Troubetzkoy, who took part in the rise of the Decembrists – a revolution of army officers in Russia –and Prince Nicholas Troubetzkoy, a linguist and the founder of phonology, the study of how sounds are organized and used in natural languages.
Napoleon III once lived in West Drayton, and Tom and Barbara’s house from The Good Life is in Northwood.
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