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Grigoriy Orlov's letters patent issued by Catherine II creating him an hereditary count.

Grigoriy Orlov's letters patent issued by Catherine II creating him an hereditary count.

COUNT ALEXEY GRIGORYEVICH ORLOV, 1737-1809. ALEXEY ORLOV was a trusted friend and favorite of Catherine II of Russia; one of four brothers who helped Catherine II on her throne, with no help from Dashkova. Typography & Background created by Christian Orlov.

COUNT ALEXEY GRIGORYEVICH ORLOV, 1737-1809. ALEXEY ORLOV was a trusted friend and favorite of Catherine II of Russia; one of four brothers who helped Catherine II on her throne, with no help from Dashkova. Typography & Background created by Christian Orlov.

Н.Е. Сверчков. Орлов-Чесменский на своем жеребце Барсе I. Холст, масло. Музей коневодства РГАУ-МСХА им. К.А. Тимирязева.

Н.Е. Сверчков. Орлов-Чесменский на своем жеребце Барсе I. Холст, масло. Музей коневодства РГАУ-МСХА им. К.А. Тимирязева.

CATHERINE THE GREAT'S FIRST, AMONG MANY, NATURAL SON BY COUNT ORLOV. He was given the title-name: Count Aleksey Grigorievich Bobrinsky. Eventually, like his father's brother's titled "prince". Catherine decreed that all her subsequent natural sons by her various lovers would have the surname of Orlov. This, mentioned in her memoirs. Typography & Background created by Christian Orlov.

CATHERINE THE GREAT'S FIRST, AMONG MANY, NATURAL SON BY COUNT ORLOV. He was given the title-name: Count Aleksey Grigorievich Bobrinsky. Eventually, like his father's brother's titled "prince". Catherine decreed that all her subsequent natural sons by her various lovers would have the surname of Orlov. This, mentioned in her memoirs. Typography & Background created by Christian Orlov.

Arms of the counts Orlov  (1836) Shown here in the German style with multi-helms, crests and supporters.  Catherine II allowed the Orlovs to use the imperial double-headed eagle.

Arms of the counts Orlov (1836) Shown here in the German style with multi-helms, crests and supporters. Catherine II allowed the Orlovs to use the imperial double-headed eagle.

Rokotov  Portrait of Count Ivan G. Orlov (1738-1791) 1762-1765

Rokotov Portrait of Count Ivan G. Orlov (1738-1791) 1762-1765

Count Grigory Vladimirovich Orlov by Shubin

Count Grigory Vladimirovich Orlov by Shubin

Princess Nádia Romanov-Orlovna, 1917. The Orlovs are related to the Imperial Family through descent and marriage. After Catherine the Great had had 11 years with Count Orlov, she allowed all her bastards to use "ORLOV" as their last name no matter who their father.

Princess Nádia Romanov-Orlovna, 1917. The Orlovs are related to the Imperial Family through descent and marriage. After Catherine the Great had had 11 years with Count Orlov, she allowed all her bastards to use "ORLOV" as their last name no matter who their father.

Count Alexei Orlov Snuffbox centered with his portrait as an ancient hero in a helmet & armor. 1778, Hermitage Collection

Count Alexei Orlov Snuffbox centered with his portrait as an ancient hero in a helmet & armor. 1778, Hermitage Collection

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