Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia (1878–1918) was the youngest son of Tsar Alexander III of Russia and his wife Empress Marie. His older brother became Tsar Nicholas II. Michael was considered the black sheep of the Imperial family for his free-spirited behavior. He shocked them by becoming the lover and later (1912) the husband of a married woman, Natalia Sheremetevskaya. The couple lived in exile until the outbreak of World War I, when Michael returned to Russia to assume command of a army regiment. He was murdered by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution.