About us Our team Patrons PRINCESS CATHERINE GALITZINE, PATRON PRINCESS CATHERINE GALITZINE Princess Catherine Galitzine was born in London in the family of a Russian father and an English mother. Her father was three when his family emigrated from Russia and has been raised in England. Princess Catherine was brought up as an English girl and had no idea of her Russian routes (in fact, she is a direct descendant of Catherine the Great) until she went to the USSR at the age of 20. Art has been an integral part of Princess Catherine’s life: she attended theater school, studied sculpture with famous sculptor Mikhail Anikushin and learnt Russian along the way, painted portraits, hosted a radio show in Russia about alternation music in England. Princess Catherine and her mother founded the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library in 1994. Prince Catherine has recently become Chief Executive of the Hermitage Foundation UK. In 2013 Princess Catherine became a patron of the Gift of Life foundation.