Topic: Grand Dukes
The Grand Dukes Nicholas Mikhailovich, Dmitry Konstantinovich, Paul Alexandrovich, and George Mikhailovich
A requiem service was held at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Petersburg today for four members of the Russian Imperial family murdered in 1919.
The Grand Dukes Nicholas Mikhailovich, Dmitry Konstantinvich, Paul Alexandrovich, and George Mikhailovich were murdered by the Bolsheviks in the early morning hours of January 28th, 1919.
The service was led by Abbot Alexander Federov, who said: "Today is a memorable date for St. Petersburg and Russia. We honour the members of the Imperial family. They have served the Fatherland. Each had his own talent-in the military, science, culture endeavours. They suffered only because they belonged to the Imperial family."
Worshippers laid a bouquet of white roses and prayed in front of the memorial plaque with the names of the victims of the Red Terror in the Grand Ducal Vault, followed by hymns.
There are plans to erect a monument to the four grand dukes at the Peter and Paul Fortress.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 January, 2012