Topic: Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, wearing the Imperial and Royal Order of Saint Stanislaus, III Class.
Photo by Nick Nicholson
This past weekend, I journeyed down to Jordanville, New York as a guest of the Foundation of Russian History to participate in a private exhibition preview of The Russian Word and Image: Four Centuries of Books and Art and the opening of the Russian Nobility Association Reading Room at the Holy Trinity Monastery.
Of particular interest are display cases containing items retrieved from the Ipatiev House by Nikolai Sokolov, including a delicate white blouse which belonged to the real Anastasia, or perhaps one of her three sisters. A tiny khaki military jacket was made for their brother, Alexei. A single pearl earring survives from their mother, Alexandra.
Distinguished guests included Paul Kulikovsky (great grandson of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna), and Michael Ilyinsky (grandson of Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich) among many others. I was delighted to meet up with old friends and acquaintances, some of whom I had not see in 20 years! It was also a great honour to meet a number of the guests at the reception who were followers of both the Royal Russia web site and magazine.
Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia receives the edict signed by HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
from Dr. Russell E. Martin, International Communications Advisor to the Chancellery of Her Imperial Highness.
Photo by Serge Shohov
The highlight for me personally was my investiture into the Order of Saint Stanislaus on Sunday, May 18th (the birthday of Emperor Nicholas II). The private ceremony was held in the Russian Nobility Association Reading Room. The investiture began with the reading of the edict by Dr. Russell E. Martin, International Communications Advisor to the Chancellery of Her Imperial Highness. He then presented me with the Imperial and Royal Order of Saint Stanislaus, III Class. It is truly a rare privilege for non-Russians to receive one of the historic Imperial orders of knighthood. The investiture was witnessed by Nick Nicholson, Serge Shohov and Andrei Liubimov. Special thanks to Rev. Vladimir von Tsurikov, Director and Curator for the Foundation of Russian History.
"The Order is being given in recognition of a lifetime of service to the Russian Imperial House. Gilbert is best known for his Royal Russia web site and blog, the publisher of more than 30 books and magazines on the Romanov dynasty, his support of the Russian monarchy, and his personal dedication to distributing accurate information about the House of Romanov and to highlighting the importance of the Russian Imperial House in today's Russia." - Russian Imperial House Honours Paul Gilbert, published on 22 January, 2013
The edict was signed by HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna at Madrid on January 7th, 2013.
My interest with the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russia span a lifetime, while I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to Royal Russia as my full time occupation. I can think of no greater honour, and am truly humbled to have my work recognized by the Head of the Russian Imperial Family.
© Royal Russia. 20 May, 2014