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Thursday, 19 May 2016
Follow Royal Russia on Facebook
Topic: Royal Russia


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 19 May 2016 6:01 AM EDT
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Thursday, 5 May 2016
Royal Russia Reaches Major New Milestone on Facebook
Topic: Royal Russia

© Royal Russia. 05 May, 2016


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:41 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 6 May 2016 6:50 AM EDT
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Monday, 18 April 2016
NEW Royal Russia Office and Bookshop Hours
Topic: Royal Russia


© Royal Russia. 18 April, 2016


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:40 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 April 2016 6:21 AM EDT
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Friday, 8 April 2016
Topic: Royal Russia

Royal Russia is FREE and updated daily, thanks to the generous support of people around the world who share an interest in the Romanov legacy. If you enjoy all the articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, please consider making a donation to help us maintain the growing annual costs of maintaining this web site.
Please help keep the memories of old Russia alive by making a contribution today. 

Thank you for your support!




Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:23 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 8 April 2016 2:27 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Royal Russia Marks New Milestones
Topic: Royal Russia

I am truly honoured to announce that ROYAL RUSSIA reached two major milestones today. 

The ROYAL RUSSIA Facebook page now has more than 40,000 followers from around the world.

When I launched my ROYAL RUSSIA web site back in 2006, it received a mere 64,278 visitors that year. By 2014, it had soared to more than 2.2 MILLION visitors from around the world. This morning, the total number of visitors, from more than 100 countries around the world, surpassed the 9 MILLION mark (since 2006)! 

ROYAL RUSSIA remains one of the largest and most popular web sites dedicated to the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

What a wonderful way to start off the new year! Thank you to each and every one of you who share my passion and dedication to keeping the memories of old Russia alive.



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:01 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 5 January 2016 6:06 AM EST
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Sunday, 6 December 2015
Preserving the Romanov Legacy
Topic: Royal Russia

Dear Friends of Royal Russia:

This letter is part of my annual Christmas appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of the history of Imperial Russia.

Established in 1994, Royal Russia has been a personal labour of love for more than two decades, one which I am honoured to share with many others around the world on a daily basis. I am able to achieve this via my web site and blog and through the publication of books and periodicals.

The many, many hours which I devote to Royal Russia are strictly voluntary. It's existence and continued growth is solely dependent on the sale of my annual calendar, as well as donations from friends and supporters.

In the past year, the Royal Russia web site has grown tremendously with 400 additional news stories, nearly 30 new full-length articles, hundreds of new photographs, dozens of videos, plus a new film and video archive, an internal search engine and much more. I am sure that you can appreciate that the maintenance and upkeep of a web site and blog of this size is both time consuming and costly. What types of expenses are incurred in maintaining Royal Russia?

Web Site and Blog: my web site and blog now offer more than 50 full-length articles, nearly 700 news articles, more than 500 videos, over 2,000 photographs, plus a blog with nearly 2,000 news clips, videos and photographs and much more. Royal Russia is updated on a daily basis!

The growing number of articles, photographs and videos added annually, coupled with the more than 2.2 million visitors who visited my web site over the past year have had a serious impact on monthly operational and maintenance costs.

In the past month I have had to double the amount of space and bandwidth, for which I pay a monthly fee to my web-host Lycos-Angelfire. Videos, photographs (JPEGs), music (MPEGs) and online auction catalogues and other documents (PDFs) use up a lot of space, and I am forced to pay a monthly fee in order to provide additional space on my web site so that people can read and enjoy them.

I also pay a monthly fee to keep my web site and blog free from advertising pop-ups which otherwise are so numerous that they become a nuisance. I also have to pay for domain registration and a host of other services.

Translations: the cost of translating books and articles from Russian into English puts the greatest strain on the limited finances I have to work with. Books in particular cost thousands of dollars to translate, including Memories in the Marble Palace by Grand Duke Gabriel Constantinovich, and Last Years at the Court of Tsarskoe Selo, 1906-1909 by Général Alexandre Spiridovitch. The second volume of Spiridovitch’s memoirs, which cover the years 1910-1914 is nearing completion, and should be available next year.

Giving Back to Russia: over the past 3 years, Royal Russia has donated a total of 70,000 Rubles to the Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof State-Museum Preserves. These gifts go towards restoration work in the palaces and the acquisition of items for the palace-museum collections. I am very proud that I have been given the opportunity to make at least a small contribution to each museum. I am committed to helping to preserve the Romanov legacy when and where I can, and will continue to make additional donations in the years ahead.

In the past year, I have donated Royal Russia publications valued at $380.00, to the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library in St. Petersburg, and the Holy Trinity Seminary Library at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York.

New Projects: in the coming months, I will be launching a new periodical and web site, both of which will be dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II. The first issue of Sovereign is scheduled to be published in December. It will feature previously unpublished articles, including translations of Russian works for the first time.

If you enjoy all the articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making a donation.

If you would like to show your support for Royal Russia by making a personal donation, you may do this with a credit card by clicking on the Donate button below. Your donation, no matter how small (even $5 would be appreciated) will help to offset growing annual operational costs. 

Please note that there certainly is no obligation, this is merely a request for you to help by sponsoring my work and keeping the memories of old Russia alive.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of Royal Russia. 

Sincerely Yours, 
Royal Russia Founder / Website Administrator
NOTE: If you have recently made a donation, please accept my most sincere thanks for support of my work. You will receive confirmation and thanks by e-mail or regular post.





Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:00 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 6 December 2015 8:46 AM EST
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Friday, 11 September 2015
Topic: Royal Russia

© Royal Russia. 11 September, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:10 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 September 2015 4:44 PM EDT
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Royal Russia Office & Shop CLOSED September 11th - 20th, 2015
Topic: Royal Russia

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 11 September, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:05 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 September 2015 4:33 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015
What's New @ Royal Russia
Topic: Royal Russia

© Royal Russia. 01 September, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:39 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 1 September 2015 6:08 AM EDT
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Monday, 24 August 2015
Around the World with Royal Russia
Topic: Royal Russia

Every morning, I receive a report from, a service which I pay an annual fee to monitor traffic to the Royal Russia web site.
On any given day, Royal Russia receives any where from 5,000 to 10,000 hits from visitors all over the world. As an example, the attached chart indicates the number of hits to Royal Russia on August 23rd, 2015. Traffic from 75 countries was recorded. The top 5 countries include:
#1 - United States with 4,342 hits or 41.35%
#2 - Russia with 1,332 hits or 12.69%
* Note: The total number of hits per country fluctuates on a daily basis, the above serves only as an example 
The pages of statistics and other important information which Statcounter provide me is invaluable. It shows me which articles are most popular, what country the reader is from, and much more. All this information helps me in determining what topics are of interest to visitors to Royal Russia, and assists me greatly in selecting articles, videos and photographs for publication.
The main Royal Russia web site currently offers more than 50 full-length articles, nearly 700 news articles, more than 500 videos, over 2,000 photographs, an online bookshop, plus a blog with more than 1,800 news clips, videos and photographs, and the Royal Russia Facebook page has more than 34,000 followers around the world. Royal Russia is updated daily!
It is interesting to note that in 2006, Royal Russia received a mere 65,000 visitors, that number increased significantly in 2014 to more than 2.2 million! Royal Russia continues to grow each and every year, making it one of the most popular web sites dedicated to the Romanov dynasty, their legacy and the history of Imperial Russia. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 August, 2015


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:00 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 24 August 2015 10:11 AM EDT
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