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Tuesday, 9 January 2018
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Topic: Royal Russia


9 January, 2018

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:00 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 6:27 AM EST
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Sunday, 31 December 2017
Royal Russia Founder Announces Plans for 2018
Topic: Royal Russia

Despite my "semi-retirement" in October 2016, the new year promises to be one of the busiest and most important in Royal Russia's 25 year history. I wanted to take this opportunity to review some of my plans for the coming year ahead.

Russia's last emperor and tsar is certain to make headlines in 2018. Not only will Russia mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nicholas II (18 May) and the 100th anniversary of the murders of the Imperial family (17 July), but the Russian Orthodox Church is expected to make an announcement on the Ekaterinburg remains, perhaps finally bringing closure to one of the darkest pages in 20th century Russian history.
The life and reign of Nicholas II will also be the subject of exhibitions, documentaries, books, conferences, television and social netwark debates across Russia and in the West in 2018. 

Web Site and News Blog

In 2018, I will continue to develop and update the main Royal Russia web site with full-length articles, and update the site with additional videos, films and documentaries.

The Royal Russia News Blog will be updated on a near daily basis, with news stories, translated from Russian media sources on the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

Two old favourites will also be making a comeback during 2018: 

Beautiful Orthodox Churches of Russia  (31 illustrated articles were posted between March 2013 - December 2015) highlighting churches and cathedrals which survived the Revolution, a Civil war, two world wars, and years of neglect under their Soviet caretakers. 

A Russian Moment (73 illustrated articles were posted between December 2012 - February 2017) highlighting the architectural gems - palaces, churches, buildings, monuments - with links to Imperial Russia, which have survived to this day in post-Soviet Russia.

New Publications

The publication of six new titles is planned for 2018: 

Periodical include two issues of Royal Russia (No. 13 Winter 2018 and No. 14 Summer 2018); and two issues of Sovereign (No. 6 Spring 2018 and No. 7 Autumn 2018).

Books include My Russia. Ekaterinburg (February/March 2018) by Paul Gilbert; and Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia (November 2018) by Paul Gilbert.

Journey to Russia

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Russia’s last emperor and tsar Nicholas II, his wife, their five children, and four faithful retainers. Events and exhibitions marking one the darkest pages in 20th century Russian history will be held across the nation, the most important being held in the Ural city of Ekaterinburg on the eve of 16/17 July.

I will be making a personal 15-day journey to Russia to take part in the events. I will visit Ekaterinburg, where I will join more than 100,000 Orthodox Christians, monarchists, and pilgrims from across Russia and around the world, taking part in the procession from the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Martyres at Ganina Yama. I will then travel to both Moscow and St Petersburg, where numerous exhibitions are planned on the Russian Imperial family, and tour the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, which will reopen its doors to visitors in July, after an extensive restoration which began in 2015.

Nicholas II Conference

One of the most exciting events scheduled for the coming year will be Royal Russia's conference dedicated to Nicholas II. The date, venue, and speakers have all been booked. Initially, I had hoped to use a venue in London, however, this has since changed.

Nicholas II. Emperor, Tsar and Saint, a one-day conference will be held on Saturday 27th October, at St John’s Orthodox Church in Colchester, Essex - about one hour by train from London. A total of six speakers will present papers on Russia’s last emperor, tsar, and saint.

A formal announcement will be made within the next few weeks, and include further details about the venue, a list of speakers and their respective topics, ticket information, and more. Also, watch for our advert in the July issue of Majesty Magazine
A Special Thank You 

I would like to note that this Royal Russia news blog would not exist without the support of friends and followers around the world.
This includes customers who purchase books and periodicals offered for sale in the Royal Russia Bookshop, and to those who respond to my annual Summer and Christmas appeals for donations. The hours of work which I put into the Royal Russia news blog each week are strictly voluntary, I derive no income from this, therefore I am most grateful to those who contribute to my work. 
Despite the downsizing of my web site earlier this year, Royal Russia is more popular than ever. Statscounter, a powerful real-time web analytics service, recorded a record 5.5 million visitors in 2017 (compared with 3.8 million in 2016), while the Royal Russia Facebook page ended the year with 128,000 followers from around the world.
I look forward to sharing my passion and interest in the Romanov dynasty and their legacy, the Russian monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia with all of you in 2018. Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 31 December, 2017 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:00 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 31 December 2017 7:29 AM EST
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Sunday, 17 December 2017
Preserving the Romanov Legacy and the History of Imperial Russia
Topic: Royal Russia

If you enjoy all the FREE articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the

weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making an online donation in *USD 

Dear Friends of Royal Russia:

This letter is part of my annual Christmas appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and admirers of the history of Imperial and Holy 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, news blog and through the publication of my two popular periodicals: Royal Russia and Sovereign.

I devote many hours each day, browsing Russian language media sites to bring you the latest news on the Romanov dynasty, their history and legacy, exhibitions, and more. Articles and news stories of interest are translated from Russian, and supplemented with photographs and videos.

In the past year, the Royal Russia web site underwent a major overhaul. New full-length articles were revised and updated, while a new video and film archive was launched. The Royal Russia News blog was created in March 2011, and now features more than 2,300 news stories, and photographs, with new material being added on a near daily basis. In 2017, more than 200 articles and news stories were translated from Russian and added to my news blog.

Web Site and Blog: 

The growing number of visitors from around the world, who utilize my web site on a daily basis - a record number of more than 5 million visitors in 2017. The growing interest in Royal Russia has resulted in a growing increase in my monthly operational and maintence costs.

For instance, I am forced to pay for more bandwidth in order to accomodate such a large and growing audience. This also allows me to upload and share more videos, photographs (JPEGs), music (MPEGs), online auction catalogues and other documents (PDFs), which utilize a lot of space.

Further, I pay an annual fee to my web-host Lycos-Angelfire, a monthly fee to keep my web site and blog free from advertising pop-ups, domain registration and a host of other services.

All of these fees are paid for out of my own pocket, and paid in US dollars. 

This financial strain has deepened even further since I semi-retired in October 2016, and downsized both the publishing and book selling divisions of my business. The regular updates on the Royal Russia web site and news blog are now more dependant than ever on the kindness and generosity of its followers and supporters.


 "In 2017, more than 200 articles and news stories were translated from

Russian and added to my news blog. The translation of additional articles

and news stories from Russian into English will continue to be the single

largest expense in the coming year ahead.



It is the cost of translating articles and news stories from Russian into English, which puts the greatest strain on the limited finances which I have to work with.

Full-length articles by Russian historians and experts are being published in English for the first time in issues of my bi-annual periodicals Royal Russia and Sovereign. Each issue offers a growing number of these articles, offering readers fresh, new information from archival sources which have opened to researchers in recent years. 

If you enjoy all the FREE 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 in US dollars by clicking on the Donate button below. Your donation, no matter how small (even $5 would be appreciated) will help to offset growing annual operation and maintenance costs. Donations can also be made by cheque, money order, or cash in both US or Canadian dollars, by downloading the donation form below.

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. I look forward to bringing you many more years of articles, news stories, videos and photographs of the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

Sincerely Yours, 
Royal Russia Founder / Website Administrator
1 July 2017
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 12:00 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 22 December 2017 2:02 PM EST
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Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Royal Russia is Moving!
Topic: Royal Russia

© Royal Russia. 30 August, 2017


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:30 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:34 AM EDT
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Friday, 17 March 2017
Topic: Royal Russia

© Royal Russia. 17 March, 2017


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:00 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 12 March 2017 5:25 PM EST
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Saturday, 4 March 2017
Royal Russia Gets a Face-lift!
Topic: Royal Russia

Please note that the entire ROYAL RUSSIA web site is currently being revised and updated. After more than a decade, I decided that it was time for a change, and that a major overhaul of this site was in order. Many of the full-length articles, photographs and videos that were available for review for many years, have now been deleted. Some of the most popular articles have been retained, and these will eventually be updated and reposted.
The ROYAL RUSSIA NEWS blog remains unchanged, and will continue to be updated on a regular basis with news on the Romanovs and Imperial Russian history from Russian media sources.
Over the course of the coming weeks and months ahead, I will continue to add NEW full-length articles, photographs and videos to this site. Their addition to ROYAL RUSSIA will be noted in a directory which will be updated accordingly.

While the new ROYAL RUSSIA web site will be smaller, it will also be more organized and easier to navigate. This will be a monumental task, one which will require both patience and time. 

For more than two decades, it has been my HONOUR to share my interest in the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, with so many people around the world on a daily basis. I look forward to continuing this journey for many years to come!

Thank you for your ongoing support of ROYAL RUSSIA.
Click on the link below to get a peek at the our new look:


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 4 March, 2017


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:53 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 5 March 2017 7:14 AM EST
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Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Giving Back to Russia - Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof - 2014
Topic: Royal Russia

For the second year in a row, Royal Russia has made a donation of 10,000 Rubles ($300 USD) to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, and a further 10,000 Rubles ($300 USD) to the Peterhof State Museum Preserves. These gifts were made possible thanks to the sales of our 2014 calendar, Romanov Legacy: The Palaces and Residences of the Russian Imperial Family. 

Since 1994, I have worked as an independent publisher and bookseller specializing in books and periodicals on the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russia. In the past few years I have branched out into rare and second-hand books, and currently work through dealers in Moscow and St. Petersburg to offer collectors unique titles published in Russian and English.

Bookselling and publishing are my sole means of income, I do not earn an income from Royal Russia. Therefore, I am very, very grateful to each and every one of you who support my online bookshop, because without your patronage there would be no Royal Russia.

Earning a living from my book business allows me to devote my free time to my web site and blog, even if that requires working extra hours 7 days a week. I love my work, and I trust that is reflected through my web site, blog and the publications that I produce. I am privileged and honoured to share Royal Russia with other Romanovphiles and Russophiles around the world.

Royal Russia is supported through the generous donations of people who share an interest in the Romanov dynasty and the history of Imperial Russia.

It is also supported by the sale of a calendar, created annually with a unique theme and richly illustrated with rare and beautiful photographs and illustrations. The net proceeds from the sale of this calendar help Royal Russia in 2 unique ways: first, to help offset the costs of maintaining a growing web site and blog which welcomed nearly 2 million visitors in 2013, a huge achievement and a new record! Secondly - sales from the calendar now allow Royal Russia to give something back to Russia, by making a small annual donation to two major palace-museum complexes near St. Petersburg.

I have been very blessed all these years to work at something that I truly enjoy. As a result, I am now in a position to give something back to Russia. In 2013 and 2014, a total of 40,000 Rubles ($1,200 USD) has been donated to the Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof State Museum Preserves.

These donations go towards restoration work 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 ongoing donations in the years ahead.

Further, I have also made a personal donation in the amount of $250.00 CAD to the Children's Village at Pushkin. This wonderful organization helps orphaned Russian children, providing them with a safe place to live and grow. Helping children is a cause which is near and dear to my heart.

In May 2013, I also made a donation of books published by Royal Russia in the amount of $250.00 CAD to the Holy Trinity Monastery Library at Jordanville, New York. The library includes a large repository of books and other documents on the Romanov dynasty. This is further complimented by the recent opening of the Russian Nobility Association Reading Room located in the seminary at the Holy Trinity Monastery.

Once again, thank you to each and every one you who support my publishing efforts and bookshop, as well as those who purchased calendars and/or made donations to Royal Russia. Together, we are making a difference in helping to keep the memories of old Russia alive!

© Paul Gilbert. 08 July, 2014


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Updated: Wednesday, 9 July 2014 6:26 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Royal Russia Tours - UPDATE!
Topic: Royal Russia


© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 October, 2013


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Updated: Wednesday, 30 October 2013 5:58 AM EDT
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Sunday, 18 August 2013
That Romanov Dynasty
Topic: Royal Russia

The following article appeared in the August 17, 2013 edition of The Virginia Gazette.

It seems that once your name becomes known on the Internet, strange things happen.

Apparently, as a result of having excerpts from my Gazette columns that deal with U.S.-Russian relations broadcast on the Voice of Russia, relayed to 160 countries and reaching an audience of more than 100 million people, I have received an invitation from Paul Gilbert to join Royal Russia, an organization that celebrates "The Romanov Dynasty, the Russian Monarchy and the History of Imperial Russia."

"Personally, I support a restoration of the monarchy in Russia," Gilbert wrote in the introduction to his biography. "I believe that a devout Christian monarchy must rule Russia. Holy Russia has no need of Western democracy. It is a country moved by mystical forces. Monarchy is a political form best suited to Russia. The country needs a monarch, the mother of the nation, one that is above the nation's law. I acknowledge HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna as Head of the Russian Imperial House and the rightful claimant to the Russian throne."

Gilbert was born in Cornwall, England, and as a child immigrated with his parents to Canada. To his knowledge, he has no Russian roots, but a book given to him many years ago whetted his appetite to learn more about the Romanovs and the rich history of Tsarist Russia.

"Even though I was baptized into the Church of England, I have great interest and respect for the Russian Orthodox Church. While traveling in Russia, I make a point of visiting as many churches that I possibly can… When I step into a Russian Orthodox Church, I feel transported back in time… It is in the churches of Russia that I find an inner peace that I do not find anywhere else," Gilbert wrote.

Gilbert's fascination with the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia has transformed him into a power-house for propagating the restoration of the Romanov Dynasty. His more than 30 years of experience in the publishing business have prepared him well to launch Royal Russia Annual, the only publication of its kind dedicated to the Romanovs and Tsarist Russia. His website, Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty & Imperial Russia in Words and Photographs, welcomed over 1.2 million visitors from all over the world.

He writes that for nearly 100 years after the fall of the monarchy in Russia, the world's fascination with the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia endures. But for many decades after the 1917 Revolution, the archive materials related to the Russian Imperial family were inaccessible. Contrary to widely held belief, he noted, nothing was destroyed. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, researchers are able to access a virtual cornucopia of diaries, letters, and other documents that shed new light on the Romanovs and their legacy.

"I have visited the Romanov Archives in the State Central Archives in Moscow on more that one occasion," he writes. "I held in my hands the personal letters between Nicholas II and Alexandra, the diaries of their children and the numerous personal photo albums of the Russian Imperial family."

Now, to honor the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty, Gilbert is launching a new series of Royal Russia Collectors Editions devoted to the Russian Imperial family and their legacy.

In January 2013, Gilbert was notified by the Chancellery of the Head of the Russian Imperial House that "Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna had elevated Paul Gilbert to the Imperial and Royal Order of St. Stanislav, III Class." The presentation ceremony will take place in Moscow.

"It is truly a rare privilege for a non-Russian to receive one of the historic Imperial orders of knighthood. To be recognized for my effort by the Head of Russian Imperial House is indeed the greatest honor of my lifetime of work… It is my fervent hope that through my work I can leave behind a legacy of better understanding and appreciating the Romanov Dynasty and the immense contribution that they have made to the history of Russia," Gilbert wrote.

This claim may have many detractors. But no doubt, Gilbert's one-man crusade on behalf of the Romanov Dynasty has had an impact. Nevertheless, I have not joined the Royal Russia organization. 

© The Virginia Gazette. 18 August, 2013


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Updated: Sunday, 18 August 2013 12:00 PM EDT
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Monday, 22 April 2013
Royal Russia Launches Facebook Page
Topic: Royal Russia


I am pleased to announce that Royal Russia has launched a page on Facebook, the popular online social networking service which serves over 1 billion active users around the world.

The new Facebook page does not mean the end of my blog. I felt that Facebook was a good way to promote Royal Russia to a larger audience. It will also give people the option of viewing updates on both my web site and blog on one page.

Our Facebook page will be updated daily with all the latest updates to our web site, blog, book shop and more.

You can also add your own comments and engage in discussions with others about the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, the monarchy, Imperial Russian history and more.

This is an exciting new venue for Royal Russia, one of which I am sure will be enjoyed by Romanovphiles and Russopiles alike.

Follow us on Facebook page by clicking on the following link;  

Royal Russia - The Romanov Dynasty on Facebook

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 22 April, 2013


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:45 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:11 AM EDT
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