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Sunday, 13 April 2014
IMPORTANT NEW Contact Information for Royal Russia
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 April, 2014


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Thursday, 3 April 2014
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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Keep the Memories of Old Russia Alive - Help Support Royal Russia
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If you enjoy Royal Russia, and would like to help keep this web site growing, please consider purchasing one (or more) of the products listed in our NEW online catalogue for yourself, friends or family. All proceeds help offset the cost of maintaining Royal Russia. Your purchase also helps cover the costs of translating full-length articles and news articles from Russian (and other languages) into English. There certainly is no obligation; this is merely a request for you to help keep the memories of old Russia alive by supporting this web site and blog.
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 28 January, 2014


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Updated: Tuesday, 28 January 2014 12:33 PM EST
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Sunday, 26 January 2014
Royal Russia Annuals - Standing Orders Now Being Accepted
Topic: Royal Russia



Don’t miss a single issue of Royal Russia! Build your collection of our popular magazine by taking advantage of our new Standing Order service. It’s a convenient, no hassle service which ensures uninterrupted delivery of Royal Russia to your door twice a year, plus the service is free! 

Since launching Royal Russia back in 2011, I have often been asked about subscriptions, however, our official magazine is not available through subscription. Instead, I am pleased to now offer the convenience of a Standing Order for all future issues of our popular magazine. Despite its name, there will be two issues published each year (a Summer Annual and a Winter Annual).

New Standing Orders will commence with the NO. 5 - WINTER 2014 issue, available FEBRUARY 2014.

A standing order means that you will receive each new issue of Royal Russia automatically, saving you the time of ordering each issue individually. This ensures that you don't miss a single issue. Plus, standing orders will be packed and shipped first!

Your credit card will be charged the amount of $20.00 + postage twice a year. There is no obligation and you can cancel your standing order at any time.

For those of you who are interested in taking advantage of this service, please download, print and complete the *Standing Order Form and return it to my attention by mail, or scan the completed form and email it to my attention at
*Click on the link at the top of this listing to download and print a copy of the Standing Order Form

Please NOTE that the credit card companies require that the standing order form must be signed and dated by you. This is why it is IMPORTANT to complete and sign the attachment form. 
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If you have any questions about Royal Russia Annual or our new Standing Order service, please do not hesitate to contact our office by telephone or email.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 January, 2014


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Updated: Sunday, 26 January 2014 10:14 AM EST
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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Looking Back on 2013 and Moving Forward in 2014
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 January, 2014


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Updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 8:47 AM EST
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Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Merry Christmas from Royal Russia
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 December, 2013


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Updated: Wednesday, 25 December 2013 2:45 AM EST
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Sunday, 15 December 2013
The Romanov Legacy: The Palaces and Residences of the Russian Imperial Family
Topic: Royal Russia

 A sample of some of the images from our 2014 calendar  


Royal Russia's 2014 calendar, The Romanov Legacy: The Palaces and Residences of the Russian Imperial Family, is now in stock. The 2013 calendar (of the same title) was so popular that we decided to issue another calendar for 2014, offering more palaces, residences and dachas of the Romanov's. 

More than a dozen palaces and residences are featured in the 2014 calendar, including the Farm Palace at Peterhof, the Petrovski Palace at Moscow and the lesser known palaces of the Grand Dukes in the Crimea and Krasnoye Selo. The calendar features more than 30 rare vintage photographs of these Romanov residences, including images of their historical interiors, and information on the history and fate of each.

Each year since 2009, Royal Russia has issued a beautiful calendar. The entire proceeds from the sale of these calendars help offset the costs of maintaining the Royal Russia web site and blog, and assist with translation costs and much more.

Also, for the second year in a row, a portion from the sale of each calendar will be donated to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve and the Peterhof State Museum Preserve. These donations go towards restoration work and the acquisition of items for the palace-museum collections. Royal Russia is very proud to have an opportunity to make at least a small contribution to each palace-museum.  What an honour to be able to give something back to Russia! 

The Romanov Legacy 2014 Calendar is available from our online bookshop for $10.00 + postage. They have become collector's items for Romanovphiles and make perfect gifts for friends and family who have an interest in the Romanov's and their legacy.

For more information on the contents of this calendar, or to place an order, please click on the following link;




© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 05 October, 2013

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:25 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 15 December 2013 9:06 AM EST
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Sunday, 24 November 2013
Special Offer from Royal Russia
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Royal Russia Annuals have been advertised in Majesty Magazine, Russian Life Magazine and Royalty Digest Magazine
Royal Russia is pleased to offer ALL 4 issues of our popular magazine for $104.00*. Price includes shipping from Canada to the United States by Expedited Parcel (with tracking number). *Individual copies are sold for $20.00 each + $8.00 postage = $28.00 total. All prices are in Canadian dollars. 
You save $8.00 in shipping charges from Canada. This offer is valid ONLY to residents of the United States. For all OTHER COUNTRIES, please contact our office for rates to your respective country.
Combined, the four issues offer more than 400 pages in total, offering dozens of NEW articles (in English) about the Romanov dynasty, plus more than 400 black and white photographs. Royal Russia's official magazine make great Christmas gifts for any one who shares an interest in the Romanov legacy and the history of Imperial Russia.
Please note that this offer is valid until December 31st, 2013!
© Royal Russia. 24 November, 2013


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Updated: Sunday, 24 November 2013 8:56 AM EST
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Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Royal Russia Tours - UPDATE!
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 October, 2013


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Updated: Wednesday, 30 October 2013 5:58 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Journey to Moscow, a Short Summary of My Visit
Topic: Royal Russia

I have just returned from an 8-day visit to Moscow, my first to the Russian capital in 8 years. The main purposes for my visit were to partake in the wonderful exhibitions marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and to conduct research for the Royal Russia magazine and web site.

The highlights of my October 2013 visit to Moscow include:

The Petrovsky Palace

My personal interest in this palace is based on my fascination with the Coronation ceremonies of the Russian sovereigns. The palace was built during the reign of Catherine the Great, and it was here that all successive Russian monarchs stayed before their official entry into Moscow for their coronation in the Kremlin.

The palace is not open to the public, therefore I was very fortunate to receive a special VIP tour of the palace last Thursday. My three hour tour with the director of the palace included the grounds, the ground floor, which hosts a small museum on the history of the palace, one room of which contains items from the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1896, and a scale model of the palace. A vestibule is dominated with majestic pillars and busts of all the Romanov monarchs who stayed in the palace, from Catherine the Great to Nicholas II.

The second floor includes a suite of rooms, all decorated with furniture reproduced from the original. I saw the room in which Napoleon stayed during his unwelcome visit in 1812, as well as the balcony in which he stood while watching Moscow burn.

I will be writing an extensive article on the history of the Petrovsky Palace, which will appear in the No. 5 (Winter 2014) issue of Royal Russia Annual, to be published in January 2014. The article will include my personal notes and photographs taken during my visit to the palace. 

The Martha and Mary Convent 

A beautiful spot that most visitors to Moscow are unaware. The secluded convent of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna hides behind a stone wall with latticed gates on Ulitsa Bolshaya Ordynka. Passing through an iron gate, one is transported into an island of peace and tranquility. The grounds are beautifully maintained, and a life-size monument to Saint Elizabeth is surrounded by flowers, left by Orthodox Christians who come to pray in the church.

The Holy Protection Cathedral has been restored, and inside, one can still see the wonderful frescoes by the renowned Russian artist Mikhail Nesterov. I purchased a candle from one of the sisters and went into a side chapel which contains icons of Saint Elizabeth and the Holy Royal Martyrs. It was here that I lit the candle and prayed, also taking time to reflect on the the grand duchess and her work among Moscow's less fortunate, which, by the way, continues to this day.

The convent also includes several other buildings including an interesting museum dedicated to the life and work of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. In 2009, the Convent published a blue leatherbound pictorial album, which contains beautiful high quality photographs of Ella, with text in Russian and English.

The Romanovs: Portrait of a Dynasty

The venue for this exhibition is the new War of 1812 Museum (the former City Duma in Tsarist days, and the Lenin Museum in Soviet times) on Red Square, and now part of the State Historical Museum.

The exhibition offers more than 400 works, including colour portraits, busts, miniatures, drawings and photographs of members of the Romanov dynasty. Arranged in chronological order, the exhibit tells the story of the portrait genre in Russia—from the early “parsuna” (secular portraits) of the 1670–80s (represented by a portrait of Tsars Mikhail Fedorovich and Alexei Mikhailovich), up to 70 original pre-revolutionary photographs of members of the Russian Imperial family (mostly the grand dukes and grand duchesses). This exhibition was beautifully presented, with descriptions in both Russian and English. An enormous hard cover exhibition catalogue (in Russian only) compliments this exhibit at 2500 Rubles! 

The Coronations and Anointing of Russian Tsars and Emperors at the Moscow Kremlin

This large scale exhibition is spread over three floors in two separate buildings within the Kremlin. The 16th-17th centuries on the ground floor of the Assumption Belfry, the 18th-19th centuries on the ground and upper floor of the Patriarch Palace.

The exhibit is composed of almost 400 historical relics of high artistic merit, from pieces of state regalia to rarely seen archival documents, photographs and etchings, the exhibition is intended to reveal the atmosphere of coronations and consecration ceremonies in Russia as well as to explore the evolution of these solemn rituals throughout several centuries.
Of particular interest are the numerous coronation uniforms and dresses of Russian Emperors and Empresses. Also, the ceremonial uniforms of Cossacks, heralds, senators, etc. The sheer number of exhibits are both exhaustive and breathtaking, I spent an entire afternoon here!  

For me personally, this exhibition is the most interesting and beautiful of all the Romanov themed exhibitions that I have attended over the years. The 2-volume catalogue is simply magnificent!   

My visit to Moscow would not be complete without a visit to the Christ the Saviour Cathedral to see its stunning interiors, and the Tretyakov Gallery, my favourite art gallery in Russia, and the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world.  

During my stay, I did a tremendous amount of research, compiling pages of notes, and more than 300 photographs, some of which are shown above. I look forward to sharing them with Royal Russia subscribers on my web site and blog, as well as the pages of Royal Russia Annual in the coming weeks and months ahead. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 October, 2013


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Updated: Wednesday, 23 October 2013 12:34 PM EDT
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