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Friday, 5 August 2016
Dimitri Romanov Awarded Order of Alexander Nevsky
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich

Dmitri Romanovich Romanov 
This article has been revised and edited from its original by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has signed his Executive Order on awarding Dmitri Romanovich Romanov the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

The Order of Alexander Nevsky is an order of merit of the Russian Federation named in honour of Saint Alexander Nevsky (1220–1263) and bestowed to civil servants for twenty years or more of highly meritorious service.

Dimitri Romanov is awarded the order for the promotion of Russian culture and history among foreign citizens and the strengthening of humanitarian relations between Russia and other countries.

Dmitri Romanov celebrated his 90th birthday anniversary in May 2016. Dimitri Romanovich Romanov is the second son of Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia and Countess Praskovia Sheremeteva. He was born on 17 May 1926 in Antibes, France, where his family moved after the October revolution.

Dmitri Romanov is the founder and President of the Charity Foundation named after him, which deals with supporting Russian children’s hospitals and board and care facilities.

Thanks to Dimitri Romanov's initiative, the ashes of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Army Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich and Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna were brought to Russia from France in 2015.

© Russkiy Mir / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 5 August, 2016


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Updated: Friday, 5 August 2016 6:40 AM EDT
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Thursday, 27 August 2015
Dmitri Romanovich: Crimea Feels Like Home
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich

Dmitri Romanovich Romanov in the study of Emperor Nicholas II at Livadia Palace
Dmitri Romanov, head of the Romanov Family Association (not to be confused with the Russian Imperial House), and one of the oldest living relatives of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, who arrived in Crimea on August 26, said he was feeling at home at the Black Sea peninsula.

"I am not a tourist in Crimea, it feels like home," the 89-year old descendant, who resides in Denmark, told TASS.

On Tuesday, the head of the Romanov Family Association began his four-day Crimea trip with a visit to Livadia Palace, where a monument to last Russian Emperor Nicholas II was unveiled this past spring.

Dmitri laid flowers at the monument and expressed his gratitude to the local authorities and people for the tribute to Nicholas II.

"Russia respects its history," said Dmitri Romanovich who arrived in Crimea with his wife Dorrit for the first time since the peninsula’s reunification with Russia in March 2014.
Dmitri Romanov has devoted his whole life to the cause of restoring continuity in Russian history. It was he who accompanied the remains of Emperor Nicholas II and his family from Yekaterinburg, in the Urals, where they had been murdered on July 17, 1998 to St. Petersburg in July 1998.
© TASS News Agency / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 August, 2015


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Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Crimean Authorities to Help Dmitri Romanovich Move from Denmark to Crimea
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich
Dmitri Romanovich told journalists that he wished to come to live in Crimea
permanently upon his arrival at the Crimean airport of Simferopol

Crimean authorities have promised to help Dmitri Romanovich Romanov, head of the Romanov Family Association (not to be confused with the Russian Imperial House) and one of the oldest relatives the of last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, to move to live from Denmark to Crimea, Dmitry Polonsky, the vice-premier of the Crimean government, told TASS on Tuesday.

Dmitri arrived in Crimea earlier on Tuesday for the first time since the peninsula’s reunification with Russia. Upon his arrival at Simferopol airport, Dmitri told journalists that he wished to come to live in Crimea permanently.

"I would do that with great pleasure," Dmitri told TASS. Of course, I need to ask my wife first. We should also think about what to do with our house in Denmark. We can sell it and come here. Naturally, I would be glad to move here as soon as possible," he stressed.

Dmitri is travelling with his wife, Theodora (Dorrit).

"I do not think there is going to be anything bad in it. A person will just return to his roots and will find himself in the best place on Earth at twilight age. If he really makes this decision, we will do everything we can to help him doing that," Polonsky who met Dmitri at Simferopol airport said.

The peninsula’s authorities consider this visit to be symbolic.

Crimea’s head Sergey Aksyonov said the Romanov descendant’s visit to Crimea was symbolic, adding that he was ready to meet with the distinguished guests.

"I have not received any proposals [to meet with the Romanovs], but if I get I will have no objections," Aksyonov said.

Dmitri Romanovich Romanov with his wife Dorrit in Crimea
In an interview with TASS Dmitri said that Crimea had always been an important part of Russia. "My father loved Crimea the most," he said. "And now I am able to visit Crimea, which belongs to Russia again."

Dmitri believes that Crimea’s reunification with Russia will give an impetus to its development. "The most important thing is that Crimea can move forward now. It is a point from where it can progress not only in economy but also in tourism and many other spheres," Dmitri Romanov said.

"It is hard to explain what I feel now (when I arrived in Crimea). What a pleasure to see all these smiles. You are pleased and I am pleased. I do not care for what the world says," Dmitri said.

During his trip to Crimea, Dmitri Romanov is planning to visit places linked to the history of the Romanov House: the Livadia Palace where a monument to Nicholas II was unveiled this summer and the Dulber Palace, which was his family’s summer residence in which he spent his young years. He will walk on the Yalta embankment from where a ship took his relatives away from Russia in April 1919 and hopes to visit Sevastopol, the city of Russia’s naval glory.

"I hope to realize my lifelong dream to visit Sevastopol, the city of Russian naval glory," Dmitri Romanov said in a TASS interview. His grand uncle, Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich Jr., the commander-in-chief of the Russian army and Navy, used to be the honorary citizen of Sevastopol in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Members of the Russian Imperial Family will make a short tour of the Black Sea Fleet base.

Dmitri Romanov devoted his whole life to the cause of restoring continuity in Russian history. It was he who accompanied the remains of Tsar Nicholas II and his family from Yekaterinburg, the Urals, where they had been executed at the start of Russia’s Civil War (1918-1920), to St. Petersburg.

Dmitri Romanov, 89, was born in Antibes, southern France, in May 1926. He spent many years in France, Italy and Egypt and worked at the headquarters of Denmark’s biggest bank.

"Neither me nor other members of the Romanov family are claiming anything except for the right to be useful to Russia," the he said. In the early 1990s, Dmitri Romanov initiated the creation of a charitable fund to help orphanages and hospitals in Russia and preserve Russia’s cultural heritage.

Dmitri Romanovich and his family currently live in Denmark.

© TASS News Agency / Edited by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 August, 2015


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Updated: Tuesday, 1 September 2015 10:52 AM EDT
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Sunday, 23 August 2015
Oldest Living Romanov Descendant to Visit Crimea
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich

Dmitry Romanovich Romanov
Dmitry Romanovich Romanov, now 89, head of the Romanov Family Association (not to be confused with the Russian Imperial House) and one of the oldest relatives of the late Russian Tsar Nicholas II, will visit Crimea this week, for the first time since its reunification with Russia last year. In an interview to Tass news agency, Romanov said he was happy to have an opportunity to visit the peninsula adding that many episodes in the history of the Russian Imperial House were closely linked to Crimea. Dmitry Romanovich said he was planning to visit the Livadia Palace where a monument to Nicholas II was unveiled this summer and the Dulber Palace, which was the summer residence of his grandfather - Grand Duke Peter Nicholayevich, the inspector general of Russian engineering troops. "I hope that I will realise my lifelong dream to visit Sevastopol, the city of Russian naval glory," Dmitry Romanovich said. His great uncle, Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich, Jr, the commander-in-chief of the Russian army and naval forces, used to be the honorary citizen of Sevastopol. 

"A bottle with Crimean soil has been kept in our house as a relic for decades. My father Roman Petrovich, the prince of imperial blood, the second cousin of the last Russian emperor, took it away with him when he was parting with Russia," Dmitry Romanovich said, adding that his father remembers that parting all his life as a fatal moment.

“In April 1919, he stood on the deck of a cruiser for a long time peering at the Crimean coast. He never had a chance to return to Crimea. So, my trip is going to be a tribute to the older generation of our family, to all my relatives,” Dmitry Romanovich went on to say.

He knows Crimea very well from his father’s memories and recollections. The family spent the winter months in their palace in St. Petersburg and moved to Dulber in Crimea for the summer months. In 1911, they organized a ball in Dulber at the request of Empress Alexandra where the young Romanovs were the main guests.

“My father and Grand Duchess Olga, the tsar’s eldest daughter, opened the ball, one of the last before WWI broke out,” he said.

At present, Dmitry Romanovich lives with his family in Denmark. The head of the Romanov Family Association will visit Crimea on August 25-28.

© News Agency NOVOROSSIA TODAY / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 August, 2015


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Sunday, 17 May 2015
Dmitry Romanovich Romanov Marks 89th Year
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich

Dmitry Romanovich Romanov, born 17 May 1926 marks his 89th year today
Dmitry Romanovich Romanov, marked his 89th birthday today. He was born on 17 May 1926 in Cap d'Antibes, France, the second son of Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia and Countess Praskovia Sheremeteva.

Dmitry, who is the current Head of the Romanov Family Association announced his intention to visit the Crimea, as the peninsula is related to many pages of his family history. "I have long wanted to make this trip, and I hope to visit the Crimean land soon , "- said Dmitry Romanovich. 

His father, the Prince of the Imperial Blood Roman Petrovich, a second cousin and godson of the Emperor Nicholas II, was evacuated from the Crimean coast in the spring of 1919 along with other members of the Russian Imperial family.

"My father was 22 years old when he left Russia. Standing on the deck of the departing ship, he watched as the shoreline of his home vanished in the horizon. He was not able to return, but had filled a bottle with Russian soil during his stay in the Crimea and carried it with him every where, "- Dmitry told the Tass news agency.

Through his paternal lineage, he is a great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia (1796–1855) and his consort, Princess Charlotte of Prussia, who founded the Nikolaevichi branch of the Russian Imperial Family.

His father, Roman Petrovich was the son of Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich, a cousin of the sovereign, and the Grand Duchess Militsa Nikolaevna, the daughter of the king of Montenegro.

On behalf of thousands of Royal Russia friends, supporters and followers around the world, I would like to take this opportunity to send our congratulations and best wishes to Dmitry Romanovich Romanov as he marks his 89th year. 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 May, 2015


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Thursday, 2 May 2013
Dinner with the Romanovs
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich


A relative of Russia’s deposed royal family visits Jerusalem and finds kinship in the Jewish search for home and homeland.

A participant at a recent genteel dinner in Jerusalem could not help being reminded of the scene from ”Fiddler on the Roof” in which the rabbi of Anatevka answers a congregant asking if there was a special blessing for the czar of Russia.

Of course, answers the rabbi. “May God bless and keep the czar… far away from us!”

Nearby sat Dimitri Romanovich Romanov — one of those Romanovs — the towering and gracious 87-year-old great-great-grandson of Czar Nicholas I, who died in 1855.

After dinner, Romanov mused about his own history and that of Israel, where he had just arrived for the first time, and about the nature of statelessness.

Dimitri Romanov was born in 1926, 18 years after Bolshevik revolutionaries murdered the last czar of Russia and his family at Ekaterinburg and threw their bodies into an abandoned mine shaft. The surviving Romanov grand duchesses and grand dukes along with the rest of the extended royal family, including Dimitri’s father, Prince Roman Petrovich, fled Russia, never to return.

Romanov and his wife, Dorrit Reventlow, who wore an elegant salmon dress and golden slippers, were early in a 36-hour sojourn in the country, part of a round-the-world journey on a cruise ship called the Seaborne Quest. They were being given a whirlwind tour of which the dinner — at an unmarked and luxurious Jerusalem establishment called Spoons, near Montefiore’s windmill — was part. There was Italian cabbage, Israeli wine, superb artichoke soup, and candlesticks the size of modest missile silos.

Romanov admitted he had not formed much of an impression of the country in the several hours that had elapsed since his arrival. He was surprised at how green it was, he said, and how hilly: “I always thought it would be more flat.”

Jerusalem is not entirely foreign to a Romanov visitor. The attractions before dinner included a visit to the grave of a relative, Elizabeth Feodorovna, the last czar’s sister-in-law and a Russian Orthodox saint, at a church on the Mount of Olives. (Among the city’s other Romanov-era relics is a building downtown known as Sergei’s Courtyard, which was built for Russian pilgrims and named for Grand Duke Sergei, brother of Czar Alexander III.)

Born in France and raised across Europe and, for a time, in Alexandria. Romanov spent his life, however, not as royalty but as a banker. As a young man, he recalled, he never had much interest in the complexities of the Romanov lineage, less a family tree than a chaotic forest of intersecting and competing lines linked in bewildering ways to the other active and defunct royal houses of Europe. “I was totally uninterested to know who the Princess of Baden Baden was,” he said. This disinterest also means the prince does not know what number he is in line for the British throne; his wife says he is “around 2,000th.”

Romanov returned to the country his family ruled for centuries for the first time only after the fall of Communism, when he was in his 60s.

“For me, ‘returning’ to Russia is a misnomer — I can’t return to a country I never visited before,” he said.

He has lived half of his life in Copenhagen, but until 23 years ago he held no citizenship at all. Then a friend suggested that he finally become a Danish citizen — “You’ll feel at home,” she promised. This friend, Margaret, was the queen of Denmark, so he obliged.

“It’s important to be a citizen of something, like a Jew who comes from Yemen or Morocco and comes here and becomes a citizen — it’s important to be a part of society. I felt that in Denmark for the first time in my life,” he said.

In the middle of dinner, talk turned to Jewish history and the prince was reminded of a visit he once made to Warsaw, where he was touched by the story of the Jewish partisans who took part in the uprising in that city’s ghetto during WWII. He proposed a toast to them.

“I thought I must express my feelings about these young people fighting Nazism, dreaming that one day those who lived would come back to Israel,” he said afterward.

Of course, he noted, they had never actually been to Israel. “How can you go back if you’ve never been?” he wondered. “I suppose it’s in your blood.”

© Matti Friedman (Author)

© The Times of Israel. 02 May, 2013

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Updated: Thursday, 2 May 2013 8:00 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Prince Dmitri Romanovich Awarded Order of Friendship
Topic: Dmitri Romanovich

For the first time since the Russian Revolution, a member of the Romanov family has been presented with a prestigious award in Russia. The Order of Friendship has been awarded to Prince Dmitri Romanovich, in recognition of his outstanding charitable work in Russia. Prince Dmitri has served as Chairman of the Romanov Fund for Russia since its creation. He is also the Chairman of the Prince Dmitri Romanov Charity Fund, created in 2006.

During a press conference, he talked to reporters about the upcoming celebrations in 2013 marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. He said that he hopes that the reconstruction of Our Lady of St. Theodore Church in St. Petersburg will be completed in time for the celebrations. He, along with more than 200 descandants of the Romanov family from all over the world are expected to be present for the consecration ceremony. He also said that the Romanov Family Association hopes that the remains of the Tsarevich Alexei Nikolayevich, along with his sister, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolayevna, will be buried alongside the rest of their family at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Born in 1926, Prince Dmitri Romanovich has a very prestigious background: he is the second son of Prince Roman Petrovich, grandson of Grand Duke Peter Nikolayevich, great grandson of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich, and great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I.

© Royal Russia. 28 June, 2011


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