Descendants of the Romanov dynasty hope all the conditions are there now for interring the remains of two children of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II - Tsesarevich Alexis and Grand Duchess Maria who were murdered in Ekaterinburg in the Urals together with their parents, their three sisters and four faithful retainers on the night of 16/17 July 1918.
"Together with other relatives I took part in bidding final farewell to with the elder Romanov, Dmitri Romanovich in Copenhagen in the past few days," Rostislav Rostislavich Romanov said. "He was an outstanding person who devoted all his thoughts and actions to Russia. He believed it was a matter of paramount importance to put the victims of the Ekaterinburg tragedy to rest.
The descendants of the Romanov dynasty "think they should bring to an end the cause that was initiated by the late head of the Romanov Family Association."
Rostislav Rostislavich recalled that the late Dimitri Romanovich performed an instruction of the Imperial Family in the summer of 1998 and escorted the remains of Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, and the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia from Ekaterinburg to St Petersburg for burial in the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral.
It was also at the initiative of Dmitri Romanovich that the remains of Nicholas II’s mother, the dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, were transferred from Copenhagen for reburial in St Petersburg in 2006.
In addition, Dimitri Romanovich brought to Russia the remains of his great uncle, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolayevich, the chief commander of the Russian Army during World War I. He thus performed his great uncle’s will "to be placed to final rest near his soldiers."
Dimitri Romanovich firmly believed that Tsesarevich Alexei and the Grand Duchess Maria should be buried together with their parents and sisters.
"Dimitri Romanovich hoped this tragic chapter of Russian history would be turned over during his lifetime," Rostislav said. "He didn’t live to see this moment when he was in this world, but we do believe he will see it from heaven.”
Rostislav said that a decision was taken at a meeting with Dimitri Romanovich’s widow Theodora Alexeyevna to continue the operations of the Romanov Family Association at large and to continue raising funds for charitable projects in Russia.
Rostislav Rostislavovich, who is 32 said he learned by heart one of Dimitri Romanovich’s maxims: "Think of what you can give to Russia, not of what you can take".
The funeral for Dimitri Romanovich Romanov was held on January 10th in the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Copenhagen.
The 90 year old, great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I,was taken to a hospital in Denmark last week suffering from serious health problems. He died on the evening of December 31.
Numerous representatives of the Russian diaspora, as well as Danish officials came to the church to bid final farewell to him. The requiem service was led by the head priest of the church, Father Sergius.
Russian Ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin read out a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The President of the Romanov Family Association, he maintained indissoluble spiritual ties with his Homeland throughout his life. He made a huge contribution to spreading abroad knowledge about our country’s history and culture, about the heritage and traditions of the Russian Imperial House," the message said about Dimitri Romanov.
"Throughout all the recent years, the thoughts and deeds of Dimitri Romanovich were with Russia," his widow Theodora said.
Dimitri Romanovich Romanov, great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, has died in Denmark. According to his wife Theodora, her 90-year-old husband was admitted to hospital last week due to a dramatic decline in health.
"Dimitri Romanovich died at hospital on the evening of December 31," Theodora Romanova said.
Dimitri Romanovich was born on 17 May 1926, in Cap d'Antibes, France, where his parents lived in emigration. He was related to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, through his father, Roman Petrovich Romanov, who was the Emperor’s second cousin and godson.
A historian and a writer, Dimitri Romanovich lived in Denmark for the recent years where he headed a Romanov family’s charity foundation aimed at helping Russian hospitals and orphan homes. In October 2016, he came to Moscow for the last time to receive the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, a Russian state award, for his great contribution to the spread of the knowledge of Russia’s historical and cultural heritage.
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On 8th October, the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, following a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, a meeting was held in the Patriarchal chambers of the monastery between Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and Dmitri Romanovich Romanov.
The meeting was attended by Chairman of the Patriarchal Council for Culture, the governor of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow Stavropegic Egoryevsky Bishop Tikhon and the wife of Dimitri Romanovich Theodora (née Dorrit Revetlow).
His Holiness extended a cordial welcome to one of the eldest descendants of the Romanov family (Dmitri Romanovich was born in 1926 in France), and said that he was glad to meet with his guest at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra on the feast day of St. Sergius, a special day for the Russian Orthodox Church and for believers, who come to venerate the relics of Saint Sergius of Radonezh. The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is situated in the town of Sergiyev Posad, about 70 km north-east of Moscow.
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill presents Dmitri Romanovich Romanov with an icon of St. Sergius of Radonezh
Dimitri Romanovich, a descendant of Emperor Nicholas I had previously sent a letter to Patriarch Kirill, in which he expressed concerns over the Russian Orthodox Church and its position on the identification of the Ekaterinburg remains.
"You are interested in our position on the remains, which were discovered near Ekaterinburg. We have agreed with the authorities that we have to re-examine all the evidence and redo all the forensic testing, because, from our point of view, what happened in the 1990s, took place with violations. And for the Church to accept the results of such an investigation, the conclusions has to be perfect, leaving not the slightest doubt or suspicion of their authenticity" - said the Primate of the Russian Church.
"I thank you for your attention to this issue” - said His Holiness - “Thank you for your love of our common homeland, to preserve the great traditions of the House of Romanov, and for your participation in the return of the remains of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna and Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.)."
The transfer from Denmark to Russia and the reburial of the remains of Empress Maria Feodorovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander III, was held in September 2006. The liturgy before the burial of the remains of the Empress in the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg was performed by the late Patriarch Alexei II (1929-2008). The ceremony of reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.), the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, and supreme commander of all land and naval forces of the Russian Empire at the beginning of World War I took place in April 2015 at Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow with the participation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.
During the conversation, Patriarch Kirill also discussed with Dmitri Romanovich the progress of the forensic tests currently being conducted on the remains Emperor Nicholas II’s children, Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria, which he noted "are to be completed soon".
"Your work reflects the uniqueness of your personality and the uniqueness of all the House of Romanov. Living people connected to their family tradition, which is part of our national history, torn by the tragic events of the early twentieth century" - His Holiness said in conclusion.
Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev presents Dimitri Romanovich with the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky in Moscow
On 6th October, Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev presents Dimitri Romanovich with the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky at a solemn ceremony, in accordance with a decree issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dimitri is a member of the Romanov Family Association, and the great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I (1796–1855). He expressed his gratitude for the recognition of his 25 years of humanitarian work in helping Russian citizens. "This award symbolizes the grandeur and coherence of Russian history" Dimitri Romanovich said at a press conference afterward.
Since his retirement as an executive of Danske Bank in 1993, Prince Dimitri has been involved in a number of charitable endeavours. Back in June of 1992, he was one of seven male Romanov descendants who met in Paris to create the Romanov Fund for Russia, with a goal of doing charitable acts in post-communist Russia. Dimitri Romanovich has served as Chairman of the Romanov Fund for Russia since its creation and is also Chairman of the Prince Dimitri Romanov Charity Fund which he also founded.
A descendant of Russian Emperor Nicholas I and the eldest male descendant in the Romanov family, Dimitri Romanovich, and his wife, Theodora, have arrived in the Russian capital from Paris. In Moscow, Dimitri will receive the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, a Russian state award, on October 6.
"I was very surprised to learn about the award," Dimitri has told TASS at the Sheremetyevo airport. He noted that he considers this to be a recognition and gratitude for 25 years of humanitarian work. "When he learned this, a smile lit up his face. It was incredibly important for him," Theodora Alexeevna said.
Secular and spiritual
On Thursday, October 6, Dimitri Romanovich will receive the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky at a solemn ceremony, in accordance with a decree issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin. A descendant of Emperor Nicholas I who heads the Romanov Family Association and the family-run charity foundations will receive the award "for his great contribution to spreading abroad the knowledge of Russia’s historical and cultural heritage and efforts to promote international humanitarian ties."
Another highlight of this visit will be a meeting between Dimitri Romanovich and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. On Saturday, October 8, the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, they will visit the Trinity Sergius Lavra (Monastery) in Sergiev Posad near Moscow to venerate the saint’s relics. On Sunday, October 9, Dimitri Romanovich and his wife will return to Paris.
In an interview with a TASS correspondent in Paris Dimitri Romanovich noted that he considers the awarding of the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky a great honour. "This award symbolizes the grandeur and coherence of Russian history," he said.
Dimitri Romanovich who turned 90 on May 17 added that the order is also very precious to him because "several generations of the Romanovs had proudly worn this award." Those were his great-great-grandfather, Emperor Nicholas I, great grandfather, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich (Sr) and grandfather, engineer troops chief Grand Duke Pyotr Nikolaevich. Each of them, according to the oldest living Romanov descendant, "placed Russia’s interests above everything else." "In 1916, one hundred years ago, such order was awarded to my father, Prince Roman Petrovich," he said.
"As a Romanov, I am confident that all members of our family have to limit their aspirations to serve a worthy historical link with the past no great country can abandon," the prince added. He added that establishing the Romanov Family Association in 1979, that his father and other founders "sought nothing but the right to be useful to Russia.".
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.
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), andone 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.