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Thursday, 5 January 2017
Russian Imperial House Launches Complete Website Redesign
Topic: Russian Imperial House

 
The Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House has launched a complete redesign of the official website of the House of Romanoff.

The revised bilingual (Russian and English) website lavishly illustrated with historical images and documents is a more interactive and accessible version of the old site.  While all the information on the previous site appears to be available, the new organization of dropdown menus and choices makes the 2017 relaunch more accessible to supporters and other interested parties, such as academics and the press, eager for new information and scholarly materials about the Dynasty today.

The fresh site shows that the Imperial House takes 21st century communication methods with the public seriously, and has taken a big step forward.

To visit the new Russian Imperial House website:

Russian Imperial House (English)

Russian Imperial House (Russian)

© Russian Imperial House. 5 January, 2017


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:45 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 5 January 2017 11:59 AM EST
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Monday, 5 December 2016
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Visits Moscow for Patriarch's Birthday
Topic: Russian Imperial House

 
H.I.H. the Grand Duke George Mikhailovich congratulates His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on his 70th birthday in Moscow
 
On November 19-21, 2016, H.I.H. the Grand Duke George of Russia visited Moscow to attend church services marking the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and to convey to him birthday greetings from his mother, the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia.

On November 19, the Grand Duke arrived in Moscow from Madrid. His Imperial Highness met with members of Her Imperial Highness’s Chancellery to discuss on-going projects being carried out by the Chancellery and by other organizations supported by the Russian Imperial House.

On November 20, the birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, H.I.H. the Heir, Tsesarevich, and Grand Duke George of Russia, accompanied by the Director of H.I.H.’s Chancellery, Alexander N. Zakatov, and by the Advisor to the Chancellery for Public Relations and Publications, David G. Mepurishvili, went to Christ the Saviour Cathedral, where a Divine Liturgy was served by His Holiness and representatives of other Local Orthodox Churches, including His Beatitude the Pope and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria; His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine; His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia; His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia; His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus; His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania; His Beatitude Metropolitan Savva of Warsaw and All Poland; His Beatitude Metropolitan Rostislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia; His Beatitude Archbishop Tikhon of Washington and All America; other hierarchs and clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church, and representatives of other Local Orthodox Churches, who were themselves unable to attend the service.

Among those attending the liturgy were: the Speaker of the State Duma, V. V. Volodin; the First Deputy Chief of Staff of the President of the Russian Federation, S. V. Kirienko; Deputy Prime Minister S. E. Prikhodko; Minister of Culture V. R. Medinsky; the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President in the Central Federal District, A. D. Beglov; the Mayor of Moscow S. S. Sobianin; the member of the Federation Council A. A. Klishas; the Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs of the State Duma, L. E. Slutsky; member of the State Duma V. I. Resin; and representatives of numerous other state and public organizations.

After the Divine Liturgy, H.I.H. the Grand Duke George of Russia met with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and gave him a letter from the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, congratulating His Holiness on his 70th birthday. He also presented the devices of the Imperial Military Order of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker to His Holiness, as well as a very old icon of the St. Nicholas, the Heavenly Patron of this Order, from the private collection of the Imperial House.

Here is the text of the congratulatory letter from Her Imperial Highness:

CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE HEAD
OF THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL HOUSE
H.I.H. THE GRAND DUCHESS MARIA OF RUSSIA

to His Holiness

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Your Holiness,

I send you my heartfelt congratulations on your 70th birthday.

Your pious grandfather and father, who lived through the crucible of atheistic persecution, instilled in you a strong and abiding faith and taught you to defend your faith with courage and wisdom.

More than 50 years ago, you chose to follow in their pious footsteps. You pursued your education in the theological schools of the Northern Capital, took on yourself the mantle of monasticism and the priestly office, and then were given the dignity of episcopal rank. At each level of service assigned to you by the Holy Church, you fulfilled your duty to God, your fellow clergy, and your flock with a deep and profound sense of responsibility.

In 2009, the Local Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, recognizing your spiritual gifts and vast experience as an archpastor, elected you to the throne of the Russian patriarchate.

From the very first meeting with my parents, which took place exactly a quarter century ago, in November 1991, you showed unwavering love for us, respect for the historical heritage of our House, and a keen understanding of its mission in the modern world. You have assisted us with your prayers and advice, and have supported us at difficult moments in our lives.

Together with all the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church and of Orthodox Churches the world over, I pray that God will send down upon you health, many years, and unfailing strength as you continue to carry the Cross of Christ in your service as Patriarch.

In honour of your birthday, I ask you to accept the devices of the Imperial Military Order of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker I Class, and an icon of the Heavenly Patron of the Order. The Order of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker is one of our Dynastic Orders, your membership of which derives from your membership of the Imperial Order of St. Andrew the First-Called, the highest of our Dynastic Orders.

I have sent my son and heir, the Grand Duke George of Russia, to convey to you this letter and these gifts, and also to demonstrate personally and publicly the love and respect our House has for you, our Holy Father and Intercessor.

Entrusting myself to your holy prayers and asking your blessing, I remain ever yours in faith and devotion,

Maria

Madrid, November 7/20, 2016


Grand Duke George Mikhailovich venerates an icon of Holy Physician and Passion-Bearer Evgeny (Botkin)
 
His Holiness expressed his gratitude to the Head of the House of Romanoff and to her Heir for these congratulations and gifts, and spoke warmly of his many meetings over the years with Grand Duchess Maria of Russia and Grand Duchess Leonida Georgievna, in particular the time when they together attended the consecration of the memorial church in honour of the Icon of the Mother of God “Seeking of the Lost” on Soloviev Crossing, at which time there took place one of the first investiture ceremonies for the Order of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker, and when the Grand Duke received a blessing for his upcoming trip to Antarctica

From Christ the Saviour Cathedral the Grand Duke made his way to the D. D. Pletnev City Clinical Hospital No. 57, where he attended a service in the first church in Russia dedicated to the recently canonized Holy Physician and Passion-Bearer Evgeny (Botkin), who on July 4/17, 1918, was martyred in Ekaterinburg with the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers, Emperor Nicholas II and his family.

The son of Dr. Sergei P. Botkin, the founder of modern Russian medical science, Evgeny Sergeevich Botkin was a lecturer at the Military Medical Academy, a hero of the Russo-Japanese War, and, from 1908 on, the physician to the court of Emperor Nicholas II. But it was not the glitter and gold of the court that attracted Dr. Botkin to his new duties. A deeply pious Orthodox believer, Evgeny Botkin was devoted to the Imperial Family and genuinely loved them, admiring their talents and nobility of spirit and understanding them as people, and so able to forgive their faults. The relationship between the doctor and his Imperial patients was not without its bumps, but at that tragic moment when a decision had to be made, he without the slightest hesitation acted on the basis of duty and devotion. Taken with the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers down into the basement of Ipatiev House, he alone understood that they were being led to their deaths.

The chapel at the D. D. Pletnev City Clinical Hospital No. 57 was the brainchild of the Chief Medical Officer of the hospital, Distinguished Doctor of the Russian Federation Irina A. Nazarova; the Academician and Chief Internist of the Department of Public Health of the City of Moscow, Alexander G. Chuchalin, and Archpriest Maksim Siniuk. The chapel was consecrated on March 25, 2016, by His Grace Bishop Panteleimon of Orekhovo-Zuyevo. Now, any of the approximately 50,000 patients who receive treatment at this hospital each year can also benefit from the spiritual comfort offered in this holy place.

In the summer of 2016, the first Russian biographer of Dr. Evgeny Botkin—the historian and writer A. N. Krylov-Tolstikovich—presented as a gift to the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, an old icon of Christ “Behold the Man,” depicting the Saviour in the Crown of Thorns.

The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia had accepted this gift with enormous gratitude, but expressed her desire to keep the icon in Russia so it would be available for veneration by the people of her country. Recognizing the historical significance of the consecration of this church—the first dedicated to Dr. Botkin—the Grand Duchess asked to have the icon installed in this new church.

After the moleben in the chapel served by Archpriest Maksim Siniuk, the Grand Duke presented the Icon of the Saviour “Behold the Man” to the church. Dr. Irina Nazarova, Dr. Alexander Chuchalin, and the biographer A. N. Krylov-Tolstikovich attended the service and were present during the presentation ceremony of the icon.
 


Grand Duke George Mikhailovich presents the icon “Behold the Man,” depicting the Saviour in
the Crown of Thorns to the chapel at the D. D. Pletnev City Clinical Hospital No. 57 
 
Then the Grand Duke met with the hospital staff in the main auditorium. Dr. Irina Nazarova and Dr. Alexander Chuchalin gave short speeches formally greeting the Grand Duke, and Alexander N. Zakatov, the Director of H.I.H.’s Chancellery, rose and spoke about the activities of the Imperial Foundation for Cancer Research, which the Grand Duke founded and continues to serve as its Trustee and Director. (See http://www.imperialfund.org/). The discussion quickly turned to how the hospital and the Imperial Foundation can work together in the future. The Grand Duke then took questions from the hospital staff and from the press.

Also present were members of the Chancellery, representatives of the organizations “For Faith and Fatherland” and the Russian Nobility Association, the famous Georgian actor and director David B. Giorgobiani, and representatives of other civil organizations.

Irina Nazarova and Alexander Chuchalin presented a Bible to His Imperial Highness.

After his visit to the D. D. Pletnev City Clinical Hospital No. 57, the Grand Duke George of Russia visited the oldest member of the Imperial Military Order of St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker, Lieutenant-Colonel Nikolai Ignatievich Furmanov, whose 103rd birthday is fast approaching. His Imperial Highness wished Colonel Furmanov health and spiritual strength, and presented him a silver Icon medal of the Feodorov Mother of God—the patron icon of the House of Romanoff.

On November 21, the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel and the other Heavenly Powers, H.I.H. the Heir, Tsesarevich, and Grand Duke George of Russia met with members of H.I.H.’s Chancellery and with others working on projects supported or connected with the Imperial House. He then departed from Moscow for Madrid.

© Russian Imperial House. 5 December, 2016
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:55 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 5 December 2016 12:31 PM EST
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Tuesday, 4 October 2016
An Appeal from the Imperial House to Donate to the Construction of the Cathedral of Ss.Cyril and Methodius
Topic: Russian Imperial House

Photo: Head of the Russian Imperial House HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna visits the site of the Cathedral of Ss Cyril and Methodius, during her recent visit to Elista in the Republic of Kalmykia 

The House of Romanoff urges all those who wish to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the birth of Emperor-in-Exile Kirill Vladimirovich to donate to the construction of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius

September 30/October 13, 2016, marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Emperor-in-Exile Kirill Vladimirovich (1876-1938), the grandfather of the Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia.

By the mercy of God, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia made an official visit to the Republic of Kalmykia shortly before the date of this significant anniversary, touring the construction site in the city of Elista where a new Cathedral of the Holy and Equal-to-the-Apostles Cyril and Methodius is being built.

On September 21, 2016, on the Feast Day of the Nativity of the Holy Mother of God, the Head of the House of Romanoff, after attending services in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan with His Eminence Archbishop Justinian of Elista and Kalmykia, went to the 7th borough of Elista, where the new cathedral is being built.  There, the Grand Duchess toured the construction site and surveyed the progress to date with the Head of the Eparchial Office for Church Construction, Sergei Sholokhov. 

Her Imperial Highness in her statements at the time noted the importance of building a new cathedral in honour of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in the capital of Kalmykia, and expressed her best wishes to all on completing the construction, promising to return for the consecration of this magnificent cathedral.

Once, during their far-ranging missionary work, the two sainted brothers traveled through the land of present-day Kalmykia.  It is thus especially appropriate that this new cathedral in Elista should be dedicated in their honour.  Ss. Cyril and Methodius, regarded by the Church as being Equal-to-the-Apostles for their missionary work among the Slavs, were the creators of the Slavic written language and were great enlighteners of the Faith among many pagan peoples.  The younger of the two, St. Cyril, is the Heavenly patron of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia and of the Emperor Kirill I Vladimirovich, of blessed memory.

The Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, urges all her countrymen to pray for the soul of her grandfather, and also expresses her hope that all those who desire to do good works in his memory make a donation to the construction of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Elista.

In this connection, the Chancellery of the Head of the Russian Imperial House calls on all traditionalist and monarchist organizations and on all our countrymen who honour the heritage of our country, to arrange for memorial services, or panikhidas, to be served on October 13, 2016, or on the nearest Sunday, for Emperor-in-Exile Kirill Vladimirovich, after which donations can be collected for the construction of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Elista.  Sums collected at that time should be sent directly to the Board of Trustees of the Elista and Kalmykia Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church for the Fund for the Construction of this Cathedral.

Of course, donations for the construction of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius can be made not only by groups but by individuals, as well.

When donating as part of a group, we recommend that you include a list of individual donors—last name, first name, and (where appropriate) patronymic.  A model for how to compile a donor list can be found below.

Those who respond to this call for donations from Grand Duchess Maria of Russia are encouraged to send a copy of the list of donors and the receipt of the money transfer to the email address:  keiv@mail.ru.

Russian and foreign donors who have most generously given to this cause will receive a personal note of thanks from the Head of the Russian Imperial House. 

Account information for the Fund for the Construction of the Cathedral in the City of Elista

Account number:  40703810360300100653

Stavropol Branch – 5230 Sberbank Stavropol

Correspondent Account:  30101810907020000615

BIK (Bank Identification Code): 040702615

Religious Organization “Elistinskaia i Kalmytskaia Eparkhiia Russkoi Pravoslavnoi Tserkvi (Moskovskii Patriarkhat) [The Elista and Kalmykia Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate]

Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN):  0814062969 Registration Reason Code (KPP):  081601001

The website of the Board of Trustees of the Elista and Kalmykia Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church for the Fund for the Construction of the Cathedral of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Elista:  http://fond-hram.pravorg.ru/

Kirill Vladimirovich—Grand Duke; after July 4/17, 1918, senior most member of the Russian Imperial House; Curator of the Imperial Throne from 1922 to 1924; Emperor-in-Exile from 1924 to 1938.

 

Portrait of H.I.H. Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich in the uniform of the Life Guards Dragoon Regiment, 1916.

Artist: Alexander Mikhailovich Leontovsky (1865-1928)

Kirill Vladimirovich—Grand Duke; after July 4/17, 1918, senior most member of the Russian Imperial House; Curator of the Imperial Throne from 1922 to 1924; Emperor-in-Exile from 1924 to 1938

H.I.H. Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich was born on September 30/October 13, 1876, at Tsarskoe Selo, of the marriage of H.I.H. Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich (the brother of Emperor Alexander III the Peace-Maker) and H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna (née Princess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin).

In 1891, the young Grand Duke entered the Naval Cadets Corps, and afterward all his military service was spent in the navy. 

In 1897, he raised the Russian flag over Port Arthur—the Russian naval enclave in the Chinese Empire. 

At the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War, the Grand Duke was quickly deployed to the war theater.  As the chief-of-staff to Admiral Stepan Makarov, Grand Duke Kirill was next to him on the bridge of the battleship Petropavlovsk when it hit a Japanese mine and quickly sank.  Nearly the entire crew went down with the ship, but Grand Duke Kirill, semi-conscious and badly burned, was among the few who managed to swim away from the sinking hulk and wait for rescue.  When his rescuers finally noticed him in the water, he is reported to have called out them:  “I’m alright.  Save the others!”  It is perhaps significant that the day the Grand Duke was rescued from the waters off Port Arthur—March 31/April 13, 1904—is the Feast Day of St. Ipatii, Bishop of the Ganges—the Heavenly patron of Holy Trinity-Ipatievsky Monastery, where the first tsar of the House of Romanoff, Mikhail I Fedorovich, was when he was called to the throne by the representatives of the Assembly of the Land. 

As a result of his head injuries, Grand Duke Kirill was forced temporarily to take a medical leave from his naval duties, and he left for treatment in Europe.  On September 26/October 8, 1905, in Bavaria, he married H.R.H. Princess Victoria-Melita of Great Britain and Ireland, Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (who, after conversion to Orthodoxy, took the name Victoria Feodorovna).  Inasmuch as Victoria-Melita’s first husband had been the brother of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (Emperor Nicholas II’s wife), the Russian empress did not at first approve of the marriage, and for a time, Emperor Nicholas II also refused to acknowledge officially Kirill Vladimirovich’s marriage.  But in 1907, the Emperor realized the injustice of his earlier attitude toward this marriage, and on July 15/28, 1907, he issued a decree formally recognizing the marriage of Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich and Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna.  As a result, the relationship between the Imperial Family (the Emperor and Empress) and the Grand Duke and his wife, which had become strained since 1905, was fully restored.   

During the First World War, Grand Duke Kirill was appointed to the Staff of the Supreme Commander of the Naval Department.  On February 23/March 7, 1916, Nicholas II promoted him to Vice-Admiral. 

Up until the February Revolution, Grand Duke Kirill commanded the Navy Guards.  The Grand Duke was in the capital at the time of the uprising in St. Petersburg.  Together with his uncle, Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich, Grand Duke Kirill risked his life making a courageous attempt to save the throne of his cousin, Emperor Nicholas II.  But his efforts were unsuccessful because of the disloyalty of some generals and of some members of the State Duma.  Deeply disturbed and alarmed by the abdication and arrest of Emperor Nicholas II and his family, he resigned his commissions and, in June, left St. Petersburg for Finland with his pregnant wife and two daughters, Maria and Kira.  Kirill’s son, Wladimir, was born after the family’s arrival in Finland. 

After the Bolsheviks had executed Nicholas II, the Heir Aleksei Nikolaevich, and Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich in 1918—that is, the entire male line of descent from Emperor Alexander III—the succession to the throne passed to the descendants of Emperor Alexander II.  The most senior of remaining members of the dynasty was now Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich. 

In 1922, when the Grand Duke was still not certain of the deaths of those members of the dynasty who were more senior to him, Kirill declared himself merely the Curator of the Imperial Throne.  When the last remaining doubts about the fate of the Royal Martyrs had finally been put away, Kirill Vladimirovich, in full accord with the provisions of the Fundamental Laws of the Russian Empire, assumed the title of Emperor in Exile on August 31/September 13, 1924. 

Kirill I did a great deal to alleviate the plight and suffering of his countrymen in exile, but his main focus was always on the situation in Russia.  Kirill I strongly condemned foreign intervention in Russia and always asserted that the Russian people themselves would overthrow the Communist regime and restore Russia to its proper, historical path of development.  The main task, as Kirill I saw it, was to preserve the monarchical traditions of the Russian nation and the legal foundations of the Russian Imperial House, so that there would always be a legitimate successor to the Russian throne, raised in the Orthodox faith, instilled with love for the homeland, and ready to heed the call if ever the People of Russia should wish the return of the monarchy. 

After 1928, the Emperor in Exile and his family spent most of their time at Ker Argonid, the home in St.-Briac (Brittany, France) that they had purchased.  The death of Empress Victoria Feodorovna in 1936 came as a heavy blow to Kirill I.  The injuries he sustained on the Petropavlovsk on March 31/April 13, 1904, plus the powerful yearning he felt for his homeland all his life in exile, all took a toll on his health.  In September 1938, it was discovered that the Emperor had gangrene on his feet, which resisted all treatment. 

Emperor Kirill I died on the eve of his birthday, in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris.  On October 6/19, 1938, he was buried in the Family Crypt of the Dukes of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in Coburg, but he left instructions that he should be reburied in Russia as soon as that should become possible. 

Thanks to the tireless efforts of the late Grand Duchess Leonida Georgievna of Russia, on February 22/March 7, 1995, the remains of Emperor Kirill I and Empress Victoria Feodorovna were moved to the Family resting place of the House of Romanoff, the Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg.  When the grave of the Emperor was opened in Coburg, it was discovered that the remains were incorrupt. 

In the history of Russia, Kirill Vladimirovich will always be known as the Tsar-Confessor, who, in the harshest conditions imaginable, preserved the holy traditions of the legitimate Orthodox monarchy. 

© Russian Imperial House. 4 October, 2016

 


 


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Updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2016 4:44 AM EDT
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Saturday, 21 May 2016
Head of the Russian Imperial House Visits Massandra
Topic: Russian Imperial House


This article was written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

On 19 May, the Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son, HIH Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich made an official visit to Massandra, the oldest winery in the Crimea. Their Imperial Highnesses attended a special event for Livadia, a red port wine produced by the Massandra estates, and a particular favourite of Emperor Nicholas II. 

The history of Massandra is closely linked with the Russian Imperial House. The first commercial winemaking in the Crimea was organized by Count Mikhail Semenovich Vorontsov, who built a small distillery plant at Massandra. He imported the finest vines and invited the best wine experts from France to manage his new wine making industry. Vorontsov produced high quality wines, some of which were enjoyed by Emperor Nicholas I, who visited Crimea in 1837. 

More than half a century later, in 1889, the Department of Appanages (part of the Ministry of the Imperial Court), bought Massandra from the Vorontsov family. In 1892, Emperor Alexander III appointed Prince Lev Golitsyn, as chief winemaker. It was he who ordered construction of the first underground winery with tunnels in Russia in order to produce and ripen fine table and dessert wines. Its construction lasted four years.

Golitsyn built seven 150-meter tunnels bored into the side of the mountain, which held more than one million bottles of wine in the special galleries created for aging the wines. It was here, that on 19 May, 2016, that Their Imperial Highnesses were invited to celebrate the famous red Livadia port wine. Considered to be one of the most expensive wines from the cellars at Massandra, one hundred bottles were presented, of which Their Imperial Highnesses signed twenty.

The classic Livadia red port wine was first produced in the Crimea in 1891. The wine was produced only at Massandra (for the Imperial wine cellars at Livadia) from the red Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, cultivated in the vineyards surrounding Simeiz, Livadia, Massandra, and Ai-Danil. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 May, 2016
 

 

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Updated: Saturday, 21 May 2016 1:04 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016
Head of the Russian Imperial House Honours Emperor Nicholas II in Crimea
Topic: Russian Imperial House


This article was written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

During their official visit to the Crimea this week, the Head of the Russian Imperial House Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov took part in ceremonies marking the historic visit to Yalta in 1916 by Emperor Nicholas II.

On 16th May, they attended a liturgy in St. Nicholas Cathedral in Yalta, followed by a procession along the waterfront where a bronze bust of Nicholas II was unveiled. The bust was established on the initiative of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society and its Chairman Sergei Stepashin with the blessing of His Eminence Lazarus, Metropolitan of Simferopol and Crimea.

They then visited Evpatorian Kenassas, the temple complex of Crimean Karaites - opened in 1837 - located in Evpatoria. Their Imperial Highnesses unveiled a memorial plaque in memory of the visit by Emperor Nicholas II to the Karaite kenasa on 16 May, 1916. 

Their Imperial Highnesses then took part in a prayer service given by Victor D. Tiriyaki - Head of the Karaite religious community in Evpatoria. After that, the representatives of the imperial family laid flowers at the memorial to the Karaites, who died during the Great Patriotic War (1941-45). They were also shown a marble obelisk, erected in 1851, in memory of the visit by Emperor Alexander I to Evpatorian Kenassas in November 1825. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 17 May, 2016
 

 

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Monday, 16 May 2016
Head of the Russian Imperial House Arrives in Crimea
Topic: Russian Imperial House


This article was written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

The Head of the Russian Imperial House Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich have arrived in the Crimea on an official visit — the first after the historic reunification of the peninsula to the Russian Federation in 2014. Their Imperial Highnesses will visit the Crimea until May 20th. Their arrival is timed to the 100th anniversary of the last visit of Emperor Nicholas II to the Crimea in 1916. Their visit will also include a series of meetings with representatives of the clergy and examine the historical and cultural attractions of the region.

Their Imperial Highnesses were met at Simferopol airport by a delegation of Crimean officials headed by Federation Council senator from the legislative (representative) public authority of the Republic of Crimea Sergey Tsekov, vice-speaker of the Crimean parliament Andrei Kozenko, head of the Committee of the State Council of the Republic of Crimea on State Building and Local Government Yefim Fiks, Metropolitan of Petrograd and Gdov in Simferopol Archpriest John Simon, among many others.

Welcoming the Head of the Russian Imperial House to the Crimean land, Tsekov said that this visit will be especially interesting for Maria Romanova and her son George. "Since your last visit to the Crimea, much has changed. The peninsula has transformed rapidly since the reunification with the Russian Federation in 2014."

During a meeting held upon their arrival at the airport, representatives of the republic's authorities updated the Grand Duchess and her son on the current situation in the Crimea, as well as prospects for development in the socio-economic, cultural, recreational and other areas. 

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna visited the Peninsula in September 2013 in the framework of the events dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. It was during this visit that HIH hosted a gala reception at the Livadia Palace, attended by about 40 representatives of European Royal and aristocratic families.

On Monday, May 16 - the Grand Duchess will travel to Evpatoria, where a memorial plaque in memory of the visit made by Emperor Nicholas II in 1916.

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna will also attend the unveiling of a monument to Nicholas II and visit a mosque in Evpatoria, and in the evening in Simferopol will meet with the mufti of Muslims of Crimea Haji Emirali Ablayev.

On Tuesday, May 17th - Grand Duchess Maria will journey to Sevastopol, visiting the Bratskoe cemetery memorial, St. Nicholas Church, St. Volodymyr’s Cathedral, and will also meet with the leadership of the city and commander of the Russian Black Sea fleet, followed by a walk along the embankment of Balaklava.

On Wednesday, May 18th - the Grand Duchess, together with officials of the Crimea will take part in the events dedicated to the day of memory of victims of deportation of the Crimean Tatars. On the same day will be her meeting with the Plenipotentiary representative of the President of Russia in the Crimean Federal district Oleg Belaventsev.

On Thursday, May 19th - the Grand Duchess will meet with the Head of Crimean Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov, as well as visit the winery at Massandra, and will open the exhibition «History of Russian Perfumery and Cosmetics» in the Vorontsov Palace in Alupka.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 May, 2016
 

 

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Updated: Monday, 16 May 2016 3:45 PM EDT
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Saturday, 2 January 2016
Head of Russian Imperial House Extends Holiday Greetings
Topic: Russian Imperial House


The Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia,
and H.I.H. The Heir, Tsesarevich, and Grand Duke George of Russia
Photo © Russian Imperial House
 
The Head of the Russian Imperial House, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia, and H.I.H. The Heir, Tsesarevich, and Grand Duke George of Russia, extend their heartfelt thanks to all their countrymen and to all friends of Russia around the world who have sent holiday greetings, and likewise send greetings for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2016, wishing all health, happiness, spiritual strength, and God's help in all their endeavours.

Grand Duchess Maria of Russia also warmly thanks all those who sent their congratulations on her birthday, which is celebrated on 23rd December.

© Russian Imperial House. 01 January, 2016
 

 

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Updated: Sunday, 3 January 2016 8:44 AM EST
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Friday, 13 November 2015
House of Romanov Trusts New Forensic Study on Royal Family - Chancellery
Topic: Russian Imperial House


Director of the Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House, Alexander Zakatov with HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
 
Note: the following article has been edited by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia

According to the Interfax News Agency in Moscow, the House of Romanov sees no reasons to question the new forensic study in the criminal probe into the death of the last Russian Emperor Nicolas II and his family, but will wait until the final results.

"The Head of the House of Romanov Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna welcomes the resumption of the investigation and generally views the people who are conducting it with a presumption of trust. At this point, there is no reason to question the honesty and proficiency of the investigators," Alexander Zakatov, the director of the Romanov family chancellery, told Interfax on Thursday.

"Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna recognizes that the stance of the Orthodox Church is treated with full respect this time and this, in her opinion, paves the way to the studies' impartiality," he said.

However, Zakatov said that it is too early to state that the authenticity of the 'Ekaterinburg remains' is proven.

"It is necessary to wait until all the results are obtained and to compare the conclusions made by the state experts with the ones made by experts called for by the Church. Only then will it be possible to finalize the findings," he said.

"Otherwise, doubts will arise again, both among Orthodox Christians and members of the public in general, and suspicions will emerge once again that everything has been foreclosed and the experts are simply forcing the evidence to fit one single theory instead of considering several theories," Zakatov said.

The House of Romanov expects that it will have a chance to look at the findings of the new genetic study.

"The head of the Romanov House is convinced that the study must be exercised openly and publicly and its findings must be available not only to the hierarchy of the Church, members of the imperial house and their relatives, but to all who are not indifferent to this problem," Zakatov said.

© Interfax / Edited by Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 13 November, 2015
 

 

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Updated: Friday, 13 November 2015 1:36 PM EST
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Saturday, 24 October 2015
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich to Support Russia by Visiting Crimea
Topic: Russian Imperial House


Grand Duke George Mikhailovich
 
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich has told reporters that he and his relatives have always supported Crimea’s return to the Russian Federation and promised to soon visit the peninsula for the sake of cultural and charity projects.
 
“I was in Crimea in 2013, I know many people there and I will definitely visit this place again and I hope not only once,” the heir of the Russian Imperial House said in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda daily.

“We supported Crimea’s accession into the Russian Federation from the very beginning, when they held a referendum. We have cultural and charity projects working on the peninsula. My mother and I will go there again, but not for PR purposes and not for ticking the box, we will do it when the interests of our cause demand it,” he added.

The Grand Duke explained that as he and his mother, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna represented the Russian Imperial House, the future visit required a lot of preparatory work, both in organizational and in the legal field. “We are not driven by vogue, but by understanding of what is good for our country,” he added.

“Of course I hear a lot of criticism in Russia’s address, but there are also weighted statements by serious people who understand that no balance is possible in the world without Russia and common recognition of Russia’s great role in the international politics,” George Mikhailovich told reporters. “The Imperial House and most of people who are loyal to us think that Vladimir Putin is successfully defending his country’s interests,” he noted. The Grand Duke also dismissed any parallels between the Russian president and any monarchs, emphasizing that Vladimir Putin can only be described as the head of a republican state.

In June this year, Leningrad Region lawmaker Vladimir Petrov wrote letters to Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and the head of the second branch of the dynasty, Dimitri Romanovich, with requests to return to Russia and become symbols of national culture and maintain traditions, as in many other European nations. He also suggested that the returning Royal Family could be granted a place of residence in one of historical palaces of St. Petersburg or in the famous Livadia Palace in Crimea.

An opinion poll conducted in 2013 in connection with the 400th anniversary of the Romanov royal house showed that 28 percent of Russian citizens would agree to the rule of tsars, but only 6 percent said that this modern monarch must be from the Romanov dynasty. About 13 percent maintain that a contemporary Russian politician could become a new tsar and suggested a nationwide referendum to decide on the candidate.

The majority of the people - 67 percent - rejected the idea of even nominal monarchy and said they want Russia to remain a democracy. 

© Russia Today. 24 October, 2015
 

 

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Updated: Friday, 23 October 2015 1:58 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015
The Russian Legitimist
Topic: Russian Imperial House

 

The Russian Legitimist is an independent and unofficial Legitimist site providing accurate information about the Russian Imperial House.

The focus of this new website is the history and current activities of the Russian imperial dynasty, the House of Romanoff, focusing its attention on the position of the Russian Imperial House, the activities and statements of its current head, Grand Duchess Maria, and of her son and heir, Grand Duke George, and many other topics of interest to Russian legitimists.

The site contains a wealth of information on such topics as Legitimism, dynastic rights, Pauline Laws, the Imperial family today, non-Dynastic descendants, Fundamental Laws, plus numerous articles written be respected experts, links and much more.

The Russian Legitimist website will serve as an important resource for any one interested in the Russian Imperial House.
 
Click on the link below to review The Russian Legitimist web site: 
 
The Russian Legitimist
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 09 September, 2015
 

 

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