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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Naryshkin Supports Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich's Remains in Russia
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD


Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (1856-1929)
 
State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin supports the reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich’s remains in Russia. The member of parliament made the announcement during the opening of the International Forum "The Great War. Lessons of History", dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The opening ceremony was held in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. 

"I have been approached by representatives of the Romanov dynasty, descendants of the Grand Duke Nicholas, who at the beginning of the First World War was the supreme commander of all land and naval forces of the Russian Empire," - he said. "The last will of the Grand Duke, was his desire to find peace in his native land, Russia, close to his soldiers," - said the speaker, who is also the chairman of the organizing committee of the activities related to the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 

Naryshkin noted that the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich and his wife, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna (born Princess Anastasia Petrovi-Njegoš of Montenegro) are currently interred in the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cannes, France. "I think that from both a human and government perspective, it would be wise to support the initiative of the descendants of the Grand Duke of the reburial of his remains at home," - he concluded.
 
 
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich is currently the subject of a new biography, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich: Supreme Commander of the Russian Army. For more information on this title, or to order your copy, please visit our online bookshop:

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 August, 2014


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:35 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 29 August 2014 1:47 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in St. Petersburg?
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD

 
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich and his wife, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna
 
According to the Russian language blog Romanov Family Today, a request has been made by Princes Nicholas and Dimitri Romanovich to the Chairman of the National Organizing Committee for the Activities Associated with the 100th Anniversary of World War I, Sergei Naryshkin, seeking permission for reburial of the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (1856-1929) and his wife, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna, nee Princess of Montenegro (1868-1935) at St. Petersburg. 

On the eve of the outbreak of World War I, the grand duke's first cousin once removed, the Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, yielded to the entreaties of his ministers and appointed Grand Duke Nicholas to the supreme command. He was 57 years old and had never commanded armies in the field before. He was given responsibility for the largest army ever put into the field in all prior history. After the strategic retreat of the Russian army, the Tsar replaced the Grand Duke as commander of the Russian armed forces on August 21, 1915.

The grand ducal couple escaped just ahead of the Red Army in April 1919, aboard the British Battleship HMS Marlborough. Grand Duke Nicholas died on January 5, 1929 of natural causes at Antibes in the south of France. He was buried with full military honours in the crypt of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cannes, France. Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna died six years later and was buried alongside her husband.
 
The remains of the grand ducal couple would be reinterred alongside those of other members of the Russian Imperial family in the Peter and Paul Cathedral at St. Petersburg.
 
UPDATE: An article also appeared in the February 23rd edition of the Montenegrin newspaper, Vijesti on the same topic.
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 18 February, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:06 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 14 March 2014 6:31 AM EDT
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