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Friday, 1 May 2015
Russia Honours Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD


Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholaeyevich (1856-1929)
 
On April 30, 2015 , His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia participated in the ceremony of the reburial of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich the younger, and his wife, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna. Having died in exile and first buried at Archangel Michael Church in Cannes, France, they are now being reinterred in Moscow at the Bratsky Military Cemetery in Sokoly. Participating in the ceremony was Mr Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation; Mayor Sergey Sobyanin of Moscow; His Eminence Metropolitan Ilarion of Volokolamsk, President of the Department of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate; His Eminence Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe; General Pankov, Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation; Duke Dimitri Romanovich, Chairman of the Union of the Romanov Family; representatives of the Moscow government and academia.
 
Click on the link below to read the FULL article published in Royal Russia News and watch 3 videos (in Russian): 

Russia Honours Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich

 
NOTE: The videos include the burial with full honours in Moscow on April 30th; the arrival of the grand ducal remains in Moscow on April 29th; and a 30-minute documentary which includes rare archival film footage of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich before the Revolution.
 
© Press Service of the DECR. 01 May, 2015
 

 

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Updated: Friday, 1 May 2015 12:02 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 29 April 2015
France Bids Farewell to Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD


The funeral ceremony for Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich was held in the Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris on Monday
 
France bid farewell to Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich and his wife Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna on Monday. The funeral ceremony was held in the Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris, attended by French officials, representatives from the Ministry of Defence, veterans organizations and the public in the capital. The Russian delegation, present at the ceremony was led by the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky. Also in attendance were the current head of the Romanov Family Association Dmitry Romanovich and his wife Dorrit.
 
Click on the link below to read the article published in Royal Russia News and watch 2 videos (in Russian): 

France Bids Farewell to Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich + 2 VIDEOS 

© Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 April, 2015
 

 

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Updated: Wednesday, 29 April 2015 8:50 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich Arrive in Moscow
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD


The  remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (Jr.) and his wife - the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna arrived in Moscow from Paris on Monday. 

The decision on reburial was made at the request of relatives of the Grand Duke. During his years of exile in France, Grand Duke Nicholas dreamed of being buried in Russia until his final days. His relatives say that he wanted to be buried next to the officers and soldiers of the Russian army. Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich died on January 5, 1929 in France. Now, after 86 years, his wish came true. 

The aircraft which transported the grand ducal remains landed at Chkalovsky, a military airfield situated about 31 km northeast of Moscow. They were met by a military honour guard and military band. 

After the ceremony at Chkalovsky, the coffins containing the grand ducal remains were transferred to the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow, where a memorial service and divine liturgy were held.

The delegation, which accompanied the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas and Grand Duchess Anastasia from Paris to Russia on Monday, included the Minister of Culture Vladimir Medina, Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov and, of course, the descendants. Dmitry Romanovich, a great-great-grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, and great-nephew of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich. Dmitry, 88, is the current Head of the Romanov Family Association, not to be confused with the Russian Imperial House.

Arrival in Russia was preceded by a farewell ceremony at the Cathedral of Saint Louis in Paris. "The French republic gave a worthy farewell to our commander in chief, an ally of France during the First World War" - said the executive secretary of the Russian Historical Society Andrei Petrov. 

"The French have done everything they could, - says Dmitry Romanov. -  It was very touching and nice that the French have not forgotten us." 

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich  was a cousin of the last emperor Nicholas II. The Grand Duke served as supreme commander of the Russian army during the first year of the First World War. Like the other grand duchesses, his wife Anastasia Nicholayevna served as a nurse. Russian troops headed by the Grand Duke, diverted the Germans from Paris, and the city was saved. Nicholas crossed the Danube during the Russian-Turkish war, for which he received his first military decoration - the Order of St. George. In total, he earned more than a dozen awards, including the Order of St. Andrew. After the October Revolution he fled Russia, living out his remaining years in France.  

The  remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (Jr.) and his wife - the Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna will be buried this Thursday in the Chapel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow. 
 
I have published a number of articles on the proposed reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich in Moscow over the past year. To review these articles, please refer to the following links: 
 
Naryshkin Proposes Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich on April 30
 
House of Romanov: 'Remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Should be Reburied in the Peter and Paul Cathedral St. Petersburg'
 
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in Moscow

Naryshkin Supports Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich's Remains in Russia

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in St. Petersburg?

Final Resting Place of Two Grand Ducal Brothers

Rich in Romanov History: Russian Church in Urgent Need of Repair   
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 28 April, 2015
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:10 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:35 PM EDT
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Thursday, 23 April 2015
Naryshkin Proposes Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich on April 30
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD


Portrait of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich, Jr. taken in exile, 1925
 
The ceremony to rebury the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich Jr. and his wife is expected to take place in Moscow on April 30, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said.

"I suggest that the ceremony for reburying the remains of the great prince and his wife should be conducted on April 30. The necessary negotiations and approvals have been conducted by our colleagues and everything is ready for that," Naryshkin said at the final meeting of the interdepartmental working group on the organization of this reburial.

The meeting was held in the State Duma on Wednesday.

The speaker recalled that a ritual event will be conducted in the Les Invalides building in Paris before this date.
Naryshkin pointed out that Nicholas Nicholayevich was not only a representative of the imperial family, but also commander-in-chief of all ground and naval forces of the Russian Army in the initial period of WWI.

"Like our entire Fatherland, he had a difficult fate: the fate of a statesman, a politician, a military commander," Naryshkin said.

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich had to spend the last years of his life outside of Russia, he said. He died in France and was buried there. "Only many years later, conditions emerged for the return of his remains to Russia," the politician said.

Naryshkin emphasized that the remains of the great prince are being transferred at the request of his descendants, who have chosen a place of his future reburial in Russia.

"The family has an unwritten will of the great prince, in which he says he would like to find rest in his native land and he would like to be reburied next to Russian soldiers and officers killed in WWI," Naryshkin said.
 
I have published a number of articles on the proposed reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich in Moscow over the past year. To review these articles, please refer to the following links: 
 
House of Romanov: 'Remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Should be Reburied in the Peter and Paul Cathedral St. Petersburg'
 
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in Moscow

Naryshkin Supports Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich's Remains in Russia

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in St. Petersburg?

Final Resting Place of Two Grand Ducal Brothers

Rich in Romanov History: Russian Church in Urgent Need of Repair  
 
© Russia Beyond the Headlines. 23 April, 2015
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:04 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 24 April 2015 6:24 AM EDT
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Thursday, 2 April 2015
House of Romanov: 'Remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Should be Reburied in the Peter and Paul Cathedral St. Petersburg'
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD
 

 Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (1856-1929)

 
The House of Romanov do not agree with the proposed burial place of the remains of the Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (Jr.) at a military cemetery in Moscow, reports the Interfax News Agency in Moscow.

"The Head of the House of Romanov, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna believes that Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich as a member of the House of Romanov, of course, has the right to be buried at home. This would make sense that his remains should be buried in the tomb of Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, where members of the Romanov family are buried, including his father - Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich Senior" - said Alexander Zakatov, Director of the Chancery of Her Imperial Highness. 

He also believes that there is no reason to portray the grand duke as a hero, "and there is no reason to turn the transfer of the Grand Duke’s ashes into a great event." "Nicholas Nicholayevich did not achieve any great military activity, nor any of his other initiatives give reason to consider him as a great statesman. We fear that the reburial could become a political show" - said the representative of the Russian Imperial House. 

According to Zakatov, the Grand Duke was an unsuccessful military commander during the First World War, and for this reason, Emperor Nicholas II made the decision to relieve him of his command. Subsequently, Grand Duke Nicholas joined the conspirators, who demanded that Emperor Nicholas II to abdicate. 

Citing the Grand Duke’s betrayal of Emperor Nicholas II, it is interesting to note that on the afternoon of 2 March 1917, Major General Vladimir Voeikov, commandant of the palace, entered the emperor's railway car to express his grief and astonishment at the emperor's abdication.  In his memoirs, Voeikov described Nicholas II's pointing to the many telegrams on his desk and stating, "What else could I have done when everyone has betrayed me?  And first among them Nikolasha [N.N.]."  In his famous diary entry of 2 March 1917, Nicholas II finished his description of the day with this sentence:  "All around me is treachery, cowardice and deceit."  

The Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich, the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, served as the supreme commander of all land and naval forces of the Russian Empire at the beginning of World War I. After the Revolution, he fled to France where died in 1929 at age 72. The remains of the grand duke and those of his wife, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna are buried in the Church of the Archangel Michael in Cannes. Their remains are due to be buried at the Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow this spring.
 
I have published a number of articles on the proposed reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich in Moscow over the past year. To review these articles, please refer to the following links: 
 

House of Romanov: 'Remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Should be Reburied in the Peter and Paul Cathedral St. Petersburg' 

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in Moscow

Naryshkin Supports Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich's Remains in Russia

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in St. Petersburg?

Final Resting Place of Two Grand Ducal Brothers

Rich in Romanov History: Russian Church in Urgent Need of Repair 
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 02 April, 2015
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:20 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 23 April 2015 5:16 AM EDT
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Saturday, 27 December 2014
Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in Moscow
Topic: Nicholas Nicholayevich, GD


Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (1856-1929)
 
The Russian government announced this week that the remains of the Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (Jr.) and his wife Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna will be transported from France to Russia and buried with full military honours in the Chapel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow in 2015 (date yet to be determined).

Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich (1856-1929) was a cousin of Emperor Nicholas II. At the beginning of the First World War, in 1914-1915, he commanded the land and naval forces of Russia, and then up to the February Revolution, was the governor of the Caucasus. In the army, he was nicknamed “the evil one,” and called “Nikolasha” by members of the Russian Imperial family. In 1919, he emigrated with members of his family to France, where he lived in Cannes. He died in 1929, and was buried at the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cannes.

Recently, the issue regarding the reburial of the grand ducal remains was discussed at a meeting held in the State Duma’s Interagency Task Force, headed by Sergei Naryshkin, chairman of the State Duma, and head of the Russian Historical Society. Naryshkin noted that "descendants of the Grand Duke Nicholas claim that the reburial is based on the grand duke’s last wish - that some day his remains would be buried in his native land, next to his soldiers," - said the speaker of the State Duma. "We have spent almost half of the year discussing all aspects of the reinterment - including legal and financial. In October, Naryshkin was appointed head of a Government established inter-ministerial group. According to him, the main goal was "to restore one of the long-forgotten names of our history."
 


Chapel of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow
 
According to Andrei Petrov, Head of the Analytical Department of the State Duma, and executive secretary of the Russian Historical Society, confirmed that the idea for the reinterment of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich’s remains was prompted by an appeal by Nicholas and Dmitry Romanovich Romanov, direct descendants of Emperor Nicholas I. The brothers wrote to Mr. Naryshkin, because he led the organizing committee for the 100th anniversary of the First World War. "They appealed to both the Russian and the French authorities for the issuing of the necessary permits for the reburial," - said Mr. Petrov.

Alexander Orlov, Russian Ambassador to France stated this week in the Russian media that all the organizational matters had been "generally solved." According to Orlov, the proposal for reinterment was supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recently discussed the proposal with French President Francois Hollande.

Alexander Kibovsky, Head of the Department of Cultural Heritage in Moscow said that the Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow is well known and frequently visited by members of public organizations associated with the history of the First World War and the White Russian movement. Kibovsky noted that the chapel is in good condition, and that final details have yet to be worked out, such as whether a replica of the sarcophagus in Cannes would be made.

The Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk warned "about possible difficulties that may arise" from the reinterment. He points to the fact that the crypt of St. Michael the Archangel Church in Cannes "is the subject of litigation between three ecclesiastical jurisdictions." One of them involves the émigré Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which in 2007 became a self-governing part of the Russian Orthodox Church. "The abbot of the church Archbishop Barnabas, was stripped of his rank, and the new priest was unable to begin his duties because his parishioners refused to recognize him," - said the Metropolitan. As a result, the church is currently closed, all services cancelled.
 
I have published several other articles over the past year on plans to reinter the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich, to review these please refer to the links below:
 

*Naryshkin Supports Reburial of Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich's Remains in Russia

*Grand Duke Nicholas Nicholayevich to be Reburied in St. Petersburg?

*Final Resting Place of Two Grand Ducal Brothers

*Rich in Romanov History: Russian Church in Urgent Need of Repair

 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 December, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:22 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 28 April 2015 12:36 PM EDT
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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


 


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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
 

 

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Updated: Friday, 14 March 2014 6:31 AM EDT
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