Russians Greatest Fans
of British Monarchy Survey

The British-Russian royal connection. Tsar Nicholas II and his cousin, King George V of Great Britain

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Russians are the greatest admirers of the British monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II in the world, the VisitBritain tourism organization has said, according to RIA Novosti.

VisitBritain has conducted a survey involving 25,000 people in 30 countries to reveal their attitude to the British Royal Family. The poll showed that 83 percent of those questioned in Russia would like to visit sites related to the Royal Family if they travel to Britain. Half of French would-be visitors, 57 percent of U.S. and 71 percent of Chinese potential tourists said they would like to visit such sites.

The Tower of London, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the St. Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey are the most popular attractions in London, the poll indicated.

According to the survey, Britain's revenues from Russian tourists account for 500 million British pounds ($780 million) a year.

Russia had been a monarchy for centuries until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 and massacred Russia's last tsar, Nikolas II, his wife, their four daughters and son in July 1918.

According to a poll conduced by the Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) in 2006, *9 percent of Russians would like the monarchy to be restored in the country.

NOTE: *Other polls in Russia conducted over the past few years indicate a much higher percentage of Russians favour a restoration of the monarchy. Some favour a return to an absolute Christian monarchy, while others support a constitutional monarchy similar to that of Great Britain. The results of these polls will be covered in my soon to be published essay The Russian Imperial Succession and the Future of Monarchy in Russia - Paul Gilbert

Source: The Financial
29 July, 2010