Russian Imperial House Exhibit
Opens in Belgorod

Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich

Photographs and documents of the Russian Imperial House are on display in Belgorod

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An exhibition of the Russian Imperial House opened on March 15th in Belgorod, a city in western Russia. The exhibition opened in the hall of the Holy Martyrs Spiritual and Educational Center.

The exhibition is devoted to the Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich, who celebrated his 30th birthday on March 13th. A collection of photographs and writings of the grand duke is presented in this rare photographic record of his life so far. The exhibit is divided into three parts: from birth to present day, his spiritual life, and his private life. The photographs and documents are from the personal archives of the Russian Imperial House.

Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich (born March 13, 1981) is the only son of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich (Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia). He received an classical Orthodox education, is well versed in theology, speaks five languages, graduated from Oxford University (majoring in Law) and worked in the European Parliament. In 2008, he was appointed Adviser to the General Director of MMC Norilsk Nickel.

Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich, along with His August mother takes an active part in the life of Russia, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Under the auspices of the Russian Imperial House today are a number of educational institutions, as well as several orphanages in the Moscow and Volgograd regions. They have established and actively supported various charitable programs, including financial and spiritual support to the needy.

Many of the documents are unique, having never been put on exhibit before. One such document is a letter to the Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, who became Head of the Russian Imperial House in 1924 from the Metropolitan Anthony, the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. The letter marked the glorification of the Imperial family, the murders of Tsar Nicholas II and his family by the Soviets in 1918, and the universal sorrow of the Russian people.

The object of the exhibition is to educate Russians about the history of the Romanov dynasty and imperial Russia. I would like the visitors to the exhibition to understand that the Russian Imperial House, after the revolution remained true to the ideals of a great united Russia and Orthodoxy, and to this day, is ready to serve them in any capacity, said Vadim Kolomychenko.

Presented at the Belgorod exhibition are photographs of the meeting of Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich with His Holiness Patriarchs Alexy II and Cyril, along with other hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church, with public figures of Russia (including Academician Natalya Narochnitskaya, statesman and politician Sliska and other prominent public figures), with members of the royal dynasties (such as, Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich (in infancy) being held by Queen Sofia of Spain, the Grand Duke surrounded by his family, including members of the German Imperial House of Hohenzollern), and many others. Most of the photographs have never before been seen by the public eye.

The exhibit was organized by the regional representation of the All-Russian Public Movement "For Faith and Fatherland" and the regional representation of the Russian Imperial Union-Order (RIUO). It is one of numerous exhibitions planned by museums across Russia to mark the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 2013.

The exhibition runs until mid-April, when a larger exhibition of photographs and documents, entitled The Russian Imperial House in Exile: The Life of Russia, which will focus on the history of the Russian Imperial House from 1918 until the present day is planned for Belgorod in May of this year.

Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
Sources: Русский мир, ИА Бел.Ру, Афиша Белгорода
16 March, 2011