Royal Russia is a web site dedicated to keeping the memories of old Russia alive by celebrating the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russian history. We are able to accomplish this through our web site, blog, and the translation, publication and distribution of books and our official magazine, Royal Russia Annual.

Royal Russia is dedicated to the distribution of accurate information about the House of Romanov, their legacy, pre-Revolutionary Russian history, and highlighting the importance of the Russian Imperial House in today's Russia.

Royal Russia believes that the legacy of the Romanovs and the history of Tsarist Russia should be sources of national pride and prosperity. Our goal is to educate, restore and honour one of the world's greatest dynasties and the rich history of pre-revolutionary Russia.

We support the research and translation of historical documents so that historians, researchers, and the general public in the West will have access to them.

We support the preservation and restoration of buildings of historical importance in Russia so that present and future generations may come to appreciate the history of Russia so vehemently denied them under Communist rule.


The empires of Russia, Austria and Prussia were absolute monarchies, ruled by emperors or empresses. The neighbouring royal houses of Europe were constitutional monarchies, ruled by kings and queens.

The term Imperial is a more accurate title for the rulers of Russia before the 1917 Revolution and the downfall of the monarchy. I believed that by naming this web site Imperial Russia, that this was too encompassing and evoked a misleading impression of of the content of this web site.

This web site is dedicated to the Russian Imperial family, their legacy and the direct relationship they had in pre-revolutionary Russian history.

PAUL GILBERT
Founder & Web Site Administrator


HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna
Head of the Russian Imperial House
de jure Empress of All the Russias

Royal Russia supports the restoration of the monarchy in Russia, recognizing HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna as the Head of the Russian Imperial House and claimant to the Russian throne.

The Russian Imperial House is a historic institution, which has preserved its continuity since the time of its accession and which operates according to its own internal historical dynastic laws and regulations.

We believe that the Romanov dynasty which, though no longer reigning, nonetheless should be regarded legally as a historical institution and, consequently, one of the main pillars of modern Russian society.

We also believe that any restoration of the monarchy in Russia is subject to the will of the Russian people.

We acknowledge all legitimate descendants of the Romanov dynasty, recognizing their family heritage, and the work that they do in the name of their descendants, as well as their charitable efforts in Russia today.

Succession of the Russian Imperial House


Kirill I, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

Royal Russia strongly supports the Russian Orthodox Church, and its efforts in restoring faith to the Russian people, a faith denied them by nearly 80 years of Communist and atheist ideology.

Royal Russia also recognizes the role that the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) played in both the history of Russia, and its assocation with the monarchy up until 1917.

Like the Russian Imperial family, the ROC suffered terribly under the hands of the Bolsheviks and later, the Soviets under Joseph Stalin. Churches were closed, desecrated, even destroyed, while thousands of priests, nuns, and Orthodox faithful were persecuted. Many were tortured and murdered, while many others were exiled to Gulags, never to be seen or heard from again.

It is important to note the efforts of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCOR). The ROCOR was formed as a jurisdiction of Eastern Orthodoxy as a response against the policy of Bolsheviks with respect to religion in the Soviet Union soon after the Russian Revolution of 1917, and separated from the Russian Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in 1927 after an imprisoned Patriarch Sergius I of Moscow pledged the Church’s qualified loyalty to the Bolshevik state.

In 1981, the ROCOR canonized Tsar Nicholas II and his family as new martyrs. It was not until 2000, after much debate, that the Romanov family was canonized as passion bearers by the Moscow Patriarchate in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia officially signed the Act of Canonical Communion with the Moscow Patriarchate on May 17, 2007 restoring the canonical link between the churches.

The strength and fortitude of the Russian Orthodox Church and its followers is nothing short of admirable. Their faith sustained them, despite nearly eight decades of persecution. Today, some 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union and Communism, the ROC is once again thriving.

Royal Russia is supported by many members of the Russian Orthodox Church around the world. Their prayers and ongoing dedication and support help to keep the memories of old Russia alive.



The Russian Empire existed from 1721 until overthrown by Revolution in 1917. One of the largest empires in world history, stretching over three continents, the Russian Empire was surpassed in landmass only by the British and Mongol empires. Russia was an absolute monarchy until the Revolution of 1905 and then became a constitutional monarchy.

Nicholas II was the last Emperor of Russia, reigning from 1894 to 1917. The monarchy ended with the murder of the Romanov family by Bolsheviks in 1918.


"God Save the Tsar!" (Russian: Боже, Царя храни!; transliteration: Bozhe, Tsarya khrani!) was the national anthem of the late Russian Empire. The song was chosen from a competition held in 1833. The composer was violinist Alexei Lvov, and the lyrics were by the court poet Vasily Zhukovsky. It was the anthem until the Russian Revolution of 1917.

Russian

Боже, Царя храни!
Сильный, державный,
Царствуй на славу, на славу нам!
Царствуй на страх врагам,
Царь православный!
Боже, Царя, Царя храни!

English translation (literal)

God, protect the Tsar !
Strong and majestic,
Reign for glory, For our glory !
Reign to foes’ fear,
Orthodox Tsar.
God, protect the Tsar !


The full heraldic display of the Emperors and Autocrats of All Russias.

The coat of arms of the Russian Empire (Герб Российской Империи) consisted of a golden escutcheon with a black two-headed eagle crowned with two imperial crowns, over which the same third crown, enlarged, with two flying ends of the ribbon of the Order of Saint Andrew. The State Eagle held a golden scepter and golden globus cruciger. On the chest of the eagle there was an escutcheon with the arms of Moscow, depicting Saint George, mounted and defeating the dragon. The depicted Great Coat of Arms (Russian: Большой государственный герб Российской Империи, Bol'shoy gosudarstvennîy gerb Rossiyskoy Imperii) was adopted in 1882, replacing the previous version of 1857. Tsar Alexander III first approved the relevant design on July 24, which, with minor modifications, was officially adopted on November 3.

The Lesser coat of arms.

The Lesser Coat of Arms (Малый государственный герб Российской Империи) depicts the imperial double-headed eagle, as used in the coat of arms, with the addition of the collar of the Order of Saint Andrew around the escutcheon of St. George, and the Arms of Astrakhan, Siberia, Georgia, Finland, Kiev-Vladimir-Novgorod, Taurica, Poland and Kazan on the wings (seen clockwise).


The Imperial Crown of Russia, also known as the Great Imperial Crown, is the crown that was used by the Emperors of Russia until the abolition of the monarchy in 1917. The Great Imperial Crown was first used in a coronation by Catherine II, and was last used at the coronation of Nicholas II. It survived the subsequent revolution and is currently on display in the Moscow Kremlin Armoury State Diamond Fund.


Peter the Great's tricolour was the merchant flag (civil ensign) of Russia. As the oldest civil flag to represent Russia, it was later adopted as the national flag representing the country rather than the Tsar.

In 1914, the white-blue-red tricolor with a canton of the imperial arms was introduced by imperial decree on 19 November 1914. It was the Tsar's private flag and Peter the Great's tricolour continued being the official flag of Russia.

Flag of the Russian Empire for "Celebrations" from 1858 to 1883. However, this was not as popular as Peter the Great's tricolour, the white-blue-red flag, which was adopted as the official flag in 1883, officialised by the Tsar in 1896. However it had been used as a de-facto flag to represent Russia since the end of the 17th century.

The Imperial Standard of the Emperor, used from 1858 to 1917. Previous versions of the black eagle on gold background were used as far back as Peter the Great's time.