ROYAL RUSSIA - DIRECTORY
A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty in Words and Photographs

THE ROMANOVS: THE RUSSIAN IMPERIAL FAMILY & THE MONARCHY
Biographies and videos about the Romanovs, articles about the Russian monarchy

THE REIGN OF NICHOLAS II
Articles about Nicholas II, including his Coronation and Canonization, photograph albums and videos

IMPERIAL PALACES & RESIDENCES
Articles, videos, photograph albums about the palaces and residences of the Romanovs, and the Russian Nobility. Articles about the Imperial yachts and train

WHAT'S NEW @ ROYAL RUSSIA
Updated on the 1st day of each month with the latest articles, news, videos, photographs to Royal Russia, as well as the latest additions to our online bookshop

ROYAL RUSSIA NEWS
News articles, videos, photographs on the Romanovs and Imperial Russia from Russian media sources

ROYAL RUSSIA BULLETIN: OUR OFFICIAL BLOG
Short news clips and announcements, videos, photographs on the Romanovs and Imperial Russia from Russian media sources. Updated almost daily

ROYAL RUSSIA VIDEO & FILM ARCHIVE
A collection of historical and contemporary video and film footage of the Romanov Dynasty and their legacy, Imperial Russian history and culture, the Russian Orthodox Church and much more

ROMANOV & RUSSIAN LINKS
Links to other web sites on the Romanovs, Imperial Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church, and more

ROYAL RUSSIA ANNUAL: OUR OFFICIAL MAGAZINE
Information on current and forthcoming issues of our official magazine dedicated to the study and appreciation of the Romanov dynasty and Imperial Russia

PAUL GILBERT - BOOKSELLER
Our online bookshop specializing in books on the Romanovs

GILBERT's BOOKS - PUBLISHER
The publishing division of Royal Russia specializing in books on the Romanovs since 1994

ROYAL RUSSIA TOURS
Specializing in special historical tours of Imperial Russia for Romanovphiles and Russophiles

RETURN TO WELCOME TO ROYAL RUSSIA
Our main page where you can listen to a haunting rendition of God Save the Tsar

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 in-depth web site, blog (Royal Russia Bulletin), and the translation and publication of books and our Official Magazine, Royal Russia Annual.

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.

Our web site aims to educate and inform new generations of Russophiles, to offer sources for historians, teachers and students, and to satisfy the quest for a better understanding of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia for Romanovphiles.

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 not short of admirable. Their faith sustained them, despite nearly eight decades of prosecution. 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.



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.


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.

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.