The cover article will feature a comprehensive bio on the life of Prince Dimitri Romanovich (1926-2016) by Russian writer Ivan Matveyev.
Dimitri Romanovich Romanov was born on 17 May 1926 at the villa of his grandfather Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich (1864-1931) in Cap d’Antibes, France. He was the second son of Prince Roman Petrovich (1896-1978) and Princess Praskovia Dmitrievna (nee Countess Praskovia Sheremeteva, 1901-1980). His older brother was Prince Nicholas Romanovich (1922-2014). Through his paternal lineage, he was a great-great grandson of Emperor Nicholas I of Russia (1796–1855) and his consort, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna (nee Princess Charlotte of Prussia, 1798-1860) who founded the Nikolaevichi branch of the Russian Imperial Family.
In June 1992 Dimitri was one of seven Romanov princes who met in Paris where they decided to create the Romanov Fund for Russia with the task of carrying out charitable acts in post communist Russia.
Prince Dimitri was a member of the Romanov Family Association since 1979, the year of its creation, and served as a committee member. In July 1998, he joined other members of the Imperial family in St. Petersburg to attend the funeral of the last Russian emperor to reign, Nicholas II, and his family.
In September 2006 after a successful lobbying campaign of the Danish royal family and President Vladimir Putin of Russia, he arranged for the remains of Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna to be moved from Denmark, where she died in exile, to Russia so she could be buried alongside her husband Emperor Alexander III. After attending the divine service for Maria Feodorovna at the Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark, Prince Dimitri accompanied her remains on the Danish naval ship that transferred them to Russia. After their arrival, Prince Dimitri with other descendants of the Imperial family attended the reburial service in Russia.
In 2014, Princes Dimitri and Nicholas Romanovich met with Russian officials to arrange for the transfer to Russia of the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.), the grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, and supreme commander of all land and naval forces of the Russian Empire at the beginning of World War I. The reinterment of the remains of Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich (Jr.), and his wife Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholayevna took place in April 2015 at Bratsk military cemetery in Moscow with the participation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill.
On 6th October 2016, Prince Dimitri travelled to Moscow, where Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev presented him with the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, a Russian state award, for his great contribution to the spread of the knowledge of Russia’s historical and cultural heritage.
On 8th October, the feast day of St. Sergius of Radonezh, following a liturgy in the Assumption Cathedral at the Trinity-Sergius Lavra, a meeting was held in the Patriarchal chambers of the monastery between Prince Dmitri Romanovich and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Prince Dimitri expressed his concerns over the Russian Orthodox Church and its position on the identification of the Ekaterinburg remains, and the progress of the forensic tests being conducted on the remains Emperor Nicholas II’s children, Tsesarevich Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria.
Prince Dimitri Romanovich was a claimant to the headship of the Imperial House of Russia. At his death, the male line of the Nikolaevichi branch of the Romanov family died out.
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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 9 April, 2018