On July 17th 1998, I had the great honour of attending the interment of the remains of Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Empress Alexandra, three of their five children, and four faithful retainers at the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The invitation had been extended by the Director of the Romanov Family Association in Russia Ivan Artsishevsky. He even permitted me to ride with descendants of the Romanov family in one of the special buses from the Astoria Hotel to the Peter and Paul Cathedral.
On July 12th 2018, I will depart on a spiritual journey to Ekaterinburg, where I will spend a week in the Ural capital, taking part in the Tsar’s Days events marking the 100th anniversary of the deaths and martyrdom of Emperor Nicholas II and his family. During my stay I will visit museums and churches who will be hosting a series of exhibitions in their memory. On the night of July 16/17 I will attend the Divine Liturgy at the Church on the Blood, which will be performed by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. I will then join tens of thousands of like-minded pilgrims from across Russia and around the world on a 21-km pilgrimage from the Church on the Blood to the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers in Ganina Yama.
I am so very grateful that I am able to make this long anticipated spiritual journey, one which permits me to pay homage to Russia’s last emperor and tsar – a sovereign for whom I have the greatest respect. I am dedicated to clearing the many myths and lies against Nicholas II over the past century. I am able to achieve this through my web site, news blog, and social media, as well as through the publication of books and my bi-annual periodical Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II. I recently launched a Nicholas II discussion group, and will host the Nicholas II Conference in Colchester, England on October 27th 2018.
I am also honoured to have an opportunity to attend the events marking the centenary of the deaths and martyrdom of Nicholas II and his family in Ekaterinburg. I will be a witness to history in the making, it will be a day which would have been unimaginable during the Soviet years. This visit will mark my 29th journey to Russia, and my 3rd to the Ural capital.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 7 July 2018