This Week in the News – The Romanovs and Imperial Russia


PHOTO: Earlier this year, this handsome framed portrait of Nicholas II was sold at auction in Moscow. Portrait by the famous Imperial Court photographer V. Yasvoin. 1912-13. The frame of Karelian birch features bronze overlays of laurel crowns at the four corners and the imperial crown.

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This Week in the News includes a link and brief summary to full-length articles published in the past week from English language media and internet sources.

This initiative is a courtesy to those who do not have a Facebook account, or for some reason cannot view the Royal Russia Facebook page.

Royal Russia is pleased to offer our dedicated followers with the following 2 full-length articles, on a variety of topics covering the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia, for the week ending 29 December 2018:


PHOTO: Grand Duchesses Olga (seated center) and Tatiana (seated right) Nikolaevna taking donations in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, 1914

Countess Natalia Fedorovna Karlova (1858-1921) is seated at the table (behind Olga), Mikhail Ivanovich Goremykin (1879-1927) is standing to the left.

During the First World War, Countess Karlova was a member of the St. Petersburg Special Committee of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, to assist the families of those called up to war. She also allocated money for the maintenance of hospitals, one of which was opened in her home on the Fontanka in St. Petersburg.

Goremykin served as a chamberlain. He was the eldest of two sons born to Ivan Lohgininovich Goremykin (1839-1917) – Russian statesman, Secretary of State (from 1910), Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Russian Empire (1906 and 1914-1916), Minister of the Interior (1895-1899), member of the Council of State (from 1899), senator (from 1894),and the last valid Privy Councilor of the 1st class (1916).After the Revolution, Mikhail emigrated to France.

THIS WEEKS’ ARTICLES – click on the red headline text below to read the respective articles

Prince Charles ‘Completely Overwhelmed’ By Russian Orthodox Liturgy

According to a recent interview with HRH Prince Charles, one can imagine that the sounds of a Russian Orthodox service are heard across Buckingham Palace once in a while.

The Romanovs’ Last Christmas: Tobolsk, 1917

Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey, drawing on primary sources including the Royal Martyrs’ own letters, recounts the Romanov family’s final celebration of the Lord’s Nativity.

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PHOTO: A beautiful Christmas view of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoye Selo

The combination of the gilded cupolas, snow, and illuminations make it look like a page out from a Russian fairy tale

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