Russian Imperial House Considers Changes to Law of Succession

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Alexander Zakatov and Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna

HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, has not yet received the blessing from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to change the law of succession of the Imperial House of Russia. “But the dialogue is underway”, said the Director of the Chancellery of the Head of the Russian Imperial House, Alexander Zakatov, during an interview with the Russian news agency Политика сегодня (Politics Today). 

The Decree was amended on 20 March 1820, by Emperor Alexander I, who issued a Manifesto stipulating that, “if any person in the Imperial Family enters into a marriage with a person of a status unequal to His, that is, not belonging to any Royal or Ruling House, in such a case the person in the Imperial Family cannot pass on to the other person the rights which belong to Members of the Imperial Family, and the children issuing from such a marriage have no right of succession to the throne.”

Zakatov said that the question of changing the law is being considered, as the head of the Imperial House has repeatedly stated publicly. 

“The Grand Duchess has repeatedly stated publicly that it is possible after some time to make adjustments to the rules of succession to the throne, as has been done by many European houses. She has always emphasized that such a change is possible only with the consent and blessing of the church. The Grand Duchess consults with the Patriarch on all matters,” said the director of the office.

 He stressed that there is no rush to change the rules of inheritance of the throne. 

It should be noted that the son and heir of Her Imperial Highness Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich is now 37 years old (born 13 March 1981), and still unmarried. A lack of eligible royal princesses, let alone one who would convert to Orthodoxy certainly narrows his chances of entering into an equal marriage. A change to the dynastic succession, however, will now clear the path for George to marry for love.

It is very timely also, that such a change should come after the deaths of Princes Nicholas (1922-2014) and Dimitri Romanovich (1926-2016), both  former heads of the Romanov Family Association, whose current members are sure to cry foul, setting the stage for further family squabbles.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 28 January 2019