Royal Russia – Memories of 2018 and Plans for 2019


Paul Gilbert at St John of Shanghai Orthodox Church, Colchester, England


2018 has been one of the busiest, most productive and memorable in Royal Russia’s 24 year history! On a personal note, it has been a truly remarkable year.

My journey to Russia in July, to take part in the Tsar’s Days events in Ekaterinburg was one which I will never forget. The memory of Emperor Nicholas II and his family were glorified in the city’s churches, the subject of exhibitions, and other events held throughout the city. The Patriarchal Liturgy on the night of 16/17 July, and my personal pilgrimage to Ganina Yama and Porosenkov Log touched the very core of my heart and soul. I am so grateful to have made the journey, bearing witness to an important page in Russia’s history.

In October, I hosted the Nicholas II. Emperor. Tsar. Saint. Conference, at St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church, in Colchester, England. More than 100 people came from 11 countries, to hear five speakers present seven papers on the life, reign, and sainthood of Russia’s last emperor and tsar. The event was a smashing success!

In 2018, I published no less than six new journals: 2 issues of Royal Russia (No. 13 Winter and No. 14 Summer) , and 4 issues of Sovereign (No. 6 Spring and No. 8 Autumn) , including 2 SPECIAL ISSUES (No. 7 Tsar’s Days and No. 9 Conference Proceedings).

I also took part in a a special 6-part video series commemorating the Romanovs Martyrdom Centennial, prepared by the Monastery of St John the Forerunner Mesa Potamos. Click on the following link to watch part 5, my interview The Conspiracy Against Nicholas II.

I was also the subject of an interview for the English language Russia Beyond (a project/brand established by the TV-Novosti company owned by the Rossiya Segodnya which is a state news agency in Russia). Click on the following link to read Why does a Brit fight for the truth about Nicholas II and the Romanovs? by Alexandra Guzeva.


Royal Russia will mark its 25th anniversary in 2019


First, and a major milestone is that Royal Russia will mark its 25th anniversary in September 2019!

I have no plans to return to Russia any time in the near future. I might, however, be interested in returning to visit the Alexander Palace – after the restoration of the palace is complete – however, that could be years away! I would also be interested in returning to my favourite Russian city Ekaterinburg in 2023, when the Ural capital marks its’ 300th anniversary.

In the meantime, my travel plans will find me spending more time in England, visiting friends, and exploring areas of the country as a potential spot in which to settle (retire), once I make the move across the Atlantic. Britain is scheduled to gain independence from the EU on 29th March, and I very much look forward to replacing my old red EU passport with a new black UK passport later in the year.


There will be NO new issues of Royal Russia published in 2019


 In 2019, I will downsizing Royal Russia, in order to free up more time to devote to my primary interest: the life and reign of Nicholas II. Please note the following:

(1) There will NO new issues of my bi-annual journal Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia in Words and Photographs, published in 2019. The No. 15 Winter and No. 16 Summer 2019 issues have been cancelled. 

(2) My weekly news updates by email will cease on Sunday 30th December. This is a very time consuming task, sometimes taking up my entire Sunday morning or afternoon. My mailing list is so large, combined with limits placed by email servers on the number of emails which I can send in any given day, have forced me to utilize numerous email accounts to ensure that every one on the mailing list receives my weekly news update.

Please note, that I will continue to translate articles and news from Russian media sources, and post them on my Royal Russia News and Facebook pages on a daily basis. 

I will also issue special news reports (i.e. updates on the restoration of the Alexander Palace, the Ekaterinburg remains, major exhibitions), and new book titles.  These reports will be sent from my email address.

Followers also have the option to bookmark my Royal Russia News blog or follow me on Facebook, for the latest English language news from Russian media sources on the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

(3) I will be shutting down three of my email accounts, effective 1st January 2019.

ALL general queries should be sent to my attention at and ALL queries regarding book orders should be sent to my attention at

(4) The Royal Russia office will be CLOSED on weekends and holidays. My office hours will be 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday.


A new web site dedicated to Nicholas II will be launched in 2019


The Nicholas II Conference was the official launching of my personal commitment to clearing the name of Russia’s last emperor and tsar. I will be dedicating both my time and resources in the coming years ahead to researching and writing about Russia’s much slandered tsar, via the following projects:

(1) I will continue to publish my bi-annual journal Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II, offering 2 new issues in 2019 (No. 10 Spring and No. 11 Autumn) in 2019.

(2) I can now complete several book projects, which have been in the works for a number of years now, among these are Nicholas II. Portraits and Monuments; My Russia. Ekaterinburg; Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia; OTMAA. A Photobiography of the Children of Tsar Nicholas II, among others.

(3) On January 1st 2019, I will be launching a new web site and Facebook pages entitled Nicholas II. Emperor. Tsar. Saint., which will feature news, videos, and photos from Russian media sources.

(4) I will also have more time to engage in discussions in my Царебожники / Tsarebozhniki Discussion Group, which now has more than 600 members.

(5) I will also offer my services for the planning and organization of the UK-based Imperial Movement: A Society of Nicholas II, proposed by Father Andrew Phillips, at the Nicholas II Conference, held on Saturday, 27th October 2018, at St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church, in Colchester, England. For more information about this society, please refer to Father Andrew’s paper, published in Sovereign No. 9 Nicholas II Conference Proceedings issue.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 30 December 2018



Royal Russia Marks 24th Anniversary


Royal Russia marked yet another milestone this week, as it celebrated its 24th anniversary on 28th September.

– in 2017, the main Royal Russia web site received more than 5.6 million hits!

– the Royal Russia News blog is updated almost daily with news, translated from Russian media sources

– the Royal Russia Archive holds more than 2,000 news stories

– the Royal Russia Facebook page currently has more than 162,000 followers from all over the world

– the Royal Russia Bookshop offers a selection of books (new, reprints and translations), plus current and back list issues of two bi-annual journals: Royal Russia and Sovereign

– In the past 24 years, Royal Russia has published more than 40 books, 14 issues of our official magazine ‘Royal Russia’ and 7 issues of ‘Sovereign’ – with 2 new book titles planned before the end of this year


Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert at the Novo-Tikhvinsky Convent, Ekaterinburg. July 2018

Despite my ‘semi-retirement’ in October 2016, this year has proven to be my busiest in many, many years.

By the end of the year, I will have published the No. 13 and No. 14 issues of Royal Russia; the No. 6, No. 7 (Special Issue), and No. 8 issues of Sovereign; and 2 new book titles, Nicholas II: Portraits and Monuments, and Russia. My Ekaterinburg.

I travelled to Ekaterinburg in July, to take part in the Tsar’s Days events marking the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of Nicholas II and his family. This remarkable journey may very well be my last visit to Russia for some years.

I ran a full-page advert in the July 2018 issue of Majesty Magazine, one which has increased sales of Sovereign, my bi-annual journal dedicated to the life and reign of Nicholas II, the popularity of which has now surpassed that of Royal Russia (launched in 2011).

Finally, the organization of the International Nicholas II Conference on 27th October, in Colchester, England has consumed much of my time and resources this year. This historic event is the beginning of my personal campaign in clearing the name of Russia’s much slandered emperor and tsar Nicholas II.

Royal Russia remains the largest, most popular web site dedicated to the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, monarchy, and history of the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

If you enjoy my FREE news updates, please help support my work in the coming year ahead when Royal Russia marks its 25th ANNIVERSARY. Click HERE to make a donation, or click HERE to shop my online bookshop. Every purchase helps Royal Russia.

THANK YOU / СПАСИБО to all of you who continue to follow and support my work. It is such an honour to share my passion for the Romanov dynasty, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia with so many others on a daily basis – Paul Gilbert 

© Royal Russia. 28 September 2018

Royal Russia Founder to Host and Speak at Nicholas II Conference


Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert

On Saturday 27th October, Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert will both host and speak at the International Nicholas II Conference in Colchester, England.

The event will be held in St John’s Orthodox Church on Military Road in the city of Colchester, Essex (an hour’s train ride from London’s Liverpool Street Station). Gilbert is one of five speakers who will present seven lectures on the life, reign, and sainthood of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

Paul Gilbert will present the following two lectures at the Conference: 

Topic: A Century of Treason, Cowardice and Lies

There are few monarchs in history about whom opinion has been more divided than the last emperor and tsar of Russia Nicholas II.

Myths about the “weak-willed”, “stupid”, “bloody” tsar, created on the basis of gossip, slanderous fabrications, and Bolshevik propaganda in the early 20th century, are deeply rooted in the minds of both Westerners and the Russian people, even to this day.

Sovereign editor and publisher Paul Gilbert discusses the negative assessment of Nicholas II, particularly in the West. He examines the impact of a century of lies and misinformation by Western historians, biographers, documentarians, and media has had on the legacy of Russia’s last emperor and tsar.

Topic: Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia

How do modern Russians view the imperial legacy and what are their perceptions of the last Tsar, Nicholas II? Public attitudes towards him have undergone several shifts since the collapse of the Soviet Union two decades ago, with the most recent studies showing an increase in appreciation of the monarch and his accomplishments.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the image of Nicholas II, whom historians have criticized as an ineffective leader – and who was demonized as the final ruler in a brutal, repressive system by Soviet ideology – has been undergoing a renaissance.

In the past 25+ years, a series of significant events have taken place which have helped Russia re-evaluate the life and reign of the country’s last emperor Nicholas II.

Gilbert discusses the discovery of his remains in Ekaterinburg in 1991, his interment in St. Petersburg 1998, his canonization by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2000, his rehabilitation in 2008, the position of the ROC with regard to the Ekaterinburg remains, the establishment of monuments and busts in post-Soviet Russia, and finally the centenary marking his death and martyrdom in 2018, of which Gilbert took part in.


Paul Gilbert at the monument of Nicholas II, Ganina Yama. 19th July 2018


Paul Gilbert was born in 1956 in Penzance, England. He has dedicated the last 25 years to researching and writing about the Romanov dynasty, and the history of the Imperial Russia. His primary interest is the life and reign of Nicholas II, and is committed to clearing the name of the much slandered emperor and tsar.

He has been a regular visitor to Russia since 1986, visiting palaces, museums, and archives in St Petersburg, Moscow, Ekaterinburg and Crimea. In July 1998, he travelled to St. Petersburg where he joined more than 50 Romanov descendants for the funeral of Nicholas II and members of his family. His most recent journey was to Ekaterinburg in July 2018, where he took part in the Tsar’s Days events, marking the 100th anniversary of the death and martyrdom of the Holy Royal Passion Bearers.

He is the founder of the Royal Russia web site (est. 1994), news blog, and Facebook page with more than 160,000 followers.  

He is also the publisher of more than 40 books on the Russian Imperial family, including the first English translations of Memories in the Marble Palace by Grand Duke Gavriil Konstantinovich, and Last Years of the Court at Tsarskoe Selo in 2 volumes by General Alexandre Spiridovitch. 

He is also the publisher and editor of two bi-annual periodicals: Royal Russia: A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia in Words and Photographs (14 issues in print) and Sovereign: The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II (7 issues in print). 

He is the author of two forthcoming titles: My Russia. Ekaterinburg (2018); and Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia (2019).

He currently lives in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, however, he has plans to eventually return to England, where he will retire. Click on the following link to read his full biography Paul Gilbert. Son of Old Russia with photos and video.

Paul Gilbert is the organizer and host of the Nicholas II Conference to be held on 27th October 2018, in Colchester, England. Click on the banner below for full details on the conference + to purchase tickets. 


© Royal Russia. 27 September 2018


Paul Gilbert ‘Son of Old Russia’


Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert visiting the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg, July 2018

‘I often tell people that I love Russia, because I do. I think everybody has a country not their own that they’re powerfully drawn to; Russia is mine.’

I am often asked questions such as “how did you become interested in the Romanovs”, or “are you Orthodox”, etc., so I have prepared the following biography about a passion which has endured since I was a young boy.

Click HERE to read my biography, with photos and a video 


At the monument to Nicholas II, Ganina Yama, July 2018

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 August 2018

The Conspiracy Against Nicholas II, with Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert

The Conspiracy Against Nicholas II is a short 7 minute interview with Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert, produced by the Monastery of St John the Forerunner Mesa Potamos in Cyprus.

Paul speaks about the Emperor’s abdication on 15th March [O.S. 2nd March] 1917, and the ‘treachery, cowardice and deceit’ which surrounded him.

He further discusses the main plots which aimed to overthrow Nicholas II from his throne, by his ministers, and even members of his own family. He then discusses some of the myths regarding Nicholas’ II alleged weakness as a ruler, and allegations that his death was met with indifference by the Russian people.

The video includes coloured pictures of the Romanovs and other historical figures, by acclaimed Russian colourist Olga Shirnina, from the forthcoming book The Romanov Royal Martyrs, to be published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press in early 2019.


Click HERE to read a short bio about Royal Russia Founder Paul Gilbert

The Conspiracy Against Nicholas II is the fifth of a special multi-episode tribute featuring exclusive interviews with Mesa Potamos Monastery research colleagues: Helen Azar, Helen Rappaport, Nicholas Nicholson and Paul Gilbert. Click HERE to view ALL six episodes. 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 8 August 2018

Journey to Ekaterinburg 2018


At Helsinki airport waiting for my flight to Ekaterinburg in June 2016

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