LOOKING BACK ON 2018
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.
PLANS FOR 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.
THE DOWNSIZING OF ROYAL RUSSIA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and ALL queries regarding book orders should be sent to my attention at firstname.lastname@example.org
(4) The Royal Russia office will be CLOSED on weekends and holidays. My office hours will be 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Friday.
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