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

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

Royal Russia Achieves New Milestone on Facebook – 150,000 Followers!


IT’S OFFICIAL . . . Royal Russia reached a major new milestone today, with more than 150,000 followers from all over the world.

I have dedicated the last 25 years of my life to the research and writing about the Romanov dynasty, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia. The Romanov legacy endures!

What a great honour it is for me to share my passion for these subjects with so many others on a daily basis.

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who continue to follow and support my work.

иди с Богом 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 August 2018

Preserving the Romanov Legacy and the History of Imperial Russia


If you enjoy all the FREE articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making an online donation in *USD 

Dear Friends of Royal Russia:

This letter is part of my annual Summer appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and admirers of the history of Imperial and Holy Russia. 

Established in 1994, Royal Russia has been a personal labour of love of mine for more than two decades, one which I am honoured to share with many others around the world on a daily basis. I am able to achieve this via my web site, news blog and through the publication of books and my two popular periodicals: Royal Russia and Sovereign.

I devote many hours each day, browsing Russian language media sites to bring you the latest news on the Romanov dynasty, their history and legacy, exhibitions, and more. Articles and news stories of interest are translated from Russian, and supplemented with photographs and videos.

In the past year, the Royal Russia web site has undergone a few changes. The Royal Russia News Archive, which was created in March 2011, now features more than 2,300 news stories, and thousands of photographs. The NEW Royal Russia News site was launched on 27th January 2018. It currently features more than 140 richly illustrated articles and news stories translated from Russian media sources and updated daily.

Web Site and Blog: 

In 2017, the Royal Russia web site welcomed more than 5 million visitors from around the world. The growing number of visitors who utilize my web site on a daily basis has resulted in a steady increase in my monthly operational and maintence costs.

For instance, I am forced to pay for more bandwidth in order to accommodate such a large and growing audience. This also allows me to upload and share more videos, photographs (JPEGs), music (MPEGs), online auction catalogues and other documents (PDFs), which take up a lot of space.

Further, I pay an annual fees to my web-hosts Lycos-Angelfire and WordPress, plus monthly fees to keep my web site and blog free from advertising pop-ups, domain registration and a host of other services.

All of these fees are paid for out of my own pocket, and paid in US dollars. 

This financial strain has deepened even further since I semi-retired in October 2016, and downsized both the publishing and book selling divisions of my business. The regular updates on the Royal Russia web site and news blog are now more dependant than ever on the kindness and generosity of its followers and supporters.


It is the cost of translating articles and news stories from Russian into English, which puts the greatest strain on the limited finances which I have to work with.

Full-length articles by Russian historians and experts are being published in English for the first time in issues of my bi-annual periodicals Royal Russia and Sovereign. Each issue offers a growing number of such articles, offering readers fresh, new information from archival sources which have opened to researchers in recent years. 

If you enjoy all the FREE articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making a donation.

If you would like to show your support for Royal Russia by making a personal donation, you may do this with a credit card in US dollars by clicking on the Donate button below. Your donation, no matter how small (even $5 would be appreciated) will help to offset growing annual operation and maintenance costs. Donations can also be made by cheque, money order, or cash in both US or Canadian dollars, by downloading the donation form below.



Please note that there certainly is no obligation, this is merely a request for you to help by showing your personal support of my work and keeping the memories of old Russia alive.

Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of Royal Russia. I look forward to bringing you many more years of articles, news stories, videos and photographs of the Romanov dynasty, their legacy, and the history of Imperial and Holy Russia.

Sincerely Yours, 
Royal Russia Founder / Website Administrator
1 July 2018
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