Please join us in Colchester, England on Saturday, 27th October 2018, for this unique and historic event.

Founder, Royal Russia



Paul Gilbert
Topic: A Century of Treason, Cowardice and Lies

Archpriest Andrew Phillips
Topic: Why Nicholas II is a Saint in the Russian Orthodox Church

Igor Krasnov
Topic: Nicholas II and the Sacredness of a Monarchy: Truth and Myth Behind the Relations between the Power and Christianity

Frances Welch
Topic: Imperial Tea Party. Family, Politics and Betrayal.
The Ill-Fated British and Russian Royal Alliance

30 minute break with refreshments


Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey
Topic: The Romanovs Under House Arrest.
From the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest

Archpriest Andrew Phillips
Topic: The Society of Tsar Nicholas II

Paul Gilbert
Topic: Nicholas II in Post-Soviet Russia

A short question & answer period will follow each lecture

Disclaimer: please note that this schedule of speakers
and topics is subject to change without notice


Paul Gilbert is the editor and publisher of the bi-annual journals Sovereign. The Life and Reign of Emperor Nicholas II and Royal Russia. A Celebration of the Romanov Dynasty and Imperial Russia in Words and Photographs. He is also the Founder of Royal Russia (Est. 1994), which now includes a web site, news blog, publishing house, and a Facebook page with more than 140,000 followers.

Archpriest Andrew Phillips is an English parish priest of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), rector of St. John of Shanghai Orthodox Church in his birthplace of Colchester, Essex. He spent time in Russia, going on later to Oxford University and receiving there an M.A. in Russian. He writes prolifically for the Orthodox England website, on topics such as ancient Orthodox Christianity in the British Isles and Ireland, but also current events.

Frances Welch is the author of five books on the Romanovs: The Imperial Tea Party. Family, Politics and Betrayal – the Ill-Fated British and Russian Royal Alliance (2018); Rasputin: A Short Life (2015); The Russian Court at Sea. The Last Days of a Great Dynasty: The Romanov’s Voyage into Exile (2011); A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson (2007); and The Romanovs and Mr Gibbes: The Story of the Englishman Who Taught the Children of the Last Tsar (2003).

Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey is a historian specializing in Russian decorative arts and cultural history, as well as the Russian spiritual and liturgical tradition. Her books include The Romanovs Under House Arrest: From the 1917 Diary of a Palace Priest (2018); The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator (2009); Nicholas and Alexandra. At Home With the Last Tsar and His Family (2004); Fabergé Flowers (2004); and The Romanov Family Album (1982).

Igor Krasnov is a reader at St. Sophia Orthodox Church (ROCOR) in Victoria, British Clumbia. He has a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois (2002), and currently studies at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY (USA) to get a Certificate of Theological Studies. Igor is interested in the history of the Romanov family and the White movement. He authored several articles on the history and art of Nicholas de Grandmaison, a unique artist and a White émigré in Canada, in the Russian-language arts magazine Golden Palette (Золотая Палитра), as well as a series of articles on the 100th anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family, which are being published throughout 2018 in his Parish’s Devotional Newsletter Sophia.



The conference will be held at
St John’s Orthodox Church
Military Road
Colchester, Essex, England

The conference will be held on
Saturday, 27th October 2018
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
9:30 am Registration

Parking available


Tickets £25.00 per person
Price includes lectures and refreshments

Cancellations and Refunds

Note: Tickets are fully refundable up to 7 days before the event.
NO refunds will be issued after Saturday 20th October 2018


NOTE: Payment can be made securely online by credit card or PayPal

A ticket/receipt will be sent to you by email within 2 business days


By Rail

Colchester is on the London Liverpool St to Norwich line, around an hour’s travel from each city. It also serves the branch lines to Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, and Harwich International Port.

Colchester has two stations; Colchester (also known as Colchester North) is the mainline station around a 20 minute walk from the Town Centre, and Colchester Town is a branch line located in the Town Centre.

By Coach

There are regular National Express coach services linking Colchester Bus Station to and from London Victoria Coach Station and Stansted Airport.

By Road

There is good access to Colchester from all parts of the country via the A12, M25 and A14.

By Air

Stansted Airport (London’s third international airport) is just 50 minutes away from Colchester by road via A12/A120. Regular Coach transfer services are available between Marks Tey Train Station and the airport.

By Sea

Stena Line and DFDS Seaways operate ferries from Harwich to and from the Hook of Holland. Ferry timetables vary throughout the year, and some ferries may not run in certain seasons. Please check directly with ferry companies before travelling.

Colchester is only 30 minutes from Harwich International Port via the A120 and only 25 minutes by train.



Colchester offers a wide range of accommodations to suit everyone’s taste and budget: including friendly B&Bs, guest houses; historic and modern hotels.

As a point of interest, St. Botolph’s Hotel is a 5-10 minute walk to St. John’s Church – making it the nearest accommodation to the conference.

Popular chains Best Western, Holiday Inn, and Travelodge, all have hotels in Colchester.

These and many other hotels, B&Bs, and guest houses can be found on all the popular booking sites: Expedia, Tripadvisor, Trivago, etc. Many include honest reviews by guests, and offer competitive rates.


For information on accommodations, dining, and things to do in Colchester, please refer to the Visit Colchester website.