Paul Gilbert, founder of Royal Russia organizationCourtesy Paul Gilbert
An entire iconostasis dedicated to Nicholas II stands on the table in Paul Gilbert’s home library and office room in Canada: There are several icons of the tsar and his family, a bust and a reproduction of a portrait by Valentin Serov
A corner of Paul's home office/libraryCourtesy Paul Gilbert
In October, Gilbert sets off to his native England which he left with his parents at an early age. He will host a major conference commemorating Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, the 150th anniversary of his birth and the 100th anniversary of his death
Paul Gilbert at the Monument to Nicholas II in Ganina Yama, not far from Ekaterinburg, 2018. Bodies of Tsar Nicholas II and his family were first secretly transported to this place from the Ipatyev House where they were murderedCourtesy Paul Gilbert
In 1994, Paul founded Royal Russia, an organization that aims to provide more accurate information about the House of Romanov. The official website shares news, vintage film footage, and photos about current palace restorations, exhibitions, Imperial Faberge jewelry and more
'Sovereign' magazine published by Royal Russia, No. 7, 2018 issueCourtesy Paul Gilbert
In autumn 2018, Gilbert’s first monograph, My Russia.
Paul Gilbert at the Church on the Blood, Ekaterinburg, 2018Courtesy Paul Gilbert
Even though he has no Russian roots, Gilbert has had an interest in all things Russian from an early
During the previous 25 years of his life, Gilbert has dedicated himself to full-time research and writing about the history of the Romanov dynasty. He has traveled to Russia 29 times, first in 1986 when it was still taboo to talk about the Romanovs because of communist propaganda
Paul Gilbert wearing the Order of St Stanislaus 3rd Class elevated by Grand Duchess Maria VladimirovnaCourtesy Paul Gilbert
In 1998, Gilbert was invited to the historical reburial in St. Petersburg of the remains of Nicholas II, his wife and three of their five children. There, Paul became acquainted with representatives of another branch of Romanov descendants, Princes Nicholas and Dimitri Romanovich.
The upcoming conference in the English city of Colchester will gather about 150 participants from all corners of the UK, as well as from Europe (including the Vatican), and as far as Canada, the U.S., and Australia.
“They come from all walks of life, and include historians, Orthodox Christians, members of the clergy, monarchists, and supporters of Nicholas II,” says Gilbert
Paul Gilbert at Porosenkov Log monastery, Ekaterinburg, 2018Courtesy Paul Gilbert
The Imperial family enjoyed photography very
Gilbert points out that these images of the tsar and his family continue to fascinate us today because we see a happy loving family living in a “world that’s about to vanish in one of the most horrific and violent pages of
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