To all Russians and to all those who deliberately or
coincidence find themselves on the Romanov Family site,
a greeting from the President of the Romanoff Family
I would like to give some information about the genesis
Association I have the honor to preside.
After the October Revolution, those of the members
of the Romanoff Family, who were able to leave Russia
and avoid the fate of sixteen of their relatives found
themselves in various countries, usually close to their
Between the two wars, when hope of a quick return to
the homeland practically disappeared, a few of the then
younger generation of Romanoff princes looked for a
suitable employment elsewhere and two or three settled
definitely outside Europe.
Most of the Princes and Princesses of Russia chose
their spouses among the members of great historic Russian
families as they no longer could bear the idea of seeking
a husband or a wife in the traditional German breeding
grounds. They considered Germany the main reason of
all Russia's ills, which began with the war declared
to Russia in 1914 and last but not least for the poisoned
gift to Russia of Lenin, who crossed Germany in a sealed
train carriage and eventually reached Russia.
During the Second World War particularly after the
Germans invaded the Soviet Union, many Romanoff's tried
to do their part. Some served in the British navy, others
were active in France in the resistance, while some
after the liberation were finally able to work with
the allied forces against a Germany, which in attacking
the Soviet Union had in fact attacked their old homeland
After the end of the war, the Romanoff Diaspora was
accentuated. We have now members of our family living
in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain,
Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and Uruguay.
After the end of the Second World War, some of the
Princes of Russia, realizing how tenuous have become
the links between the members of the Family, decided
to do something about it. The first idea originated
with the heads of three branches of our Family, Prince
Vsevolod Ioannovich, Prince Roman Petrovich and Prince
They thought that some kind of organism had to be created
so as to strengthen the links between a family so dispersed
across the world. In the beginning, progress was very
slow, compared to the present possibility of communicating
in real time, but yet progress was made.
In 1978, after the death of my father, Prince Roman
Petrovich, putting in order his papers, I found with
great surprise that a scheme for the creation for a
Family Association was practically ready. I then wrote
to all the members of the Family, who had been in contact
with my father, and they all agreed that the idea of
creating a Family Association would have to be pursued.
In 1979, seven Princes and Princesses of the Blood
Imperial, Their Highnesses the Princes Andrew Alexandrovich,
Dimitri Alexandrovich, Vassili Alexandrovich, Her Serene
Highness the Princess Catherine Ioannovna, as well as
Their Highnesses the Princesses Vera Constantinovna,
Marina Petrovna and Nadejda Petrovna, all born before
the March 1917 revolution, jointly decided the creation
of the ROMANOFF FAMILY ASSOCIATION - which in Russian
was to be called:
It is important to quote two among the first articles
Association Statute, as they clearly indicate the intents
Founders and the wish not to involve the Association
in any possible dynastic quarrel.
Article 3 of the Statute reads: "The principal
aim of the Association is to foster closer ties between
the members of the Association, but the founders give
a primary importance to the keeping of the Great Book
of the Association, giving the line of descent of each
member from Emperor Paul I".
Article 4 of the Statute reads:
The Association must not express opinions as the rights
and duties of the Members of the Association, originating
from their relation to the Basic laws of the Russian
Empire and the Constitution to the Imperial Family.
The Members of the Association agree that all questions
concerning the form of government in Russia and consequently
also all matters of a dynastic character have been transmitted
to the will of the great Russian people by the Manifest
of Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich, which followed
the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II on the basis of
"general, direct, equal and secret voting".
All differences between Members of the Association must
be resolved within the Association and if necessary
with co-operation of its
President". As their next step the founding Princes
and Princesses proposed to all princes and princesses
born after the Revolution, whose addresses were known
and whose desire to be part of a Family Association
was obvious, to confirm their agreement to become members
of the Romanoff Family Association.
The new members accepted in the Association, in order
of the arrival of their letter of acceptance were the
following Princes and
Princesses: Nikolai Romanovich (1979), Nikita Nikitich
(1979), Xenia Andreevna (1979), Elizaveta Nikolaevna
(1979), Andrey Andreevich
(1979), Natalya Nikolaevna (1979), Mihail Fedorovich
(1979), Mihail Mihailovich (1979), Tatiana Nikolaevna
(1979), Fedor (Nikitich (1979), Dimitri Romanovich (1979),
Alexandr Nikitich (1979), Nadejda Dmitrievna (1979),
Rostislav Rostislavich (1980), Mihail Andreevich (1980),
Marina Vassilievna (1980), Stefana Rostislavna (1980),
Olga Andreevna (1980), Alexey Andreevich (1981), Alexandra
Rostislavna (1982), Rostislav Rostislavich (1985), Nikita
Petr Andreevich (1996), and Pavel Dmitrivich (1996).
In the official documents of the Association, all names
are written phonetically as in Russian.
The first President of the Romanoff Family Association
Dmitri Alexandrovich and after his death the Presidency
passed to Prince Vassili Alexandrovich. During both
Nicholas Romanovich was Vice President.
After the death of Prince Vassili Alexandrovich, Prince
Romanovich was chosen as President and Prince Nikita
Nikitich as Vice President.
In 1992 the General Assembly of the Romanoff Family
Association decided the creation of the post of Honorary
President electing the oldest living member of the Family,
Princess Vera Constantinovna. The General Assembly also
decided the creation of Associate Memberships in the
Romanoff Family Association, which could be offered
to children and grandchildren of Romanoff Grand Duchesses
and Princesses, persons who have always shown close
ties to the Family, as well as to widows and widowers
of Princes and Princesses.
The first Associate Members elected were Princess Maria
Illariovna, widow of Prince Nikita Alexandrovich, and
Tihon Nikolaevich Kulikovsky, son of the late Grand
Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, both now deceased. At present
the Romanoff Family Association numbers only two Associate
Members. Prince David Pavlovich Chavchavadze, son of
the late Princess Nina Gheorgievna and Mrs. Xenia Sfiris,
Countess Cheremeteff, granddaughter of the late Princess
The Romanoff Family Association achieved its first
and principal aim,
that of knitting closer the Family, and as a consequence
members of the Family exchange communications, but many
have finally met. Saturday 27 June 1992 was a great
day in the life of the Romanoff Family Association.
Seven princes met in Paris and decided to create a suitable
instrument for benevolent activities in a Russia now
shedding the symbols of communism.
The record of the activities of our Fund is described
in detail in the reports of its chairman, Prince Dimitri
At present the Romanoff Family Association is attentively
following the preparations of the impending ceremonies,
which will see the burial at St. Petersburg, in the
Cathedral of the Saint Apostles Peter and Paul, of the
remains of Emperor Nicholas II, of his family and of
the four faithful retainers, who lost their lives with
the imperial victims.
May that day see all the Romanoff's united in front
of the grave of our
martyred Emperor, and may that day be the first in a
new period of
Russian History, with Russian citizens looking into
the future and
leaving the past in the hands of historians.
Prince Nicholas Romanovich
Rouge Mont, 29 March 1998.