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Commemorative events celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the glorification of the Fortieth Anniversaryof the glorification of Royal Martyrs and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna
On 2nd – 4th July, 2021, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Romanov Society, UK organized special events to celebrate the Fortieth Anniversary of the glorification, by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, of the Royal Martyrs and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, among the host of the New Martyrs of Russia.
The main ceremony took place on July 3 at the Romanov Monument at East Cowes (Isle of Wight) close to Queen Victoria’s residence, Osborne House. A solemn ceremony was held to lay earth from the places where the remains of the martyrs were found in the base of the monument and the installation of a memorial plate recording this. As it was mentioned by the chairman, “the Monument stands on British soil and now it has Russian soil inside, in its heart”.
Maria Harwood, Father Paul, Olga Romanoff, Janet and John McNeals. First row. Peter Harrigan, John, Maria Smirnova and Melinda Henry. Second row.
The group of visitors, including Olga Romanoff, climbed to the top of a hill in midst of the countryside to see the high column visible from faraway – the Monument to Tsar Alexander I, erected here by a local merchant. This was a sign of friendship between two nations in the time of victory over Napoleon.
Anna Scriven, Princess Olga and Olga Harrison
On Sunday the pilgrims had a prayerful Obednitsa (Typika) organised by John Harwood in a chapel of a former Catholic convent. (Our friend David Hill offered this calm and beautiful place to us.) After the prayers the group of twenty met at Carisbrooke Castle, where King Charles was imprisoned in the I7th century, to speak about Royal Martyrdom, comparing British and Russian tragic history. The speakers were John Harwood and Stephan Roman, the author of a recently published book on Russian-British historical relations (Isle and Empires, Medina, 2021).
Picnic after the Ceremony.
The programme was successfully concluded at Albert Cottage (on the Osborne estate) where Tsar Nicholas stayed as a child during his first visit to Britain with his parents.
The Society expresses its gratitude to Mr Alexandre Tissot-Demidoff, President of the International Demidoff Foundation for sponsoring the plaque dedicated to the tragic history of Russia and the Urals, the homeland of the noble Demidoff family. Especial thanks to the members of the Society Natalia Yurova, Elizaveta Dmitrieva and Anna Andreeva for their generous sponsorship which made possible our recent projects. Our gratitude to Karl Love, Deputy Mayor of East Cowes, and David Hill for their great help in the preparation for the events. We are thankful to Anna Scriven (Treasurer) for her dedicated work, to other members of the GDER Society, and to the Isle of Wight community who contributed much to this celebration. Especial gratitude to Michael Edwards who was such a helpful aide to our distinguished guest, and to John Newbery who presented us with a beautiful portrait of Grand Duchess Elizabeth.