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SIMFEROPOL, August 25. /TASS/. The elder of the Romanov Imperial Family, Prince Dimitri Romanovich Romanov arrives on a three-day visit to Crimea on Tuesday. This will be the first trip by representatives of the Imperial Family to the peninsula after its reunification with Russia.
Prince Dimitri said in an interview with TASS he was glad at an opportunity to make a trip of this kind.
Minister of Internal Policy, Information and Communications of the Republic of Crimea, Dmitry Polonsky is expected to meet and greet Prince Dimitri and his spouse Princess Theodora (nee Dorrit Reventlow). Members of the Crimean government believe the visit by the Romanov spouses will be an event with a special significance.
The Romanov spouses plan to visit the places linked to milestone events in the history of the Russian Empire and in the life of the founder of their branch of the Romanovs family, Czar Nicholas I.
The itinerary of their trip includes the Dulber Palace in Yalta that was built in the second half of the 19th century by Grand Duke Nicholas for his some Pyotr. This mansion, which is equipped like a real fortress, made it possible for a number of members of the dislodged Imperial Family, including Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna, and their families to live through the turmoil after the revolution of 1917 and to emigrate for Europe aboard HMS Marlborough.
Prince Dimitri and Princess Theodora will also visit the famous Livadia and Massandra Palaces.
Quite expectedly, they will go to Sevastopol, a city inseparable from the Romanovs’ family history. Duke Nicholas, Prince Dimitri’s great-grandfather was an honorary freeman of Sevastopol, as he performed the duties of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Troops and the Imperial Navy.
In Sevastopol, the couple will have a familiarization tour to the main base of the Black Sea Fleet, which is one of the five major territorial branches of today’s Russian Navy.
Prince Dimitri, born in 1926 in Antibes, is the great nephew of the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II. His has familial ties to the monarchic families of Denmark, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, and Montenegro, as well as to a host of families of Russian nobility. Princess Theodora, who belongs to an olden Danish noble family, and he live in Denmark permanently.
Revival of connections between various epochs of Russian history has become Prince Dimitri’s lifetime project.
In July 1998, he escorted the remains of Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and their children slain by Bolsheviks in 1918 in the basement floor of the Ipatyev House in Yekaterinburg and found decades later, on the trip from the Urals to St Petersburg where they were buried eventually.
"I was the first and the last of the Romanovs who saw the remains of the Emperor, the Empress, and Princesses Olga, Tatiana and Anastasia before their coffins were sealed," Prince Dimitri said. "This was the most difficult moment of my life, a moment impossible to forget."