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Last Russian emperor’s oldest relative Prince Romanov laid to rest

A historian and a writer, Prince Dimitri lived in Denmark for the recent years

COPENHAGEN, January 11. /TASS/. Prince Dimitri Romanov, the oldest relative of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, was laid to rest at the Vedbaek cemetery 20 km north of the Danish capital on Wednesday.

The 90-year-old prince was taken to a hospital in Denmark last week suffering from serious health problems. He died on the evening of December 31. Members of the Romanov family and the family’s close friends bid their last farewell to the grand grandson of the Russian Emperor Nicholas I.

"An important chapter came to an end in our common history," one of the deceased prince’s close associates Nikolai Dobrynin told TASS. Dobrynin came from Spain to attend the funeral.

"Dimitri Romanovich did very much to restore and strengthen the ties of Russian emigration with Russia," Dobrynin said.

Dimitri Romanov was born on May 17, 1926, in Cap d'Antibes, France, where his parents lived in emigration. He was a direct descendant of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, as his father, Roman Petrovich Romanov, was the Emperor’s second cousin and godson.

A historian and a writer, Prince Dimitri lived in Denmark for the recent years where he headed a Romanov family’s charity foundation aimed at helping Russian hospitals and orphan homes. 

Dimitri Romanov has visited Russia many times over recent years. In 2015, he went to Crimea for the first time after its reunification with Russia. "Crimea is Russian again, that is the most important thing for us," he said adding that many of his relatives’ lives were connected to this Russian region.

In early October 2016, the eldest member of the Romanov family was bestowed with the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky, a major state award. Russian President Vladimir Putin granted him the Order for his great contribution to the spread of the knowledge of Russia’s historical and cultural heritage abroad.

In October 2016, he came to Moscow for the last time to receive the Order of St. Alexander.