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Family album of Grand Duke Dmitri, 05.03.2015

Tsarskoye Selo has published the family photo album of Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich (1891–1942), grandson to Emperor Alexander II and cousin to Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.

The publication commemorates Grand Duke Dmitri’s death on 5 March 1942 and tells the story of his life through his personal archive photographs.   

As a participator in the assassination of Rasputin in December 1916, Dmitri was exiled to the Persian front until the 1917 revolution. The exile saved his life. Dmitri later lived in London, Paris, and Davos where he died.

Dmitri’s archive was donated to our museum in 2013 by his grandson, Michael Romanoff Ilyinsky from Cincinnati, the USA.

‘Thanks to Michael Romanoff Ilyinsky, our museum holds Russia’s largest collection of Grand Duke Dmitri memorabilia. Our new publication includes many photographs of Dmitri in immigration and some unique shots taken during his last years,’ says Dr. Iraida Bott, Tsrskoye Selo Deputy Director for Research and Education. ‘These priceless materials, unknown even to historians, could illustrate his whole life and gave us the idea to make this album.’

The album includes more than 40 pictures, with extended annotations written by the research staff of the museum and the introduction by Michael Romanov Ilyinsky.

It is published with support from the Tsarskoye Selo Friends Society members Pavel Gromov, Svetlana Sergeeva and Lana Gorbumova, and will soon be available at the bookstore in the Vestibule of the Catherine Palace.


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