This year marks the 40th anniversary of the canonization of the Holy Royal Martyrs—Tsar Nicholas II and his family—by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
To celebrate the momentous occasion, the Grand Duchess Elizabeth Romanov Society in the UK has organized a weekend’s worth of events. The Society was founded in 2015 in honor of St. Elizabeth to help spread knowledge about the Romanov Dynasty and the royal history of Great Britain and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The Society announces: “2021 is the 40th anniversary of the canonisation of St Elizabeth and the Imperial Family by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in 1981, and we are planning a celebration weekend around our monument on the Isle of Wight at the beginning of July.”
“The main event of this celebration will be the placing of a plaque with soil from Ekaterinburg and Alapaevsk on the base of the Romanov monument.”
The monument was unveiled in 2018 in honor of the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Royal Family. Tsar Nicholas and his wife and children were martyred in Ekaterinburg, while Sts. Elizabeth and Barbara and those with them were martyred in Alapaevsk.
Events begin on Friday, July 2, and will continue through Sunday, July 4. The placing of the plaque and soil will take place on Saturday, July 3, from 11:30-1:00, with a moleben and blessing of the plaque by Fr. Paul Elliott, chancellor of the ROCOR Diocese of London and Western Europe.
The event will also feature a speech by Princess Olga Romanoff, the President of the Romanov Family Association. Princess Olga is the granddaughter of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, the sister of the martyred Tsar Nicholas II.
Other events throughout the weekend include visits to churches and other sites connected with the Romanov family. See the Society’s announcement for more details.
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