St. Petersburg, November 9, Interfax - The head of the Madrid-based House of Romanov, Maria Vladimirovna, will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia during a visit timed to coincide with the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution.
After visiting the cruiser Aurora in St. Petersburg, Maria Vladimirovna will travel to Ryazan and Moscow, her chancellery's director Alexander Zakatov told Interfax.
"After St. Petersburg, she will visit Ryazan, an old Russian city, at the governor's invitation. The visit will conclude in Moscow, where meetings will also be held with public figures and the media. Maria Vladimirovna will attend a prayer service at Donskoy Monastery in honor of the centenary of the restoration of the Patriarchy. The [Grand Duchess] is on good terms with the Russian Orthodox Church, with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, and their joint prayer service and meeting will take place in Moscow on November 18," Zakatov said.
Another Romanov descendant on the paternal side, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich, was unable to visit Russia this time but "came to the country recently and intends to visit Russia in the very near future," Zakatov said.
House of Romanov representatives have never asked the Russian people to repent of the killing of Nicholas II and his family members, he said.
"The Imperial House has never urged anyone to repent, nor demanded this, contrary to what some media sources have written. We say that repentance is a pure, good feeling, but when someone demands repentance from others and acts as an infallible judge, that is stupid and counterproductive. There are no sinless people, all must repent, but one should set an example for others with one's own repentance. Wise people will heed it," Zakatov said.
During the visit, Maria Vladimirovna will meet with politicians of various views and convictions, but would not like to politicize her visit, he said. "The House of Romanov does not take part in political struggle and rejects even a semblance of such participation," Zakatov said.
This year, the Russian Orthodox Church is marking one hundred years since the restoration of the Patriarchy. One of the central festivities will be a prayer service on November 18, the date of Tikhon's election to the patriarchal see in Moscow.
Meanwhile, Mikhail Romanov Ilyinsky, head of the Romanov Family Association, said in an interview with Interfax that the head of the so-called Madrid-based House of Romanov, Maria Vladimirovna, has no right to call herself Grand Duchess or head of the Imperial House, and that her son George is a prince of Prussia, not a Grand Duke.
"Those who consider her and her son to be heirs must be either poorly informed or turning a blind eye to indisputable facts. At present, I think, any contact [between the Association and the House of Romanov] would be extremely undesirable," he said.