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Prince Dimitri Romanovich Awarded Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky

Dimitri Romanovich Romanov
Dimitri Romanovich Romanov - Via TASS

Prince Dimitri Romanovich, a descendant of Russian Emperor Nicholas I and the eldest member of the Romanov family,  was accompanied by his wife, Theodora arrived in Moscow this week from Paris. The prince made the trip in order to accept the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky, a Russian state award. 

On Thursday, October 6, Prince Dimitri Romanovich received the Order of Saint Alexander Nevsky at a solemn ceremony, in accordance with a decree issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The prince, a descendant of Emperor Nicholas I, is the head of the Romanov Family Association, and the great-great grandson of  Emperor Nicholas I of Russia (1796–1855). The head of the Romanov dynasty (contested) expressed his gratitude for the recognition of his 25 years of humanitarian work in helping Russian citizens. 

Highlights of the prince's visit also included a meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and a visit today to Trinity Sergius Lavra (Monastery) in Sergiev Posad near Moscow to venerate the saint’s relics. Prince Dimitri Romanovich told TASS earlier in the week; "This award symbolizes the grandeur and coherence of Russian history". 

Since his retirement as an executive of Danske Bank in 1993, Prince Dimitri has been involved in a number of charitable endeavors. Back in June of 1992, the prince was one of seven Romanov princes who met in Paris to create the Romanov Fund for Russia, with a goal of doing charitable acts in post-communist Russia. The prince has  Prince Dimitri has served as Chairman of the Romanov Fund for Russia since its creation and is also Chairman of the Prince Dimitri Romanov Charity Fund which he also founded. 

As a descendant of the Electress Sophia of Hanover, Prince Dimitri is also in the line of succession to the British throne.