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The Romanovs: Finally at Rest Together

The Romanovs 1917
Nicholas II of Russia with the family (left to right): Olga, Maria, Nicholas II, Alexandra Fyodorovna, Anastasia, Alexei, and Tatiana. Livadiya, 1913.

Representatives from the Romanov family are scheduled to attend the reburials of Princess Mary and Prince Alexei, the children of Czar Nicholas II this month. According to Ivan Artsishevsky, a spokesman for a branch of descendants of the imperial family, family members will attend the funeral in St. Petersburg.

On Friday Artsishevsky told TASS the trip for Dimitri Romanovich and Mikhail Pavlovich (Romanov-Ilyinsky) is already planned. The spokesman also added a note about “closure” for the Romanov family:

"We are very pleased that this story ends, but at the same time, there is bitterness about the fact that the Church never recognized the remains. For many years we fought to the ROC to recognized the remains, investigators were ready to confirm their authenticity, and even though there is evidence via a preponderance of studies, still this has not happened.

The Romanov family has been invited to the ceremony to be conducted on 18 October in the Catherine chapel in the Peter and Paul Cathedral Peter and Paul fortress in St. Petersburg.

Back in July 1991, an open burial area was discovered at the Old Koptyaki road near Yekaterinburg, where the remains of nine people were discovered. According to the mass of research, these were the remains Czar Nicholas II, his 46-year-old wife Alexandra, their daughters - 22-year-old Olga, 21-year-old Tatiana, 17-year-old Anastasia, and their people attending, 53-year-old Eugene Botkin, 40-year-old Anna Demidova, 62-year-old Aloysia Troupe and 48-year-old Ivan Kharitonov. Then in 2007, excavations about 70km South of the first burial site revealed the remains of Tsarevich Alexei, and his sister Maria.

In January of 2011, Russia's investigative Committee completed its investigation, and the  criminal case concerning the killing of the family of Nicholas II, recognizing the remains found near Yekaterinburg, as genuine. In March 2015, the  Director of state Archives of the Russian Federation Sergey Mironenko said told "Interfax" of plans for bury crown Prince Alexei and Grand Duchess Maria. DNA testing of these last remains confirmed their lineage, but some Romanov family members have yet to accept their authenticity. As for the Russian Orthodox Church’s concerns, scientist have assured officials there there’s only one chance in 80 trillion that these last remains are not the bones of Alexei and his sister.