The Emperor's Birthday; 148 years since

May 18, 2016

 

On the 18th of May 1868 (6th May O.S.) Emperor Nicholas II of All-Russias was born in the Alexander Palace on the outskirts Saint Petersburg.

 

Nicholas II was the eldest son of Alexander III of Russia and Maria Feodorovna, and a cousin of the German Kaiser, King George V of the United Kingdom, and amongst other European contemporary monarchs: the King of Denmark, the King of Norway, and the King of the Hellenes. Furthermore the Emperor was the sororal uncle-in-law of Prince Felix Youssoupoff, founder of the Oxford University Russian Society.

 

The Emperor and his immediate family have been canonized as martyred saints by the Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia in 1981 due to their brutal murder by the Bolshevik regime. The canonization has also been since ratified by the Moscow Patriarchate in 2000. More information about Nicholas II can be found here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/his…/historic_figures/nicholas_ii.shtml

 

To honour today's historic occasion, under the executive of the Head of our Advisory Board, an arrangement has been made for **all membership fees that will be given to the OURS from today until Freshers' Week 2016 to offered as a donation to St Gregory's Foundation** (http://www.stgregorysfoundation.org.uk/WP/), a UK-registered charity of the Society's royal patron - HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO - aiming to bring help to the vulnerable, disadvantaged, and generally people in need within Russia and the former Soviet Union.

 

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