Hello there! I am Your Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Rebecca Robertovna of Rochester, belonging to the House of Hohenrov, which is also known as the historical imperial family on Tumblr.
At the height of the British Royal Wedding hype in late April 2011, I quietly joined Tumblr on a request of a friend. However, it was not until August of 2012 that I seriously started to use this blog to focus solely on the Russian Imperial Family.
I hail from The Flower City. The Flower City is a nickname given to my city of Rochester, New York, due to its history in flowers. Some people, mostly family and friends, call me Becky.
This blog is NOT political and I do not intend to discuss any sort of politics as I am not at all interested. However, I will answer asks related to politics if needed.
I do NOT claim to be an expert or a historian. I am merely a hobbyist and avid researcher of the Imperial Russian history. The purpose of this blog is to express my love of the Romanovs, their personal lives, and their country’s beautiful culture.
If you see any of your unsourced work on my blog and want me to remove it or link it to the original, I will be glad to do so. I always source my posts the best as I can. If you see your work unsourced, it’s because I cannot find it or don’t know it.
I claim nothing to be absolutely mine unless stated otherwise, of course.
The House of Romanov (Russian: Рома́нов, ro-mahn-off) was the second imperial dynasty, after the Rurik dynasty, to rule over Russia, reigning from 1613 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II on March 15, 1917, as a result of the February Revolution.
The direct male line of the Romanovs had however already ended with Peter II in 1730. After an era of dynastic crisis, the House of Holstein-Gottorp, a cadet branch of the House of Oldenburg, ascended the throne in 1762 with Peter III, a grandson of Peter I. All Tsars from the middle of the 18th century to the revolution of 1917 were descended from that branch. Though officially known as the House of Romanov, these descendants of the Romanov and Oldenburg Houses are sometimes referred to as Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov.
Tsar Nicholas II and many members of his extended family were executed by Bolsheviks in 1918 and it is believed that no member survived, ending the main line definitively. In 1924, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, the direct male-line patrilineal descendant of Alexander II of Russia, claimed the headship of the defunct Imperial House of Russia. His granddaughter, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, is the current pretender, her only child George Mikhailovich is her heir apparent.
The House of Romanov was the second and last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia for more than three hundred years, reigning from 1613 until the 1917 overthrow of the monarchy during the February Revolution. The Romanov Dynasty succeeded the Rurik Dynasty after the Time of Troubles. During the reign of the Romanovs, Russia became and remained a major European power. The Romanovs produced prominent rulers such as Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and saw so many achievements, failures, happiness, and tragedies.of
How It All Began
The dynasty began with the election of Mikhail Romanov, a sixteen-year-old boyar, ending the Time of Troubles. Initially, Mikhail’s mother protested against the election of such a young and inexperienced man, but the boyars assured her that Mikhail would be held responsible to God for the destruction of Russia and other mortal sins if he persisted in his refusal to accept the title. When young Mikhail learned he was about to be granted the highest title anyone could dream of in Russia, he burst into tears of fear and despair. He was finally persuaded to accept the throne by his mother who saw no way out. Mikhail Romanov was crowned on 22 July 1613.