The Romanovs are back in Crimea
The Romanovs had a long standing history with Crimea. It was Catherine the Great who conquered Crimea and made it a part of the Russian Empire. The Royal family built several palaces and estates on the Southern Coast of the peninsula. The Livadia palace was their official summer residence.
After the 1917 revolution, the Tsar and his immediate family were executed by the Bolsheviks, all properties of the Royal family were expropriated and the remaining members of the Royal family fled abroad, mainly to France.
Grand Princess Maria Vladimirovna, the head of Imperial House of Romanovs, accompanied by her son, Grand-Prince Georgy Michailovich travelled to Crimea with an official visit. They drove over the Kerch Strait Bridge from mainland Russia to the peninsula.
They arrived in Crimea on May 28th and they are planning to remain there until June 3d.
They are visiting the main cities of Crimea: Simferopol, Kerch, Sevastopol, Yevpatoria, Theodosiya and others.
The trip aims to show support to Crimea and its people who voted for reunification with Russia at the March 2014 referendum.
It is also symbolical that the Crimean Bridge was opened in the year marking the 235th anniversary of incorporation of the Crimean peninsula in the Russian Empire.