Vechnaia pamiat’

My recent biography of Russia’s First World War Supreme Commander, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, ends with a description of his tomb in the crypt of the Church of St Michael the Archangel in Cannes. It was, until recently, adorned with Russian flags and icons and bore a plain inscription, giving the Grand Duke’s name and his title – ‘Supreme Commander’

Tomb of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, Cannes
Tomb of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, Cannes

My description is now out of date. A month ago, the remains of both Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich and his wife, Grand Duchess Anastasiia, were taken from France back to Russia, and reburied in the Bratskii Military Cemetery in Moscow. Speaking at the reburial ceremony, the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobyanin, said, ‘Today the Supreme Commander of the Russian Army during World War I returns to his soldiers … may his remains lie in peace.’

reburial

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