The Head of the Russian Imperial House of the Romanovs, the Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and, and the Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich have made an official visit to Crimea. At the international airport of Simferopol, the guests were greeted by Senator of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation the legislature of the Republic of Crimea, Sergei Tsekov, deputies and representatives of the clergy.
The Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and her son Grand Duke George Mikhailovich arrived to Crimea on Monday, their visit was coincided with the 235-th anniversary of the Crimean peninsula affiliation with the Russian Empire. On May 28th they opened the "Views of the Crimea in Painting of the Russian Artists" exhibition in Sevastopol. On Tuesday guests laid floral tributes at the monument to Catherine II and the Memorial of the heroic defense of Sevastopol in 1941-1942, as well as visited city leaders and the Black Sea Navy Fleet management. During the official tour, lasted until June 3rd, they plan to visit Kerch and Feodosia, to attend the moleben in the Church of St John the Baptist of the VI century.
"All things must pass, we will forget about it, we must be patient. We will probably shorten this period with optimism", - Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna claimed, answering the question on lifting sanctions against the Russian Federation. She has expressed confidence that it surely will occur.
Throughout the interview the Head of the Russian Imperial House of the Romanovs has noted the importance of development after Crimean reunification with the Russian Federation in 2014, specially the construction of the Crimean Bridge. "It is such joy when I come to the Crimea, I see all this construction and the road which is already constructed [federal highway "Taurida"], and I am very glad for you", - Grand Duchess claimed, adding that thanks to the Crimean Bridge life of Crimeans would improve.
Maria Vladimirovna is the only child born in wedlock of Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov, the head of the Russian Imperial House in exile (the son of the Russian Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, who proclaimed himself in 1924 the emperor in exile) and Princess Leonida Georgievna Bagration-Mukhraneli. The question of the legitimacy of using the title of Grand Duchess is the subject of a dispute with other descendants of the Romanovs (Association of Romanov family members), belonging to the Nikolaevitch branch, which conducts its history from the grandson of Nicholas I, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Jr.
On April 19th 1783 the empress Catherine II signed the manifesto on the annexation of the Crimea, the island of Taman and the Kuban to the Russian Empire. Sevastopol, the main base of the Black Sea Navy Fleet, has been founded in Crimea this year.