Charity group honoring legacy of Russian royals celebrates anniversary

The Elisabeth-Sergius Educational Society (ESPO), a charity group that honors the legacy of Russia’s Grand Duke Sergey Alexandrovich and his spouse, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, marks its 10th anniversary on Tuesday.

The group, which organizes historic conferences and exhibitions, will host a reception in Moscow.

ESPO was created in 2011 to protect and popularize the historical past and charitable work of the Russian royal household. The group helps restore monuments, together with these within the Kremlin.

An exhibition devoted to Russia’s Synodal Choir, co-organized by ESPO, will likely be open between November 18 and January 23 within the Museum of Contemporary History of Russia in Moscow. The church choir was based in 1721 and was hooked up to the Moscow Synodal School. Sergey Alexandrovich and Elizabeth Feodorovna had been patrons of the choir and the college.

The uncle of Russia’s final reigning monarch Nicholas II and a well known philanthropist, Sergey Alexandrovich was a patron of round 90 charity organizations and supported quite a few cultural venues. He was assassinated within the Kremlin in 1905, when a revolutionary terrorist bombed his carriage.

In 1884, Sergey Alexandrovich married Elizabeth, a German princess and granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Victoria. After her husband’s loss of life, Elizabeth bought all of her household jewels and used the cash to ascertain the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent in Moscow, a feminine convent which had its personal hospital, an orphanage, a soup kitchen, and a Sunday college.

During World War I, Elizabeth raised cash to assist the households of conscripted troopers. Her final destiny was as tragic as her husband’s. Along with a number of different members of the royal household, the grand duchess was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918. She was canonized as a martyr by the Russia Orthodox Church in 1992.

Since 1998, a statue of Elizabeth has stood above the doorway to Westminster Abbey in London.

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