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Historically there are two Lithuanias, the lesser Lithuania we know today, and the great Lithuania of 1569, which included the regions of Belarus and Ukraine when it was inherited by Prince Roman's royal step-ancestor the newly Grand Prince Gedroyc.
(Neighbouring Kaliningrad, a separated part of Russia to the west, was known as Little Lithuania.)
In 1251, Mindaugas, the Grand Duke of Lithuania, became King of Lithuania. He was crowned in 1253 with a crown sent by Pope Innocent IV, and was assassinated 10 years later in 1263. In the 14th century, Grand Duke Gediminas (1316-1342) married three times and had 13 children. He made Vilnius his capital in 1322, was proclaimed King of Lithuania in 1341, and died at the siege of Wielowa in 1342 before being crowned. Grand Duke Vytautas - the Great - (1350-1430) had one child to his first of two marriages. He was proclaimed King of Lithuania in January 1429, and died at Trakai in 1430 before a crown arrived from the Holy Roman Emperor. Although Lithuania regards Gediminas and Vytautas as grand dukes only, because they were not actually crowned king, the British succession, for example, has no such qualms. History dictates a king is a king whether crowned or not.
In 1368 Grand Duke Jogaila of Lithuania married the young Polish King (sic.) Jadwiga (12) and became King of Poland. As with the Polish word for Prince which may also mean Duke, the Polish word for King may also mean Queen, as for Jadwiga. In 1569, Lithuania and Poland were federated by the Union of Lublin. Krakow, in the south of Poland, was the king's capital. The same year, 1569, the last of the royal Lithuanian-Polish bloodline from Jogaila, King Zygmunt II, historically elevated Prince Gedroyc to Grand Prince for (Great) Lithuania by LP Poland 1569.
From 1572, when King Zygmunt II died, until 1795 when Czarina Catherine (the Great) of Russia acquired Lithuania by partition, Poland-Lithuania was ruled by elected kings. However, the royal bloodline Gedroyc continued to be patented for Lithuania through the 19th century, at Vilnius in 1811 and several times at St Petersburg through to 1873.
Recent Hereditary Succession is:
Grand Prince Tadeusz Gedroyc (1734-1811) who married Anna Towianska;
Antoni Stanislaw Gedroyc (1755-1830) & Julijana Miedzichowska;
Ignacy Rafal Antoni Gedroyc (1793-1873) & Elzbieta Dobrzanska;
Jaroslaw Jan Gedroyc (1832-1912) & Paulina Orda;
Wladislaw Ignacy Marek Gedroyc (1862-1943) - LP 1873 St Petersburg -
who married Renee, Marquise de Pourbaix, at Horodec in 1904.
Prince Wladislaw's first child and heir Princess Paulina, Prince Roman's stepmother, was born at Mostyska in 1905. In 1943, Prince Wladislaw Gedroyc (1862-1943) died at Zubracze, from which time the Lithuanian Royal House of Dambski began, passing to Mann in 1967.
* Horodec and Mostyska were in Poland and are now part of Ukraine
Grand Duke Jogaila of Lithuania married King (sic.) Jadwiga of Poland in 1386, and became King Wladislaw II of Poland. In 1569, the last of the Jagiellonian Dynasty, King Zygmunt II, federated Poland and Lithuania at Lublin, and elevated Prince Gedroyc to Grand Prince for Lithuania, which was bigger than Poland at that time and encompassed today's regions of Belarus and Ukraine as well as Lithuania. Gedroyc were princes from the 13th century, and letters patent of acknowledgment include 1811 Vilnius and St Petersburg, and 1873 St Petersburg. King Roman's father married Paulina, first child of (Grand) Prince Wladislaw Ignacy Marek Gedroyc (1862-1943) at Lwow in 1927, and became Prince Roman I. When Wladislaw died in 1943, Prince Roman I (1901-1967) became Grand Prince Roman I. When GP Roman I died in 1967, his first Scottish child, Prince Ronald (now King Roman), inherited title while Lithuania was still under the USSR. King Roman's Genealogy is on the "Royal Contact" page.
His Imperial Majesty King Roman, Royal Sovereign of Europa and Grand Duke of Lithuania, reigns over his Realm from Darwin, Australia, and for the moment leaves running of constituent nations to their duly elected civil governments and civil sovereigns.
King Roman is Honorary First Admiral for Lithuania & Ukraine, and Honorary First General for landlocked Belarus. Contrary to views stated elsewhere, Lithuania (and Belarus and Ukraine) is, currently and unusually, a constitutional state with a real monarch awaiting full and proper official acknowledgment. King Roman formerly served in the Royal Naval Reserve (U.K.) and was the 1st Group Leader of the Port Darwin Sea Scouts & Venturers. He qualified as a Coxswain and Australian Yachting Federation yachting instructor. He served in the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom), in the Citizens Military Forces (Australia) briefly, and was a Patrol Officer/Kiap (like Aussie movie star Errol Flynn) in Papua New Guinea. The Governor-General will award the Police Overseas Services Medal TPNG in September 2014.
As well as being His Imperial Majesty King Roman the First, Royal Sovereign of Europa, Grand Duke of Lithuania, and Count of Lubraniec Dambski, His Imperial Majesty is also Grand Prince of Belarus, Ukraine, Livonia, Novgorod, and Vladimir; Prince of Aukstota, Bryansk, Chernikov, Chernobyl, Courland, Galicz, Giedroyc, Grodno, Kiev, Kosovo, Krvac, Minsk, Moldova,
Lvov, Minsk, Moldova, Novaharodak, Ossetia, Oswiecim/Auschwitz, Palanga, Perjaslavl, Polotsk, Pskov, Ratno, Riazan, Rostov, Samogitia, Santok, Smolensk, Starodub, Trakai, Turau, Tver, and Vitebsk; Emperor and King Elector.
His Imperial Majesty King Roman, Royal Sovereign of Europa, Grand Duke of Lithuania, wishes to federate Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, and others, in a constitutional royal alliance, to give his peoples back the pride which is their true royal tradition. This is in line with the original desire and intention for Lithuania of the 23 April 1994 LBKS Congress in Vilnius, when King Roman, attending as Count Roman Dambski II, was made a founding senator.
The new nobility society was called LBKS or Lietuvos Bajoru Karaliskoji Sajunga (Royal Society of Lithuanian Nobility). The LBKS, now called LRUN, had new elections in 1996 since when it apparently lost focus. King Roman seeks full (constitutional) restoration of the Lithuanian Monarchy in order to stir up pride in the people's hearts, increase prosperity, and reduce a suicide rate which is one of the highest in the world. King Roman wishes the same for Belarus, Ukraine, and other territories in his Realm.
When Lithuania was inherited in 1569 from the last Jagiellon king, Lithuania included the regions which are now Belarus and Ukraine. In 1992, the year following their independance from Russia, King Roman visited his step-mother Princess Paulina Dambska (see photo below left) in Bielsko-Biala Poland at her invitation, at which time she requested he restore the family titles. He also visited his father's Royal Tomb at Brama IV in Warsaw (see photo right). It was inscribed Count of Lubraniec Dambski and Grand Prince (/ Grand Duke) of Lithuania. Vilnius genealogist Sigita Gasparaviciene confirmed the princely Gedroyc lineage, and various letters patent including from Vilnius 1811 and St Petersburg 1873. Darwin lawyer Anthony Buckland determined an additional 30 titles which accrue to the current Grand Prince/Grand Duke of Lithuania. The title was granted by King Zygmunt II of Poland in 1569 and primarily means Grand Prince.
"The good of the people is the highest law" - Cicero
King Roman, Grand Duke, is Royal Sovereign of Europa, Grand Duke of Lithuania, and reigns from Darwin, Australia, while elected representatives do the everyday running of the countries through their respective parliaments. King Roman looks to full restoration of a constitutional Monarchy, and federation of inherited and accrued territories, whether under his own royal sovereignty or that of one or more of his grantees in a united federation.
Since introduction of republican systems in 1991, the new Lithuanian nobility society or LBKS (Lietuvos Bajoru Karaliskoji Sajunga) of around 400 members, of which King Roman was elected a Founding Senator on 23 April 1994 in Vilnius, applauded the reformation of a Grand Duchy in Lithuania, but it left Lithuania's Royal Tradition in limbo after subsequent elections in 1996.
HIM King Roman not only has the lineage but also the right of adverse possession and, as "pretender"/claimant to rule of the Grand Duchy, is the de facto and de jure monarch of Lithuania, and all lands accruing to the Grand Duchy.
Any country within the Realm of Europa/Lithuania may propose to lead the change to full constitutional monarchy through direct approach to King Roman. If you are able and would like to support and assist King Roman, please use the Royal Contact form page. You will be rewarded according to your generousity.
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Brief Bio of King Roman
Supposed son of Charles Avery Mann (1905-1991), King Roman is the biological son of Grand Prince Roman Dambski (1901 Boryslaw - 1967 Gliwice, 1988 Warsaw), and was born March 1942, Edinburgh, Scotland, during World War II
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