Restoring Lithuania's Royal Titles
by Dr. Anthony G. Ziagos
Changes in economic and political philosophy around the world has shifted the leadership of many countries from a Monarchy to Democracy. The United States was just a youngster, a newly formed county, and Europe was in turmoil. The 21st century is a very different world today than it was two hundred and fifty years ago. There are dozens of former rulers in exile. It has been reported by the Constantian Society there are over sixty non-reigning Monarchies today. What of the Royal Families? Based largely in Europe and Far East some of the ruling royal families are still wealthy and powerful. They are philanthropic and excellent benefactors to the people and countries they rule. Others are largely ceremonial or constitutional monarchies existing in a complimentary relationship respected and revered but holding little or no ruling power. Then, there are the few who are fiscally irresponsible, cruel and tyrannical. Royal titles and nobility does not guarantee integrity, wealth or power. Royal titles are largely misunderstood in America since we generally do not acknowledge nobility and the system of the monarchs. Politics and poverty has no bearing on historical facts or blood relationship of royal families. People who are rightful heirs to titles may have lost their family wealth but their titles and the right to rule a kingdom is usually hereditary.
HRH Prince Roman Dambski of Lithuania, living in exile in Australia, is attempting to restore his family rights and titles. He was empowered by Princess Paulina Gedroyc, daughter of Grand Duke Wladislaw Ignacy Marek Gedroyc, in November 1992 prior to her death.
Historically, The Kingdom of Lithuania is rooted in the 13th Century when Mindaugas was crowned by Pope Innocent IV as King of Lithuania. Over the next five hundred years the storms of war and politics rendered its toll. Expansion and alliances with Poland and other nations, were not strong enough to keep the transformed Grand Duchy of Lithuania independent. In 1795 it was all but consumed by Russia. After two centuries, in 1918 the strong will of the Lithuanian people gained independent statehood but this was also short lived. Twenty years of autonomy again ended with Russian occupation. Today the Republic of Lithuania declared Independence (again) as a parliamentary democracy on March 11, 1990 and was recognized by the Soviet Union on September 1991. The President of Lithuania is an American born Valdas Adamkus was elected by the people in July 2004.
HRH Prince Roman states in a recent letter to me; “In 1993 Grand Princess Paulina died, and by letters patent Prince Roman II was recognised as "Grand Duke of Lithuania". In 1994, while the Russian Communist influence was still felt in Lithuania, Prince Roman II was invited by Dr Jonas Stankus to attend a world congress of Lithuanian nobility in Vilnius. Around 400 people attended, over double the number who attended the gathering in 1996 which produced the present Lithuanian Nobility Society (LRUN), which uses the name Royal, but has no Sovereign. Prince Roman was appointed a founding Senator of the newly formed Lithuanian Royal Nobility Society (LBKS) on 23 April 1994, but was subsequently snubbed by the 1996 society. Although accepting the Polish historical lineage by default, the LRUN does acknowledge that Lithuania was a Kingdom. It is that Kingdom which the present Sovereign Grand Duke Roman seeks to restore in its fullness.”
HRH Prince Roman feels it is his birth right and privilege to assume the role as Lithuania’s Sovereign. “The Sovereign will not interfere with the function of the elected government/s, and seeks proper acknowledgement of his Sovereignty”, states HRH Prince Roman. He sees a constitutional monarchy similar to that of the British. He encourages all Lithuanians, Belorussians and Ukranians everywhere to support him in his noble cause.
No one alive today remembers the royal families in Lithuania. Several sources I contacted could not agree on the validity of his claims or his family rights. One source has indicated his maternal rights made him a candidate for the Lithuanian Royal Nobility Society (LBKS) but suggested there were others who had a more direct connection. Of the 33 ruling monarchs around the world 7 of them are in dispute over who is more qualified to be the head of the household. One educated Lithuanian scholar, here in the U.S.A. commented that a monarchy might be nothing more than a curiosity. He did not feel the historical family achievements and their rights were as important as what an individual might accomplish during his/her lifetime. Yet others have indicated all genuine descendents from the elected Polish monarchy were deceased and proof of blood lines was not possible. Given enough time and spend enough money and you will get an answer that a majority might agree on. Over the last fifty years it seems every time someone makes a claim as the head of a Royal household there are a group of separatists and elitist who deny their validity and question their rights. But still the monarchist persists in their quest for restoration of family rights and titles
First of all, if you are richly blessed and would like to acquire an hereditary Royal or Noble title, I can oblige.
THE KINGDOM OF LITHUANIA became a fact of life on 24 May 2005, when the Sovereign - Grand Prince Roman II since 12 February 1993 - made a Royal Proclamation and became King Roman of Lithuania.
Formerly known as Ron Mann (Edinburgh) and Count Roman Dambski (Darwin) , I am properly His Majesty, King Roman of Lithuania, since 24 May 2005.
- American Crusader
3/2/2006 | 9:15 am
Pretty funny...how much if you just want to be a knight? Is there any validity to his claim or is he just full of it? I tried reading the link, but I cannot read Lithuanian.
3/2/2006 | 11:13 pm
I think there is a bloke over here who self declared himself to be a King (or was it Prince) and his land he decided was his kingdom. From memory he even gave out knighthoods!
4/2/2006 | 4:43 am
If you go back far enough, I must have some royal blood in me somewhere. For just a small contribution I will be handing out various royal tiles. Early birds get the best.
8/2/2006 | 12:55 pm
One blogger has already met His Highness -- back when he was a lowly Prince.
16/2/2006 | 9:20 pm
Mr. Ronald Mann is simply after your money. Do not be fooled. Good people I know of have be used by this 'Mann' and if you question his authority it is 'off with your head!
Seriously though my friends, beware of him and his false claims. If he was who he claims to be then one would think that the Lithuanian Nobility would support him. I can assure you that they do not as there are many others that would qualify before he would for the now defunct crown.
H.M. King Roman
8/3/2006 | 6:44 pm
I am sorry that Mr Darius has such a big chip on his shoulder. Perhaps the LBKS has denied him a title?
9/3/2006 | 12:12 am
Pardon me, Mr. Dambski, but why should anyone apply for a title that is handed out by an unrecognized fraud? Hmm?
H.M. King Roman
27/5/2006 | 4:17 pm
It is you, Mr Darius, and your band of mockers who are the frauds, etc.
Aussie: Lithuania no longer republic
Filed at 1:57 am under Politics, Light Hearted, General, Mr. Darius, Idiots by mrdarius
Lithuania is apparently no longer a republic. According to Darwin, Australia resident Roman Dambski, he is actually de jure His Majesty King Roman II of Lithuania, and he has declared Lithuania a monarchy.
By whose authority you ask? His majesty's, of course. In a "royal decree" issued to Reuters, UPI and Aussie AP on 24 May 2005, King Roman decreed:
Lithuania is no longer a Republic.
On 24 May 2005, by virtue of his de jure sovereignty, in the tradition of uncrowned Lithuanian Kings Gediminas and Vytutis (sic.) the Great, (Vytautas the Great) Grand Prince Roman assumed the title King of Lithuania and, further, proclaimed Lithuania a Kingdom in perpetuity, to be democratically ruled according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Official transition matters and date for his coronation have still to be arranged.
The reason his coronation has not been arranged yet? That's right...$$. After all, it does cost a lot to get to Lithuania from the land down under, not to mention the ceremony itself. But have no fear, King Roman plans on raising the money ... by selling off titles. Yup, you can buy Lithuanian princehood for the measly sum of .... one .... million .... dollars (AUS). Mwa ha ha ha ha ha!