A royal wedding was held in Russia on Thursday. This is the first event in Russia in over 100 years. Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov married the Italian Victoria Romanovna Bettarini.
The wedding took place at St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, the former capital of the Russian Empire. Reuters reports.
NS Romanov family It first came to power in 1613, when Russia’s first Romanov emperor Michael Romanov, followed by his grandson Peter the Great, expanded the empire.
The Romanovs ruled until 1917, when the Russian Revolution began, Vladimir Lenin seized power and established the world’s first communist state. The royal family – Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra, and their five children – were executed in Yekaterinburg in 1918 after being sent to house arrest.
“This was the first place we returned in Russia,” 40-year-old George Mikhailovich told news website Fontanka.ru about his choice of St. Petersburg for his wedding.
The groom, Mikhailovich, is a former member of the royal family, and her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Vladivostok, claims to be the heir to the Russian throne. According to Reuters, his great-grandfather was Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, who fled Russia in 1917. When the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin, took over, the Grand Duke fled to Finland and then to Western Europe.
His great-grandchild was born in Madrid and lived in Spain and France. Mihailovic did not visit Russia until 1992, but moved to Moscow in 2019 to focus on philanthropy.
Bettarini, the bride of Mikhailovich, whose father served as an Italian diplomat, converted to the Russian Orthodox Church and became Victoria Romanovna.
Her father, Roberto Bettarini, walked along the aisle where it was expected to be an elaborate religious ritual. According to Reuters.
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