October 09, 2021

A Rare Royal Romanov Wedding


A Rare Royal Romanov Wedding
The last Romanov wedding in St. Petersburg before last week. Public domain Hermitage painting

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov – yes, there are still Romanovs alive – married an Italian woman in St. Petersburg on Friday, October 1, 2021. Rebecca Virginia Bettarini was baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church last year and took on the new name Victoria Romanovna Bettarini, with the patronymic "Romanovna" strangely suggesting that her father's name is Roman.

The couple wed in St. Isaac's Cathedral in the center of St. Petersburg. It was a traditional church wedding, not a quick ZAGS affair – though they actually did register their marriage in Moscow prior to the big shindig.

There were about 1,500 guests, many of whom belong to the royal families of Europe. Romanov appears in many lines of succession: for example, he is 140th in line to the British throne. Man, a lot of people would have to die...

The royal rings were made by Fabergé. Their nuptial outfits will be donated to the Russian Museum.

The distantly-related-to-Tsar-Nicholas-II groom was born in Spain to Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova and Prussian Prince Franz Wilhelm of Hohenzollern. Maria Vladimirovna was the granddaughter of Nicholas II's first cousin, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich. The groom, now 40 years old, grew up in Spain and France. Unsurprisingly, the groom only visited Russia for the first time in 1992 – after the Soviets, who assassinated the Nicholas II Romanov family, lost power in 1991.

Romanov has worked in the European Parliament and the European Commission. Bettarini is the daughter of the Italian ambassador to Belgium, and the couple met while Romanov was working in Parliament.

The couple resides in Moscow, though they probably have properties all over the place. They are now on a honeymoon to see the furthest reaches of Russia by train. We assume they are not traveling platzkart.

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