Friday, September 24, 2021

Special Details on the Civil Marriage of Grand Duke George of Russia and Princess Victoria!

Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.

Earlier today, HIH Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and HSH Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff celebrated their civil marriage in Moscow. The parents of the bride, Ambassador Roberto Bettarini and Mrs Carla Cacciatore Bettarini, were on hand for the ceremony along with other family and friends. Other guests included: Dr. Alexander N. Zakatov, Director of the Imperial Chancellery; Prince Vadim Olegovich Lopukhin, Head of the Department for Interregional Relations of the Chancellery; Stanislaw Vladimirovich Dumin, the King of Arms in the Chancellery; and Hieromonk Nikon, Head of the Office for Historical and Commemorative Events in the Chancellery.

Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
As in many countries, Russia requires that a couple have a civil ceremony in order for a marriage to be legally valid. On the marriage certificate of the imperial couple, the groom and his details was written as "George Mikhaylovich Romanov, citizen of the Russian Federation, born 13 March 1981 in the city of Madrid, Spain. Ethnicity Russian," and the bride and her details were written as "Rebecca Bettarini, citizen of Italian Republic, born 18 May 1982 in Rome. Ethnicity Italian." Rebecca Virginia Bettarini converted to the Russian Orthodox faith in July 2020 and has since been known as Victoria Romanovna Bettarini.

Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
After the civil wedding, Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria hosted a reception for their guests  at their Moscow home. The couple cut a cake and their dear dog Zhong was able to participate in that moment...though, we do not know yet if little Zhong was able to enjoy any of the tasty confection.

Photo (c) David Niviere/Abaca/Sipa USA.
Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria have been a couple for almost a decade. Their engagement was announced by Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, Head of the Imperial House and George's mother, in January 2021. The pair will celebrate their religious wedding next week on 1 October at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

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