Friday, October 1, 2021

The Imperial Wedding in Saint Petersburg

The newlyweds depart Saint Isaac's.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Alexander Demianchuk. 
Photo (c) Getty Images / Alexander Demianchuk.
Kiss amidst wedded bliss!
Photo (c) Getty Images / Alexander Demianchuk.

Today at 12:00pm, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff were joined in Holy Matrimony during their Russian Orthodox religious marriage at Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg. Metropolitan Barsanuphius of Saint Petersburg and Ladoga presided over the imperial wedding. The couple were joined by over one thousand guests who wished to partake in the joy of this happy event. This was the first Russian imperial wedding to occur in the country in over a century.

Grand Duchess Maria greets her daughter-in-law Princess Victoria.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Olga Maltseva.

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, the groom, is the only child of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia and Prince Franz-Wilhelm of Prussia (remarried to Nadia Nour). Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanoff (née Rebecca Virginia Bettarini), the bride, is the only child of Ambassador Roberto Bettarini and Carla Virginia Cacciatore. Grand Duke George proposed to Rebecca Bettarini in August 2020; Rebecca had converted to Russian Orthodoxy in July 2020 and taken the name Victoria Romanovna. The couple's engagement was officially announced in January 2021 by the Chancellery of the Russian Imperial House. The civil marriage of George and Victoria took place last Friday on 24 September in Moscow.

Photo (c) Getty Images / Olga Maltseva.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Olga Maltseva.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Olga Maltseva.

Princess Victoria Romanovna wore a spectacular wedding gown created by New York designer Reema Acre and Russian designer Elina Samarina. The princess wore the Chaumet Lacis tiara for the religious ceremony. Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria exchanged Fabergé wedding bands

The bride’s attendants.
Photo sent to me by a friend and guest at the wedding.

Among others, the bridesmaids of the princess were her cousins, Beatrice and Veronica Scheda.

Some of the royal guests.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Olga Maltseva.

The wedding was attended by royals from all over the world. Among them, we can note the following: Crown Prince Leka and Crown Princess Elia of Albania, Archduke Maximilian of Austria, Princess Lea of Belgium, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza with their son Afonso (Prince of Beira) and daughter Maria Francisca (Duchess of Coimbra), King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of Bulgaria, Crown Princess Miriam of Bulgaria and her son Prince Boris, King Fuad II of Egypt, Crown Prince Mohamed Ali and Crown Princess Noal Zaher of Egypt, Prince Irakli Bagration-Mukhransky, Prince David and Princess Irina Bagration-Mukhransky of Georgia, Prince Philipp and Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein, Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein, Prince Rudolf and Princess Tilsim of Liechtenstein, Princess Desiree of Prussia and Ambassador Juan Carlos Gamarra Skeels, Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans (Duke d'Anjou), Fürst Heinrich XIV Reuß zu Köstritz, Prince Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy (Prince of Venice), Prince Aimone and Princess Olga of Savoy (Duke and Duchess of Aosta), Prince Charles-Henri Lobkowicz, Prince Joachim and Princess Yasmine Murat, and Helen Kirby de Bagration (Countess Dvinskaya; the groom's aunt and godmother). Prime Minister Xavier Bettel of Luxembourg and his husband Gauthier Destenay were also in attendance.  

Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria on the steps of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral.
Photo sent to me by a friend and guest at the wedding.
A view of St Isaac's Cathedral during the first imperial wedding in Russia in over a century.
Photo (c) Getty Images / Peter Kovalev.

Our congratulations to Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria on this historic day!

[Note: My utmost thanks to a kind friend and guest at the wedding for allowing me to use some of the stunning videos and pictures that they captured!]

2 comments:

  1. Great work on this post and blog/journal. Wanted to let you know it is appreciated. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Apparently in the middle of the ceremony. The lady beside Prince Wenzeslaus (second row) and sitting behind Prince Afonso of Portugal fainted. She is a friend of Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein. They both left their seats.

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