SAINT PETERSBURG: Russia on Friday held its very first royal wedding because the 1917 Bolshevik transformation toppled the Romanov monarchy, with aristocrats travelling from across Europe for the lush ceremony.
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov, 40, as well as his Italian future wife Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, 39, were joined at Saint Isaac’s sanctuary in the former royal capital Saint Petersburg.
Hundreds of international visitors took a trip to Russia’s 2nd city for the Orthodox Christian ceremony, consisting of Royal prince Rudolph as well as Princess Tilsim of Liechtenstein, as well as the former king as well as queen of Bulgaria.
The guest listing of around 1,500 people included various other popular names like Konstantin Malofeyev, a monarchist and billionaire close to the Kremlin, and also Russian international ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. Bettarini transformed to the Orthodox confidence in 2014. Her bridal gown train included the coat of arms of the Russian Empire, embroidered in gold, as well as she wore a diamond-encrusted tiara made by premium jewelers Chaumet.
Going By Saint Isaac’s basilica on Friday, Saint Petersburg resident Galina Bobrova claimed she wanted the couple “happiness”. “For us the monarchy is something from a past life, naturally, yet it’s interesting,” the 50-year-old claimed.
The last wedding in Russia of a successor to the Romanovs was that of Nicholas II and also Alexandra, 127 years ago.
Ahead of the ceremony, Romanov stated the couple selected to celebrate a marriage in Saint Petersburg because it was the first place in the country where the household returned in the very early 1990s.
” It is really, very near to our family,” he told Saint Petersburg-based news website Fontanka ahead of the wedding event. Saint Petersburg is “the history of Russia”, he included, “and also the background of the House of Romanov.”
Birthed in Madrid, Romanov is the boy of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, the self-proclaimed heir to Russia’s imperial throne.
She is the granddaughter of Grand Battle each other Kirill, a cousin of Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar that was implemented along with his better half Alexandra as well as 5 youngsters by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
Hidden after their execution in a location long kept secret by the Soviet authorities, their bodies and those of their youngsters were transferred in 1998 to the Peter and also Paul Sanctuary in Saint Petersburg.
Romanov, that graduated from Oxford and invested a lot of his life in France, met Bettarini in Brussels, where he worked in the European Parliament.