Russia got a taste of its former Imperial splendour this week as the only son of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, head of the House of Romanov (disputed), Grand Duke George Mikhailovich married his long-time girlfriend, Rebecca Bettarini. She took the name Victoria Romanovna upon her conversion to Russian Orthodoxy. George is the great-great-great-grandson of Emperor Alexander II of Russia through his mother. His mother claims to be the head of the Russian Imperial Family on the grounds that she was the only child of the last male dynast of the Imperial house according to the Romanovs’ Pauline laws. George’s father is Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, a grandson of Empress in exile Hermine. The couple previously lived in Brussels and now live in Moscow.
On 24 September 2021, the couple were married in a civil ceremony at the Khamovnichesky registry office in Moscow. The bride then became Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanov, a title she received from her mother-in-law Grand Duchess Maria Vladmirovna. All titles are titular as Russia is no longer a monarchy.
The religious ceremony took place on 1 October 2021 at Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg, with royals from Liechtenstein and rather more from non-reigning royal families in attendance. The bride wore a tiara by Chaumet and a white satin gown.
Following the wedding, the newlyweds visited the Fortress of St. Peter and Paul, where Victoria placed her bouquet on the graves of her grandparents-in-law, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich of Russia and Princess Leonida Bagration of Mukhrani. They were joined by Grand Duchess Maria. Unfortunately, George’s father could not attend the wedding due to illness.
Later that evening, there was a grand wedding reception. The bride changed a crystal-embellished dress for the reception.
The entire religious wedding can be seen below: