Friday, September 2, 2011

Nicholas to be sponsor at cousin's wedding

September 2, 1911


Nicholas II of Russia has agreed to the sponsor at the marriage of his cousin, Prince Ioann Constantovich of Russia, to Princess Helen of Serbia, only daughter of King Peter,  reports the Marquise de Fontenoy.   The marriage is scheduled to take place at St. Petersburg later this month.  The groom's other sponsor will be Princess Olga of Greece, the daughter of Prince and Princess Nicholas of Greece.  Princess Nicholas of Greece is the former Grand Duchess Helen Wladimirovna of Russia.

Princess Helen's sponsors will be her grandfather, King Nikola of Montenegro, and his eldest daughter, Grand Duchess Militza of Russia, the wife of Grand Duke Peter Nicolaivitch.

Princess Helen, whose mother, Princess Zorka, died in childbirth in 1890, was larged raised by her two aunts, Miliza and Anastasia.  She was educated at the Smolny Institute in St. Petersburg.

Prince Ioann recently visited the court at Belgrade, "where he received an enthusiastic welcome" from the Serbian royal family and the Serbian government.     The Serbian people are "much flattered" that their only princess is to marry a member of the Russian imperial family.

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