Friday, February 26, 2016

Galitzine-Pollitt engagement

Dimitri  Galitzine, the son of Prince Piotr Galitzine and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria is engaged to Briton Alexandra Pollitt.   A rather romantic proposal by the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy on February 21, 2016.

Miss Pollitt is a native of Manchester, England, where she attended the Manchester High School for Girls.   She graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2011 with a degree in Business Management.    She also spent two years, honing her personnel and human resources skills, at the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.  Since April 2013,  Miss Pollitt has worked as a HR Business Partner in Equities for Barclay's Investment Bank.

Prince Dimitri is also a 2011 graduate of the University of Birmingham, where he received a BA in Economics.  He spent a part of his childhood in Moscow, where his father was working at the time, and attended the Deutsche Schule Moskau and the Moscow Economic School, graduating from the latter in 2008.

After internships with Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital in Moscow,  Prince Dimitri now works as an Associate TMT EMEA for Barclays Investment Bank in London.

Alexandra is the daughter of Neil Pollitt.  She has an identical twin sister, Sophie.

In 2013, Alexandra and Sophie, then 23 years old, bought a £249,000 flat in Vermillion, a new development in Canning Town.  They had been saving for their first home since age 16, when they worked as waitresses at Old Trafford, where Manchester United plays soccer.  According to a Times article, the sisters struggled to secure a mortgage, and their parents lent them the "3 percent stamp duty" on the flat.

The twins were also featured in an Evening Standard article about young university graduates flocking to London, especially in the financial industry.  Canning Town, once a "rough working-class district" is sandwiched between Olympic Park in Stratford and Canary Wharf.

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