Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Air Gotha arrives in St Petersburg

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In what may be the largest gathering of royalty in Russia since before 1914,  guests have begun to arrive in St. Petersburg for the wedding on Friday of HIH Grand Duke Georg of Russia and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini.   The Grand Duke is the son of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia and Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia.

The couple will exchange vows in St. Isaac's Cathedral at noon.

Although not yet officially confirmed,  King Simeon of the Bulgarians and  King Fuad II of Egypt are among the former reigning sovereigns who have already arrived at their hotels in St. Petersburg.  Other guests who are reported to be in St Petersburg are Crown Prince Leka of Albania,  members of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein,  the Prince of Venice,  the Duke and Duchess of Aosta, Luis Alfonso de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú, Prince David Bagration, and Prince Michel of Yugoslavia.

The Duchess of Aosta (Princess Olga of Greece) will represent King Constantine II of the Hellenes    It is also reported that Prince Michel, son of the late Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia will represent Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, who are also unable to attend.

It is also understood that Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Crown, and Prince Radu of Romania sent their regrets due to a previously scheduled event.

Grand Duke George's mother, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, the head of the Imperial house, and de jure Empress of all the Russias, arrived earlier today from Spain.  She was accompanied by her older half-sister, Helene Kirby, Countess Dvinskaya.

This post will be updated tomorrow as I expect to wake up to more messages from friends who are in St. Petersburg for the wedding.  The source for this post is a friend, who is attending the wedding festivities.  It was 4 a.m. in the morning (St. Petersburg time) that he messaged me with the guest information.

Grand Duke George and Victoria (Rebecca) Bettarini on the train en route to St.Petersburg.

An interview with Victoria and George.  Click on translate to read the article.  Victoria speaks English in the interview.


Furkat said...

His mother is not the head of the Imperial House. Not because I don't like her, but according to the law of succession created by Emperor Paul. It hasn't been changed since then. And according to the amendments of Alexander 3, she is a Princess of imperial blood, and her son is the Prince of Prussia

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

You are incorrect. Brien Horan's essay makes it clear that Maria is the head of the house.

partying.hard said...

The picture on the two sitting on the plane …. clearly they are on a train. No Air Gotha involved.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

the article is about the guests arriving .. by plane.

partying.hard said...

The caption is “Grand Duke George and Victoria (Rebecca) Bettarini on the airplane en route to St.Petersburg.”

That’s a train!