Friday, September 24, 2021

Grand Duke George and Victoria Romanovna: We did it!!


@David Nivière 

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini celebrated their civil wedding today at the Khamovnichesky registry office in  Moscow.

The couple was joined by Victoria (nee Rebecca Virginia) Bettarini's parents,  Italian Ambassador Roberto Bettarini, and his wife Carla.

Grand Duke George proposed to Victoria in August 2020 after living together for more than six years.  George had planned to propose over dinner in Brussels, but Victoria "actually spoiled his plans by inviting a friend to join him," according to an interview with Victoria earlier this year.  

“Then the next day we were catching a flight to Madrid, and he wanted the proposal to be in Brussels because it’s where we were dating and lived together,” she said.

So George proposed at the airport, where Victoria of course said yes.

She converted to Orthodoxy in July 2020, where she took the name Victoria Romanovna.  The official engagement was announced this past January.

Victoria is now HSH Princess Victoria Romanovna Romanov, a title that was bestowed on her by Grand Duchess Maria Vladmirovna.  

The couple's Orthodox wedding will take place at St Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on October 1.

The couple will continue to live in Moscow, where they hope to raise a family.

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Carly said...

Will she become a Grand Duchess upon religious marriage?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

No at least not yet one hopes

Alabaster Network said...

I was very sad that the Grand Duchess Maria did not attend the ceremony. Do you know if she will attend the religious ceremony.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

yes she will

coodieo said...

how is this a equal marriage? did marie literaly make her a princess so they could marry? i know there is controversy about who is elegiable to be head of the family. i'm glad they married for love but isn't this against the rules?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Victoria becomes a HSH Princess Victoria Romanov upon her marriage, not before, The marriage has been approved by Maria. She will be present ... and of course, rules can and will be changed.