St. Petersburg, October 1, Interfax - A member of the Russian Imperial House and a Spanish citizen, George Romanov, tied the knot with Rebecca Bettarini, a citizen of Italy, at Saint Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Friday.
The ceremony began at around midday. Guests gathered inside the church, and the groom walked down the red aisle. Then the bride appeared with her father Roberto Bettarini, a former Italian ambassador to Belgium. The bride earlier converted to the Orthodox Christian faith, taking the name of Victoria Romanovna.
The bride's train, about two meters long and with an embroidered Russian coat of arms stitched in gold, was carried by children and several guests.
The arrival of the guests and the ceremony were accompanied by the singing of a church choir. The rite was performed by several priests. The young couple were handed crowns, which they carried helped by six guests (three on the bride's side and three on the groom's).
The ceremony was performed in the presence of reporters, including from European countries, and the Cathedral's museum was temporarily closed to visitors.
According to a press release, the ceremony was attended by some 1,000 guests, including from abroad. Among them was the groom's mother, Maria Romanova.
The wedding festivities will last until Saturday.
George Mikhailovich Romanov descends maternally from the Romanov dynasty. He is the son of Prussian Prince Franz Wilhelm and Maria Vladimirovna Romanova, granddaughter of a cousin of Tsar Nicholas II, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, and great-great-granddaughter of Russian Emperor Alexander II. Romanova is also Head of the Russian Imperial House.
The director of the Russian Imperial Foundation, Bettarini converted to the Orthodox faith at St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral in St. Petersburg on July 12, 2020.