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Descendant of tsars becomes first royal to marry in Russia since revolution

EAST PETERSBURG: The descendants of Russia’s former royal family have married their Italian bride for the first royal wedding on Russian soil more than a century ago.
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov Former Italian royal capital St. Petersburg’s St. Isaac’s Cathedral married an Italian Victoria Romanov Batarini.
Russian Orthodox clergy held a grand ceremony, attended by hundreds of guests, including the groom’s mother, Russia’s Grand Duchess Maria Vladimrovna – Russia’s self-proclaimed heir to the throne – and more than a dozen modest royal families.
George Mikhailovich’s great-grandfather, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, fled Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, first to Finland and later to Western Europe with his family.
Russia’s last Tsar, Nicholas II, his wife and five children were killed in July 1918 by a revolutionary firing squad in the basement of a businessman’s house in Ekaterinburg, 1,450 kilometers (900 miles) east of Moscow.
George Mikhailovich, 40, was born in Madrid and spent most of his life in Spain and France.
Betarini, 39, who converted to Russian Orthodoxism last year and took the name Victoria Romanova, was taken to the altar by her father, Roberto Betarini, who has served in the Italian diplomatic service.
George Mikhailovich first visited Russia in 1992 and moved to Moscow in 2019, where he works on a number of welfare projects.
The Romanov dynasty ruled Russia for 300 years, before Nicholas II resigned in early 1917, preparing the country for the Bolshevik revolution, civil war and 70 years of communist rule in November of that year.
In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church strengthened Nicholas II, who was portrayed by Soviet authorities as a weak leader.