Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia married Rebecca Bettarini in St. Petersburg, and his wife’s wedding attire paid special tribute to her naval career.
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia To married Rebecca Bettarini in a breathtaking ceremony in St. Petersburg, marking the first imperial marriage in Russia since the fall of the Romanov monarchy in 1917.
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The couple tied the knot on October 1 at St. Isaac’s Cathedral, with photos showing Princess Rebecca, 39, dressed in classic white satin dress with long sleeves and a cathedral length train, believed to have been designed by Reem Acra. She paired it with a sparkling diamond tiara, which actually had a very special nod to her 40-year-old husband’s naval career – much like Sarah Ferguson’s dress at her royal wedding to the prince. Andrew.
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The tiara was designed by Chaumet, the official jeweler to Empress Josephine and Napoleon, and designed to resemble a sail in the wind in homage to the St. Petersburg naval base, where Grand Duke George serves. According to Online Mail, it has a total of 27.03 carats.
The delicate accessory stood out perfectly against her brown hair, which was styled into an elegant bun.
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The couple had a religious ceremony at St. Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg
When the Duchess of York married the Queen’s son in 1981 at Westminster Abbey, her outfit had similar sentimental significance. Her wedding dress designer Lindka Cierach created a heavily beaded bodice that included anchors and waves depicting Andrew’s naval career, and added their initials to the 17-foot train.
The bride’s tiara was a tribute to the St. Petersburg naval base
George, the son of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna and Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, and Rebecca, the daughter of Italian Ambassador Roberto Bettarini, announced their engagement in January 2021. The royal gave his future bride a ring in diamond and ruby which his mother had given him at the age of 18.
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The couple actually got married on September 24, but Friday marked their religious ceremony. The two-day event is also expected to include a reception at the St. Petersburg Ethnographic Museum and brunch at Konstantinovsky Palace.
Among the hundreds of participants were members of the royal family such as Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Leia of Belgium.
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