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First ‘royal’ wedding in Russia since the 1917 revolution draws aristocrats from across Europe

SCMP, 04 Oct 2021
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The first “royal” wedding to take place in Russia since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution toppled the Romanov monarchy took place in St Petersburg on October 1, 2021. Aristocrats travelled from across Europe to witness Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov marry his Italian bride Rebecca Virginia Bettarini at Saint Isaac’s cathedral in Russia’s former imperial capital. Around 1,500 people, including Prince Rudolph and Princess Tilsim of Liechtenstein, and the former king and queen of Bulgaria were invited to the ceremony. The last time a member of the Romanov dynasty tied the knot in Russia was in 1894, when Nicholas II and Alexandra were married. The Romanov Empire was overthrown in 1917, when the last tsar was deposed. Nicholas II and his family were later killed by Bolshevik revolutionaries.

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