Russian Defense Minister brought to justice guards at Romanov's wedding

13:12, 07 October 2021
Russian Defense Minister brought to justice guards at Romanov's wedding Photo: MOD Russia/via

Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu issued military officials a disciplinary liability for bringing honorary guards to the wedding ceremony of Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich Romanov in Saint Petersburg earlier on October 1.

"On behalf of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, responsible officials were disciplined for violating regulatory acts and statutory documents governing the appointment of an honor guard," a military source told Russian News Agency TASS, adding that the officials of the Western Military District of Saint Petersburg involved.

The first Russian royal wedding in 127 years of the Romanovs’ blood heir with Italian citizen Rebecca Bettarini was held in St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The ceremony was attended by hundreds of foreign guests, including European royals.

The Kremlin administration does not consider Romanov's marriage to be something extraordinary.

Mrs. Bettarini, 39, is of Italian origin, the daughter of diplomat Roberto Bettarini, but following the royal traditions, she converted to the Russian Orthodox and got the name Victoria Romanovna last year. 

Georgy Mikhailovich Romanov, 40, was born in Spain to Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia, now the self-proclaimed heir to Russia's imperial throne and the head of the Russian Imperial House, and her husband Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich of Russia (Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia). His ancestors avoided the Bolshevik violence by immigrating to Western Europe through Finland. The newlywed Russian Tsesarevich, a second in line to the defunct Russian throne, spent most of his life in France and Spain. 

Maria Vladimirovna is the only child from the marriage of Vladimir Kirillovich Romanov, the son of the Russian Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich, who proclaimed himself Russian Emperor in exile in 1924. Grand Duchess title is the subject of a dispute with other descendants of the Romanovs belonging to the Nikolayevich branch, which traces its history from the grandson of Nicholas I, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich, Jr.

The Romanov dynasty ruled Russia for 300 years before the last Emperor Nicholas II was dethroned in 1917 following his abdication and later executed in Yekaterinburg some 880 miles away from Moscow.

Russia's Orthodox Church canonized Nicholas II as a passion-bearer in 2000.