The Chancellery of the Head of the Imperial House of Russia
HIS IMPERIAL HIGHNESS THE GRAND DUKE GEORGE MIKHAILOVICH OF RUSSIA AND NOB. REBECCA VIRGINIA BETTARINI ARE ENGAGED TO BE MARRIED
It is with great pleasure that Her Imperial Highness The Grand Duchess of Russia, Head of the Russian Imperial House, announces the engagement of her beloved son, His Imperial Highness the Grand Duke George of Russia, to Nob. Rebecca Virginia Bettarini, daughter of
His Excellency Ambassador Nob. Roberto Bettarini.
Nob. Rebecca Virginia Bettarini has converted to Holy Orthodoxy, with the name Victoria Romanovna.
The wedding is expected to take place in Autumn 2021. Further details of the date and time of the wedding will be announced in due course.
His Imperial Highness and Nob. Rebecca Virginia Bettarini became engaged in December 2020, after the Grand Duke received permission to marry from his mother, as the Head of the Imperial House. His Imperial Highness has also received the blessing of Ambassador Nob.
The ring is of a type traditionally exchanged by brides and grooms in the House of Romanoff.
The ring’s style of setting, in which cabochon rubies, sapphires, garnets, amethyst, diamonds or emeralds are invisibly set into a burnished gold band, became popular in the late 19th century. In the past, these rings were given as friendship or engagement bands, and were worn both by men and woman. They were quite fashionable in the late Victorian era, particularly because of the popularity of using gemstones to indicate certain values, traits, and feelings; all stones were ascribed with symbolic meanings. Members of the Romanoff Dynasty have always worn rings of this type, particularly in the Vladimir branch, which became the senior line of the dynasty after 1917 (see the attached photos).
The rings worn by members of the Russian Imperial Family often had diamonds, sapphires, and rubies, reflecting Russia’s national colours – white, blue, and red. When he was 18 years old, H.I.H. The Grand Duke George of Russia was given this ring by his mother, the Head of the Imperial House of Russia, H.I.H. The Grand Duchess Maria of Russia. It was to be used as an engagement ring that he would one day give to his future fiancée. The ring centers a ruby cabochon gemstone that represents love and nobility, and two diamond brilliants that represent purity and strength. In August 2020, Grand Duke George of Russia presented the ring to Miss Rebecca Bettarini in August 2020 during a private holiday.