Russia on Friday held its first royal wedding since the 1917 Bolshevik revolution toppled the Romanov monarchy, with aristocrats travelling from across Europe for the lavish ceremony.
After a century, a Romanov royal wedding charms Russia A descendant of the czarist Romanov dynasty was married in the first royal wedding in over 100 years — kicking off a weekend of lavish events that sparked public curiosity, awe and derision.
Under the dome of St. Isaac’s Cathedral in Russia’s former imperial capital city, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich Romanov, 40, married his Italian bride, Victoria Romanovna Bettarini, 39, in an Orthodox ceremony on Friday before priests and several hundred guests.
The last wedding in Russia of an heir to the Romanovs was that of Nicholas II and Alexandra, 127 years ago.
The grand duke insists he’s the hereditary crown prince of the Romanov dynasty — a claim challenged by some family members and Russia-based royal watchers.
The long-awaited royal atmosphere included goose-stepping soldiers, a parade of women in those English wedding hats, and dukes and duchesses of minor European royal families striding by.
The administration hopes to narrow that gap by hiring more auditors to look for tax cheats. And to focus that search, it wants to require banks and other financial institutions to report how much money is flowing in and out of accounts worth at least $600. Yellen got a lot of pushback this week from Republican lawmakers. Wyoming Senator Cynthia Lummis suggested incorrectly that the government wants to monitor every financial transaction.