The scene of the accident
Photograph (c) spd_today
Grand Duke George walks away from the accident
Photograph (c) Russian Imperial House

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, the only child of Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna, Head of the Imperial House, and her former husband Prince Franz Wilhelm of Prussia, was involved in a serious automobile accident today in St. Petersburg. The grand duke had been traveling to a cultural forum in the city.

The minibus in which the grand duke was travelling crashed into a concrete median barrier and then flipped over. The accident was caught on surveillance cameras. Fortunately, none of the occupants of the minibus were seriously injured. George was able to get out of the vehicle on his own.

The Imperial House has released the following communiqué:

The Heir of the Head of the Imperial House of Russia, H.I.H. the Grand Duke George of Russia, and others traveling with him in a microbus in St. Petersburg, were, by the grace of God, uninjured in a serious accident which happened today, November 1/14, 2019—the feast day of the Holy Martyrs, Physicians, and Unmercenaries Ss. Cosmas and Damian. 

2019-11-14. The Heir of the Head of the Imperial House of Russia, H.I.H. the Grand Duke George of Russia was in an automobile accident today in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

On November 14, 2019, a minibus carrying the heir of the Head of the Imperial House of Russia, H.I.H. the Tsesarevich and Grand Duke George of Russia and several others, flipped over on Sinopskaya embankment in St. Petersburg. The vehicle ended up off the roadway on its roof. 

The Grand Duke flew in today to St. Petersburg from Moscow in order to participate in the International Cultural Forum taking place. 

The minibus was traveling at 60 kph. A preliminary investigation suggests that the accident was caused by a blown tire. 

“The Lord kept us safe,” the Grand Duke told reporters who arrived on the scene of the accident. 

By the grace of God, the microbus flipped in the direction of the grassy verge, not toward the embankment, which might have put the car into the Neva River, with likely tragic consequences for the passengers and driver. 

The Grand Duke got himself out of the overturned vehicle and immediately offered assistance to others. He noted with gratitude that police, firefighters, and ambulances arrived at the scene almost immediately and provided highly professional assistance to all who needed it. 

The driver and passengers in the minibus were all taken to hospital for observation. Despite the serious nature of the accident, neither the Grand Duke nor any of the others in the vehicle, including the driver, sustained any serious injuries. 

The Grand Duke expects to participate fully in the events of the International Cultural Forum.

Grand Duke George posted an image on social media, where he commented on what had happened: “What a day! I want to thank you all for your support as well as the first responders for their work and professionalism!”

This event seems like a rather imperial miracle. We are certain that the grand duke’s parents and dear ones are greatly relieved that everyone in the vehicle emerged virtually unscathed. God bless them.

Source with video: Великий князь Георгий Романов попал в ДТП в Санкт-Петербурге — видео

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