Princess Victoria Romanova.
Photograph courtesy of the Russian Imperial Chancellery.

Today, Her Serene Highness Princess Victoria Romanova Romanoff celebrates her birthday!

Grand Duke George Mikhailovich and Princess Victoria Romanovna.
Photograph (c) Russian Imperial Chancellery.

Born in Rome on 18 May 1982, Rebecca Virginia Bettarini was the first daughter and only child of His Excellency Ambassador Roberto Bettarini and his wife Carla Virginia Cacciatore. Due to her father’s many diplomatic postings, she grew up in Europe, the Middle East, and South America. She studied political science, with an emphasis on international and European studies, at Luiss Guido Carli University; the princess went on to obtain a master’s degree. She also worked as a volunteer for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. In 2017, Rebecca Bettarini became the Director of the Russian Imperial Foundation. In 2020, Rebecca was received into the Russian Orthodox Church with the name Victoria Romanovna, in honour of the Holy Martyr Victoria of Rome, and in memory of Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna. Victoria’s engagement to Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia was announced in January 2021. Her mother-in-law, Grand Duchess Maria, decreed that Victoria would be styled and titled HSH Princess Victoria Romanova Romanoff after her marriage. Grand Duke George and Princess Victoria were religiously wed in October 2021 at Saint Petersburg. The couple live in Moscow, where they are engaged in charitable works and philanthropic endeavours.

Photo (c) Getty Images / Olga Maltseva.

Our best wishes the Princess on her birthday!

To learn more about Princess Victoria, you may read these articles:

July 2020: A Russian Imperial Marriage On The Horizon: Rebecca Bettarini Converts to Russian Orthodoxy
January 2021: An Imperial Engagement: HIH Grand Duke George of Russia and Nob. Rebecca Virginia Bettarini
January 2021: The Betrothal Ceremony of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia and Victoria Romanovna Bettarini
March 2021: Russian Imperial Wedding in October 2021 at St Petersburg
March 2021: The Chaumet Lacis Tiara for the Russian Imperial Wedding in October!
March 2021: Russian Imperial Wedding: Victoria Romanovna On Choosing Her Wedding Tiara!
May 2021: Fabergé Wedding Rings for the Russian Imperial Marriage in October!

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