An internal investigation was launched in the Russian Western Military District, following the participation of the honor guard in the wedding of the descendant of the last ruling dynasty of Russia, informs Regnum agency, citing the press service of the military unit.
Sources of RIA Novosti and TASS They pointed out this Wednesday that the Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoigú, subjected to disciplinary measures to the incumbents of the Western Military District who made decisions about the participation of the guard in the wedding.
The first wedding ceremony of a representative of the Romanov house on Russian territory in more than a century was held on October 1 in the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral in the city of Saint Petersburg. Grand Duke Gueorgui (Jorge) Romanov and his Italian girlfriend Rebecca (Victoria) Bettarini were married in the presence of hundreds of guests, including members of a score of royal houses and representatives of Russia’s political, business, clerical and cultural circles.
The honor guard soldiers also participated in the event, and they were photographed standing at attention inside the temple and on the steps of the cathedral, showing their sabers.
According to the Western Military District press service, the honor guard attends welcoming and farewell ceremonies for official state, government and military delegations, as well as garrison and public events with the participation of the military. Thus, the fact that the guard participated in the wedding provoked the indignation of many people, they wondered on what basis it was made.
For his part, the representative of the head of the Russian Imperial House, Alexander Zakatov, declared to the middle Podiiom that the participation of the honor guard was agreed with state, ecclesiastical and military instances.
From the Western Military District they have not yet officially commented on the participation of the guard in the ceremony.
Gueorgui, 40, is the son of the self proclaimed heir to the Russian throne, Grand Duchess Maria Románova, granddaughter of Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich, cousin of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, shot together with his wife and children by a Bolshevik group in Yekaterinburg in 1918.
Cyril Vladimirovich escaped to Finland in the summer of 1917 and then moved to Western Europe, where the family lineage continued. Born in Spain, Grand Duke Gueorgui first set foot in Russia in 1992. He currently resides in Moscow and works on various charitable projects.
Meanwhile, the use of the title of the Grand Duchess by Maria Románova – and thus the title of the Grand Duke by Georgy Románov – is questioned by other descendants of the family, coming from the grandson of Nicholas I, Nicholas Nikolayevich Rómanov the Younger. They argue that Cyril Vladimirovich was deprived of succession rights by Nicholas II. In addition, they indicate that, according to a law adopted in 1797, women do not have the right to the throne.
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