Saturday, September 16, 2017

Leiningen/Prussia Wedding in Amorbach: First Impressions

Today in Amorbach, a small town nestled in the hills of the Odenwald region in Bavaria, there was a wedding that was as royal as they come as His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen religiously married Her Royal Highness Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia. The couple descends from Queen Victoria three times. The groom through his mother, a born Princess of Hanover, and the bride through both her paternal grandparents. Yours truly was among the onlookers and here are some of my first impressions with more to come over the coming days when I get back home.
The groom, Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen, arrived on the arm of his mother née Princess Alexandra of Hanover leading the cortege of the immediate family, witnesses and bridal children.
The groom's father, the Fürst of Leiningen, and the bride's mother Ehrengard von Reden, second and former wife of the late Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia.
Behind them are the groom's sister Princess Olga of Leiningen and Prince Joachim of Prussia, the bride's younger brother followed by Prince Hermann of Leiningen, the groom's brother, with his wife Princess Isabelle. The lady in pink with the big hat is Princess Anna Catharina of Prussia, sister-in-law of the bride.
Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia arrived at shortly after 11am. She was given away by her older brother Prince Friedrich Wilhelm. Their father passed away two years ago. I did not see their elder half-brother from their father's first marriage nor his third wife at the wedding.
The bride wore the Prussian Meander Tiara to anchor her veil. She tiara was previously worn by her grandmother Grand Duchess Kira of Russia for her wedding to Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia.
After an hour or so the newly weds left the church as husband and wife. (Well, they have been that before actually as their civil wedding took place a couple of months ago but still.)
They were joined by their respective families and later on much of the guests on the gallery in front of the church of Amorbach Abbey.
 A side view of the tiara...
 ...and the bridal couple after they had come down the stairs giving a full view of the bride's dress featuring lots of lace details.
Then the couple got into a carriage to be driven to the reception that took place in the adjoining Abbey that became the residence of the Leiningen family after secularisation.
Sealed with a kiss!
Stay tuned, more to come!

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