Not too much is actually known - or to be found by yours truly - about the history of this Neo-Gothic beauty in the style of English castles near Hanover. Schloss Blumenau in the small village by the same name was built between 1865 and 1867 by Count Eduard of Kielmansegg, a grandson of King George II of the United Kingdom and Hanover by his illegitimate son Count Johann Ludwig of Wallmoden-Gimborn. Kielmansegg, who also served as the Minister-President of the Kingdom of Hanover, planned to use the L-shaped castle with a distinct octagonal tower as an old-age residence. However, I'm not actually sure how much use he got out of his Schloss.
In 1866, the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia. Count Kielmansegg and especially his wife née Juliane von Zesterfleth were instrumental in smuggling the Hanoverian crown jewels out of the country to London. Later Countess Juliane and her oldest son Count Alexander also managed to bring the Hanoverian crowns and other jewels from London …
Today in Hanover, Hereditary Prince Ernst-August of Hanover married Ekaterina Malysheva. Here are some of the guests, in no particular order...
Margrave Max and Margravine Valerie of Baden, née Archduchess Valerie of Austria, with their son Prince Michael and his wife Princess Christina of Baden.
Count Friedrich of Ortenburg and his wife Countess Christine, née Baroness of Wangenheim, with their sons Max and Albert, who were two of the page boys.
Count Karl of Solms-Laubach and I presume one of his daughters.
Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo.
Another picture of Andrés and Lauren Santo Domingo.
Prince Georg-Friedrich of Prussia and his wife Princess Sophie, née Princess of Isenburg.
Another picture of the couple.
Prince Heinrich of Hanover, uncle of the groom, his wife Princess Thyra, née von Westernhagen, and their sons Prince Albert and Prince Julius.
Another picture of Prince Heinrich and Princess Thyra of Hanover.
Prince Andreas and Princess Alexandra of Leiningen. She is a bo…
And here we go again, some more guests of the royal wedding in Hanover yesterday. Once again in no particular order. For more guests, have a look at my previous post. Pictures of the bridal couple here.
The bride's parents on the left together with Princess Alexandra of Hanover, Alessandra de Osma (fiancée of Prince Christian), Prince Christian of Hanover and Princess Chantal of Hanover, mother of the groom.
It was Prince Christian who led a round of rousing applause for his brother and sister-in-law.
Princess Alexandra and Alessandra de Osma.
Princess Chantal, mother of the groom.
Baron Christian of Humboldt-Dachroeden, illegitimate son of the groom's grandfather, and his wife Baroness Marie.
Countess Marie of Hochberg, née Princess of Hanover and aunt of the groom.
Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen, cousin of the groom.
Martin Kind, businessman and president of the local football club, Hannover 96.
Prince Berthold of Baden.