If you had to list Dresden's most famous sights, it would probably the Frauenkirche, the Semper Opera and, of course, the Zwinger, the Baroque masterpiece that owes is existence to Saxony's most famous ruler, August the Strong. It's name, though, is a bit of a curious case. Historically speaking, a Zwinger in German is an open area between two defensive walls that is used for defensive purposes. The name dates back to previous usages of the area. The current Zwinger, however,was never used for strategic reasons, but as a place for lavish gatherings and entertainment.
August the Strong, who wasn't only Elector of Saxony but also King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, was a lover of the fine arts that almost searches his equal in German history. He established Dresden as a major cultural centre, attracting artists from across Europe to his court. The Zwinger was just one of his many endeavors. But how did he come up with the idea? On his grand tour through France a…
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.
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…