Just a stone's throw away from the Neues Palais and the adjoining Park Sanssouci yet far off the beaten tourist tracks lies perhaps the least known of Potsdam's plentiful palaces. Frankly, yours truly had never heard of it before the recently publicised Hohenzollern restitution debate. But you know me, once I hear of a palace in my vicinity, there is hardly any stopping this Castleholic. Today an event location, you can stroll around its park any (day) time.
It was in 1828 that King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia purchased a small country estate mainly used for carp breeding from the noble Bülow family. His oldest son and successor, the future Friedrich Wilhelm IV, took an immediate interest in the estate. For decades following the purchase, the Crown Prince and later King drew up over 100 plans to reshape a Baroque building located on the estate into a small but magnificent palace in Neo-Classical style. Architects commissioned to submit plans for the new structure includ…
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.
Almost a week ago, Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia celebrated their religious wedding in Amorbach with yours truly in attendance as an onlooker. High time for my last post on the wedding guests. I'm sure there were many more royals and nobles in attendance without being recognised by my friends or me.
Duke Konstantin of Oldenburg.
Duchess Esther of Oldenburg.
From left (but not with certainty): Princess Johanna Reuss (?), Sophia Mautner-Markhof (?), Baroness Nina (née Countess of Zech) and Baron Otto-Magnus of Stackelberg, as well as Prince Heinrich XXIV Reuss.
On the left: Prince Jean Friedrich of Lippe and half-hidden on the right Prince Rudolf of Lippe.
Princess Anastasia of Wertheim-Löwenstein-Rosenberg.
Count Christian-Henri of Stolberg-Stolberg.
On the left Gabriella and Hans Rainer Heubach, parents of Princess Isabelle of Leiningen, and on the right Carlotta Heubach, one of their other children.
On the right: Sylvia von …