A Very Royal Wedding in Wertheim (2)

Engagements & Weddings, Genealogy

You can’t have a much more royal wedding. On 24 June 2017 Count Constantin Fugger von Babenhausen married Princess Sophie zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg at the Stiftskirche in Wertheim, Germany. Two members of mediatized royal families marrying each other. It still happens, although less often of course than in the past. Interestingly also the mothers of bride and groom came from mediatized families, his from the Princes Lobkowicz, hers from the Counts von Waldburg-Wolfegg und Waldsee. The civil wedding already had taken place in December 2016.

The bride arrived at church in a pink/brownish oldtimer together with her father. She wore a simple white dress with long sleeves and some nice embroidered details. She wore the long family veil from Brussels lace from the year 1860 and a huge tiara with emeralds. According to the local newspaper the dress was made in München. She had first planned to wear the redesigned wedding dress of her mother, but plans changed later. The bridal bouquet was in the colours white, yellow and blue, the colours of the bride’s family (blue) and the groom’s family (yellow). Many people from the area and a few fans had come to Wertheim to cheer the bride and groom.

About 500 guests were expected from a.o. Germany, USA, Great Britain, France, Belgium. Families attending were Bavaria, Bentheim-Tecklenburg, Castell-Castell, Fugger von Babenhausen, Hohenlohe-Bartenstein, Hohenlohe-Oehringen, Hohenzollern, Leiningen, Lobkowicz, Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Oettingen-Wallerstein, Oldenburg (Duke Christian and his wife Caroline), Ortenburg, Rechberg, Sachsen-Coburg und Gotha, Schaumburg-Lippe (Fürst Alexander), Waldburg, Württemberg (Hereditary Duke Friedrich and his wife Marie), Ysenburg und Büdingen. The dress code for the guests was cutaway or dark suit for men, festive dress and hat for ladies.

After the wedding, led by Franconian Heralds, the guests walked to the Main river, where a boat took them to Kreuzwertheim on the other side of the river. The reception took place at the Kreuzwertheimer Palace. In the evening about 300 guests were invited for a bridal soiree in the gardens of the palace. At the dinner among others wines were served from the Houses Löwenstein and Neipperg.

There is a four-page report in the German magazine Bunte, nr 27.

More pictures: Royalty Guide and Royal Travel

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