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Kaiser couple to marry in Potsdam

The Local · 26 Aug 2011, 07:07

Published: 26 Aug 2011 07:07 GMT+02:00

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The 35-year-old Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, and his aristocratic bride, 33-year-old Sophie, Princess of Isenburg, will make their vows in the Church of Peace on the grounds of the Sanssouci Palace. Their 700 guests will include members of leading German and European noble families.

The couple already tied the knot in a civil ceremony at the Potsdam town hall on Thursday.

German broadcaster RBB will provide three hours of live coverage on television, and approximately 100 journalists will be on site to cover what would be Germany’s own royal wedding - if the country still had a monarchy.

Although the pair is not in line for the throne like Britain's William and Kate, Prince Georg Friedrich would be kaiser had his great-great grandfather not been forced to abdicate in the wake of World War I. The representatives of European royalty set to attend the nuptials in Potsdam are fittingly modest.

“There will be no Queen, no Kate and no Letizia,” said Michaela Blankart, a manager of the affairs of the former Prussian royal family.

“The other prominent families will send representatives, though. That just belongs to the occasion,” said the German aristocracy expert Rolf Seelmann-Eggebert.

Considered reserved and down to earth, Germany’s kaiser couple leads a relatively bourgeois existence: both are business managers and work at companies in Berlin and Rostock.

Despite the media attention, “the wedding is still a private event,” Blankart said.

But since the Prussian descendant is related to all major European aristocratic families and also the Hohenzollern dynasty – celebrating its 950th anniversary this year – there are certain obligations. The wedding is, therefore, a milestone for the couple and, at the same time, "a promise to the future of building Prussia," said the Royal House of Hohenzollern in Sigmaringen, home to southern Germany’s Swabian noble family.

Hence, the ceremony will not occur at Castle Birstein in the bride’s home state Hesse, rather in the former royal residence city of Potsdam, where the Hohenzollern dynasty’s historical extravagance is still on display.

Potsdam Mayor Jann Jakobs, who along with Brandenburg state premier Matthias Platzeck, is on the guest list, is pleased with the choice: “Georg Friedrich, Prince of Prussia, is a self-confessed Potsdam fan. Thus, it’s a special pleasure that he selected this city as the site for his wedding.”

Blue-blood watcher Seelmann-Eggebert also assumes the couple is making a statement with their location of choice, the former seat of the Hohezollern family.

Fitting transportation has also been arranged. The bride will be driven to the church in a grey Rolls-Royce.

“The car is from a friend of the prince and comes from Sweden,” explained Hohenzollern-spokeswoman Blankart.

After the ceremony, the couple will be driven in a midnight-blue Landau carriage through Potsdam and Park Sanssouci, as long as the weather is good.

“In case of bad weather, we’ll take the Rolls-Royce,” said Matthias Zeckert from the event agency German Arts.

The newlyweds will be driven past wine terraces and bubbling Rococo fountains to the new chambers, where the 700-guest reception will take place. In the evening, there will be a gala dinner in the Orangerie with around 370 guests. The china table settings will be "Bleu Morant," manufactured by the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin.

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On the evening before the wedding, the nobility and celebrities will meet in Berlin at the Gendarmenmarkt concert hall, where a charity concert to benefit the Princess Kira of Prussia Foundation is planned.

The wedding will crown the long relationship between the prince and his bride. The Hohenzollern descendant and the Princess of Hesse have known each other since childhood.

They will be married in an ecumenical church service because the Prussian prince is Protestant and the princess is Catholic. Retired Abbot Gregor Henckel of Donnersmarck, uncle of Oscar-winning director Florian Henckel of Donnersmarck, will conduct the Catholic components, while Michael Wohlrab from the Auguste Victoria Foundation will perform the Protestant elements.

Based on the couple’s wishes, the church will be decorated in blue and white with an abundance of larkspurs. As was the case in recent royal weddings in England and Monaco, Princess Sophie’s dress will be secret until the special day.

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Your comments about this article

10:40 August 26, 2011 by DoubleDTown
How is the Hohenzollern dynasty celebrating an anniversary? isn't it over?
11:03 August 26, 2011 by marimay
Whats with the super fake smiles? So unnatural.
14:56 August 26, 2011 by reallybigdog
They go hand in hand with the other GERMAN royal family that rules over England.
17:44 August 26, 2011 by bernie1927
Why a Rools? Why not a Maybach??
17:45 August 26, 2011 by lordkorner
Ah Potsdam,they could not have picked a more beautiful and fitting city. May they live a long and happy life and have lots of blue blooded babies,godbless em.
18:36 August 26, 2011 by Eric Best
Germany would not be Germany without its royal and aristocratic history. With the recent passing of Otto von Habsburg and now this marriage, this is certainly a year for royal sentiments. So come on Germans, a pageant up and embrace your legacy! Republicanism is so staid and sensible, so boring!
21:10 August 26, 2011 by TRJ
Burg Hohenzollern in the South would have made a nice location for the civil ceremony. And I agree with Bernie-- they should have figured out a way to borrow a Maybach.
23:16 August 26, 2011 by Englishted
@Eric Best

Germany only had two royal heads of state in the last 500years ,

From 1870 till 1918 .
01:59 August 27, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Princess of Isenburg is such a kool title. Forgive my ignorance of matters Prussian (and yes I'm 12.5% Prussian :-) ) but what title will the Princess be given as result of her marriage to the Prince of Prussia?

PS - Best wishes to the couple. May God grant Salvation to them and their descendants.
04:17 August 27, 2011 by Takoda
Hm, it seems to be very important. Don't we have other problems or may this spectacle is for blinding the mob not to see what our real problems are? To me it means nothing but I accept it if other people feels different. But please don't exaggerate this quixotic event. It's just a little fairy tale to some people, nothing more.
04:58 August 27, 2011 by vonSchwerin
@ Englishted

Actually, three: Wilhelm I, Friedrich III, and Wilhelm III.

And it was 1871 to 1918.

"Prince Georg Friedrich would be kaiser had his great-great grandfather not been forced to abdicate in the wake of World War I."

They make it sound like it was a huge loss for Germany that Wilhelm had to abdicate. If you know anything about his politics or his mental state, it was a good thing he abdicated. In fact, it's too bad that he ever got to rule Germany. And when it came to extreme politics, the Crown Prince wasn't any better than his father.

That being said, it's nice to know that Georg Friedrich is a regular chap.
05:06 August 27, 2011 by Eric Best

Actually, Germany as a modern united federated nation, had three kaisers: you forgot Fredrick.

The title of German Kaiser was given to the king of Prussia, the lead state, with the notion that he was the chairman of the board of the various ruling houses (thus he was the 'German Kaiser', not 'the Kaiser of Germany'). Modern Germany was conceived as a federation of sovereign states, each with their local, mainly hereditary, head of state (and parliament), with Prussia as the central pillar. So, lots of monarchs. Before this union, Germany still existed as a very loose entity of sovereign states (Holy Roman Empire, German Confederation). The role of kaiser for this lose entity for a long time fell to the Habsburg line of Austrian monarchs.

Hope this is not too 'anal'!
19:30 August 27, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I meant Wilhelm II. Sorry for the typo.
09:16 September 3, 2011 by Clive Waters
The great value of a having a king is the constitutional safeguard it gives. With WIlhelm 11 with all his faults Hitler would have been unlikely to be appointed chancellor and even if he had he would have had the restraint of having to report to a higher authority. Many political leaders/dictators go mad as they are at the summit of their governments where no-one says no to them. A king however unmodern provides a valuable safeguard to restrain leaders on their way to madness. Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm(little Willy as he was nicknamed by the British in hte war) expressed very modern and liberal ideas and might have been an excellent Kaiser for the 1930's
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