Saturday, May 23, 2009

Prince's wedding draws Swedish royals to Bavaria

Otherwise a slow news day. AP story here.

May 23rd, 2009 COBURG, Germany -- A German prince has married an American woman in a ceremony that drew Sweden's king and queen to the Bavarian town of Coburg.

Hereditary Prince Hubertus of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, a 33-year-old lawyer, married Florida native Kelly Rondestvedt, 34, at Coburg's Morizkirche church on Saturday.

Among the roughly 400 guests were King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, who were greeted with applause by about 3,000 spectators.

The couple have said they met in 2007 in New York, where both work. They were officially married -- in two languages -- by Coburg Mayor Norbert Kastner.

Germany, once a patchwork of kingdoms and principalities, was united in the 19th century. While noble titles have remained, monarchies long ago lost their power.

According to Wikipedia, they were married in the ancestral palace in Coburg, below. (They also have one on the Danube in Austria. See nice slide show here.) (I wonder if they call him "Your Highness" in New York.) Notice how he's holding his champagne glass so as not to warm up the champagne with the heat from his fingers. (She's not that fastidious.)

A local newspaper says they were married in the church ("Dream Wedding in Coburg").

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden below.

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