Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, who is the eldest son Prince Andreas (head of the house) and his wife Carin, is engaged to marry an American, Kelly Rondesvedt. Hubertus and Kelly met in New York City, where both work in finance. Hubertus has been in New York for two years now, and Kelly is a California and hails from San Diego.
Hubertus bought the ring in New York City although the actual proposal came at Schloss Callenberg near Coburg. According to Hubertus (and Kelly, who speaks very little German at this time), Kelly fell asleep in the car en route to Callenberg. Jet lag. Prince Andreas was aware that his son was going to propose, so he arranged for one of the rooms at the castle to be decorated with lots of roses, and the champagne was on ice, ready to be opened.
Kelly was startled when Hubertus dropped down to one knee, and presented the ring with the traditional words: "will you marry me?" Overcome with shock and surprise, Kelly said yes.
Kelly had not been expecting a marriage proposal during their visit to Germany.