Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Crown Prince Ruppprecht weds Luxembourg Princess

April 7, 1921

Former Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria was married today to Princess Antonia of Luxembourg. They were married in a civil ceremony at Schloss Hohenburg, the Luxembourg grand ducal family's Bavarian home. The witnesses for the wedding were the Grand Duke of Baden and Prince Franz of Germany.
A previous engagement between the Crown Prince and Princess Antonia, which was announced in November 1918, was broken after revolution had broken out in Bavaria. The wedding was to have taken place in January 1919, but one month later, the wedding was reported to have been postponed again.
At the time, the American army had occupied Luxembourg, and Grand Duchess Marie Adelaide had abdicated in favor of her sister, Charlotte. Prince Rupprecht had gone to Switzerland and "having been proscribed by the Allies for having acted contrary to the rules of war." The New York Times reports that Rupprecht had been charged with ordering prisoners to be killed. These charges, it has been asserted, "was supported by important affidavits."
Rupprecht, who is thirty years his bride's senior, is a widower. His first wife, Marie-Gabrielle, died in 1912.

Princess Antonia is the third of the five daughters of the late Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg and Infanta Maria Anne of Portugal.
The religious wedding will be performed by Mgr. Pacelli, the Papal nuncio.

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