Friday, June 5, 2009

Wilhelm and Cecilie receive gifts and greetings

June 5, 1905

Crown Prince Wihelm of Prussia and his fiancee, Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin today receives the representatives from the Prussian provinces and towns who have come to pay their respects. The Crown Prince's wedding will be celebrated tomorrow.

They received the design for a new silver service. a gift from 100 Prussian cities. The gift itself will not be ready for sometime as it will consist of more than 1000 pieces, and will take about three years to complete.

The King of Saxony has given the couple four Meissen vases, and the French government's gift includes two Sevres vases and some Beauvais tapestries, according to the New York Times. The Sultan of Turkey presented the couple with rare rugs and porcelain. Emperor Franz Josef of Austria chose to send a new carriage and two horses, and the Province of Posen's gift is a state carriage.

Tonight, 70 princes and princesses joined the Crown Prince and his fiancee at a gala performance at the Royal Opera House. The "display of jewels was an extraordinary one."

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