Monday, December 7, 2009

Danes do not want royal garters cut

December 7, 1907

German weddings, including royal weddings, include a rather "indelicate" tradition. It is customary for the bride's garters to be cut up and distributed to the wedding guests. This tradition, according to a New York Times article, is not sitting well with the Danish Court, which has raised "the question, maintaining that it is a "barbarously indelicate' thing to spread broadcast bits of the elastic that has kept a young woman's stockings from dropping down about her ankles."
The Danish court will put forth a proposal to prevent this custom from taking place when Princess Dagmar marries the Kaiser's son, Prince Adalbert.
Princess Dagmar, 17, is the youngest child of King Frederik VIII and Queen Louise.
Officials at the Danish court are fully aware that royal brides do not remove their garters as replacement garters are cut up and the bits are given out. They do not even want "the make-believe distribution."
It is expected that Kaiser Wilhelm II will acquiesce to the Danes' protest.
Dagmar's oldest brother, Crown Prince Christian is married to Duchess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, whose sister, Cecilie, is married to Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, who is Adalbert's older brother.
Final details, including the date of the wedding, have not yet been announced.


Susan said...

I just did some research and found out that this marriage never happened. I wonder why?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Nor was it ever officially announced.