Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Marie d'Orleans weds Philippe of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

January 13, 1916

The marriage between Princess Marie Louise d' Orléans and Prince Philippe of Bourbon-Two Sicilies took place today at the home of Princess Marie's father, the Duke of Vendome. The New York Times reports that the ceremony "was strictly private."

All four of the witnesses were represented by proxies. The bride's two witnesses, her uncle, the Duke of Orléans, and King Albert of the Belgians, were represented respectively by the Duke of Guise and Belgium's Minister to France.

The Duke of Orléans was unable to attend the wedding "on account of the edict of the French government of the head of the Royal House of France placing foot on French soil."

Prince Philippe's witnesses were King Alfonso XIII of Spain, who was represented by Infante Don Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Prince Gennaro of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, represented by the Count de la Tour Envoire. The two Princes are the bridegroom's older brothers.

This marriage unites two branches of the House of Bourbon. the oldest royal house in Europe.

Princess Marie is the daughter of the Duke of Vendome and Princess Henriette of Belgium, sister of King Albert. The bridegroom is the son of the Count and Countess of Caserta.

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