August 2, 1898
Ernst Gunther, the Duke of Schleswig-Holstein, was married today at the Court church in Coburg to Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The Wedding breakfast took place "in the throne room of the palace," according to the New York Times report.
The Duke is the brother of Empress Augusta Viktoria of Germany, and, thus, the Kaiser's brother-in-law.
Ernst Gunther's family has been "actively engaged" in trying to prevent this marriage from taking place. This is largely due to the "scandal that has been connected with the bride's mother, Princess Louise," who is the eldest daughter of King Leopold II of the Belgians. Louise married Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1875.
The couple's religious differences have also proved difficult. The Duke is a Major in the Prussian Army. He is a Lutheran and his wife is Roman Catholic. According to the Roman Catholic church's canon law, the children of mixed marriages must be brought up in the Catholic church. But due to a Prussian Order in Council, Prussian officers "pledge themselves to bring up their children in any faith save the Evangelical on penalty of being dismissed from the service."
In Germany, the Lutheran Church is known as the Evangelische Kirche.