Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Mountbatten-Ashley nuptials today
Lord Louis Mountbatten, younger son of the late Prince Louis of Battenberg, married the Hon. Edwina Ashley earlier today at St. Margaret's, Westminster, reports the New York Times.
King George V, the groom's second cousin, Queen Mary, Queen Alexandra, Princess Mary, and most members of the British royal family were present for the ceremony.
The wedding "attracted an enormous amount of popular interest," as many people began to arrive near the church as early as 5 a.m.
The Prince of Wales was best man, and he seemed to "enjoy the proceedings as best men generally do." Lord, Louis, the "sailor bridegroom," also appeared more at ease that "bridegrooms are traditionally supposed to be."
The bride was attended by seven bridesmaids, including four Greek princesses, Margarita, Theodora, Cecile and Sophie, who are the daughters of Lord Louis's eldest sister, Princess Alice, the wife of Prince Andrew of Greece.
As the bride is not yet 21, she needed her father's permission to marry before the marriage license could be obtained.
Miss Ashley is said to be "England's richest heiress." The reception was held at Brook House, in Park Lane, which is a part of the bride's inheritance, reported to be in the range of £5,000,000.
The newly married Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten will be spending their honeymoon in Spain, as the guests of King Alfonso XIII and Queen Ena, who can say that she is the groom's first cousin, as well as the groom's mother's first cousin. However, the first few weeks of the honeymoon will be spent at the bride's home, Broadlands, in Romsey.
[Queen Ena is the daughter of Prince Henry of Battenberg and Princess Beatrice. Henry of Battenberg was Prince Louis's younger brother. Princess Beatrice's sister, Alice, married Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by Rhine, and their eldest daughter, Victoria, married Prince Louis of Battenberg, the parents of the groom.]
The newlyweds also plan to travel to America.
Lord Louis's father, Prince Louis, relinquished his German titles in July 1917, and was created Marquess of Milford Haven by George V. He died in 1921, and was succeeded by his elder son, George, as the 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven.
Lord Louis, a naval officer, recently acted as aide to the Prince of Wales, when he traveled to Australia and Japan.