The press staking out the arrivals of guests at the wedding of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Casiraghi snapped photos of Margherita Missoni, Princess Elisabeth of Thurn und Taxis and other member of Andrea and Tatiana's friends. One couple stood out: Prince Christian of Hanover and Alessandra de Osma, who were first noticed together in June 2011 at the wedding of Mathilde de Borromeo and Prince Antonius zu Furstenberg's wedding. (Mathilde's half-sister, Beatrice, is the girlfriend of Andrea's brother, Pierre Casiraghi.)
Christian is Andrea Casiraghi's stepbrother as Andrea's mother, Princess Caroline, is married to Christian's father, Prince Ernst August of Hanover, head of the royal house of Hanover.
[For transparency purposes, the Hanovers fascinate me on several levels as they are (very important to me) descendants of Queen Victoria and my paternal family comes from Hanover.]
Although Princess Caroline and Prince Ernst August have been estranged for several years, Christian remains good friends with Andrea and his wife.
Andrea and Christian share a half sister, Princess Alexandra of Hanover, who is the only child of Caroline and Ernst August's marriage.
Alessandra comes from a wealthy and well-connected Peruvian family. She has a BA in law from the University of Lima and has worked as a model since about 2007. She was represented by the Ford Agency, and has modeled for Chanel, Missoni and Bottega. She also recently appeared in a Pepsi commercial for Latin American television.
Friends and family call her Sassa.
Christian first met Alessandra in 2005, when he traveled to Peru for a holiday, and Alessandra, then only 14, was recommended as a tour guide.
She is the daughter of Felipe de Osma Berkemeyer and Elizabeth Foy Vasquez. De Osma owns Hermes, a Lima-based security firm.
They recently moved from New York City to Madrid where Prince Christian is studying at the Instituto Empresa (IE), an internationally renown business school. He graduated from New York University in 2006, and now manages family investments in Dubai.
Christian's older brother, Prince Ernst August, has taken over the family businesses in Germany.