Thursday, October 15, 2009

Duke Joachim marries moving picture actress

October 15, 1929

"With much of the pomp of former Imperial days," Duke Joachim Ernst of Anhalt was married today, according to the Associated Press. His bride, however, is not noble. The Duke married Edda Charlotte von Stephani, a "former moving picture actress and former wife of the Duke's attorney."

The religious wedding "was solemnized in the residential palace in the presence of all the princes and princesses of the ducal house of Anhalt and Schwarzburg. The new Duchess wore a "gown of gold brocade."

Duke Joachim, who visited the United States in 1925, was previously wed to Elisabeth Strickrodt, daughter of a theatre director. The marriage ended earlier this year in divorce.

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