Monday, August 16, 2010

Princess Herzeleide marries

both images  Marlene A Eilers Koenig collection

August 16, 1938

Princess Herzeleide of Prussia, a granddaughter of former Kaiser Wilhelm II, was married today to Prince Karl Biron von Curland at the Potsdam garrison church. Many members of Germany's former royal family attended the ceremony.

The bride is the only daughter of the Kaiser's fifth son, Prince Oskar. her husband is the eldest son of Prince Gustav Biron von Curland, head of a noble house which originally "was Polish."

Crown Prince Wilhelm, attired in the Death's Head Hussars uniform, was one of the members of former ruling family in attendance. Kaiser Wilhelm's wife, Hermine, was also present.

Herzeleide was born on Christmas Day in 1918, several weeks after the collapse of the German monarchy. She was given a name meaning "heart's sorrow" after the "tragic queen in the Parsifal legend.

On their honeymoon, Princess Herzeleide and Prince Karl will visit Wilhelm II in Doorn.


Violetta said...

It` a very weird name for a girl.or rather very sad.isn`t it true that names determine our destiny.was her marriage happy? i wouldn`t be surprised if I learned that her marriage was a failure.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I presume it was happy - until death us do part. Several kids, grandkids.