Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Montenegrin wedding - great joy!

July 27, 1899

The marriage of Crown Prince Danilo of Montenegro and Duchess Jutta of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was celebrated this afternoon in Cetinje by the Metropolitan of Cetinje.  The NewYork Times reports that the wedding was celebrated in the presence of the bride's mother and brother, the Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and Duke Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz;  the Prince and Princess of Montenegro, the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Grand Duke Constantine of Russia,  the Prince and Princess of Napes, and Prince Mirko, the bridegroom's brother.

Duchess Jutta will be known as Crown Princess Militza.

The residents of the capital "displayed the greatest enthusiasm" for the wedding festivities.  The new Crown Princess "wore the Montenegrin national costume" and was greeted "affectionately" by everyone.  After the wedding, the newlyweds returned to Crown Prince Danilo's palace, where they appeared on the balcony "and were greeted with acclamation by the palace."

Cetinje was "tastefully decorated," and tonight, "most of the buildings were brilliantly illuminated and a torchlight procession marched through the streets."

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