Friday, July 22, 2011

new details on the Preussen - Isenburg nuptials

More than 700 guests, including members of the Bavaria, Baden, Hesse,Hohenzollern, Hannover, Saxe-Coburg, Saxony and Solms, will attend the wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg.

The wedding will take place on August 27 at the Friedenkirche (Peace Church) in Potsdam.   The wedding will be an ecumenical service as the groom is Lutheran and the bride is Roman Catholic.  The officiating ministers will be the Rev. Michael Wohlrab, pastor at the Church of the Ascension at the Kaiserin Auguste Victoria Foundation at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, and Father Gregor Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck, retired abbot of the Cisterian monastery in Heilgenkreuz near Vienna.

Most of the wedding details remain secret, but Michaela Blankart, director  of the Prussian royal houses family foundation, tells Die Welt that the bride will a designer wedding gown, and a historic veil and tiara from the princely house of Isenburg.  Princess Sophie and her father, Franz Alexander, the Prince of Isenburg, will arrive at the church in a silver Rolls Royce, owned by a friend of Prince Georg.

The nave of the church will be decorated with white larkspur from the Potsdam gardens.  The dress code for the wedding will be cutaway or dark suits for men and short dresses or suits with hats for the women.

After the religious wedding, the newly married couple will get into a blue landau for a carriage ride through the park.   This will be followed by a reception at the former palace of Friedrich the Great for 1300 guests including ambassadors and politicians, and representatives of the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches.   The final reception will be a dinner at the Orangery in Sanssouci for about 350 family members and friends.

The couple have received a wedding gift from the  Königlichen Porzellan-Manufaktur in Berlin, a specially designed dish service in pale blue with the Prussian eagle initials GG and S decorated in 24-karat gold.

PPrince Georg Friedrich works in Rostok for a company that markets patents from universities.  Sophie is employed by Maecenata, a firm headed by Count Rupert von Strachwitz.

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