Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Royal Wedding in Bavaria

Princess Felipa of Bavaria, 31, and Christian Dienst, 34, a German film producer, will be married on May 12 at the Wiestkirche in Steingaden.  The ceremony will be performed by Johannes Eckert, the Abbot of St. Bonifaz, a Benedictine Abbey at Andechs.

Felipa's father, Prince Leopold, known as Poldi," told Das Bild: "It was always my wish that one of my children married at the Wiestkirche."

He is very fond of his future son-in-law.  "We are very lucky.  Christian is a very loving, very concerned about Felipa, and has a straight character.  We wish for a lot of grandchildren."

Prince Leopold also hopes that Felipa and Christian have a long and happy marriage.  He and his wife, Ursula, have been married for 43 years.  "We are never bored.  We always say what we mean, and we enjoy life together.

He was also one of the first members of the Bavarian royal family to marry marry a commoner.   Such marriages were considered non-dynastic until the present head of the family, Duke Franz, lifted the stigma on marriages with commoners. 

"Today, they love everyone in my family.  It is not so important that a prince marry a princess.  We no longer think so old-fashioned.  The important thing is that you love each other."

The wedding reception will be held at Schloss Hohenschwangau, once the summer residence of King Ludwig II.  A dinner party will be held the night before the wedding at the Schlosshotel Lisl. 


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