Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The marriage of Hereditary Grand Duke Wilhelm & Maria Ana of Portugal

Hereditary Grand Duke Wilhelm of Luxembourg and Princess Maria Anna of Braganza were married today at Fischhorn, near Zell-am-See.  The couple received a Papal dispensation for the marriage as the groom is Lutheran and the bride is a Roman Catholic.  The Hereditary Grand Duke, only surviving son of Grand Duke Adolphe, has agreed to raise his children as Roman Catholics as Luxembourg is a largely Roman Catholic country.

The engagement was announced on March 3 of this year.  The news that the Hereditary Grand Duke, a Protestant, "aroused some surprise" that he would marry a Roman Catholic princess, reports The Times.  Most Luxembourgers are Roman Catholic, so the "marriage will doubtless be a popular one."

Princess Maria Anna was born on July 13, 1861 at Schloss Bronnbach at Wertheim-am-Main, the fifth child of former King Miguel I of Portugal and his wife, Princess Adelheid of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg

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