Monday, March 21, 2016

Upcoming royal weddings in Denmark and Coburg

March 21, 1896

Princess Louise of Denmark will marry Prince Friedrich of Schaumburg-Lippe in the second week of April, according to the Chicago Daily Telegraph.  The Princess of Wales, along with three of her children, Princesses Victoria and Maud and the Duke of York, will accompany her.

The British royal family is also preparing for the marriage of Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the third of four daughters of Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, and Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna of Russia.  The princess, known as Sandra to her family, has "inherited from her mother the charm of manner and exquisite taste in dress peculiar to Russian women."  She is also said to be one of the "most accomplished" of Queen Victoria's granddaughters.

She is a youthful bride, "small and fair," and her "face is pure oval, her complexion resembling eggshell china in its transparency and delicate coloring."  The princess is actively involved is the supervision of her wedding trousseau."  Her first cousin, Emperor Nicholas II of Russia, has already sent her "some very fine furs, consisting mainly of Russian sables."

Queen Victoria may be present for her granddaughter's wedding.  She has already given the bride "some splendid gifts of British manufacture and a complete set of Sheffield cutlery."

Princess Alexandra's future husband is Hereditary Prince Ernst of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, the grandson of Queen Victoria's older half-sister, Princess Feodora of Leiningen.  He is said to speak English without the trace of an accent, as he has spent some time in England.  He served for a time as the third attache at the German Embassy, and spent a lot of time with his English cousins.

This marriage is not as "brilliant a match" as Sandra's two elder sisters,  but the young couple "will be enormously wealthy" as Prince Ernst's father is giving him a "fine estate in Württemberg."

Princes Marie is the wife of Crown Prince Ferdinand of Romania, heir to the Romanian throne, and Victoria Melita is married to Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig of Hesse and By Rhine.

No comments: