Monday, April 1, 2019

Princess Dorothea of Hesse weds

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April 1, 1959

Princess Dorothea of Hesse, a niece of the Duke of Edinburgh, was married to Prince Friedrich of Windisch-Graetz.  The religious wedding took place at St. Georg's Roman Catholic Church in Bogenhausen, a suburb of Munich, reports the New York Times.

The Princess is the second of five children of Princess Sophie, the youngest of the Duke of Edinburgh's four older sisters, and her first husband, Prince Christoph of Hesse, who was killed in a plane crash during the second world war.  She is now married to Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hanover.

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The guests at the wedding including the bride's grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece,  her two maternal aunts,  the Margravine of Baden and the Princess of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and their families, and King Umberto of Italy.

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Prince Friedrich wore the uniform of the Knights of Malta.  Princess Dorothea's gown was a "filmy white dress with a long train.   Princess Dorothea is 24 years old.  Her new husband is a 41-year-old businessman in Milan, Italy.

The Duke of Edinburgh did not attend the wedding.

The couple's engagement was announced on August 28, 1958.

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