Friday, May 19, 2023

A Bavarian royal wedding tomorrow

@Haus Bayern

The religious wedding of HRH Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Sophie-Alexandra Evekink will take place tomorrow in Munich.

The couple's civil wedding, which is required by German law, took place at his family's home. Schloss Kaltenberg on Christmas Eve.

HRH Prince Ludwig of Bavaria

The Polterabend was held last night at Schloss Kaltenberg where most of the 300 guests were dressed in traditional Bavarian clothes.   The bride-to-be wore a blue and white Dirndl.   

The guests included the Prince of Thurn und Taxis,  Prince and Princess Napoleon,  the Hereditary Count of Fugger von Babenhausen, Prince Joachim of Belgium, Prince and Princess Heinrich of Croy, Prince and Princess Leopold of Bavaria with three of their children, Princess Felipa with her husband, Christian Dienst, Prince Konstantin and his wife Deniz (who is expecting a second child later this year), and Prince Manual and his wife, Anna, Prince Francois and Princes Theresa of Orléans, Princess Maria Annunciata of Liechtenstein and her husband Emanuel Musini, as well as the families of Prince Ludwig and Miss Evekink.

The guests at this traditional pre-wedding event included the Prince of Thurn und Taxis,  

The wedding is being arranged by HRH The Duke of Bavaria, who will also host the reception at Schloss Nymphenburg following the ceremony.  

Princess Irmingard and Prince Ludwig

 Prince Ludwig is the eldest son of Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, who is the future head of the Bavarian Royal House.   Ludwig is third in line after Duke Max in Bavaria (younger brother of Franz, Duke of Bavaria,)  and Prince Luitpold, who is the only child of Prince Franz of Bavaria and Princess Irmingard of Bavaria, one of five children of the late Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria and Princess Antonia of Luxembourg.  Duke Franz is the elder son of Duke Albrecht, who was the eldest surviving son of Crown Prince Rupprecht and his first wife, Duchess Marie-Gabrielle in Bavaria

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 The Haus Bayern's website has provided complete details about the royal wedding:

"Wedding ceremony in the Theatinerkirche

Princess Sophie and Prince Ludwig of Bavaria will be married in church on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. in the Munich Theatinerkirche by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich, and Freising. The Wittelsbach family has a special relationship with the Theatinerkirche: around 360 years ago, Elector Ferdinand Maria and his wife Henriette Adelaide founded St. Kajetan on the occasion of the birth of Hereditary Prince Max Emanuel. The crypt is also a Wittelsbach burial site.

The wedding ceremony will be musically accompanied by Father Robert Mehlhart OP, the orchestra and the vocal band of the Theatinerkirche. Among other things, the Missa Sancti Nicolai (Saint Nicholas Mass) by Joseph Haydn will be performed.

Wedding dress and veil

Princess Sophie wants to make a statement with her wedding dress and veil: she chose the Ukrainian bridal and evening wear label WONÁ Concept for the veil. After the start of the war, she and Prince Ludwig traveled to the Ukrainian border to coordinate the projects of the Nymphenburg Relief Society on site. WONÁ Concept designed a simple organic veil with integrated Bavarian, Canadian, and Dutch elements. Princess Sophie chose the label Reem Acra for the wedding dress because she has spent some time in the Middle East. Reem Acra is from Lebanon and came to the United States in the 1980s. The combination of tradition and modern aesthetics, which is important for the bridal couple, is reflected in the wedding dress.

Procedure Odeonsplatz / Theatinerkirche

At around 8:30 a.m., the groom will greet the delegations and enter the church accompanied by his mother, Princess Beatrix of Bavaria. He will wait for his bride at the altar. Before and during the wedding ceremony, the delegations of Bavarian sports and mountain rifle and traditional costume clubs as well as flower children from all Bavarian administrative districts form a trellis for the arriving guests on Odeonsplatz.

At 10:00 a.m. the bride will walk with her father from Residenzstraße across Odeonsplatz through the trellis and will then be greeted in front of the church by Cardinal Marx.

The bride and groom are expected to leave the church at 11:30 a.m.

After the trade fair, the guests will be driven from Odeonsplatz to Nymphenburg in rented blue Munich buses from MVG.

The Odeonsplatz in front of the Theatinerkirche should remain usable for regular pedestrian traffic during the fair. However, it is possible that the interested public may cause hindrances at short notice.

Administration of the Duke of BavariaPhotographer: Lobeco

Reception in Nymphenburg Palace – closed to the public

The reception will take place in the Steinernen Saal, Nymphenburg Palace at 1:00 p.m. The wedding cake is cut at the reception by the bridal couple in the old tradition. It was created in Munich's Café Luitpold in consultation with the bride; Based on the classic Prince Regent cake, interpreted in a modern way with pistachios, covered in white and light blue. Interested parties can purchase a slightly smaller version on the occasion of the wedding in Café Luitpold.

All traditional delegations who accompany the church wedding are invited to the reception in Nymphenburg Palace and receive a commemorative badge from the bridal couple.

On the day of the wedding, by far the largest part of the Nymphenburg Palace Park remains open to the public. Only the garden parterre cannot be used for the duration of the reception. The side entrances and the Man & Nature Museum are freely accessible.

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The soiree at Schleissheim Palace – closed to the public

In the evening, some of the guests are invited to the bridal soiree at Schleißheim Palace. The new Schleissheim Palace was commissioned by Elector Max Emanuel. It is a Bavarian gem that is often overlooked by many visitors to Bavaria. The Wittelsbach family rents it from the Bavarian Palace and Lake Administration for important family events.

Here, too, it was important for the bridal couple to set an example and not use ingredients that are harmful to the climate and the environment for their wedding menu. Even if the wedding is not strictly vegetarian, it should be demonstrated in a culinary way that meat does not always have to be the focus. Star chef Jan Hartwig designed vegetarian compositions – regional, organic, and ecological, like the asparagus tart based on a rose, which goes well with the baroque vault in Schleißheim Palace. Jan Hartwig ran a pop-up restaurant on the Schlossrondell in the rooms of the Porzellanmanufaktur Nymphenburg before he opened his own restaurant and shortly afterward earned three Michelin stars and feels closely connected to the house.

In the tradition of large international weddings, the non-binding dress code for the bridal soiree is a tailcoat or a long evening dress. However, since this is only to be understood as an invitation, many guests are also expected in the other evening dresses. Historical jewelry is worn on this occasion, such as tiaras worn by married women. Orders, both state orders of merit and non-state insignia of private knightly orders may also be worn on this evening.

The bride's tiara in the form of leafy branches and flowers was already worn by Prince Ludwig's grandmother, Princess Irmingard of Bavaria, at her wedding in 1950. The bride's evening gown will not be white, but Bavarian blue, since the dress for the wedding ceremony was specially made for the ceremony and not as evening wear. It was the bride's explicit wish - in close consultation with Duke Franz - not to wear another evening dress in white, but in light blue, which she can not only use once for the wedding, but also for special occasions. The dress comes from the Ukrainian house WONÁ Concept, as did the veil during the wedding ceremony.

The groom wears the insignia of the Royal Bavarian House Knights Order of Saint George and the House Knights Order of Saint Hubertus. The head of the House of Wittelsbach awards the latter to members of the family and external personalities.

A special feature of the bridal soiree is the table decoration. Figures from Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg are placed on all tables between the deliberately simple white crockery. Many of these figures have been stored in archive cabinets for decades and are being unpacked and presented on this occasion for the first time as a loan due to their close relationship with the House of Wittelsbach. Since 1747, the fine art of porcelain production has been cultivated in the Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory.

Made entirely by hand using techniques that are passed on and preserved from generation to generation, many pieces are now in the Munich Residenz and Marstall museums on loan from the Wittelsbach compensation fund. In 2011, Prince Luitpold of Bavaria took over the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg and since then has been intensively committed to ensuring that it still exists in this form today and that the handicrafts are preserved. The newlyweds wish to continue this close connection and support.

The guests

In addition to families and members of related families, the guests at the evening soiree are primarily friends and companions of the bridal couple from various stages of their lives to date, as well as members of various foundations and charities. The following are expected from politics: Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder and Mrs. Baumann-Söder and from the cabinet the Ministers of State Huber Aiwanger, Joachim Herrmann, Florian Herrmann and Markus Blume as well as the FDP parliamentary group leader Haagen.

Many guests come from former ruling houses in German-speaking countries such as Baden, Hanover, Hesse, Austria, Saxony and Prussia. Heads of families from former European monarchies such as Romania or Portugal are also expected. The Hereditary Prince and Hereditary Princess, née Duchess in Bavaria, come from Liechtenstein. For example, Diébédo Francis Kéré, a Pritzker Prize-winning Burkinabe-German architect and personal friend of Prince Ludwig, has registered as a public figure.


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 Instead of gifts, the bridal couple asked for support for their humanitarian projects. The donations go in equal parts to the non-profit organization Learning Lions in Kenya, for which Prince Ludwig has been committed for almost ten years, and to projects that Princess Sophie is in charge of together with the Nymphenburg aid association. They are intended to help victims of conflict and crisis areas.

Prince Ludwig of Bavaria

Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, born in 1982, is the eldest son of Princess Beatrix and Prince Luitpold of Bavaria. He grew up with his four siblings in Kaltenberg Castle in Bavaria and studied law in Göttingen, where he dealt academically with the topics of human rights and international humanitarian law. At the request of the Duke of Bavaria, he took on a large number of representative and honorary tasks. He has been on the board of the Nymphenburg Aid Foundation since 2011 and oversees its projects in Africa, among other things. In 2014 he founded non-profit organizations with partners, the Learning Lions and the Start Up Lions, as well as other charitable projects in Kenya. In 2019, Prince Ludwig initiated the Lion March, a charity run and since then has been hiking the approximately 100 kilometers from Kaltenberg to Neuschwanstein together with many enthusiasts every year at the beginning of September. Proceeds benefit the Learning Lions.

Sophie Alexandra Evekink

Sophie-Alexandra Evekink was born in Singapore in 1989. Her parents are Veronicah Taylor and Theodorus Evekink. The Dutch merchant family Evekink goes back to the year 1641 in Zutphen and has made a name for itself in the area of ​​social housing since the 19th century. Sophie Evekink grew up in Canada and the Netherlands. She graduated in Political Science from England with a Masters in Criminology from the University of Oxford Law School. After her studies, she began a career in the diplomatic service of various organizations. She worked at the United Nations in New York, most recently in the Office for Sustainable Development of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Sophie Evekink currently teaches at the University of Oxford as part of a doctoral programme.


Learning Lions

The non-profit organization Learning Lions, co-founded by Prince Ludwig, trains young people in remote regions of Africa in digital disciplines. They then have the opportunity to offer their digital creative skills such as design or web programming to an international clientele in a co-working space and supported by a fair trade sales agency and to earn their own money. In 2018, the concept was recognized as one of the 12 winners from around 5000 charity organizations by the Google Global Impact Challenge. Prince Ludwig has spent much of his time there over the past ten years to create the project together with like-minded people and the local people.

The Nymphenburg Aid Association

The Nymphenburg Aid Association is a registered association and foundation with the aim of promoting humanitarian work and modern approaches to development aid with a focus on long-term partnerships and sustainability. The Nymphenburg Aid Association Foundation was set up in 2013 by Duke Franz of Bavaria; the non-profit association was founded in 1964 by Duke Albrecht and Duchess Marita of Bavaria to help people in Hungary and Romania. With the opening of Eastern Europe in 1990, the task changed and expanded and project work on-site began. Since 2006, the association's help has focused on specific regions in Africa. The aid projects are financed by private donations and grants from companies, other institutions, and foundations and to a very small extent through income from asset management. Volunteer country project managers represent an important interface between the foundation and the project partners.

The Wittelsbacher Equalization Fund (WAF)

The Wittelsbacher Equalization Fund is a foundation established in 1923 by Bavarian law. Assets of the Wittelsbach family were contributed to this foundation. The aim was to unbundle the assets of the House of Wittelsbach and the assets of the state.

The Wittelsbacher compensation fund has to maintain its assets and generate income in accordance with the rules applicable to foundations. The fund has extensive art assets, some of which are accessible to the public in the Bavarian state art collections. The income from the foundation goes to the members of the House of Wittelsbach, which ruled in Bavaria. As a result, large parts of the Wittelsbach assets are owned by the Bavarian state, including numerous properties, the Munich residence with the courtyard garden, the Nymphenburg palaces (although the Wittelsbach dynasty have a right of use here), and Schleißheim, as well as the Ludwig II palaces of Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof. In return, funds were transferred to the Wittelsbach equalization fund, and Real estate and agricultural and forestry property were transferred. These include, for example, the castles of Hohenschwangau, Berchtesgaden, Grünau, and the Köschinger Forest."

The menu for the official dinner will be vegan-vegetarian and will be prepared by 20 chefs under the direction of 3-star chef Jan Hartwig who used to work at the Atelier restaurant in the Bayerischer Hof

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