Friday, October 6, 2023

A Royal wedding in Dresden


HRH Princess Maria Teresita of Saxony and Count Béryl Alexandre de Saporta were married on September 23rd at the Hofkirche in Dresden.  The princess is the youngest child and only daughter of HRH Alexander, Margrave of Meissen, and HRH Princess Gisela of Bavaria.  She was born in Dresden on July 7, 1999.  

Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

Count Béryl Alexandre is the son of Count Philippe de Saporta and Ewa Tegner.  The count, born in Paris on July 13, 1999, was raised in France until 2008 when his family moved to Brussels.

His father, Philippe, is the founder of Skydoo, a computing firm that is based in Brussels, but also has branches in Germany, France, and Poland.   Teresita and Béryl work for Skydoo.  The princess is the team leader in web development, specializing in cybersecurity.

The couple's civil marriage took place on May 27 at Ivoy-le-Pré, France.

These photos were taken by a friend, who is the copyright holder.

TRH The Margrave and Margravine of Meissen

The couple's reception was held at the Kurlander Palace.  The bride's tiara was first worn by her paternal great-grandmother, Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn und Taxis (1903-1976), who married Prince Friedrich Christian of Saxony (1893-1968), the second son of King Friedrich August III.

Both images  Marlene A Eilers Koenig Collection

Friedrich Christian became the heir apparent in 1923 when his older brother, Crown Prince Georg renounced his rights and became a Roman Catholic priest.  King Friedrich August III abdicated in November 1918. He died in 1932, and Friedrich Christian succeeded as head of the Saxony royal house.

Princess Maria Teresita is the first Saxon princess to wed in Dresden, the capital of the former kingdom, since 1886, when Princess Maria Josefa of Saxony, sister of King Friedrich August III, married Archduke Otto of Austria.  They were the parents of Karl I, the last Emperor of Austria.

Archduke Otto and Princess Maria Josefa


Detlef said...

You could add that the priest in the back seems to be Archduke Paul from the Legionaries of Christ.

Brittany V. said...

Why do some have "in ___" and some have "of ___" for their titles? Like in Bavaria and of Bavaria.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

That is the translation of Herzog or Herzogin in Bayern (duke or duchess in Bavaria) and Prinz or Prinzessin von Bayern. Prince or Princess of Bavaria
The Wittelsbach family ruled Bavaria from 1180 and used the title Duke of Bavaria. But when the family established primogeniture, it was decided that there would be only one Duke of Bavaria, which led to the creation of Duke in Bavaria for all other members of the Wittelsbach family. In 1799 when Karl Theodo, the elector prince of Bavaria died, he was succeeded by a kinsman, Maximilian Josef and Wilhelm, a distant relative of Maximilian (and his brother in law) was given the title Duke IN Bavaria

Bavaria would become a kingdom and Maximilian was the first king of Bavaria. The Dukes in Bavaria were elevated to royal highnesses as were the Princes of Bavaria, the main line.
In 1965, Ludwig Wilhelm Herzog in Bayern adopted Prince Max of Bavaria, the second son of Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria to keep the name for at least another generation.
In 1919, titles became a part of one's surname. The head of the house now uses Duke of Bavaria. Max's daughters used the surname Herzogin in Bayern - socially, they were Duchesses in Bavaria, but also princesses of Bavaria.

Max does not have a son - and so far, there has not been an announcement of adopting another Bavarian "prince" to become a Herzog in Bayern. An excellent choice would be the late Prince Rasso's son, Wolfgang, who has three sons. Max is now in his mid-80s. There is the possibility that title/name will die with Max.

Andrea said...

Would, could, que sera, sera.

Greetings from Austria.


Maria Olivia said...

ths starry Cross for the Mother of the Bride ?