Saturday, September 8, 2012

Archduke Marries American

Today, Archduke Imre of Austria and his new wife née Kathleen Elizabeth Walker were married in a tridentine mass at the St. Mary Mother of God church in Washington D.C. This will just be a short event round-up to let you know, who of the immediate maternal family of the groom attended. But watch this space in the days to come as we will be having a first hand report of a fellow Luxaholic, who was at the wedding.

Of course Imre's parents Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg, oldest child of Grand Duke Jean, and Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria were present for the wedding of their oldest son. Imre's two brothers Archdukes Christoph and Alexander were his groomsmen, with his cousin Prince Félix also in for the job. Félix' longtime girlfriend and probable fiancée Claire Lademacher was also in attendance, as were his sister Princess Alexandra and brothers Princes Louis and Sébastien. Imre's sister Archduchess Gabriella was one of the bridesmaids; naturally, his older sister Archduchess Marie-Christine and husband Count Rodolphe de Limburg-Strirum were also at the wedding. The groom's uncle Prince Guillaume, his wife Princess Sibilla and one of their sons were also in Washington D.C. for the occassion, as was his aunt Princess Margaretha with her children Princess Marie-Astrid and Prince Josef. Imre's cousins Princes Constantin, Wenceslas and Carl and Princess Marie-Gabrielle, children of Prince Jean, were also in attendance. Adélaïde Drapé-Frisch, fiancée of Archduke Christoph, was also among the guests.

Sadly, the bride did not wear a tiara as she opted for a long-sleeved beautiful whitish dress, a pearl headband and what appears to be the same long white lace veil worn by the groom's sister, Archduchess Marie-Christine, at her wedding. Kathleen, better known as Katie, wore her hair up. The bridesmaids wore royal blue dresses with flowers in their hair, the flower girls mirrored that look by wearing white dresses with a satin blue sash, while the ring bearers wore all white. The groom and his groomsmen wore morning dress.

Kathleen arrived with her parents in a black car and was led to the altar by her father. The couple shared a kiss after they left the church and reportedly looked very happy. Together with the bridal party, the newly weds left the church to go to the reception at the St. Regis Regency Hotel in a Stretch Hummer.

The couple gave fans with crosses out as their wedding favours.

Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen will be moving to the Belgian capital Brussels soon.

Venture over to Marlene Eilers Koenig's Royal Musings blog to sneak a peak of some of the guests and the bridal party.

Thanks a lot to Ambrosia for the first quick notes! I'm sure everyone's looking forward to your report in the days to come. So dear readers, make sure to check back in the upcoming days!

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