Friday, September 7, 2012

Tomorrow's Wedding

Archduke Imre of Austria, oldest son of Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg and Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria, will marry his American fiancée, Kathleen Walker, in Washington D.C. tomorrow. It's the first Luxembourg related wedding this year. Imre's cousin Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume will marry in October, while his brother Archduke Christoph will tie the knot in December.

The couple first met in October 2010 at a Missa Cantata in honour of Blessed Karl of Austria, Imre's great-grandfather. The Missa was held in the same church where they will marry. The archduke and the former communications director of the Arlington Diocesan Catholic Charities and well known pro-life activist announced their engagement in December of last year.

Together with a friend of Imre's, his brothers Archdukes Christoph and Alexander will act as groomsmen. Their younger sister Archduchess Gabriella will be one of the bridesmaids alongside two sisters of the bride and two friends. Another friend of Kathleen will be her maid of honour, while another sister will be the flower girl. Two brothers of the Archduchess-to-be will round up the wedding party as ring bearers.

Kathleen, more commenly known as Katie, is the oldest of several children of Robert S. and Margaret M. Walker. At the time of Katie's birth, her mother was single and unwed.

Source: Hanni at All Things Royal, Other


  1. What does that last sentence have to do with anything? It sounds a bit self-righteous, not something I'd normally associate with this blog.

  2. What does that last sentence have to do with anything?

    1. It provides background information just like all the other random bits of information provided.

    2. It is the simple truth of the matter.

    3. It shows that Ms. Walker, a former single mother, did not allow this circumstance to hold her back. Many, many single mothers find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty, marginalization and stereotype. Ms. Walker could be used as a stellar example for women currently feeling weighed down by their circumstances as single mothers. She rose to the occasion and raised a happy successful family despite the many hurdles she must have faced.

    4. The status of Katie's birth is something that she has drawn attention to during her activism. Therefore, we feel no remorse or shame in mentioning something that Katie has used to her advantage.

    The only self-righteous thing I can see her is your attempt to cast a negative light on our inclusion of this information.

  3. It's also true that Imre's cousin Louis and his now-wife Tessy had a son together before they were married. It happens.

  4. Indeed it is true and no one complains when it is mentioned. It is just a brief side note in the story of their lives. Not much different than it is for Katie and her mother.

  5. Wedding pictures from Archduke Imre and Kathleen Walker's
    official photographer can be viewed here: