Friday, December 20, 2013

Royal Wedding Guests Revisited

An article by Svensk Damtidning about the recent baptism of little Archduchess Maria-Stella has pointed me into the direction of videos on the magazine's Youtube page that I hadn't noticed before. The videos were filmed on the day of the religious wedding of Prince Félix and Princess Claire back in September and show many guests leaving the church. As they feature rarely seen regulars of our blog as well as previously unknown guests, I thought I'd share them. I have also updated our guest list of the event with the new faces.

Cutting to the chase, the first ones to leave the church in this video are Archduke Imre and Archduchess Kathleen, followed by Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor, Archduke Christoph and Archduchess Adélaïde, Archduke Alexander as well as Archduchess Gabriella of Austria. Princess Maria-Anunciata and Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein are next with an unknown (to me) couple behind them.

After a small gap, you can see Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg with his wife Archduchess Maria-Beatrice of Austria-Este and two of their daughters. Next are Hélène Vestur, first wife of Prince Jean, and her oldest son, Prince Constantin, followed by Archduke Michael and Archduchess Maria-Christiana of the Hungarian Palatine branch of the Habsburg family. The last ones in this video are Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo with some other guy as well as Prince Josef of Liechtenstein and his cousin Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau together with sisters Princess Tatiana and Princess Alexandra Galitzine, daughters of Archduchess Maria-Anna of Austria.

This second video offers another glance at the some of the people already seen in the first video, namely Prince Josef, Priness Marie-Gabrielle, the Galitzine sisters and the most photographed guests of the wedding, Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo. Among the others I spy Princess Sophie of Hohenberg (with the blue fascinator), niece of Grand Duke Jean, and her husband Baron Jean-Louis de Potesta as well as the Nassau princes Paul-Louis, Carl and Wenceslas together with Katarina, Victoria and Natalia Esteve, daughters of Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa's sister Catalina.

After a tiny glimpse of Prince Ioann Galitzine and his sister Princess Maria at the very beginning of this video, you can see Prince Wenzeslaus, Prince Rudolf and Princess Tılsım of Liechtenstein leaving the church. Next up a pair of friends of Prince Félix followed Princess Tatiana Radziwiłł and her husband Jean Fruchaud, as well as Prince Amedeo, Prince Joachim and Princess Maria-Laura of Belgium, the three eldest children of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz.

They are followed by Archduke Carl-Christian, oldest son of Archduke Rudolf and named for the more familiar Carl-Christian around here, and his wife Archduchess Estelle, as well as Archduchess Priscilla together with Prince Peter of Lobkowicz. The video then cuts off and I'm only venturing into speculation now as the faces are hardly recognisable but the guy on the right of the following group does look like Prince Charles-Adrien de Mérode. Judging by the dress she is wearing and that I think I have seen her wearing the same one in another picture of the wedding, the lady next to him might be Princess Hedwig of Liechtenstein. If it is her, the guy next to her might be her husband, Olivier de Quelen.

This last video includes a mixture of both known and unknown faces. Among the group of people in the beginning, I spy Prince Lelio and Princess Luisa Orsini d'Aragona and I'm fairly certain that they are also accompanied by their sister Princess Dorothea as well as Luna de Medina, daughter of Princess Maria da Gloria de Orléans e Bragança and her second husband, Ignacio de Medina y Fernández de Córdoba. They are followed by Princess Marguerite de Mérode (in yellow) and her now husband Count Philippe d'Oultremont. Among the last group of people in the video I spy Mexican actor Eduardo Verástegui and possibly Prince Felix of Mérode.

You can watch the entire wedding minus the arrival and departure of most of the guests here.

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