Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Louis and Tessy at Banquet for Hungarian President

Photo: Real Casa di Borbone delle Due Sicilie
Prince Louis and Princess Tessy attended a banquet hosted by the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George in Great Britain and Ireland in honour of János Áder, President of the Republic of Hungary, at Drapers Hall last night. (Phew, long sentence!) The event celebrated the return of a relic of Saint and Martyr Thomas à Becket from Hungary to the United Kingdom. Looking particularly lovely, Princess Tessy sported the sash of the Order of Civil and Military Merit of Adolph of Nassau (though it should be worn over the other shoulder and the star is missing). Prince Louis, too, looked quite nice in his black tie though without any order (and thus no complaint from me).

A bit of information for all of us not up on all of the Catholic saints: Thomas à Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. The relic is usually held at the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary’s most important Catholic church. They are now being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time in 800 years during a elaborate week-long “pilgrimage” to Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and Canterbury Cathedral via Rochester Cathedral. The return of the relics aims to foster the reconciliation between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. The event was jointly organised by the Embassy of Hungary in London together with the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales and the Church of England

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