Saturday, August 27, 2011

Royal News Roundup

The big news this weekend is, of course, the royal wedding in Potsdam. On Thursday HIRH Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and HSH Princess Sophie von Isenberg ‘tied the knot’ in their civil wedding ceremony, conducted by the Lord Mayor of Potsdam, Jann Jakobs at the Potsdamer Registry. On Friday the happy couple attended a special charity concert in Berlin to benefit the Princess Kira of Prussia Foundation and today is the big day for the religious wedding, which has been causing quite a stir in Germany much to the annoyance of the socialist politicians. There has been some squabbling over broadcasting the wedding, but it seems the monarchists have won out due to the outpouring of public interest, the event even attracting some headlines in the United States, which is fairly unusual for any royals not named “Windsor” or “Grimaldi”. It will be an ecumenical wedding, Protestant for the groom, Catholic for the bride, and while it may not include the most well-known royals of today, almost every royal house is sure to be represented. However, due to lingering bad feelings over the succession of Prince Georg Friedrich to the leadership of the Prussian Royal Family, his still resentful uncles will not be attending. Unfortunate, but their problem and not his. Of course The Mad Monarchist wishes the happy couple all the best, with sincere congratulations and hopes that one day the prince may be properly called German Kaiser Friedrich IV.

To the north, the recently expanded Royal Family of Denmark has been keeping busy. Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary, along with their new twins, went on a tour around the Jutland Peninsula aboard the Danish royal yacht, visiting a number of fishing villages along the way. The biggest news out of Denmark though is that Prince Joachim and Princess Marie recently announced that the Princess is expecting their second child. The Prince has two children, both boys, from his previous marriage and one son with Princess Marie. In a radio interview Prince Joachim said it would be nice to have a girl this time, but of course, as long as the baby is healthy that is all that matters. Congratulations to the Prince and Princess and the Danish Royal Family!

Even father north, Thursday marked the tenth wedding anniversary of TRH Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Their match came not without some raised eyebrows, even for a country so libertine as Norway. An unwed mother, mixed up with the drug crowd, and the two living together before their marriage, yes, you could say there was some controversy. However, it has all worked out for ten years now and the couple seem devoted, happy and popular with the Norwegian people. A special service was held at the Oslo Cathedral in honor of their anniversary and rightly so as Norway deserves to celebrate any happy occasion given all that has happened there recently. We hope the future King and Queen of Norway continue to have many, many years of happiness together.

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