Ferdinand of Leiningen weds Viktoria Luise of Prussia

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    The European royals came out in force for the wedding of Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia on Saturday.

    The couple, both aged 35, had their civil reception in April but the full pomp and pageantry was reserved for this weekend’s religious ceremony in Amorbach, Germany.

    Viktoria Luise wore a dazzling off-the shoulder lace gown with a full skirt and a diamond-studded antique tiara.

    The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik diadem was commissioned in 1905 for Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and was also worn by Princess Sophie of Isenburg on her 2011 wedding day.

    Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia on Saturday, and the European royals came out in force to see the couple tie the knot

    Hereditary Prince Ferdinand of Leiningen and Princess Viktoria Luise of Prussia on Saturday, and the European royals came out in force to see the couple tie the knot

    Main event: The couple,  both 35, had their civil reception in April but the full pomp and pageantry was reserved for this weekend's religious ceremony in Amorbach, Germany

    Main event: The couple,  both 35, had their civil reception in April but the full pomp and pageantry was reserved for this weekend's religious ceremony in Amorbach, Germany

    Main event: The couple, both 35, had their civil reception in April but the full pomp and pageantry was reserved for this weekend’s religious ceremony in Amorbach, Germany

    The groom looked dapper in black morning suit, blue waistcoat with a matching pocket square and pale green tie.

    Ferdinand is the son of the Prince and Princess of Leiningen, while his bride is the only daughter of late Prince Friedrich Wilhem of Prusia and his second wife, Ehrengard von Reden. 

    Saturday’s religious ceremony was held at Amorbach’s Princely Abbey Church, with a host of glamorous royals descending on the small Bavarian town. 

    Blushing bride: Viktoria Luise wore a dazzling off-the shoulder lace gown with a full skirt and a diamond-studded antique tiara

    Blushing bride: Viktoria Luise wore a dazzling off-the shoulder lace gown with a full skirt and a diamond-studded antique tiara

    Blushing bride: Viktoria Luise wore a dazzling off-the shoulder lace gown with a full skirt and a diamond-studded antique tiara

    Rich history: The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik diadem was commissioned in 1905 for Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and has also been worn by Princess Sophie of Isenburg

    Rich history: The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik diadem was commissioned in 1905 for Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and has also been worn by Princess Sophie of Isenburg

    Rich history: The Prussian Meander Kokoshnik diadem was commissioned in 1905 for Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and has also been worn by Princess Sophie of Isenburg

    Leading the arrivals were Erbprinz Ernst August von Hannover and his pregnant wife, fashion designer Prinzessin Ekaterina. The couple tied the knot themselves just two months ago, in a lavish ceremony in Hanover.

    They were joined by well-heeled guests including Prinzessin Vanessa zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg and Pieter Haitsma Mulier.

    According to Royal Musings, this was the first marriage between two descendants of Queen Victoria since 1981 when Ferdinand’s father, Prince Andreas zu Leiningen, wed Princess Alexandra of Hanover.

    Erbprinz Ernst August von Hannover and his pregnant wife, fashion designer Prinzessin Ekaterina lef the arrivals. The couple tied the knot themselves just two months ago

    Erbprinz Ernst August von Hannover and his pregnant wife, fashion designer Prinzessin Ekaterina lef the arrivals. The couple tied the knot themselves just two months ago

    Erbprinz Ernst August von Hannover and his pregnant wife, fashion designer Prinzessin Ekaterina lef the arrivals. The couple tied the knot themselves just two months ago

    Prinzessin Vanessa zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg and Pieter Haitsma Mulier make their way to the church for the young couple's religious ceremony on Saturday

    Prinzessin Vanessa zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg and Pieter Haitsma Mulier make their way to the church for the young couple's religious ceremony on Saturday

    Prinzessin Vanessa zu Sayn Wittgenstein Berleburg and Pieter Haitsma Mulier make their way to the church for the young couple’s religious ceremony on Saturday

    The website reports that the young couple are are third cousins via Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria – or ‘Vicky’ – who married Friedrich III of Germany.

    This weekend’s nuptials are set to be a major society event, with guests from all over Europe flocking to Amorbach to join in the celebrations. 

    The couple got engaged in January and their civil ceremony in April, which is required by German law, was a much more low-key affair. 

    Historic moment: This is believed to be the first marriage between two descendants of Queen Victoria since 1981 when Prince Andreas zu Leiningen wed Princess Alexandra of Hanover

    Historic moment: This is believed to be the first marriage between two descendants of Queen Victoria since 1981 when Prince Andreas zu Leiningen wed Princess Alexandra of Hanover

    Historic moment: This is believed to be the first marriage between two descendants of Queen Victoria since 1981 when Prince Andreas zu Leiningen wed Princess Alexandra of Hanover

     The young couple are are third cousins via Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria - or 'Vicky' - who married Friedrich III of Germany

     The young couple are are third cousins via Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria - or 'Vicky' - who married Friedrich III of Germany

     The young couple are are third cousins via Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria – or ‘Vicky’ – who married Friedrich III of Germany

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