Saturday, March 17, 2012

Princely Wedding: Paola Orléans-Bragança Sapieha and Tinko Czetwertynski

 From our friend Astrid Bodstein in Brazil, we received last January news of the engagement of Princess Paoloa d'Orléans-Bragança Sapieha and Prince Constantin Czetwertynski, both scions of prominent Polish princely families with vast European connections.

Now we receive news that the couple had a private civil wedding celebrated in Brussels and only attended by their closest family members and intimate circle of friends.

Paola, a model, and Constantin, also known as "Tinko", a photographer, plan to divide their time between Brazil, where Paola was raised, and Paris, where Tinko has lived for some time.  Prince Tinko was born and raised in Brussels.

Princess Paola and Prince Tinko plan to have a large party next year in Petropolis and Paraty, two Braziians locations with deep connections to Paola's family.

Paola is the daughter of Princess Maria Cristina d'Orléans-Bragança, and her former husband, Prince Jan Pawel Sapieha-Rozanski. Paola's maternal grandparents were both paragons of royal virtue, discretion and elegance: Prince dom Pedro Gastão d'Orléans-Bragança, the oldest brother of the late Countess of Paris and the late Duchess of Bragança, and Princess María de la Esperanza of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, whose siblings include, among others: the late Countess of Barcelona, Princess Dolores Czartoryski and the Infante don Alfonso of Spain, claimant to the royal throne of the Two Sicilies.

Prince Constantin is the younger son of Prince Michael Swiatolpolk-Czetwertynski and his first wife, Kristina Sigurdsson.

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