Tuesday, June 26, 2012

German Princely Alliance – Sublime Wedding in the Late Summer 2012

Prince Dominik zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (b. 1983), youngest son of Füst Aloys-Konstantin and of his wife, the former Princess Anastasia of Prussia, will marry Countess Olga zu Castell-Rüdenhausen, daughter of Fürst Johann-Friedrich and of his wife, the former Countess maria von Schönborn-Wiessentheid.

Both Bride and Groom are closely related to the Head of House Prussia, Prince Georg Friedrich, whose wedding they attended together last August 2011.

Prince Dominik's mother, Anastasia, is the daughter of the late Prince Hubertus of Prussia and his second wife, the late Princess Magdalena Reuß. Prince Hubertus was the third son of Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia and of his wife Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, who were the parents of Prince Louis Ferdinand (1907-1994), grandfather of Prince Georg Friedrich (b. 1976), Head of House Prussia.

Countess Olga's father is the son of the late Fürst Siegfried (1916-2007) and of his late wife, the former Countess Irene zu Solms-Laubach (1925-2006), whose brother Count Otto (1926-1973) was the husband of Princess Madeleine zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, herself the sister of Fürst Richard (married to Princess Benedikte of Denmark) and of Princess Tatiana, the former wife of Landgraf Moritz of Hesse. Fürst Johann-Friedrich is the brother of Duchess Donata of Oldenburg, the mother of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia, her only son from her marriage to Prince Louis Ferdinand Jr. of Prussia. Donata's first husband died tragically and many years later she remarried Duke Friedrich August of Oldenburg, who was divorced from Princess Marie cecile of Prussia, Louis Ferdinand Jr.'s sister.

Prince Dominik's paternal aunts also made fantastic marriages. Fürst Aloys-Konstantin has six sisters, four of them married titled husbands. Princess Maria married Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria, while her sister Christianne married Archduke Michael, Joseph Arpad's younger brother. Princess Josephine married Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein, who died earlier this year after more than five decades of marriage. Princess Lioba is married, since 1969, to Fürst Moritz zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Wallerstein. Princesses Monika and Elisabeth-Alexandra married Spanish aristocrats. However, Monika is the mother of the former Maria del Pilar Méndez de Vigo, wife of Duke Paul-Friedrich of Oldenburg, the son of Duke Friedrich August and Marie Cecile of Oldenburg. Let's not forget that María del Pilar's older brother, Carlos Manuel, is married to Princess Katharina of Hohenberg, whose sister Margarete is the wife of Archduke Joseph Carl of Austria, eldest son of Joseph Arpad and Maria of Austria.

The link with the Schönborn-Wiessentheids is equally important. The Bride's mother is the duaghter of the late Count Karl and of his wife, the former Graziella Alvares Pereira de Melo, a Portuguese aristocrat descended from a leading family from that former kingdom. Furthermore, the former Countess Maria is the first cousin of the former Countess Gabriele, who is the wife of Fürst Alexander zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn. Gabriele's mother, the late Princess Helene of Thurn und Taxis, herself a first cousin of the late Fürst Johannes of Thurn und Taxis.

To say that genealogically-speaking this union is sublime, does not begin to illustrate its true meaning. Old Gotha matrons flipping through the pages of the Almanach de Gotha, could not have formed a better alliance!

The official newspaper of the Castell-Rüdenhausen region recently announced that the civil wedding will take place in late September at Rüdenhausen, while the religious ceremony will take place in Portugal on 6 October 2012.

Prince Dominik zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and Countess Olga zu Castell-Rüdenhausen at the wedding of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie zu Isenburg (Potsdam August 2012). Photo by Anuschka Becker.

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