Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme married 31-year-old Viktória Cservenyák on 5 October 2013 (1pm) at the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Apeldoorn. The civil wedding took place in Wijk bij Duurstede, The Netherlands, in the late afternoon of 3 October 2013.
The bride arrived at church accompanied by her mother and stepfather. However she had to walk down the whole blue carpet alone, followed by two bridesmaids. The bride had chosen these two friends, Mary DeLuca and Wendel Janssen, as her witnesses in church. The groom’s witnesses were his friends Cas Abbink and Dennis Dolmans.
Among the guests were many members of the Dutch royal family, as well as Princess Marie-Thérèse de Bourbon de Parme, Prince Charles-Henri Lobkowicz, Count Alexander and Countess Isabel zu Stolberg-Stolberg, Don Raimundo Prince Orsini and Donna Kethevane Princess Orsini and their son Don Lelio Prince Orsini.
The groom was born on 13 October 1972 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as son of the Duke of Parma and Princess Irene of the Netherlands. He has three siblings: Carlos (* 1970), Margarita (twin, * 1972) and Carolina (* 1974). Jaime was the last of the siblings to marry.
Viktória Cservenyák was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 25 May 1982 as daughter of Tibor Cservenyá and Dorotya Bartos. She spent her youth in Hungary and Switzerland. After the divorce of her parents she and her mother moved to the Netherlands. Her mother remarried Tristan Ter Riet, and the family lived in Apeldoorn. Viktória studied law in Utrecht, and Master in Business at Nyenrode and the University of Amsterdam. She was a lawyer at Allen & Overy, and is nowadays business lawyer at the Dutch Rabobank. She has been given the title of Countess of Montizón by her brother-in-law before the marriage took place.
For lots of my pictures see here.
Photos and copyright: Gabi (not to be published elsewhere without permission)
Not only Prince Felix of Luxemburg and Claire Lademacher married on Saturday. Also Prince Heinrich XXIV Reuss and Countess Dorothea zu Castell-Castell tied the knot in a catholic ceremony at St Veit Church in Iphofen, Germany, on 21 September. The groom was born in 1984 as son of Prince Heinrich X Reuss and his first wife Baroness Elisabeth Åkerhielm af Margrethelund. The bride was born in 1985 as daughter of Count Alexander zu Castell-Castell and his first wife Marion Stepp.
A pre-wedding gala dinner took place at Castell Castle on 20 September. The next day the family gathered at Castell and from there travelled to Iphofen, to return to Castell Castle after the wedding. The bride arrived at church with her father. She wore a nice simple dress, well chosen with the gorgeous embroidered antique train and veil, as well as the old diadem, probably all from the Castell-Castell family The train was held by the brides three young halfbrothers, the Counts Gustav (10), Johann (8) and Albrecht (6) zu Castell-Castell. The catholic service was officiated by Monseigneur Gereon Rehberg. The witnesses were Indra Kinkel, Philippa Rotenhan, Nina Zech, Manuel Nieder, Jan Preisz and Friedrich Schlott.
Among the guests were the surviving grandparents of bride and groom Princess Woizlawa-Feodora Reuss and Fürst and Fürstin zu Castell-Castell. Among the guests were also the groom’s sister Princess Benigna Reuss and her husband and son, Prince Maximilian and Princess Alina Lobkowicz, Count Dominik von Neipperg and his wife, Count Clemens and Countess Antonia von Mirbach-Harff.
Photo & Copyright: Cour grand-ducale / Guy Wolff
Probably you’re all waiting for news about the wedding of Prince Félix of Luxemburg and Claire Lademacher on Saturday of course. But unfortunately I have no pictures of the religious wedding. I will have a few from the civil wedding on Wednesday later this week I hope. My friend who was there has only returned late on Saturday, so she hasn’t been able to send all pictures yet.
But lots of photos of the religious wedding can be found online. See for example Royal Portraits or Royal Press Europe. For more news and pictures of the wedding visit Luxemburger Wort, Luxarazzi or Noblesse & Royautés or have a look at the website of the Luxemburg Grand-Ducal family.
To inspire each other and the new King, the National Investiture Committee asked everyone, young and old, to share their dreams for the future of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. From over 6,500 entries, a jury of 16 Dutch celebrities has selected around 300 of the most original, inspiring and appealing dreams for publication in the Dream Book.
On 5 September the first copy of the book was presented to King Willem-Alexander at the stables of Het Loo Palace in Apeldoorn. He and his wife Queen Máxima also opened the open-air exhibition “Dreams at Het Loo Palace: a walk through the Dreams for our King”, along the avenue that leads from the royal stables to Palace Het Loo. On flags over 120 dreams from the Dream Book can be read and seen until 27 October 2013.
As off 6pm on Thursday 5 September 2013 all households in the Netherlands and the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom could obtain a free copy of the book. One million of them were printed. Yesterday evening I obtained my copy at the bookshop Riemer in Groningen around 6.30pm. I was told that at 6pm and shortly thereafter several people had come to pick up their book. And many people had already asked during the day, but had to be disappointed as they were only to be handed out after 6pm. Riemer not only had the books and a poster on display both in the shopwindow and at the entrance, they also had written down their dream on their windows: “That we all, you, we, I, the King and the Queen, may live royal!” It inspired me to have a look around at the other shops in the centre where you could obtain the book. But none of the others seemed to have been inspired to do something special on the occasion of the publication of the Dream Book. Only “Polare” also had the books with poster in the shopwindow. Passing one of the shops I noticed one lady stepping outside with the book in her hands.
Although you can’t get the book if you don’t live in the Netherlands – although I am sure there will be other ways to get it – you can have a look at it online. Of course it is all in Dutch, but it is nice to have a look anyway. To be downloaded here.
On 30 August 2013 Prince Muhammad Ali of Egypt and Princess Noal Zaher of Afghanistan got married at the Çirağan Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Thus far only one wedding picture could be found online, but hopefully there will be more soon. Among the guests are reported to be Prince Leka of Albania and his fiancée Elia Zaharia, and Prince Rudolf and Princess Tilsin of Liechtenstein. The last couple married in Istanbul last year and had their party at the Çirağan Palace also. The couple is said to have met in Istanbul, rumoured at the Liechtenstein wedding. They also celebrated their engagement in Istanbul on 27 April 2013.
He was born on 5 February 1979 as son of King Fuad II of Egypt and his former wife Dominique-France Picard “Fadila”. She was born in 1980 (the Royal Ark website says 1978 now) in Rome, Italy, as the youngest daughter of Prince Muhammad Daud Pashtunyar Zaher (1949-1980; son of the late King Zahir Shah of Afghanistan) and his wife Fatima. Muhammad Ali works in real estate in Paris, while Noal finished her European Business degree at the French Institut Saint-Dominique. At Webster University in London she specialised in jewellery design.
The Çirağan Palace (different link with lovely pictures) is a former palace of the Sultans of Turkey, and is situated on the European shores of the Bosphorus, not far from the Dolmabahçe Palace. It looks gorgeous, but if you are not a guest of the five-star hotel that is housed in it nowadays, it is not too easy to enter the grounds.