The religious Wedding of Hereditary Prince Franz Albrecht zu Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg and Baroness Cleopatra of Adelsheim took place on 09. July at the St. Jacobs Church in Oettingen. Although it was an catholic Service it took place in a protestant Church apparently because it is the bigger Church in Oettingen. I took the opportunity to travel there and arrived there shourt beofre 11 a clock. There i meet several friends. The place before the Castles which is usually a parking space for Cars was closed off that day and the public could stand there. We then tried to find the best possible place. Unfortunately it turned out that many of the guests where dirven in Cars before the Church and did not walk as it was told before. Around 12h00 the first guests started to arrive. Around 10 mintues before the service was to start two Cars drove by. In one was the groom with some friends and in the other his mother Fürstin Angela. After arrival he went to the other Car to greet his mother and they walked arm in arm in the Church. Now they last guests arrived. Then it was 13h30 the time the Service should start. No sight of the bride. Finally 15 minutes late she arrived together with her father in an open Cabriolet. She wore a beautifl white gown and no Veil over her hair but a very long Veil coming down from her shoulders. In her hair she wore the Family tiara of the Princely Family. Before the Church first her Veil/train had to be sorted out and layed out right before she went in one the Arm of her father.
The Service lasted for about 1 hour. After the bridal Couple come out the stoud before the Church for a few minutes and listed to the Music of the lcoal Musi Chapel who played and kissed. Then they walked to the Castle next to the Church where in the open Court a reception took palce. All the guests walked behind them. After they had all left the Church the normal people where allowed to have a look into the beautiful decorated Church.
Some of the guest i have recognized :
- Duke Max and Duchess Elizabeth in Bavaria
- Prince Konstantin of Bavaria
- Beatrice Casiraghi Borormeo
- Hereditary Count Alexander Fugger of Babenhausen
- Hereditary Prince Kraft and Hereditary Princess Carolin zu Hohenlohe-Oehingen
- Fürst Ferdinand zu Hohenlohe-Bartenstein
- Hereditary Prince Max zu Hohenlohe-Oehringen
- Fürst Moritz and Fürstin Lioba zu Oettingen-Wallerstein
- Hereditary Prince Carl Eugen and Hereditary Princess Anna zu Oettingen-Wallerstein
- Countess Marie of Waldburg zu Wolfegg