After two royal nuptials took place in England, people in Germany also saw a royal wedding which recovered German’s interest in the long-defunct Germany royals. At this time, the bride and groom were Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg. Different from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, the bride was not from the civilian, but a true princess. Equal to princess’s noble status, the groom was the great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
The affectionate couple got married in a church in Potsdam, outside Berlin. Former seats in the church sat the prince’s family, which ruled much of Germany until the monarchy was abolished in 1918. After the wedding ceremony, there was a dinner reception and ball in Sanssouci Palace. The couple went there by horse-drawn carriage. Hundreds of visitors lined the streets outside the church to have a look at the newlyweds. The public knew the royal wedding after the royal declaimed the announcement. Late information didn’t decrease people’s congratulations.
Princess Sophie, the 33-year-old bride, wore a white wedding dress designed by Wolfgang Joop. Her diamond tiara belonged to her family. Prince Georg, the 35-year-old groom, was dressed in a top hat and tails. The wedding pomp was broadcast live on local public TV. But it could’t satisfy everyone. Members of the former communist Left party protested it and the criticism were splashed across the pages of newspapers and glossy magazines.
Even thought the German monarchy was dismantled in 1918, and descendants of German royal families just kept their titles but had no rights, many visitors gave ardent greet to the couple.
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