28 May 2009

Ducal Wedding at Coburg



Recently the Heir to the Headship of the Ducal House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Hereditary Prince Hubertus married the american Investment Banker Kelly Rondestvedt. The festivities lasted for 3 days.


Programm:



21.05: civil Wedding at Callenberg Castle


22.05: german-american Evening in a tent below Callenberg Castle


23.05: religious Wedding at the St. Moritz Church at noon followed by a
reception at Ehrenburg Castle


23.05: Dinner at Callenberg Castle


I travelled to Coburg on Thursday where i arrived in the early afternoon. There i meet with Gabi, Netty, Stig and Anuschka. A day later we where joined by Ulrike. We made a Visit to the street where dhe Office of the Ducal Administration is located, next to it is the House where Prince Andreas and his Family live. Short after we arrived there a Car drove by and inside was the bridal Couple who oaid a short Visit to the House but left soon. Only a few minutes later Prince Andreas came out of the Ducal Administration building and drove away. And when we where to go again another Car came with and inside was Prince Alexander, the grooms brother who just arrived from Grein. We later did some sightseeing as we did on the next day. There we accidentally saw again the bridal Couple. The came along the street where we stood and went into an Restaurant. Later that day we went to Callenberg and visited the Castle there and the burial ground of the Ducal Family and then remained there to watch the Guests arriving for the german-american Evening who took place in a tent below Callenberg Castle. On the Wedding Day we went very early to the Church to have a good spot.

Guestlist:

- King Carl XVI. Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden
- Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduchess and Archduke of Austria-Este
- King Simeon II. and Queen Margarita of the Bulgarians
- Prince Konstantin and Princes Maria of Bulgaria, Prince and Princess of Vidin
- Princess Marie Louise of Bulgaria and Bhronislaw Chrobok
- Duke Franz of Bavaria
- Prince Leopold and Princess Ursula of Bavaria
- Prince Manuel of Bavaria
- Prince Leopold of Baden
- Prince Michael of Baden
- Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia
- Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor with son Albert
- Duke Eberhard of Württemberg
- Duke Eugen of Württemberg
- Duke Alexander of Württemberg
- Duchess Sophie of Württemberg
- Prince Michael and Princess Dagmar of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
- Princess Leonie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
- Duke Borwin and Duchess Alice zu Mecklenburg
- Prince Friedrich-Konrad of Saxe-Meiningen
- Hereditary Prince Heinrich XIV. and Hereditary Princess Johanna Reuß
- Duke Huno and Duchess Fenita of Oldenburg
- Duke Konstantin of Oldenburg
- Duchess Tatiana of Oldenburg
- Fürst Alexander and Fürstin Nadja zu Schaumburg-Lippe
- Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern
- Prince Karl-Emich and Princess Isabelle zu Leiningen
- Fürst Andreas and Fürstin Alexandra zu Leiningen
- Hereditary Prince Ludwig and Hereditary Princess Elisabeth zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-
Freudenberg

- Count Heinrich and Countess Annette zu Ortenburg
- Countess Agathe zu Ortenburg
- Prince Andreas and Princess Luise zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg
- Fürst Franz Alexander and Fürstin Christine of Isenburg
- Hereditary Prince Alexander of Isenburg
- Fürst Wolfgang-Ernst and Fürstin Lenille zu Ysenburg and Büdingen
- Princess Felizitas-Magdalena zu Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtserbach
- Prince Maximilian and Princess Sophie zu Ysenburg and Büdingen in Wächtersbach

Report and photos from the german-american Evening at Callenberg
Report and photos from the religious Wedding
Report and photos from the Dinner at Callenberg

01 May 2009

Babenhausen Castle


In 1538 Anton Fugger acquired the since 1237 the existing Castle Babenhazusen and had it completely rebuilt from 1541. The present facade design was created in 1845 in the neo-gothic style. The complex of several buildings - including the Rechbergbbuilding, the New Castle, the west wing, which Chancellery and various farm buildings - are mainly grouped around two courtyards. The parish church of St. Andrew is directly added to the castle.

The Fugger-Museum which was founded by Fürst leopold in the 1880's and was until the Second World War in the Fuggerhaus at Augsburg was reopened in 1955 lin the West Wing and parts of the New Castle. It displays exhibits from over 500 years of family and company history of the Fugger Family.

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The parish Church St. Andreas


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