Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon married on Saturday in the Invalides, Paris, the Countess Olympia d’Arco Zinneberg, a descendant of the wife of Napoleon I, Marie-Louise of Hasbourg-Lorraine, second wife of the Emperor and mother of the King of Rome said l’Aiglon.
There are moments of grace in which history seems to repeat itself. To say that these two were predestined, we are only a step away. On April 2, 1810, Napoleon I married the daughter of Emperor Francis I of Austria, and niece of the last Queen of France: Marie Antoinette. A political marriage to unite and establish the dynasty and search for fatherhood: “I marry a belly,” he said. At 40, he is still heirless. He will fix it quickly, turning his virgin the bride into a woman long before the holding of any civic or religious ceremony. He was happy because the following morning, all perky, he announces to his aide-de-camp: “” My dear, marry a German, they are the best women in the world, sweet, good, naive and fresh as roses! ” Later on their story was far from rosy and will end in utter indifference.
Marie-Louise of Habsbourg-Lorraine, Archiduchess of Autria, Princess of Hungary and Bohemia.
Fortunately, unlike his ancestor, Love seems to be the link that unites these two young people. “The heir” of Napoleon Bonaparte married a few steps from the tomb where the supposed body of his illustrious parent rests.
Saturday, Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon (spitting portrait of the Emperor), descendant of Jerome Bonaparte and great-grand-nephew of Napoleon I, married at the Cathedral of Saint-Louis-des-Invalides, in Paris, the Countess Olympia Arco Zinneberg, great-granddaughter of the last emperor of Austria and a relative of Marie-Louise of Austria, to whom she is very similar.
The bride, who entered the church on her father’s arm, Count Riprand von Arco-Zinneberg, wore an elegant dress covered with leaf-shaped embroidery. Her shoulders were covered with a bolero with the same patterns.
For her jewelry, the niece of the King of Belgium wore a diadem that decorated her bun and long earrings. In her right ring finger, she wore her engagement ring-a jewel set with a 40-carat diamond that had belonged to the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III-that had been stolen in the spring in Paris and had been found a few days later.
After the religious ceremony presided by Monsignor Antoine de Romanet, the couple came out of the Cathedral hand in hand, multiplying loving looks and kisses before leaving the venue on a red old DS Citroën.
Both spouses said “yes” in front of the gotha, members of European royal families and representatives of Bourbon-Sicilies or Orleans houses. Princess Beatrice, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, was also photographed at the ceremony on the arm of her fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. History and royal family buff Stéphane Bern was also attending the event.
Prince Jean-Christophe Napoléon has been head of the Imperial Household of France since the death on May 3, 1997 of his grandfather, Prince Louis Napoleon. The prince works in London as a business banker. “I have always been proud to wear this name. But without living in illusion or in the past: I want to be a man of my time. And, above all, I always wanted to build myself, to prove my merit through work, “he told Paris Match in 2015.
Among the royals, there were the Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Prince William of Luxembourg with his wife Princess Sibilla, Grand Duke Heir Guillaume and his wife the Grand Duchess Heiress Stephanie, Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Princess Claire, Prince Louis, Princess Astrid of Belgium Archduchess of Austria-Este and Prince Lorenz of Belgium (uncle of the bride) Archduke of Austria-Este, Prince Laurent of Belgium, Prince Charles of Bourbon – Two Sicilies Duke of Castro accompanied by his wife Princess Camilla and their two daughters Princess Maria Carolina, Duchess of Palermo and Calabria & Maria Chiara, Duchess of Capri and Noto.
Prince Paul and Princess Maria Olympia of Greece, Duke and Duchess of Braganza, Prince Philip and Princess Isabel of Liechtenstein, Princess Margaretha and Prince Nicolas of Liechtenstein, Stephane Bern, Jaime de Marichalar, Prince Christian of Hanover and his wife Princess Alessandra of Osma, Count Nikolai Von Bismarck-Schönhausen. came without her fiancée the British supermodel Kate Moss, probably too busy preparing her own wedding … But hush !! This is another story that I will tell you in other times.
All my wishes of happiness to the newly wed.
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