The heir to the Kaiser of Germany, a Mr. Georg Prince of Prussia, got married today to Miss Sophie Princess of Isenburg.

Georg and Sophie ride in a landau to their wedding reception at Sanssouci Palace.

Never heard of them? Join the club. Which shows that you really can set aside your ruling families and things will smooth out in a few generations. Just leave them with some money and estates and they’ll go quietly.

No longer royals, now aristocrats, the deposed German families still take their lineage seriously. The groom would have been ousted as head of the Hohenzollern family if he had married a commoner.

Is it because Germany was on the other side in both World Wars that our hearts don’t leap at the sound of Kaiser Wilhem II’s name, and we don’t get goosebumps at the thought of his great-great-grandson marrying a German princess?

Or is it the Kaiser Wilhelm II helmet problem?

Oh wow. I didn’t even know about that helmet. I meant this one.

Maybe that’s the reason it was easy to get excited about the Monaco royal wedding — Monaco is non-threatening, unless you’re in a competition for conspicuous consumption. So go right ahead, Monaco, and drape your Princess Charlene in lashings of diamonds and ever more elegant evening gowns; it’s all harmless fun for the rest of us.

TSH Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco. Photo: The Jewellery Editor

The German bridal couple offer less on glam and more on gravitas. They work as financial consultants in Berlin and have been friends since childhood. The new Mr. and Mrs. Prince of Prussia (not kidding about those names) adopted a coy attitude toward the publicity around their wedding, holding the ceremony and reception in the most regal settings, but giving limited access to the press.

Georg and Sophie after the religious ceremony. Photo: Reuters/Daylife

The bride’s family tiara (I guess they got to keep their jewels too) topped her heirloom veil. The gown is a bit of a puzzle; I didn’t know Gunne Sax and Jessica McClintock were still in business….

The blue and white floral theme of the wedding carried on into the china at the reception, with the guests dining on Bleu Mourant china, a favorite of King Frederick the Great of Prussia, made by Royal Porcelain of Berlin. Scroll down to see part of a place setting.

This Yank’s just catching a little, troubling whiff of Restoration wistfulness in the wedding week.

Note: In March of 2012, Prince Philip Kiril of Prussia called for the restoration of the German monarchy.

Bleu Morant china. Photo: Royal Porcelain Berlin


princess beatrice in turquoise Bea’s knees. Photo: PA/Daily Mail

Princess Beatrice’s sin against fashion was grave indeed when she wore That Hat to Kate and William’s wedding in April.

In the wake of the headgear horror, Bea’s mother revealed that a stylist had been engaged because Fergie was too busy to “go around the shops” with Bea. No comment.

Bea’s bride-to-be friends must have been quaking in their Jimmy Choos. What would the red-haired princess wear to their weddings? Would she monopolize attention again and again, like some Flying Dutchman sailing from wedding to wedding, always in a frightening fascinator?

Apparently Granny weighed in too. The Queen’s former dresser (now valued designer) Angela Kelly created something young and fun to reflect Bea’s personality. The new ensemble appeared at cousin Zara Phillips’ wedding to Mike Tindall.

The Triumph in Turquoise was a double silk fitted jacket with a peplum, covering a fitted dress with a plain bodice and lace sleeves. The flirty dress sported floral appliques and crystals. Bea’s pretty little saucer hat was made of double silk with crepe and lace details. Nude pumps must be LK Bennett. It’s illegal to wear anything else right now.

Ego te absolvo, Beatrice. Go and sin against fashion no more.


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prince william and kate leave los angeles after tour of u.s. and canada 2011

NOOOOOO! Don't leave us here alone with Barack Obama and the Republicans! Photo: Camera Press/Mark Stewart/Daily Mail

What do you mean, they went home? I thought this was the new normal — headline of the day would always be Kate’s latest outfit. Followed by another geography lesson on Canada as they criss-crossed the country, the royal press pack trailing after them, tweeting complaints about bad transport.

I still maintain that one of the stars of the Canadian trip was the regimental goat in Quebec.

William and Kate even hit Santa Barbara, with the dangerous possibility that Oprah would heave into view at any moment, trying to steal the scene.

I’m not the only one feeling bereft. Lots of us are searching for crumbs. The Daily Mail offered up an article on William’s style. Nice try.

We’ll just have to live on our memories — until Balmoral.


prince william duchess catherine in western hats calgary canada tour 2011

And so begins a lifetime of Funny Hats. Photo: Daily Mail


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