Germany Catches Royal Wedding Fever

Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg pose after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011.  The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.    REUTERS/Paul Schirnhofer/Haus Hohenzollern/Handout  (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS)
Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg pose after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony.

Hundreds – not thousands – lined the streets and until they tied the knot the happy couple weren’t exactly household names.
But, while it wasn’t on a par with William and Kate’s big day, this is the closest Germany comes to a royal wedding.
When Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia married Princess Sophie of Isenburg it was like their country had stepped back in time.

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Big day: Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg pose for wedding pictures.

Prince Georg is the great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled his country until the monarchy was abolished in 1918.

And while their family’s role may now be long-defunct, this ‘royal’ wedding has rekindled interest in them among Germans.
The couple – who both work as consultants in Berlin – were married in a church in Potsdam, outside the capital, the former seat of the prince’s family.

Sealed with a kiss: The prince, 35, and 35-year-old princess, who both work as consultants in Berlin, embrace.
Sealed with a kiss: The prince, 35, and 35-year-old princess, who both work as consultants in Berlin, embrace.

After Saturday’s ceremony, they travelled by horse-drawn carriage to Sanssouci Palace for a dinner and ball. Several hundred onlookers lined the streets outside of the church to see them, despite the couple’s attempts to keep it low-key.The 33-year-old bride wore a dress designed by Wolfgang Joop, and a diamond tiara belonging to her family.The 35-year-old groom was dressed in a top hat and tails.

Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg set off in a horse drawn carriage after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011.  The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.    REUTERS/Paul SchirnhoferHaus Hohenzollern/Handout   (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg set off in a horse drawn carriage after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.
CORRECTS  RELATIONSHIP OF GEORG FRIEDRICH TO GREAT-GREAT-GRANDSON - Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia , right, and  Princess Sophie  of Isenburg drive in a horse-drawn carriage in front of  Sanssouci  palace  after their wedding ceremony  in the church in Potsdam, Saturday Aug. 27, 2011. The Prince of Prussia is is the current head of the Imperial House of Hohenzollern, the former ruling dynasty of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia. He is the great-great-grandson and historic heir of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, who was deposed and, initially, went into exile upon Germany's defeat in the Great War in 1918. ( AP Photo/dapd/ Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert)
Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia , right, and Princess Sophie of Isenburg drive in a horse-drawn carriage in front of Sanssouci palace after their wedding ceremony in the church in Potsdam, Saturday Aug. 27, 2011. The Prince of Prussia is is the current head of the Imperial House of Hohenzollern, the former ruling dynasty of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia. He is the great-great-grandson and historic heir of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, who was deposed and, initially, went into exile upon Germany’s defeat in the Great War in 1918.

Yesterday’s event was broadcast live on local public TV, sparking protest from members of the former communist Left party, and was splashed across the pages of newspapers and glossy magazines.Yet it was a far cry from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton earlier this year which was broadcast live worldwide and attracted 750 million viewers, including millions in Germany.Prince Georg and Princess Sophie also held a civil ceremony on Friday.From 1871, the Kings of Prussia also served as German Emperors, with Wilhelm II being the last. He abdicated in 1918, following World War I, and the German monarchy was dismantled.

POTSDAM, GERMANY - AUGUST 27:  Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Prussia leave their religious wedding ceremony in the Friedenskirche Potsdam on August 27, 2011 in Potsdam, Germany.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
POTSDAM, GERMANY – AUGUST 27: Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Prussia leave their religious wedding ceremony in the Friedenskirche Potsdam on August 27, 2011 in Potsdam, Germany.

Descendants of German royal families still carry their titles, although they have no meaning and are legally considered part of their names. Until now Germans little interest in their own aristocrats, but many ardently follow the royal houses of their European neighbours – including Britain’s.

A horse falls while waiting outside the Church of Peace in the grounds of Sanssouci Palace, during the religious wedding ceremony for Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg in Potsdam August 27, 2011.  The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.    REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS)
A horse falls while waiting outside the Church of Peace in the grounds of Sanssouci Palace, during the religious wedding ceremony for Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg in Potsdam August 27, 2011. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.