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.
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.
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.
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.
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.