A little more than a week ago, on Friday 26 August. an enthusiastic group of us arrived at the Konzerthaus at the Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin to await the arrival of guests to the pre-wedding concert of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Isenburg.
It was around three o’clock in the afternoon and we were among the first on the scene, something that gave us an opportunity to chat with the security staff and decide where to stand before it got crowded.
The bridal couple, who had tied the knot already in a civil ceremony at the city hall of Potsdam the day before, had decided to host the annual benefit concert for the Princess Kira of Prussia Foundation on the eve of their religious wedding as a kind of a pre-wedding event instead of hosting it at Burg Hohenzollern later in the year, as done previously.
Guests began arriving around 6 PM and among the first ones were Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie themselves, arriving by car and posing for photos for a short while on the stairs to the concert hall before entering to receive their guests. Shortly after the couple’s arrival came some of their closest family members; first came Princess Sophie’s parents Fürst Franz Alexander and Fürstin Christine of Isenburg and their son and bride’s brother Prince Viktor.
The concert was a private event and there were no media arrangements but in the information released we learned that the programme for the evening was themed “Tableaux Musicaux – 950 years House of Hohenzollern”, consisting of pieces commissioned by the Hohenzollern court as well as compositions by family members. Performers were the baroque ensemble Lautten Compagney, the choir of the Sing-Akademie zu Berlin and the State and Dome Choir Berlin.
To see more of my photos from the concert arrivals, please visit my Flickr album devoted to the wedding.