Today the happy news that Princess Sophie of Prussia, wife of Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia who is the head of the house of Hohenzollern, gave birth to twin boys on Sunday 20 January 2013 was released.
A short statement on the family’s website said the prince announced the news of sons Carl Friedrich and Louis Ferdinand’s arrival to the world with “great joy and gratitude” and stated that both mother and children are doing well.
The birth took place in Bremen, Germany, on the second engagement anniversary of the happy new parents after it was initially said to be planned for February. But of course such things can never be completely planned.
It recently became known that the couple has moved to Bremen after previously living in an apartment in Berlin. Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie are said to want to give their children the kind of upbringing they had themselves, in the quiet and calm countryside.
Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie married in a wonderful religious wedding celebration at Potsdam on 27 August 2011, an event I am happy to have attended and enjoyed immensely and reported about in my blog at the time.
On Saturday 27 August 2011, I woke up at 6 AM to a royal and imperial wedding day in Potsdam. Unfortunately the weather predictions were a little shaky and some rain showers were possible in the forecasts, so I packed not only my umbrella but also a rain poncho. It might sound slightly crazy to get up at such an early time on a Saturday, but I was in Potsdam for a reason and a day like this will never come again. Not since 1938 had the city seen a royal and imperial wedding, the orthodox ceremony of Prince Georg Friedrich’s grandfather Prince Louis Ferdinand and Grand Duchess Kira of Russia at Cecilienhof, and one as big as this is not likely to occur again in some time.
And so after an early breakfast we made our way out into the streets of Potsdam. On the day before, barricades had been put up around the cortège route and on the street near the church camera stands had been set up for the TV cameras. After receiving our media accreditation cards at a nearby hotel we immediately went to the media area in the church yard at Friedenskirche and reserved places. A little after nine o’clock it was possible to have a look inside the church where the colour theme was clearly white and blue. Place cards were being put out on the seats for guests, little cushions placed at the base of the christening font for the young bridal attendants and chairs for the wedding witnesses were placed on the left side of the altar.
The first guests started arriving a few minutes after ten and then they continued to arrive in small or large groups, and sometimes only a couple at a time.
The bride’s closest family, her mother and sisters with families, arrived about a quarter before noon, when the ceremony was set to start, and the groom together with his mother and sister arrived about five minutes before. Almost last to arrive (one couple arrived on foot after the bride had already entered, one woman came when the ceremony was over) was the bride, the Swedish silver Rolls Royce was sighted driving through the gates to the churchyard only one or two minutes before noon.
The bride’s father, Fürst Franz Alexander of Isenburg, stepped out of the car first and then it took a little moment for Princess Sophie to collect herself and come out of the car. It looked as if someone stepped on the train and it had to be re-attached by an assistant by the car. It was two or three minutes after noon when father and bride walked up the red carpet into the church and soon we could all hear The Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke rise up to the sky. Continue reading
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.