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Old 08-28-2012, 12:25 AM
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But Meraude, I am certain there will be some type of reception otherwise it would be pointless to invite all the foreign Royalties and heads-of-State that I am sure will be invited.

They can't just invite them to witness the two ceremonies and then send them to the airport with a wave good-bye.

What will probably happen is that the Gala that was to follow the civil ceremony has been downgraded from a ball to a dinner-with no tiaras.

Then after the Nuptial Mass the following afternoon there will be a luncheon/reception.

Many of the European Royals who will be attending this wedding are not only family but close friends, and they are all undoubtedly deeply saddened for Guillaume and his bride.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:29 AM
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too bad..
would the wedding continue despite of the sad event?
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But Meraude, I am certain there will be some type of reception otherwise it would be pointless to invite all the foreign Royalties and heads-of-State that I am sure will be invited.

They can't just invite them to witness the two ceremonies and then send them to the airport with a wave good-bye.

What will probably happen is that the Gala that was to follow the civil ceremony has been downgraded from a ball to a dinner-with no tiaras.

Then after the Nuptial Mass the following afternoon there will be a luncheon/reception.

Many of the European Royals who will be attending this wedding are not only family but close friends, and they are all undoubtedly deeply saddened for Guillaume and his bride.
Yes, the gala dinner will most likely be only dinner and no ball afterwards. An other alternative could be that only the families of the bride and groom attend the civil ceremony on Friday and the royal guests attend the religious ceremony with a reception afterwards on Saturday, so that the wedding will only be a one-day event for most of the royal guests, as I think the Belgian royal family will attend both ceremonies as being close relatives.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:21 AM
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too bad..
would the wedding continue despite of the sad event?
I think plans will go ahead unchanged at the moment.
If, God forbid, Stephanie's father would also die before the wedding, plans will change probably.
Maybe a postponement untill next spring would be likely.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:27 AM
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Such sad news, poor Stephanie, I can't even imagine the pain she's into :(

I just hope people don't go all judgmental on her if she's smiling at her wedding day, like someone said earlier here, a wedding is a celebration of life and I think the Late countess would have loved to see her daughter happy.

Is it known when the Funeral is taking place and where?
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:11 AM
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Poor Stéphanie.
She, Guillaime and the families have my condolences.
What a horrible thing to happen, especially just before the wedding.
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I think plans will go ahead unchanged at the moment.

I think so too.
After all, at this point all of the arrangements have most likely been made; I can't see them leaving anything to the last minute (and really, as far as wedding plans go, it is the last minute!)

And I believe the Countess would not want any changes made for her youngest child's wedding.
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I think plans will go ahead unchanged at the moment.
If, God forbid, Stephanie's father would also die before the wedding, plans will change probably.
Maybe a postponement untill next spring would be likely.
I personally don't think so, as surely Stephanie needs her fiancé very much in such a situation and best as her husband. They could get married civilly and then have a short religious ceremony and marry again at their first anniversary (with mourning over) in a great religious ceremony. Things like that have been done before.
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When I spoke of Stephanie's white wedding dress, I was not saying it was inappropriate, certainly not. I meant that people would comment on the style, as they usually do, which is fine. I just meant that comments on other clothes worn to the civil wedding or the "gala", or whatever meetings there are, would be inappropriate. They may wear more subdued clothes which they already have in their closets, and no one should comment on this. Yes, it is grand that white is a color of resurrection as well as of marriage.

My mother didn't come to my wedding because she disapproved of me and of my new husband. My husband turned out to be a "prince", as my father said. Many heartaches in this world, and the resurrection is a wonderful thought to have now in our hearts.
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Has anyone received official word that the two-day wedding has been scaled back to one day or is it just speculation on this board?

I think the wedding should go on ... I have to imagine Stephanie's mother would want her daughter to bask in all the happiness possible.

I have a neighbor whose father-in-law-to-be died on the morning of the wedding. They had the ceremony and reception ... just didn't go on a honeymoon.
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About 50 yhears ago, after a long illness my grandfather died exactly one month before my mother's wedding. She still got married (didn't HAVE too in case some are wondering). They just scaled down the parrty after and had it at the house - they lived on the country side. They probably didn't have music out of respect - which is something that would have been done here. Looking at the pictures, it looks like a very happy picnic. Wind blowing, sincere smiles, all the families from both sides.

I believe the countess should do the same and enjoy - on a lower scale - her moment of happiness with her new hubby.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:51 AM
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Such a sad news! Praying for Stéphanie and her family.
I don't think they'll postpone the wedding, I wouldn't do it anyway, Stéphanies mother was happy for her, and Stéphanie knew that. I just hope her dad won't pass away, this happens often, sadly...
I think it will be really hard to not see her mother at her wedding, but I don't think that changes if you mother died since 2 months or 2 years...
Wishing her much strenght!
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Has anyone received official word that the two-day wedding has been scaled back to one day or is it just speculation on this board?
It's all speculations, and I don't think there will be any official word if there will be any changes made to the wedding plans until after the funeral of comtesse Alix, there will be time to discuss eventual changes when the de Lannoy family have made their final farewells to a beloved wife and mother.
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I would like to say I extend my sympathies to the Countess. On to what happens with the wedding that is truly up to the Countess. Everyone must decide these things on their own. Right now we should be concerned with a young lady who lost her mother.
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Old 08-28-2012, 02:52 PM
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I don't think that most of the guests are invited to the civil ceremony. Usually this is only for the immediate family and attendants. For Louis and Tessy, it was family only.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:28 PM
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The Countess was 20 years younger than her husband who is 91 years old. All my wishes are to him , he must have had a terrible shock !
It is not possible for the Grand Ducal Court to postpone the wedding , and I think they will have to avoid all extra Glitter .
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The website of the Grand Ducal Court says that the Countess's funeral rites will be held "dans la plus stricte intimite de la famille" meaning that it will probably take place in the Chapel that adjoins the de Lannoy family castle at Anvaing.

It doesn't get more private than that.
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My sincere condolences to Stephanie and all of her family at this very sad time.

Her wedding day will be tinged with great sadness but hopefully she will also find it loving and joyous and full of memories to treasure.
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Old 08-29-2012, 02:21 PM
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Luxarazzi reports that the funeral will take place on Friday in Anvaing, it will be a strictly private occassion.

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It is in this paper, hope the link is working.


inmemoriam.be - Alix de Lannoy et du Saint-Empire († 26/8/2012)
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