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Old 12-23-2008, 06:52 AM
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Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin - 1901

On 7 February 1907 Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands married Duke Heinrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in the Grote- or Willems church in The Hague:



right of the groom: his mother, Dowager Grand Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Left to Queen WIlhelmina: Grand Duke Friedrich-Franz IV of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and next to him Queen Emma of The Netherlands. Other guests were Grand Duchess Elisabeth of Oldenburg (sister of Heinrich) and Grand Dchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia and her husban Grand Duke Vladimir. Marie was a half-sister of the groom.
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:01 AM
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Two simular pictures of the couple:

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Old 12-23-2008, 07:04 AM
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The wedding dress of Queen Wilhelmina was displayed at Palace Het Loo:



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And two more pictures of the dress & shoes as posted by Marianne on the royal weddings message board:

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The wedding was celebrated through the entire country and in the colonies. Here a decorated canal mansion from Amsterdam (Keizersgracht 477):

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Old 12-23-2008, 07:07 AM
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The couple got engaged in 1900 in Germany. This picture was made just after that, the couple flanked by their mothers:



And with various relatives:

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Official engagement photo:

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Creative postcards were sold to commemorate the wedding:



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Old 12-23-2008, 07:14 AM
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Though the wedding was notably unhappy, the couple did celebrate their silver wedding in 1926 with frieds and (close) family:



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Marengo ,
Are this pictures of the royal weddings of the past your Christmas present.?
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Why was the wedding unhappy, Marengo?
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Her wedding dress looked a lot like Queen Mary's.
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Why was the wedding unhappy, Marengo?
My mistake, the wedding was not unhappy but the marriage was. The only anecdote that I know of about the wedding is that Queen Emma did everything she could to keep Kaiser Wilhelm II away, as she said: 'at every wedding he wants to be the bride'.
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Her wedding dress looked a lot like Queen Mary's.
I also think the bodice and sleeves are similar to Lady Helen Taylor's.
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Creative postcards were sold to commemorate the wedding:



Did they know how to air brush back then, because Wilhemina is noticably slimmer in this picture than she was on her wedding day? She actually looks like she had a nice figure in this pic but her wedding pics she looks rather "stout" to put it kindly.
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In general, well-to-do people back then were not sticks. It was not the fashion. There was no airbrushing available, just corsets.
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The wedding was attended by:

- Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherands
- Duke Hendrik of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Queen Emma of The Netherlands
- Dowager Grand Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- The Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Prince Heinrich Reuss XVIII and Princess Charlotte, née Duchess of Mecklenburg
- Duke Adolf-Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Prince Ulrich of Schönburg-Waldenburg
- The hereditairy Count of Erbach
- Prince Albrecht of Prussia (regent of Brunswick)
- Prince Hermann of Schönburg-Waldenburg
- The Fürst and Fürstin of Bentheim-Steinfurt
- The Fürst and Fürstin of Schwarszburg-Rudolstadt
- Princess Tekla of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
- Prince and Princess Henri of Schönburg
- The Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
- The Fürst and Fürstin of Wied (née Princess Louise of The Netherlands)
- The hereditairy Prince and hereditairy Princess of Wied
- Duke Paul Friedrich and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- The Fürst and Fürstin of Waldeck-Pyrmont
- Grand Duke Vladimir and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
- Grand Duchess Helen of Russia
- The Duke-regent of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- The Duchess of Albany
- Princess Alice of Albany
- Prince Adolf of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
- Grand Duchess Sophie-Charlotte of Oldenburg

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My mistake, the wedding was not unhappy but the marriage was. The only anecdote that I know of about the wedding is that Queen Emma did everything she could to keep Kaiser Wilhelm II away, as she said: 'at every wedding he wants to be the bride'.
Okay, that is hysterical!!!!
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Marengo ,the photo's you've posted above are wonderful,I've never seen any of them before!
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There was no airbrushing available, just corsets.

I have some books about photography from that era and photographers most definitely were able to alter photos. I can't find them online but in one book I have before and after photos where they made women's waists smaller.
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The marriage was mostly unhappy due to their different, clashing characters. Queen Wilhelmina was very serious and had a rigid sense of duty, where Duke Heinrich was (much) more free, relaxed and with a boorish sense of humor.
It was not until after his death that she would learn to understand him better. Personally, I have the impression that she would have been perfectly able to handle all on her own, were it not for the obligation to produce an heir and therefore to be married.
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Another reason is that he was not satisfied with his roles as the consort of the queen and to produce an heir
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