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Old 01-25-2011, 01:09 AM
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This branch of the family is Roman Catholic, the other branch, the Princes zu Ysenburg und Büdingen, is Protestant.
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How will the religion issue work? Will she convert? Will he? Does it matter anymore?
I'm also curious about the religion issue. Does it matter that she's Catholic? Do the family laws of succession stipulate she must be Protestant at the time of her marriage in order for her children to inherit....whatever's left to inherit?
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:59 AM
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It is quite easy to convert from catholic to protestant ( at least in my region in lower saxony). It doesn't take much time or effort, especially if you are already christ - you just have to say "I will".
So she could convert. Or she persists being catholic and both claim their children to be protestant.


I gues the question about confession was the smallest problem they had. She is a princess and that's what it's all about. German newspaper say: Now, marrying a princess, he doesn't have to worry about his position anymore. Now his uncles can't rain on his parade anymore.

By the way, Elisabeth of Bavaria ( wife of Friedrich Wilhelm IV) was catholic
AND the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen line is also catholic.
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:43 AM
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Iirc Prince Georg's grandmother Princess Kyra was russian orthodox and they had two religious ceremonies, orthodox and protestant. So obviously she didn't convert and it was no problem. Therefore I don't see a reason for Princess Sophie to convert, unless she really wants to.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:52 AM
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Elisabeth of bavaria was catholic but she converted a few years after the marriage. There was also pressure from her father-in-law King Fredrich Wilhelm III. and finally she agreed before the marriage that she would convert after the marriage. But nowadays it's no problem. Princess Kira also remained orthodox. I think Sophie has to agree that eventuell children will be raised in the protestand faith. And about the marriage it could be either a protestant or an oecumenical Wedding Service.
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oh how lovely ,good luck to them.
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Do you think any royals from currently reigning houses will attend the wedding? If it's in Potsdam what church would be most likely to host the event?
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Do you think any royals from currently reigning houses will attend the wedding? If it's in Potsdam what church would be most likely to host the event?
perhaps someone from Belgium as Sophie's brother-in-law Archduke Martin of Austria-Esteis the brother of Archduke Lorenz. Don't know about churches in Potsdam but if i remember right the Nikolaichurch is quiet big.
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The St Nikolas church in Potsdam looks nice, and appropriate for the wedding of the head of a royal house.
Two virtual tours of the church:
Potsdam Inner Nikolas Church
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Another possiblity may be the Friedenskirche (where 12 years ago was celebrated the wedding of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and Countess Katharina von Hardenberg).
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Only a few days after the engagement was announced Prince Georg Friedrich and Princess Sophie visited together the Hohenzollern Castle where Sophie was presented to the staff of the Castle. It was however not the first time that she visited it.
The manager of the Castle said the reason that the Wedding will take place in Potsdam is that the Castle is too small. But she added that it would be a perhaps great place for a christening.
Hechingen: Prinz führt Braut auf Zoller ein - Schwarzwälder Bote
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:40 PM
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Thanks for the wonderful pictures Stefan! The chapel does look small, but is the perfect size for a christening, but we should probably wait until they're married before speculating about that. What palace/castle does the family own in Potsdam?
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Thanks for the wonderful pictures Stefan! The chapel does look small, but is the perfect size for a christening, but we should probably wait until they're married before speculating about that. What palace/castle does the family own in Potsdam?
Sadly the don't own any Castle in Potsdam now. After 1918 the Family keept Cecilienhof Castle and Oels Castle in Silesia but both where lost after the War so they only own 2/3 of Hohenzollern Castle now.
I think if the Wedding had taken place at Hohenzollern Castle the Wedding Service would have been in a Church at Hechingen and the celebration at the Castle. It was this way when Princess Désirée of Hohenzollern married Hereditary Count Heinrich of Ortenburg in 1990.
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To add to Stefan's pictorial of Burg Hohenzollern, here's a large pic which shows the castle at its most imposing...

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That's rather unfortunate that they only own 2/3rds of a castle so I wonder where the reception will be held at a hotel or restaurant maybe?
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That's rather unfortunate that they only own 2/3rds of a castle so I wonder where the reception will be held at a hotel or restaurant maybe?
Perhaps they are allowed by the foundation prussian Castles and Gardens (who are in charge of the Castles in Potsdam, Berlin and Brandenburg) to use or rent one of the Castles at Potsdam.
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That would be a nice gesture! I'm excited for them to start releasing more info about the wedding!
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To add to Stefan's pictorial of Burg Hohenzollern, here's a large pic which shows the castle at its most imposing...


Beautiful photo, Warren. Many thanks to you and to Stefan for posting pictures!
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Sophie's Ancestry: Below Traditional Standards?

I realize that everyone is interested in the fact that Georg married a princess, unlike so many princes (from ruling and formerly ruling houses) nowadays.This is notable and apparently he had legal/financial incentives to do so.

Yet isn't it worth saying that she might still be an iffy partner by traditional Hohenzollern standards? I say this because her mother was merely a countess by birth and NOT from a mediatized comital family like Georg's mother (from the formerly ruling House of Castell-Rudenhausen). Similarly, Sophie's paternal grandmother was from a non-royal comital house too. I guess during Wilhelmine times if the Hohenzollerns could have applied the rule that if the Isenburg laws permitted princes to marry non-royal countesses, then that was OK, but it would be frowned upon at the very least, I think.

Before anyone brings up the example of the last Kaiser's wife Augusta Viktoria or "Dona", I would say that yes, she had a GRANDMOTHER who was a mere countess and this caused comment, but at least both of her parents were a prince and princess by birth.
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I agree with what you are saying but would add that Sophie might not have been considered a suitavle spouse because of her religion. Also I suspect that Castell-Rudenhausen mught not have been considered suitable for for the heir
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