That makes sense, as the Hanover religious tradition is Protestant. I think it is Lutheran, to be precise, but I'm not sure about that. I never thought about this before, but of course.... Ernst is Protestant, Caroline is Catholic. I doubt this causes much of any problem because neither seems to be particularly religious in their private lives. Still, it's interesting.
Then if Alex was baptized Protestant, she must not have godparents, because Protestant tradition does not include godparents, right? I think the godparents tradition is unique to Catholics, Greek Orthodox, and Russian Orthodox. Am I wrong?
SEPTEMBER 19TH 1999
Princess Alexandra of Hannover was baptized in Grünau/Austria. Her full name is Alexandra Charlotte Ulricke Maria (or Ulrike Maryam) Virginia. Her godparents are:
- Princess Alexandra of Leiningen (her paternal aunt)
- Charlotte Casiraghi (her half-sister)
- Ulrike Umschneider (Nanny of the Princes of Hannover)
- Maryam Sachs
- Virginia Gallico
- George Condo (a painter)
- Eric Maier (skiing-teacher of Caroline's children)
Paris Match and Bunte gave more information on the christening of the little Princess Alexandra von Hannover, which took place on September 19th. She has been baptized as a protestant with the names Alexandra Charlotte Ulrike Maryam Virginia. Her godmothers were Alexandra Princess zu Leiningen née Princess von Hannover (sister of Ernst August, former sister-in-law of the Begum Inaara), her halfsister Charlotte Casiraghi, Ulrike Umschneider, Maryam Sachs (a Moslem woman) and Virginia Gallico. Godfathers were George Condo and Eric Maier.