First Wedding Anniversary for Prince Aimone and Princess Olga
One year ago, on 27 September 2008, the wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia, and Princess Olga of Greece took place in Patmos, the wonderful Greek island in the Aegean sea.
The Prince and Princess got engaged in 2005, and married in a civil ceremony in the Italian Embassy in Moscow on 16 September 2008, after having asked and obtained the allowance for the marriage to Prince Amedeo, Aimone’s father and Head of the Family, following the rules of the Royal House.
They married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony, but recognised by the Catholic Church which Aimone belongs to; the ceremony took place in the Church of the Evangelismos of the Virgin Mary at Pano Kambos, celebrated by the Patriarchal Exarch of Patmos, Archimandrite Andipas Nikitaras, on the 65th birthday of Prince Amedeo,”a tender thought of Olga and Aimone, a wonderful present” has explained the Prince.
Although a private and quite simple organized event, attended only by 40 guests, the wedding was attended by several european Royals, all related to Olga and Aimone (who are second cousins); among them were the grooms’s father and stepmother Prince Amedeo and Princess Silvia of Savoy, the bride’s parents Prince Michael and Princess Marina of Greece, Aimone’s mother Princess Claude of Orleans; the two sisters of the groom, Princess Bianca, Countess Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga, and Princess Mafalda, Mrs. Lombardo di San Chirico, with their husbands and children; the sister of Olga, Princess Alexandra, Mrs. Mirzayantz, and family; King Constantine and Queen Anna Maria of Greece, Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Irene of Greece, who are cousins of both Prince Amedeo and Prince Michael; Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy and Prince and Princess Casimir of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
The witnesses for the groom were his brother-in-law Count Giberto Arrivabene-Valenti-Gonzaga and his friends Roberto Valfré and Sebastiano Petrilli; the witnesses for the bride were a maternal uncle of Olga, designer Christian Louboutin and her friend Ahmal Sardor.
The bride wore a long golden dress, “a symbol of light and good wish” she explained, that together with the ear tiara and the olive tree bouquet resounded the ancient Greek mythology; the shoes worn by Olga were designed by Christian Louboutin, and had set Italian pasta grains.
After the ceremony, celebrated in the afternoon, a reception took place in the rooms of a former school, where a dinner was hosted and the guests danced traditional Greek dances; the menu included Greek dishes and an Italian nuptial cake.
Prince Aimone, Duke of Apulia, is the son and heir of Prince Amedeo, Duke of Savoy, and his first wife Claude, née Princess of Orleans; he was born in 1967 in Florence, and now lives in Moscow where he works as a manager for a big Italian industry.
Princess Olga was born in 1971, second daughter of the writer Prince Michael of Greece and his wife Princess Marina, née Karella; Olga graduated at Princeton University, and she holds a degree in Architecture; she also works as a journalist.
The Duke and Duchess of Apulia became parents of a son, Umberto, on 7 March 2009.Greece, Italy
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