“Road To The Crown” Exhibition Opens at Marienburg

  May 1, 2014 at 12:56 am by

The heirs of Hanover yesterday officially opened The Road To The Crown – The Kingdom of Hanover and Its Rulers exhibition celebrating the history of the Hanoverian Kingdom.

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Prince Ernst August Jr and Prince Christian, sons of Prince Ernst August V, welcomed 250 guests to Schloss Marienburg in Pattensen for the opening. Among the guests were Prince Heinrich of Hanover, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis and the Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe. Stephan Weil, the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, was also present.

The exhibition features 70 pieces which illustrate Hanover’s history. The royal crown and sceptre are amongst these, displayed for the first time since the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1866.

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Another piece amongst the portraits and antiques is a document of consent signed by Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, giving permission for Crown Prince George of Hanover (later George V) to marry Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg in 1843 (as was required at the time for the Prince to retain his succession rights to the British throne).

2014 marks the 300th anniversary of the union between Hanover and Great Britain, when George, Electoral Prince of Hanover succeeded to the British throne as George I. This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the elevation of the electorate to the Kingdom of Hanover.

More celebrations will be held throughout the summer to mark these anniversaries.

The Road To The Crown – The Kingdom of Hanover and Its Rulers will run at Schloss Marienburg until November 9.

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5 Responses to “Road To The Crown” Exhibition Opens at Marienburg

  1. Lady Daphne says:

    Unfortunately I’m not that familiar with all of the Hanoverian connections. I’d like to read a book about it to become more knowledgeable. I’ve read bits and dabs here and there but never the full picture.

  2. Lady Daphne says:

    I’ve read a bit here and there about the Hanovers, but I’m not all that familiar with a clear picture. Maybe there’s a book out there that explains the history. It’s mentioned in several bios I’ve read, but I don’t know all the connections.

  3. JessRulz says:

    Were there any particular connections you were interested in knowing more about Lady Daphne?

  4. Lady Daphne says:

    Thanks, Jess, I have no particular connection in question, it’s just that I’ve read so many bios where the Hanoverian name comes up. The Hanoverians have obviously dwindled in modern times, but the ties throughout Europe is remarkable. A rather distant example…..the name of Lola Montez shows up often in bios and I finally got a bio of Lola herself, and now I realize why she is quite prevalent in European bios of the time. It’s probably Queen Victoria’s connection to Hanover that really increased the ‘heirs’ of Hanover. If I were in Europe this Summer I’d definitely put Marienburg on my list. But alas, I am home for the rest of the year.

  5. JessRulz says:

    I agree – the Hanoverians have links to most European royal houses, both reigning and non-reigning. Find a royal house, and they will be linked to the Hanoverians some how.
    I love how Prince Ernst August (the current) asked Queen Elizabeth for permission to marry Caroline of Monaco so their marriage would be valid in England according to the Royal Marriages Act 1772.
    The exhibition would be wonderful to see. Alas, like you, not trips to Europe planned for this year.

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