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Old 08-18-2022, 02:25 PM
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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium and William Isvy: 10 Sept 2022

Welcome to the thread about the wedding of Princess Maria Laura of Belgium and William Isvy.

According to media reports the couple will get married in Brussels on September 10th 2022.

The couple announced their engagement in December 2021. The thread about the engagement can be found here.
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According to media reports the couple will get married in Brussels on September 10th 2022.
It was confirmed today at a press conference given by the Mayor of Brussels and the spokesperson for the couple.


A summary from Nieuwsblad's royal correspondent Wim Dehandschutter (first shared by Stefan in the engagement thread):

"[CONFIRMED DATE] Belgian Princess Maria Laura will marry William Isvy on September 10, Brussels mayor @PhilippeClose and coupleís spokesman @HerveVerhoosel said in a press conference.

👉 Civil marriage at Brussels town hall in the morning.
👉 Private ceremony, only +/- 35 guests.
👉 Witnesses: Lauraís sisters Luisa and Laetitia; Williamís brother and sister.

👉 Religious marriage at St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral, Brussels (2:30PM).
👉 500 guests, including Belgian royal family.
👉 Catholic celebration with Jewish influences (William is Jewish)."

https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...38445167083520
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...42466829340672
https://twitter.com/WDehandschutter/...42700171055104

Media reports have further details from the press conference. (There are minor differences in the quotes given in various media outlets.)

The civil wedding guests will be welcomed to City Hall by around two dozen police cadets. According to the spokesperson, "the couple plan on organizing the civil ceremony in an intimate circle. Only a small number of family members will be present."

The religious wedding will be officiated by the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. Per the spokesperson, "five hundred Belgian and foreign guests will be invited to the religious service, including all the members of the royal family". "The couple want songs to play an important role. Both Christian and Jewish songs will be performed."

Following the ceremonies, the parents of the couple will host private receptions in Brussels. "In addition to the parents, the sisters and brothers of the bridal couple and some good friends are assisting with organizing the celebration and receiving the guests."


Regarding the couple's choice of a Brussels wedding even though they live and work in London:

The spokesperson stated: "Even though they live in London, it is important to them to marry here in Belgium. The couple want to strengthen their connection to Brussels in this way. It is a symbolic choice. It's the perfect opportunity for Laura to show off the city of Brussels and our beautiful country to her in-laws, and also because Laura's parents, Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz, were married here at the city hall on 22 September 1984."

The mayor added: "All Belgians also remember the marriage of Philippe and Mathilde at the city hall. When a member of the royal family marries here, it's always moving. It is going to be a joyous moment and a beautiful look for Brussels."


https://www.lesoir.be/460351/article...iam-isvy-le-10
https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20220811_97563031
https://www.hln.be/royalty/prinses-m...rden~a67e7151/


Princess Astrid and later her two brothers also held their civil weddings at the City Hall of Brussels.

Previous religious weddings of the Royal Family at the St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral (Brussels Cathedral) include Prince Leopold and Princess Astrid (1926), Prince Albert and Princess Paola (1959), King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola (1960), Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde (1999), and Prince Laurent and Princess Claire (2003).

Note that the wedding of Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz did not take place there, as the cathedral was in the process of restoration from 1983 to 1999.

https://www.cathedralisbruxellensis.be/en/history/

Were past royal religious weddings likewise officiated by the archbishop of Brussels?
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Old 08-18-2022, 04:26 PM
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Were past royal religious weddings likewise officiated by the archbishop of Brussels?
Yes, AFAIK all of them, save for Albert I and Elisabeth (they married in Munich).
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Old 08-19-2022, 05:43 PM
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Princess Maria Laura is not known in Belgium .
The Civil Wedding is private and in the afternoon in the Cathedral it is not . I wonder if the whole Government, the Ambassadors etc , will be there ??
I suppose 500 guests for the Wedding Evening at Princess Astrid's home .
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Old 08-19-2022, 06:04 PM
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Princess Maria Laura is not known in Belgium .
The Civil Wedding is private and in the afternoon in the Cathedral it is not . I wonder if the whole Government, the Ambassadors etc , will be there ??
I suppose 500 guests for the Wedding Evening at Princess Astrid's home .
Princess Maria Laura is 9th in line to the throne. It would be odd to invite ambassadors to her wedding (after all, it is not a state occasion).
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On itself everyone can request any "pastoral service" like a baptism, a funeral, a wedding, the reading of a Mass, etc. There seems a bit of surprise here over a wedding at the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule. The cathedral would not function as a church anymore without these services.
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Old 08-20-2022, 09:29 AM
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Princess Maria Laura is 9th in line to the throne. It would be odd to invite ambassadors to her wedding (after all, it is not a state occasion).
They could possibly be invited by the brideís parents that is if Princess Astrid and Prince Lorenz are friends with some officials. But Iím not sure and they come from big families so they will probably prioritize their family and friends over government officials.
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Old 08-20-2022, 10:43 AM
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For the Civil Wedding they will be welcomed in the Court Yard of the City Hall by 24 cadets de la police.
Laura Witnesses are her 2 Sisters and for William his brother and his Sister.
For the Church they will be 500 guests mostly from their families and friends . Monseigneur De Keyzer who just recover from cancer , will celebrate a Mass including both religions and songs will be incorporate.
As they will live in London Laura wanted to show Brussels to her future family in law which is very kind. Receptions of both families will be private

This happy Wedding was not the frontpage of Newspapers .
Part of the Grand Place of Brussels will be closed in the morning and the area of the Cathedral the afternoon.
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Old 08-20-2022, 12:06 PM
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I rather doubt most people in Belgium spend as much time talking about any facet of royalty as we do here.

Given that this (has suddenly become) the highest-ranking interfaith marriage ever and that's pretty much the most notable thing about it, why should we not discuss it?
I agree. They deserve as much discussion as any other royal wedding. I also think it's notable that she is the first Belgian-born Princess to marry at the Cathedral (since there is no evidence that Princess Charlotte married there). But that's more a trivia thing for royal watchers.
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Some thoughts about the wedding guests:
1. It will be Prince Gabriel of Belgium' s first wedding with morning suit, therefore I' m looking forward to seeing him dressed like that- he is sooo handsome.

2. Hope to see Imre and Katie again.
3. Maybe we finally find out news about Marie-Astrid and Ralph Worthington' s baby.
4. Maybe Luisa brings her Auersberg boyfriend along.
5. (..)
6. Is Joachim still together with Victoria Ortiz?
7. Maybe Josef and Claudia attend.
8. I hope Annunziata and Emanuele attend. They are such a handsome couple. (..)
9. I' m excited to find out about the bride' s hairstyle.
10. Would love to see Charlotte and Leopold Luxemburg.
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Old 08-20-2022, 01:56 PM
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My expectations for this wedding:
  1. I hope to see the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg complete (The Grand Dukes and their sons and daughters-in-law, and the Grand Duke Henri's brothers with their sons, daughters-in-law and son-in-law).
  2. The entire Belgian Royal Family. Curious to know if Prince Joachim attends the wedding to Victoria Ortiz.
  3. Some guests from the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.
  4. Other foreign royal guests.
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My expectations for this wedding:
  1. I hope to see the Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg complete (The Grand Dukes and their sons and daughters-in-law, and the Grand Duke Henri's brothers with their sons, daughters-in-law and son-in-law).
  2. The entire Belgian Royal Family. Curious to know if Prince Joachim attends the wedding to Victoria Ortiz.
  3. Some guests from the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.
  4. Other foreign royal guests.
I doubt there will be an attendance from the Dutch royal family. The brothers and sisters-in-law of the King all have lived and worked in Brussels. Their daughters went to school there. But I doubt there were contacts with the Austria-Estes.

I can see Carlos Javier and Anne-Marie de Bourbon de Parme, Duke and Duchess of Parma (cousins of the King) attending. Both have lived and worked in Brussels as well and the Duke is related to the former Austrian imperial family. No idea if there are contacts with Astrid, Lorenz and their family.

My guess is that we will see no one from the Northern neighbours.
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I think outside of the Belgian RF, attendance will in some way depend on whether the Danish Queen has invited them to her Golden Jubilee celebrations the same weekend or kept it to Scandinavian royals only. If she has invited all European Royal Houses I think we may well see the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess in Denmark while their children attend the wedding.
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I don't think there will be foreign royal, except the relatives from Luxembourg and Lichtenstein. There's no other foreign royal in her brother's wedding so I don't even think they had sent out the invitations to them. Wondering will the York sister attend, they are friends with some continental royals and Beatrice attended Amedeo's wedding, plus they are similar ages so I would not be surprised if they know each other personally and receive the invitation as friends.
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Pierre and Beatrice Casiraghi attended Amedeoís wedding.
Pierre also attended a birthday party of Amedeo in the past.
Maybe they might attend if they know Maria Laura too.
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I guess one of the flower girls will be Archduchess Anna Astrid.
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Unspecified "friends from other European royal houses" have been invited to the religious wedding.

There will be photographs and camera footage from the religious wedding (as there was from Prince Amedeo's wedding), but not the civil wedding.

https://www.vrt.be/vrtnws/nl/2022/08...-laura-trouwt/
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Civil Wedding private 35 persons
No press ,no apparition on the balcony of the City Hall. Even the hour is not known for privacy . They have to say " the yes and some Words " in 4 languages , the 3 languages of belgium and english for William.

Religious Wedding
The press in invited some pictures may be taken and the doors will be closed . The whole Belgian Royal Family will attend and of course the whole famiy of the Groom also and their many friends.
A list of the guests attending will not be communicate.
The doors will be closed and the cameras may enter only for a few pictures.

They will release later pictures of both Weddings

Private and very happy Wedding...

Curious about who the guests will be
You have to wait until the Wedding day..
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Civil Wedding private 35 persons
No press ,no apparition on the balcony of the City Hall. Even the hour is not known for privacy . They have to say " the yes and some Words " in 4 languages , the 3 languages of belgium and english for William.

Religious Wedding
The press in invited some pictures may be taken and the doors will be closed . The whole Belgian Royal Family will attend and of course the whole famiy of the Groom also and their many friends.
A list of the guests attending will not be communicate.
The doors will be closed and the cameras may enter only for a few pictures.

They will release later pictures of both Weddings

Private and very happy Wedding...
And some video footage, according to the VRT website link that Tatiana Maria shared.

Anyway, it indeed sounds like us royal watchers will be satisfied with pictures and some footage.

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Curious about who the guests will be
You have to wait until the Wedding day..
I know, it will all unfold on September 10th. But pre-curiosity is also fun
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