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Old 12-10-2017, 07:34 PM
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Marriage by Proxy

Marriage by proxy is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present. They are usually being represented by other persons.
On April 19, 1777 Archduchess Maria Antonia (Marie Antoinette) of Austria was married by proxy to the Dauphin of France at the Augustinian Church in Vienna. Her brother Archduke Ferdinand stood in for the Dauphin.
In a royal marriage by proxy, who picks the person to represent the absent bride/groom?
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On June 15, 1559 the Duke of Alva arrived to claim Princess Elisabeth of France by proxy for his master King Philip II of Spain. On June 21 the proxy wedding took place. The young bride did not depart for the Spanish court until the autumn.
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Élisabeth de Valois was just 14 years old at the time,the Franco-Spanish wedding was arranged as part of the the Peace of Cateau Cambrésis between Henri II of France and Phillip II. The departure of Élisabeth to Spain was a result of the death of her father in a jousting tournament and her mother,now the French queen Regent delayed her eldest daughters departure .
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Marriage by proxy is a wedding in which one or both of the individuals being united are not physically present. They are usually being represented by other persons.
On April 19, 1777 Archduchess Maria Antonia (Marie Antoinette) of Austria was married by proxy to the Dauphin of France at the Augustinian Church in Vienna. Her brother Archduke Ferdinand stood in for the Dauphin.
In a royal marriage by proxy, who picks the person to represent the absent bride/groom?

I guess the ruler of the country the bride was from. Normally her father, brother or guardian. The representative of the groom was a close relative of the bride or the groom.

In these times it was an absolute no-go to send an unmarried princess into a foreign country without her parents when she was of marriageable age. They exchanged little princesses to be raised with their future husbands at their future courts, yes. But never older princesses! The marriage by proxy made her into a married wife on her way to her husband's lands - completely different situation.
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King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France were officially married by proxy on May 1, 1625 in France. The bride wore a gold wedding dress and recited her vows to a French nobleman at Notre Dame Cathedral while Charles remained in England.
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Elizabeth Charlotte, the daughter of Karl Ludwig, Elector Palatine and Charlotte (of Hesse-Cassel), Electress Palatine married Philippe, Duke of Orleans by proxy at Metz on November 16, 1671, with the bride's portion settled at 32,000 florins.
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Elizabeth Charlotte, the daughter of Karl Ludwig, Elector Palatine and Charlotte (of Hesse-Cassel), Electress Palatine married Philippe, Duke of Orleans by proxy at Metz on November 16, 1671, with the bride's portion settled at 32,000 florins.
That ceremony and the conversion of the Princess to Roman Catholicism was performed at Metz Cathedral by its bishop,Georges d'Aubusson de La Feuillade. Elisabeth Charlotte and Philippe d'Orléans were married in person a few days later at the chapel of the Bishop of Châlons-sur-Marne. Madame d'Orléans and she was now known was now the second highest ranking female after her sister in law the queen in France.
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King James II of England was married in a proxy ceremony to his second wife Princess Mary of Modena in Italy on September 30, 1673. Henry Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough stood in as the groom's proxy.
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King James II of England was married in a proxy ceremony to his second wife Princess Mary of Modena in Italy on September 30, 1673. Henry Mordaunt, Earl of Peterborough stood in as the groom's proxy.
The earl had been appointed by the then Duke of York as his ambassador extraordinary. He was originally to go to Austria to meet with Archduchess Claudia Felicitas but before he even crossed the channel, the chances of the marriage were nixed. James sent him to meet with several other women who were being considered to be his bride, and ascertain the best match. That is how he ended up standing proxy for James when the marriage was made, as he had not only helped select Mary but also negotiated the contract.

He had served as groom of the stole to James both as Duke and later king.

They were married November 23, 1673 in person. She is said to have cried when she saw her husband who was not only 25 years older but scarred by small pox and had a stutter.
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The last time, and actually one of the few times it happened, that a Swedish royal was married by proxy was when on the 22 May 1823 Princess Josephine of Leuchtenberg married Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden and Norway in a Catholic ceremony in the Leuchtenberg Palace in München. Josephine's uncle Prince Karl Theodor of Bayern was the stand-in for the Crown Prince. The couple married in person in a Lutheran ceremony that was held in Stockholm on 19 June 1823.
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