Prince Ludwig of Bavaria Ties the Knot!
A royal wedding took place this weekend! Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, the great-grandson of the last King of Bavaria, King Ludwig III, married Oxford PhD student Sophie-Alexandra Evekink. (Though German monarchies were abolished in 1918, members of Germanic royal families still use titles.)
Prince Ludwig and Sophie-Alexandra got engaged in summer 2022. At the time, Prince Luitpold, Ludwig's father, told the German publication Bild, "Ludwig made a good choice. My future daughter-in-law is a very intelligent and educated woman."
The two tied the knot on May 20 at Theatinerkirche (Theatine Church) in Munich, then had a reception at Nymphenburg Palace hosted by Ludwig's cousin Franz, Duke of Bavaria. "Princess Sophie and Prince Ludwig of Bavaria would like to express their gratitude to everyone who made their wedding an unforgettable event," the Haus Bayern shared on social media after the wedding. "The couple would like to extend a special thank you to all the attendees and guests, as well as the representatives of the delegations of Bavarian traditional associations, with whom the family has a longstanding connection. Furthermore, the couple would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the staff, participants involved in the preparation, during, and after the wedding, as well as all the local service personnel whose dedication and support made the wedding possible in its current form."
Here, see all the best photos from their royal wedding:
The bride Sophie-Alexandra Evekink and her father Dorus Evekink arrived together.
Sophie-Alexandra bends down to speak to her flower girls ahead of the ceremony.
She wore a Reem Acra gown, and the Bavarian Sapphire Floral Tiara. According to Haus Bayern, "The combination of tradition and modern aesthetics, which is important for the bridal couple, is reflected in the wedding dress."
A closer look at Sophie's veil, designed by Ukrainian brand WONÁ Concept. It was embroidered with elements representing Bavaria, Canada, and the Netherlands.
Ludwig arrived with his mother, Beatrix, Princess of Bavaria.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx (second from left), Archbishop of Munich and Freising, followed Sophie into the church.
The flower children and page boys wait for the start of the church wedding.
Diébédo Francis Kéré, a Pritzker Prize-winning Burkinabe-German architect, arrives at the wedding with his guest.
Prince Ludwig is expected to become head of his family; his father, Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, is a first cousin of the ruling Franz, Duke of Bavaria. Franz never had children, so his brother, Prince Max, will succeed him; but Max only has daughters, so per male-preference primogeniture, the title will pass to Prince Luitpold and then Prince Ludwig.
Sophie-Alexandra was born in Singapore and is a dual Dutch-Canadian citizen. She is currently a part-time doctoral student in criminology at Oxford.
The two shared a kiss outside the church.
The new Prince and Princess spoke with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who performed the ceremony.
The newlyweds and their wedding party.
After the ceremony, Haus Bayern (Prince Ludwig's house) shared images from inside the wedding ceremony.
Prince Ludwig and Sophie-Alexander during the ceremony. Per Haus Bayern, "The wedding ceremony, attended by approximately 700 invited guests, took place at the Theatinerkirche. Among them were representatives from politics, culture, and society. They was also honored by delegations from Bavarian traditional costume associations, sports shooters, and Bavarian mountain riflemen."
Sophie-Alexandra is now Princess Sophie of Bavaria.
A gorgeous view of the newlyweds leaving the church.
Ludwig kisses Sophie.
Sophie wore simple cross earrings and a matching necklace, from her Canadian cousin John de Jong.
Luitpold, Prince of Bavaria, father of the groom, and Veronica Taylor, mother of the bride, arrive together.
Hubertus, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg, and his wife Kelly, Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg.
Wolfgang, Prince of Bavaria, and his wife Tatiana, Princess of Bavaria arrive.
Margarita, Custodian of the Crown of Romania, and her husband, Prince Radu, were in attendance at the nuptials.
Siblings Albert von Thurn und Taxis and Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis pose for a photo together.
Markus Söder, Prime Minister of Bavaria, and his wife Karin Söder.
Franz, Duke of Bavaria (right) and his partner Thomas Greinwald (left).
The parents of the newlyweds following the ceremony.
"The bridal couple would like to extend their thanks to all the lovely children and their patient parents who helped support them down the aisle at the Theatiner Church for the wedding ceremony!" Haus Bayern posted on Instagram. "The bridal couple feels so blessed to have the work of Gabi Nitzl from Niederbayern and the help of her two daughters who designed the most beautiful outfits for the children. The styles were chosen to fit the traditional Bavarian white and blue colours, with a bit of light green incorporated, which is the bride's favourite colour. Dupion silk was used for the fabric."
They left the church to a shower of flower petals
Sophie-Alexandra heads a waiting car to go to the reception.
Sophie poses for a photo with her bridesmaids. Sewn into Sophie's dress was a bespoke blue handkerchief designed by Catarina von Lerchenfeld, woven from fabric which came from her grandmother.
A reception was held at Nymphenburg Palace.
The newlyweds arrive at the reception.
Not many photos were shared from inside the Palace reception, but Haus Bayern did share this photo on their Instagram of guests mingling outside.
Guests arrived at the palace for the festivities.
They walked into the palace on a blue carpet.
Prince Ludwig and Princess Sophie cut their five-tier cake.
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