Friday 28 July 2017

Prince Ernst of Hanover ties the knot in lavish ceremony - days after his father publicly opposes the marriage

Ekaterina of Hanover (L) and Prince Ernst August (R) of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017.
Prince Ernst August of Hanover did not give in to the injunctions of his father and married his fiancee Ekaterina Malysheva, a fashion designer of Russian origin. / AFP PHOTO / RONNY HARTMANNRONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images
Ekaterina of Hanover (L) and Prince Ernst August (R) of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017. Prince Ernst August of Hanover did not give in to the injunctions of his father and married his fiancee Ekaterina Malysheva, a fashion designer of Russian origin. / AFP PHOTO / RONNY HARTMANNRONNY HARTMANN/AFP/Getty Images
Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Hanover (L), his wife Beatrice and his sister Charlotte Casiraghi arrive for the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Hanover (L), his wife Beatrice arrive for the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover (C) is helped in a carriage next to her husband Prince Ernst August (L) after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Charlotte Casiraghi arrives for the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Prince Christian (2nd L) of Hanover, his wife Alessandra de Osma (L) and Chantal Hochuli (R) leave after the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover leaves after her church wedding with Prince Ernst August of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover (L) and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Prince Ernst August Jr of Hanover didn't let his father's opposition stop him from getting married on Saturday.

The prince wed Russian fashion designer Ekaterina Malysheva in a low-key civil ceremony on Thursday before pulling out all of the stops in a lavish celebration at Hanover Market Church at the weekend.

Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover and Prince Ernst August of Hanover leave after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017

However, just days before the wedding Prince Ernst's father, Prince Ernst-August V, publicly opposed the marriage and reportedly didn't attend either ceremony.

Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt the 63-year-old, who is married to Princess Caroline of Monaco, reportedly said his decision to publicise his disapproval "was not easy for me, because it concerns my son. But I am forced to do so in order to preserve the interests of the House of Hanover and the property, including cultural property, which has been its property for centuries.

"I continue to hope that my son will eventually think of the best interests of our family and yield. I am ready for discussion and reconciliation."

The ceremony on Saturday featured a traditional guard of honour and horse-drawn carriage, while the bride wore a stunning gown designed by Sandra Mansour.

Prince Christian (2nd L) of Hanover, his wife Alessandra de Osma (L) and Chantal Hochuli (R) leave after the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Prince Christian (2nd L) of Hanover, his wife Alessandra de Osma (L) and Chantal Hochuli (R) leave after the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover leaves after her church wedding with Prince Ernst August of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover leaves after her church wedding with Prince Ernst August of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover (C) is helped in a carriage next to her husband Prince Ernst August (L) after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Ekaterina of Hanover (C) is helped in a carriage next to her husband Prince Ernst August (L) after their church wedding ceremony in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Hanover (L), his wife Beatrice and his sister Charlotte Casiraghi arrive for the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017
Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Hanover (L), his wife Beatrice and his sister Charlotte Casiraghi arrive for the church wedding of Prince Ernst August of Hanover and Ekaterina of Hanover in Hanover, central Germany, on July 8, 2017

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