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