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Prince Ernst August of Hanover ‘in intensive care’ after son’s wedding

Prince Ernst August of Hanover ended up in a Peruvian hospital after his son, Prince Christian’s religious wedding ceremony to Peruvian lawyer and ex-model Alessandra de Osma on 16 March 2018 in Lima’s St Peter’s Church.

The 64-year-old Head of the House of Hanover reportedly fell ill and collapsed during the extended wedding celebrations on 17 March at Pedro de Osma Museum. For a time, it was reported that he was in critical condition and in a medically induced coma in intensive care.

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What placed the royal in hospital has been debated. Some have reported it was due to alcohol consumption while others have said it was food poisoning. His attorney told RTL that Ernst August and other guests “suffered food poisoning, which is not unusual in South America.” However, the catering company has denied that their food was bad.

After being transported to the Clinica Delgado, Ernst August’s stepson, Pierre Casiraghi, the son of his wife, Monaco’s Princess Caroline, was by his side while the newlyweds were with their guests. Prince Christian did reportedly leave the reception for a time to check on his father.

It is not clear if His Royal Highness’s condition is still critical or if he is still in Lima’s Clinica Delgado.

The father of the groom has been hospitalised in the past. In 2005, he was admitted to hospital for acute pancreatitis in serious condition and later said his hospitalisation was attributed to his lifestyle and alcohol consumption.

The Prince made the trip to Peru for his younger son’s wedding after refusing to attend his older son, also named Prince Ernst August’s wedding last year as he did not approve of the union.

Prince Ernst August Albert Paul Otto Rupprecht Oskar Berthold Friedrich-Ferdinand Christian-Ludwig was born on 26 February 1954 in Hanover, Germany, to Ernest Augustus, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick and Princess Ortrud of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.

He first married Swiss-born Chantal Hochuli with whom he had two sons, Prince Ernst August (b. 1983) and Prine Christian (b. 1985). They divorced in October 1997. He married for a second time in January 1999 to Monaco’s Princess Caroline. Together, they have a daughter, Princess Alexandra (b. 1999).

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.