Hereditary Prince Ernst August of Hanover, eldest son Prince Ernst August of Hanover, head of the deposed royal House of Hanover and senior male-line descendant of George III of the United Kingdom, is set to marry his Russian fiancee Ekaterina Malysheva in July.
Hanoverian newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reports that the hereditary Prince is going to marry his fiancee in the local church, the Marktkerk, which is the oldest of the three medieval churches in the city of Hanover. The party will most likely continue at Castle Marienburg, 20 kilometres south of the city, which is still the private property of the family.
A lot of European royals are expected to attend the wedding. The elder Prince Ernst August is married to Princess Caroline of Monaco, and they have connections to the Greek royal house as his aunt Frederica was Queen of the Hellenes as the wife of Paul of Greece. Through her, they also have Spanish connections. The House of Hanover provided the Kings of Great Britain until Queen Victoria. Her son Edward VII was the first monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The Kingdom of Hanover passed to Queen Victoria’s uncle, the Duke of Cumberland. The current Hanoverians are in line for the succession to the British throne as descendants of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.
The people of Hanover have mixed feelings about the wedding, according to a poll by the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. 40% said they care nothing about the wedding, 33% said they were happy about it and were looking forward to a possible attendance by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and 27% finds the fuss around the wedding strange as they are no longer ruling monarchs.