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A Royal Wedding
The Summer of 1995 will be remembered for its Royal weddings, especially the biggest gathering for decades of European royalty in London for the wedding of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece.
Royalty Magazine Volume 14 # 1
London was host in July to the largest gathering of royalty since the marriage of the present Queen to Prince Philip in 1947. The occasion was not a British royal wedding but the marriage of Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece to an American billionairess. Prince Pavlos, eldest son and heir of King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece, married in style and despite the family's exile from Greece in 1967, the event was considered one of the weddings of the century.
In Greece, despite more opposition by the socialist government, millions of Greeks watched the event live on television and saw the support and genuine affection that world leaders and ordinary citizens alike feel towards the exiled Greek Royal Family and their latest addition, the bride, Marie-Chantal Miller.
This Royal love story began three years ago when the couple met in the United States. "Marie-Chantal and I met at a party of a friends of mine in New Orleans," the 28 year-old Prince Pavlos explains. "We were seated next to each other at dinner and we spent the whole evening together, talking and dancing. I guess you could call it love at first site."
For Marie-Chantal - a year younger than her royal husband - this chance meeting was to change her life completely. " I was totally enchanted by Pavlos and it was obvious from the beginning that we had many of the same interest," she said.
Indeed, the relationship was to grow and last year the Crown Prince decided to propose. " Pavlos proposed to me in Switzerland when we were out with the dogs. We both were in a telecabine and he found enough space to get down on his knees and propose." Marie-Chantal laughs. " He asked me would I marry him and I have to say I was a little surprised and was not expecting it".
For Pavlos it was perfect timing. " When you are away on a skiing holiday, it is hard to get away from the friends and family. I don't remember exactly everything I said as it was far too emotional - except to say she said 'Yes".
The next appointment Pavlos had was to formally ask Marie-Chantal's parents for their permission for the marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, owners of the billion dollar Duty Free Shop world empire were delighted. " My father was very touched that Pavlos formally asked him for my hand in marriage", Marie-Chantal said. " he was more surprised than I was nervous but was very happy and delighted," the Prince explains.
King Constantine was next and Prince Pavlos remembered his father's reaction was " What took you so long?" Formalities over, Pavlos presented his with a sapphire and heart shaped diamond ring which had belonged to his grandfather King Paul I. Now it was time to prepare for the big day and the series of grand events which surround their special day.
The Queen's cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, was appointed organizer for the July 1 wedding. the venue was decided - St. Sophia's Cathedral in London's Bayswater. Founded in 1877, this ornate Cathedral is the spiritual home of the Greek Dynasty. King Constantine has worshipped there with his family and his son was christened there.
Hampton Court Palace was made available for the reception and Claridge's Hotel - the traditional home of visiting royalty - was to host a reception for the visiting guest. A ball, hosted by the Miller's for 1,000 guest, was arranged at Wortham park, a stately home outside London.
Valentino was Marie-Chantal's choice to design her wedding dress and the series of fittings resulted in a masterpiece. In heavy ivory silk, the dress featured a tulip-shaped front with two deep pleats forming a train of four-and-a-half meters. Petals and flowers in the same material were added with opaque beading. Twenty five people worked on it and it took four months to complete.
The wedding invitations - engraved in Paris with the Greek Royal Arms - were then dispatched around the world and this soon became the most talked about event of the year. " European royalty to marry American billionairess" made headlines in all four corners of the globe, not least in Greece. Television, radio and newspapers clambered to be accredited for the event and the press conferences were held for the international media.
On 22 May 1995, Marie-Chantal was received into the Greek Orthodox faith at St. Paul's Chapel in New York. The Greek royals and the Millers attended.
Talk of the wedding had caught everyone's attention in Greece. The socialist government of Andreas Papandreou which has persecuted the Royal family ever since their exile in 1967 when King Constantine was unsuccessful in removing the military coup leaders who had seized the country, continued the attack on the wedding, calling it a "provocation".
On his first return to Greece since 1980 - two years ago in the summer of 1993 - the Government expelled King Constantine and his family and even used the Greek military to harass him. The reason: Ordinary Greeks came out to welcome the King on this historic return and the authorities feared the surge in support for the monarchy which had been formally abolished in 1974.
Soon after, Papandreou stripped the king of his private property in Greece and in am move likened to that of Stalin's behaviour towards East European monarchs - stripped the Greek Royal Family of its Greek nationality and canceled their passports.
However, the Greek people demonstrated their loyalty - thousands of well wishers sent messages to the royal couple and many booked flights to London to be with them for the marriage on 1 July. Several Greek members of parliament also agreed to attend, despite warnings from Papandreaou that they would lose their parliamentary status.
Despite this opposition from the Greek Government, the acceptances to attend began to roll in. Usually for exiled Royal Families, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Queen Mother all accepted, as did the Dukes of and Duchesses of Gloucester and Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Michael of Kent.
The rest of Europe was also well represented. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark(sister of the Greek Queen) traveled by royal yacht which was then moored on the River Thames for the occasion. The Danish Queen also held a luncheon on board the Danesborg for Pavlos and Marie-Chantal. King Constantine's sister Queen Sofia of Spain and her husband King Juan Carlos, also agreed to attend accompanied by the entire Spanish Royal Family.
Members of the Royal Families of Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein were also there, along with the exiled monarchs of Bulgaria, Romania, Italy and Yugoslavia. The Middle East was represented by King Hussein and Queen Noor of Jordan, and the exiled Shah Reza II and Empress Farah of Iran.
The wedding ceremony lasted more than an hour and over four hundred and fifty guest packed the Orthodox cathedral. The other 850 guest, unable to be housed in the Cathedral, watched the event live by satellite at Hampton Court Palace.
First to arrive was King Constantine and Crown Prince Pavlos who greeted personally many of the Greek well wishers who had surround the Cathedral and nearby streets with pictures of the royal couple and Greek Flags.
Marie-Chantal arrived with her father a few minutes later to loud cheers from well wishers. The bridesmaids included Princess Theodora of Greece and Isabel Getty and the pages included Prince Philippos of Greece and Anthony Chandris.
In the Greek orthodox ceremony there are crown bearers. This has nothing to do with royalty and every orthodox couple has them during their wedding, for they are all kings and queens for a day. However, on this occasion, royalty were the crown bearers. For Pavlos he had his brother Prince Nikolaos, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Prince Guillame of Luxembourg.
For Marie-Chantal her own crown bearers were Prince Felipe of Spain, Crown Prince Kardam of Bulgaria, Mr. Christopher Getty and Prince Alexandre von Furstenberg.
The service was conducted in Greek and 10 prelates officiated. A Greek choir sang the liturgy.
After the service the royal guest assembled on the steps of the Cathedral to bid farewell to the new Crown Prince and his Crown Princess of Greece off. King Hussein of Jordan drove his own car and the rest of the royal guest traveled by coach to Hampton Court Palace.
Prince Pavlos said " I have just graduated from Georgetown University in Washington DC with a masters in international relations and I am starting work this September with a ship broking firm in Connecticut, USA. Marie-Chantal and I plan to line in New York where she will continue her education at New York University where she is studying Art History.
" I will be working as a director for the Mari-Cha Collection which a major collection started by my father of renaissance paintings and sculptures named after my mother." Marie-Chantal announced. Marie-Chantal is now learning Greek and when asked about a visit to her new homeland she said " I have visited Greece many times and have many Greek friends. I am looking forward to when I can visit the country again and see it with Pavlos".
The reaction to the wedding was great. Opinion polls revealed a huge boost in the popularity of the Greek monarchy and led to the further outburst by Premier Papandreou who claimed that by attending the wedding ceremony in London, members of parliament lent tacit support for the abolition of the republic and restoration of the monarchy.
The Greek Defense Minister then in turn ordered a court appearance of an Air force Commander who had attended. " It is clear that his actions in London are criminally irresponsible and illegal," the Minister said.
Hopes of restoration are still forlorn, but the wedding certainly put the matter back in the people's minds as well as in their hearts.
Hello Magazine(July 8, 1995)
Prince Pavlos of Greece and Marie-Chantal Miller
A SUMPTUOUS DINNER DANCE AND AN ELEGANT LUNCHEON ABOARD THE DANISH ROYAL YACHT ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS IN A WEEK OF REVELRY.
Royal revels to celebrate the Greek prince's wedding carried on most of last week in London.
The bride's parents arranged a champagne reception and dinner dance for 1,300 guest two nights before the wedding. It was held at Wortham Park, a Palladian mansion at Butter Green near Seven oaks, Kent.
Two giant marquees were erected in the grounds to resemble the Parthenon in Athens and continuing the Greek theme, were decorated in blue and white, the national colours of Greece. In addition spectacular fireworks and dancers in Greek national costume also provided the main entertainment.
Although the Queen did not attend, her Greek born husband Prince Philip did, driving himself to the party despite his evening dress, in a Land Rover.
Prince Albert of Monaco flew in for the big night, but sadly could not attend the wedding last Saturday as he was needed back home for younger sister Stephanie's more private wedding ceremony in Monte Carlo.
For the party, the three Miller beauties and their mother lived up to their stylish reputation. Marie-Chantal relied on her favorite Italian designer Valentino to create something special, as did her younger sister Alexandra. But the bride's mother and Pia chose designs by John Galliano.
The groom's mother ex-Queen Anne Marie of Greece and her daughter Alexia both turned to the London-based Austrian designer Inge Spronson for their creations.
The dinner menu included terrine de foie gras, asparagus angalais, carre d' agneau, petits legumes nouveax and a symphony of desserts.
The party went on until 4 am when most of the tireless, titled dancers enjoyed a champagne breakfast.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark threw another big lunch party for the couple aboard her yacht the Daneborg, moored at the Tower of London on the Thames. And our own Queen hosted a splendid tea party for them at Claridges hotel last week.
The week-long festivities finally drew to an end back at Claridges. The brides father, Mr. Miller, was asked how he felt as the series of celebrations drew to a close. "I feel very emotional," he said. "Its all been so overwhelming for us."
When asked how he will cope when his third daughter Alexandra marries in three months, he groaned: "I don't want to think about that right now."
After months of planning and endless dealing with security services, secretaries and publicist, his South American wife, Chantal, looked rather strained, but Mr. Miller revealed that they plan to recover from this week with a sailing holiday in Corsica.
While thousand or so people enjoyed the majestic merrymaking surrounding the wedding of the year, many millions more around the globe were able to share the newlyweds joy via satellite television. The main ceremony was beamed live to Athens and many other Greek communities worldwide.
THE ROMANTIC WEDDING OF PRINCE PAVLOS OF GREECE AND MARIE-CHANTAL MILLER.
Before a host of queens, a clutch of kings and hordes of royal highnesses, a handsome Greek prince married a beautiful heiress bride last week in the most romantic royal wedding of the decade.
When Prince Pavlos, 28-year-old son of ex-King Constantine of Greece, married Marie-Chantal Miller, 26, in London, they exchanged crowns instead of vows, according to the rites of the Greek Orthodox Church, and became king and queen for a day.
Most of the world's monarchs as well as a few who have lost their thrones, were in London for the hour long ceremony in the sumptuous splendor of the Greek community's St. Sophia Cathedral in Bayswater.
The 450 guest included twelve senior members of the British royal senior members of the British royal family - the Queen, Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales, The Dukes of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, as ell as Princess Alexandra and her husband Sir Angus Ogilvy.
The scene outside the church resembled a royal Who's who come to life, as sovereigns and their consorts, princelings and princesses, many of whom ha had not met for some time, greeted each other warmly. In Continental style, the British male royals kissed the hands as well as the cheeks of their foreign female cousins. Deposed or would-be monarchs like Reza Shah II, son of late Shah of Iran, the former Empress Farah Diba, and Crown Prince Kardam of Bulgaria were also present.
This royal roundup, the largest gathering of crowned heads since the 1947 marriage of the Queen, wasn't so surprising because one of the groom's aunts is Queen Sofia of Spain, another Queen Margrethe of Denmark. Pavlos is also a cousin twice-removed of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Unusually, the Queen and her husband arrived separately. The Duke had come from another engagement. So the Queen arrived with her sister-in-law, Prince George of Hanover.
The groom had not one but two best men, both of whom are among Europe's most eligible bachelors - the heir to the Spanish throne Felipe, Prince of Asturias, and Pavlos' brother Prince Nikolaos of Greece.
As the church of St. Sophia is rather small, another 850 guest, including the Queen Mother, watched the wedding service on closed circuit television at Hampton Court Palace where the lavish reception was held.
It is believed to be the most expensive wedding ever held. Marie-Chantal's ivory silk gown, designed by Italian couturier Valentino, was estimated to cost L150,000. As many as 25 seamstresses worked on it four months using 12 different kinds of lace. Rose medallions were appliquéd on the skirt, and smaller, similar roses on the lace bodice and sleeves.
The bride's delicate , blonde beauty was emphasized by the scalloped edging of four-and-a-half meters of Chantilly lace, which made up her unusual veil. This was intricately embroidered with patterns of butterflies as symbols of good luck. Following the British custom of wearing something borrowed, it was held in place by a diamond tiara lent to her by the groom's mother Queen Anne Marie.
Marie-Chantal's regal look was reminiscent of the bridal gown worn by another blonde from a wealthy family, the American movie star Grace Kelly, who also married a European Prince.
The cost of all this finery was no problem for the bride's family, as Marie-Chantal is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller, known as the king and queen of a multi-billion-dollar empire of duty-free shops in Asia and the Pacific. Although born in America, Mr. Miller, 62, has been a British citizen for the past 20 years. The bride's mother, the former Chantal Pesantes, was born in Ecuador, as it rather exotically known as the last Incan Princess.
Not so long ago, the Millers arranged another equally splendid ceremony for Marie-Chantal's elder sister, Pia, who married Christopher Getty, grandson of oil billionaire John Paul Getty. And later this year they will be hosting another, when their third daughter Alexandra marries childhood sweetheart Prince Alexandre von Furstenberg, son of Prince Egon and the designer Diane von Furstenberg.
The lavishly engraved wedding invitations produced in Paris, are believed to have cost around L30 each, and are already collectors items.
In keeping with the Greek theme, the bride's four bridesmaids wore the blue and white colours of the Greek flag, in dresses designed by Valentino. They were the groom's little sister Princess Theodora of Greece, Lord Romsey's daughter Miss Alex Knatchbull, Miss Marietta Chandris and the brides niece, 19-month-old Isabel Getty.
The pages included the groom's brother Prince Philippos of Greece, Master Anthony Chandris, Sebastian Flick and Christian Robbs.
The entire wedding party was dressed Italian style - the groom and his entourage wore suits hand-tailored by Brioni of Rome. And apart from the bride and her family, Valentino also created outfits for many of the other guest, including Queen Sofia, her daughter the Infanta Cristina, Empress Farah Diba, Marella Agnelli, Princess Rosario Saxe-Coburg, Princess Seva Romanoff, Countess Georgina Brandolini, Maria and Maya Flick, Margarita and Marianna Latsis, Natascha Von Traub, Doris Brynner, Madame Niarchos and supermodel Elle Macpherson.
The Danish Royal Family's personal florist, Erik Bering, and six assistants decorated the church with 30,000 pink and white blooms hung in garlands, mostly lilies, peonies and carnations. Thousands more were used to adorn the marquee erected for the reception in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.
And of course, the Queen's cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson, organized the catering, just as she did the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981. Likewise, her brother, Lord Lichfield, who took their official photographs, did the honours once again for Pavlos and new princess.
Adding to the majestic mood of the whole occasion, the front of St. Sophia Cathedral was decorated with a vast monogram of the bridal couple's enter twined initials, designed by Queen Margrethe of Denmark, who is a well-known theater designer in her own country. Unlike a British groom Pavlos waited outside for his bride and went on a walkabout with his father King Constantine, greeting members of the Greek community who lined the narrow street.
Constantine, known to the British Royal family as "Tino", is a king without a country. He lost his throne in 1967 after reigning for only three years, and, and went into exile in Rome. In 1974, he moved his family to London, where Pavlos attended the Greek Hellenic College and later the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. he also spent three years with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, serving in England and Germany.
Following his honeymoon at a secret destination, Pavlos will start work for the American shipping firm Charles R Weber. The newlyweds plan to live in New York where London-born Marie-Chantal is finishing an art history degree.
Although it is doubtful now that the former king will ever reign again, the monarchy still has some support in Greece. Many hope that one day Constantine's handsome son may be crowned, and believe Marie-Chantal would make the perfect consort.
The bride left Claridges hotel, where she stayed last week, allowing plenty of time to negotiate the Saturday mornings shopper's traffic in London, and arrived at the Cathedral seven minutes early. Raised in the Catholic faith, she was received into the Greek Orthodox Church last may at a private ceremony in New York.
Marie-Chantal entered the Cathedral on her father's arm, to the soaring strains of a hymn written especially for her. Built in 1877 in the shape of a Greek cross, St. Sophia features a magnificent dome rising 24 meters above the tessellated floor, paved in Roman mosaic style. The walls glowed with dozens of richly ornamented icons, and an enormous silver-plated cross with ruby lamps hung from the ceiling. To create enough seating for the crowds of VIP's who filled the ornately carved mahogany pews, dozens of gilt chairs were installed around the church.
As Marie-Chantal reached the center of the Cathedral, in front of the vast ornate screen of iconostasis, there came the most moving moment of the entire day. Prince Pavlos reached out for the hand of his lovely bride and raised it to his lips. They remained holding hands tightly and occasionally stealing glances throughout the rest of the ceremony.
The wedding began with the betrothal ceremony in which Archbishop Gregorias Thyateira, head of the Orthodox Church in England, mad the sign of the cross over the bride and groom with their gold wedding rings. Then he placed the rings on the fingers of their right hands.
The traditional crowning ceremony followed. As the groom explained: "In the Greek ceremony there are crown bearers. This has nothing to do with royalty and can be party of anyone's wedding ceremony."
Originally, the Greeks used crowns made from garlands of flowers, but the Russian-born Queen Olga of Greece introduced customs of using golden crowns from her homeland.
Gilt crowns, symbolic of the bridal couple's status as king and queen for a day, were held above their heads for most of the ceremony. As this would prove too tiring for one or two attendants, the groom had four crown bearers who took turns to hold the crown over his head. They were his brother Prince Nikolaos, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, Prince Gustav zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleberg and Prince Guillame of Luxembourg. Marie-Chantal's crown bearers were Prince Felipe of Spain, Crown Prince Kardam of Bulgaria, Christopher Getty(the bride's brother-in-law) and Prince Alexandre von Furstenberg.
The romantic climax to the ceremony came when, under a shower of rose petals, the bride and groom walked three times around in a circle as a choir sang Byzantine hymns. In Greece this is known as the Dance of the Prophet.
The bride did not say "I do", or promised to :love, honor and obey". In fact, she and her groom said not one word throughout the service.
As the ceremony ended they walked out arm in arm to met by cheers of a huge crowd waiting in the street, many of them Greek. The cries of joy louder when Pavlos leaned closer to his bride and kissed her.
One by one, all their royal cousins stepped up to kiss the happy couple on the steps of the Cathedral. Then the new princess and her prince were whisked away to their reception at Hampton Court Palace, where they dined on lobster, poultry and mandarin sorbet and drank champagne. The bride's father surprised his guest with a few words of Greek. He said: "I welcome all of you, now lets drink to the health of the bridal couple." Ex-King Constantine followed by saying: "Its very difficult for a father to give away his daughter, but I believe that his daughter is in good hands with a good family - not because Pavlos is my son but because he is really a nice boy."
The celebrations lasted all afternoon at the 500 year-old royal palace on the banks of the Thames.
It is not often that so many sovereigns and their relatives can get together for a party but last Saturday the crowned heads of Europe enjoyed some truly majestic merry-making.
Majesty Magazine(August 1995)
A TALE of TWO WEDDINGS
The wedding of Prince Pavlos of Greece saw the greatest gathering of European Royals for nearly 50 years. In contrast, on the same day Princess Stephanie married in a surprisingly low-key ceremony. Judy Wade reports on two very different celebrations.
One was a lavish and expensive affair at a great London cathedral, with a guest list which read like who's who of European royalty; the other a simple, civil ceremony at Monte Carlo Town hall attended by close family and friends.
In fact, the contrast between the nuptials of Prince Pavlos, son of Greece's former King, and the of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, both of which were held on 1 July, could not have been more marked.
It was the day Pavlos married Marie-Chantal, a beautiful heiress from Hong Kong who has a reputed $130 million dowry, while Stephanie promised to spend her life with former bodyguard Daniel Ducruet.
By a strange twist, the Greek Prince would have preferred the simple ceremony enjoyed by Prince Rainier's younger daughter. He said he rather fancied avoiding the fuss by eloping to Scotland, but admitted ruefully, "We have a large family, so it had to be large wedding - besides, there are no Orthodox churches in Scotland!"
If Stephanie longed for all the attention Pavlos endured, there was no way she was going to get it. She already has two children by Ducruet, two- and-a-half year old Louis and one-year-old Pauline, so a sumptuous white wedding with all the trimmings would have been rather inappropriate.
While her quiet wedding marked the end of her days as a royal rebel, the Greek royal union was quite different. It not only launched a young couple on a new life together, but also seems to have started a campaign to restore the monarchy in the Hellenes.
Mounting such a campaign should be no problem as the bride's American-born father, Robert W. Miller,(now a British citizen), is known as the billionaire King of duty free emporia in Asia and the Pacific. "If they want Greece. Robert Miller can buy it for them,' one observer joked.
Constantine was driven into exile in 1967 after a three-year reign, but today enjoys considerable support from influential Greeks around the world, as well as having a strong following in his homeland.
Although he has been deprived of his passport and citizenship in a clash with the Greek authorities, his 28 year-old son and heir has no such political baggage and may be more acceptable as future King. If so, 26 year-old Marie-Chantal would make an ideal consort. A life in the spotlight beckons as she and her husband settle America, where Pavlos starts work for a shipping-broking firm in September.
Born in London, Marie-Chantal was educated at a Swiss finishing school and is now taking an art history degree in New York. Beautiful, accomplished and fluent in several languages, she is also learning Greek.
In a Valentino wedding dress of heavy silk trimmed with 12 different kinds of lace, and on which 25 seamstresses worked for four months, she was the most elegant European royal bride since Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier in Monaco more than 40 years ago. Her Chantilly lace veil was almost 17 feet long and she wore a tiara lent to her by her mother-in-law, Queen Anne Marie of Greece.
Her four bridesmaids, all dressed in Valentino, were Princess Theodora of Greece, Lord Romsey's daughter Alex Knatchbull, Marietta Chandris and the brides 19 month old niece Isabelle Getty.
The pages were the groom's brother Prince Philippos of Greece, Anthony Chandris, Sebastian Flick and Christian Robbs.
Throughout the hour long ceremony Pavlos and Marie-Chantal did not say one word. Instead of exchanging vows they exchanged rings and crowns as they symbolically became King and Queen for a day.
According to the sites of the Greek Orthodox Church in which they married two golden crown are held above the couple's head for most of the ceremony. To carry out this tiring task they had eight crown bearers, taking turns to keep the crowns aloft.
As Pavlos has one aunt who is Queen of Denmark, a grandmother who is the Queen Mother of Denmark, and another aunt is the Queen of Spain, his marriage bought together the greatest gathering of Royal Families seen in Britain since the wedding of our own Queen and Prince Philip in 1947.
Twelve senior members of the British Royal family attended, as well as leading members of the royal houses of Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Jordan, Italy, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Deposed and would -be monarchs included Reza Shah II, son of the late Shah of Iran, the ex-Empress Farah Diba, a sprinkling of Romanian Royals and the Crown Prince Kardam of Bulgaria.
After the church service 1,300 guest attended a reception at Hampton Court Palace. Lester Lanin's orchestra was flown in from New York to entertain them after a lunch that included lobster and poultry. As they left the guest were each given a Royal Copenhagen cup and saucer stamped underneath with the wedding date and filled with bonbonnieres, or sugared almonds, which are symbols of fertility and prosperity. Ladies were also presented with blue silk shawls.
It was the end of a week of lavish receptions held to celebrate the marriage, including a lunch party given by Queen Margrethe of Denmark aboard her yacht the Daneborg moored on the Thames at the Tower of London. Our Queen also hosted a tea party for the young couple and their families at Claridge's Hotel.
In comparison, Princess Stephanie's reception was relatively ordinary affair for 50 people at the chic Loews Hotel in Monte Carlo. It may be no coincidence that she was married on a day when most of the Crown Heads of Europe, and the press, were in London, ensuring, that Stephanie and Daniel had the almost complete privacy.
In fact, the only link between the two marriages was the presence of Stephanie's brother, Albert of Monaco, at a pre-wedding ball held for the Greek couple at Wortham Park outside London. The next day he flew home to attend his sister's marriage ceremony.
Despite his earlier apprehension, Prince Pavlos seemed to enjoy every moment of his big day, clasping his bride's hand tightly as if he could not believe his luck. He seemed to be bursting with happiness as he stood on the steps of the Bayswater Cathedral receiving the congratulations of Royals from a ll over the world.
Hundreds of cameramen jostled for positions to photograph this rare royal get-together, while back in Monaco Stephanie kept her wedding under wraps and later released only a few official pictures taken by her personal photographer.
It was clear that the newlywed Monsieur and Madame Ducruet intend to be private people, while the Crown Princess seek to be just the opposite.