Royal Jewels | Wedding Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon Parma
Ferdinand von Bulgarien heiratete am 20. April 1893, Prinzessin Marie Louise von Bourbon Parma, Halbschwester der späteren Kaiserin Zita.
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Dieses Fleur de Lys Diadem war ein Geschenk der Bulgarischen Nationalversammlung an die Braut und wurde wie die Krone von dem Hofjuwelier Köchert in Wien gefertigt.
"The marriage of Prince Ferdinand of Bulgaria and the Princess Marie Louise of Parma was celebrated 20 April 1893 at 11 o'clock in the private chapel of the Duke of Parma by Mgr. Ghilarde, the Archbishop of Lucca, who said the Mass pro sponso et spansa, and afterwards delivered a brief address to the bride and bridegroom. In the procession to the altar the Duke of Parma led his daughter and Prince Ferdinand gave his arm to the Princess Clementine.
The wedding party included the members of the Coburg and Orleans families, Don Carlos and the Bulgarian Ministers. The witnesses to the signing of the marriage contract were the Duke de la Grazia and Count Mensdorff.
Don Carlos left the Villa for Viareggio immediately after the ceremony had been performed."
Prince Ferdinand's presents to his bride consisted of a Royal crown set with a large sapphire and a number of brilliants, rubies and emeralds made by Köchert - details of the crown and a sketch
Sapphire and diamond earrings, which once belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette of France.
A necklace containing 190 brilliants and 29 emeralds
A diamond orchid, a pin containing a large sapphire, a number of other jewelled pins, bracelets and earrings and a quantity of Brussels laces
The magnificent diadem of fleur de lys pattern, adorned with diamonds, rubies and emeralds, representing the national colours was a gift of the Bulgarian National Assembly. Above the tiara is worne by Princess Marie Louise, the sketch of the fleur de lys tiara in the background, made also by the courtjeweller Koechert, Vienna.
The Duke of Parma gave his daughter an orchid-shaped jewel containing a large emerald surrounded by brilliants.
Princess Clementine, the bridegroom's mother, presented her daughter-in-law with a necklace of four rows of pearls, an aigrette of rubies and diamonds and some point d'Alencon lace
Queen Victoria's gift was a chased silver vase, inscribed "To my dear nephew Ferdinand, on the occasion of his marriage, from his affectionate aunt."
The bride's brothers and sisters gave a diamond aigrette, Count and Countess Baidi a magnifcent bracelet and Don Carlos some superb silk lace of Spanish manufacture worked with the arms of Spain and Bulgaria.
The wedding gifts were later displayed at the palace in Sofia.
Sources: The Times 21 Apr1893; 15 Jul 1893
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