On 21 December 1878, she married Crown Prince Ernest Augustus of Hanover, 3rd Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, at the chapel of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen to the rites of the Lutheran church. Ernst Augustus was the eldest child and only son of King George V of Hanover and his wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg.
The bridal procession began at 7 p.m., in the State apartments to the church. The King led his daughter, whose "train was borne by six bridesmaids, dressed in white, with roses." Queen Louise of Denmark was dressed in a "gold embroidered silver brocade" gown," which was complemented by a tiara and a necklace of splendid Crown Jewels."
Crown Princess Louise wore a white robe and a silver embroidered train of blue velvet, with a diadem of pearls and diamonds."
She was escorted by Grand Duke Alexis of Russia, Crown Prince Frederik and Prince Waldemar of Denmark, and King Christian IX's three brothers.
Sir Charles Wyke represented Queen Victoria. The Prince of Wales was represented by Lord Colville, and Colonel Teesdale represented the Prince of Wales.
The Duke of Cambridge, the King of Hellenes, the King of Sweden and the Russian Tsarevitch also all sent representatives.
Ernest Augustus had been born as a Crown Prince of Hanover, but in 1866 his father had been deprived of his throne, when the Kingdom of Hanover was annexed by Prussia after siding with Austria in the Austro-Prussian War.
The ceremony "was a very quiet one," owing to two recent family deaths, the bride's uncle (younger brother of King Christian IX of Denmark), and the Grand Duchess of Hesse and By Rhine, sister of the the bride's brother-in-law, the Prince of Wales.
The groom was also in mourning as his father, the former King Georg V of Hanover, who died in Paris in July.
The wedding ceremony took place at 8 p.m., in the chapel at Christianborg castle, located on a small island, and accessible by several bridges from Copenhagen.
The marriage was originally scheduled to take place at the Chapel at Fredensborg to allow Copenhagen's residents a chance to view the pageant. The venue was after the recent deaths.
Princess Thyra wore a plain white silk gown with diamond jewelery. The Duke of Cumberland was dressed in the uniform of an English general, with the Order of the Garter and the star of the Order of the Elephant.
After the ceremony, a "grand wedding banquet" was held at Amalienborg, where the royal family lives. Late in the evening, the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland traveled to Fredensborg.
After the death of his father, the Duke of Cumberland declared that he would "entirely and fully maintain all of his rights, prerogatives and titles," although, at present, he would use the titles Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale and Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg.
According to the Treaty of 1867, Prussia is "bound to return" to the Duke "all the movable property of the Royal Family, and the castles of Calenberg and Herrenhausen." Prussia is also required to pay the Duke "the interest on $10,600,000, the requested property's value, and on the further sum of $3,000,000 invested in England."
Prussia has yet to carry out this agreement, but it is understood that Prussia "will do so, and acknowledge the Duke's right of succession to Duchy of Brunswick on condition that he will abdicate his rights to the Hanoverian crown."
The Duke of Cumberland is heir to the elderly Duke of Brunswick, 73, who is one of the richest men in the world. In the not-to-distant future, Princess Thyra could become the consort of a sovereign duke.
Her eldest brother, Frederik, is the heir apparent to the Danish throne. Her brother, Wilhelm. is now King George of the Hellenes, and her two sisters, Alexandra, and Dagmar, are married to the heirs to the British and Russian thrones, respectively.
Thyra has a "beautifully shaped face, large and gentle dark eyes, and every sweet expression. She is well educated, and she "rivals her sister Alexandra in musical and linguistic talents." She paints with "much taste, and is piquant and witty."
There have been numerous "suitors for her hand," including that "old scapegrace, the King of Holland, the Prince Imperial of France, the Duke of Connaught, the Duke of Bavaria, and the late King of Sweden, Carl XV.
Last summer, gossips said that Princess Thyra "was deeply in love with son of the Empress Eugenie, with whom also the Princess Beatrice of England was smitten."
It was said that the Prince of Wales favored Thyra's marriage with the young Napoleon in order "avoid having the French prince for a brother-in-law."
But the rumors of an engagement were "promptly disapproved" by the announcement of the betrothal between Thyra and the Duke of Cumberland.
The first hints of an engagement appeared in the press in October, but the official announcement did not come until November 19. It seems "in reality to be a love match that was made in Rome three years ago." The negotiations were delayed due to King Georg V's death last July.
Thyra became Duchess of Cumberland and Teviotdale, and Duchess of Brunswick-Luneburg; although she was styled Crown Princess of Hanover.
The Duke of Cumberland presented his bride with a rich set of diamonds and sapphires for the wedding.
King and Queen of Denmark - parents of the bride - a magnificent riviere made of large diamonds with a cross of diamonds at the top of the picture
Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark - a bracelet with 7 large diamonds
The children of the Crown Prince a brooch with jewels
Princess Louise von Glücksburg a ring with diamonds and pearls - from the Queen Friedrich V.
Prince Julius of Glücksburg - an antique notebook in gold and agate of Queen Louise of England
Prince Hans von Glücksburg a brooch as an arrow with diamonds and pearls
Duchess Wilhelmine von Glücksburg a comb with diamonds of Queen Louise wife of King Friederik
Of the innumerable wedding presents received by the newly-married couple, the following are known by the princely relatives:
The Emperor and the Empress of Russia have sent a magnificent bracelet with five rows of pearls and diamonds.
Grand Duke heir to the throne and his wife a set of magnificent sapphires and diamonds.
Grand Duke Alexis an anchor-shaped brooch with sapphires and diamonds
Queen of England a real Indian Shawl and a medallion with pearls and her portrait
Queen widow of Hanover a necklace and a bracelet of pearls, rubies and diamonds
Prince of Wales a shiny Indian necklace of emeralds, pearls and unpolished diamonds
Princess of Wales a richly mounted silver travel lavatory with sublime mongrams in gold
The five children of the Prince of Wales - five bracelets with gems
Princess Beatrice of England a golden bracelet with diamonds
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a gilded silver writing-utensil, a bracelet and two gilded silver candlesticks
Princess Auguste a magnificent oven screen
Princess Luise of Hesse a brooch of diamonds
The gift of the Emperor of Austria is not known, but after the arrival in Vienna a dinner was held in her honor, a gift may have been presented.
Probably it was from the jeweller Koechert, as like this jewel above and left in the picture, which was also owned by the Duchess Thyra.
The late 19th century diamond garland choker necklace, wearable and worn as bandeau tiara. The wonderful item, is of openwork design composed of alternate scolling garland and stylised floral panels, set throuhout with old-cut diamonds mounted in silver and gold. The diamond choker are often worne by the Duchess.
Last time, seen in public, this diamond jewel was worne as bridal jewel of the bride of her grand-grand-grandson Heinrich of Hanover,when he married in 1999 Thyra of Westerhagen.
The collier-de-chien is offered on auction, by Christie's in November 2017.
The royal dowry of the Duchess Thyra, was 120,000 Danish Kronen, and, instead of the usual dowry of the princess, the Duke had promised an annual pension of 50,000 Reichsmarks for daily expenses and needle money, which was to be paid out prenumerically and every month. Everything the Duke has given her for use from the Hausregalien of the Hannoversche Haus, and what the princess owns of jewelry and silver, which she has received from the Duke and others, follows the Leibgeding, but after her death everything falls back to his house back. The Duke and Duchess of Cumberland will be settling into their home at Gmunden, Austria.
Source: Times;Chicago Daily Tribune;Christies;