Wedding celebration in the royal house.
The Marriage of Duke Amadeo of Apulia and Princess Anna of Orleans. Naples, November 6th in 1927.
The marriage of Duke Amadeo of Apulia to Princess Anna of Orleans, which has just taken place , is naturally the talk of the day in Italian society. The city of Naples had laid out a gala, the royal palazzi and all state buildings were illuminated.
The day before the wedding, a thousand hands worked to decorate the interior of the Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, as well as the Piazza del Plebiscito in front of the church, where stands were erected for more than 4000 spectators. Red carpet rugs were spread from the entrance of the royal palace to the steps leading into the basilica. The railway stations hardly had room to accommodate the guests arriving from all parts of the empire.
The governor of Tripoli, General de Bono, arrived the night before, paid his respects to the newlyweds and presented them with a magnificent wedding gift. A valuable solid silver tea service, Tripolitan work . The coats of arms of the House of Savoy-Aosta, the insignia of the colonial government and the city of Tripoli are engraved on the silver.
Another valuable wedding gift was brought by a delegation from the Italian troops in Tripoli, namely an "amphora" of Arabic origin, chased silver, on a bronze tripod. The reason why so many gifts have arrived from Africa is that the Duke of Apulia and His young wife will refuse her residence in Tripoli.It is also heard that the newlywed couple will be presented with further gifts after their arrival in Africa , such as from Prince Hassuna Caramanli and from the Mohammedan population, all works of art produced in the country
itself.Tripoli himself will honor the Duke with a magnificent thoroughbred Arabian stallion with Arabian saddle, the saddle richly decorated with gold and silver embroidery.
The Jewish community of Tripoli plans to dedicate a solid gold writing implement.
But the other Italian cities have also turned up with gifts. The municipality of Naples dedicated a magnificent pearl necklace with a large diamond clasp to the bride, see above in the picture, worn by Princess Anna.
The Italian aviation authority donated a suitcase containing a toiletry bag specially adapted for aviation. Five heavy silver plates were sent by the Catholic Women's Association, intricately carved and a work by the sculptor Avolio.
Among the guests who had arrived the day before were Grand Duke Cyril of Bulgaria, Minister Giuriati and Gras Buffa, Deputy Mayor of Turin, who in turn brought gifts from the city of Turin, consisting of two large silver candelabras and a silver vase of flowers.
Saturday Precisely at 10 a.m. the wedding procession left Reggia di Capodimonte. In front drove a carriage, whose driver wore red livery and a white wig, with gentlemen of the HosstabeS. The postilions followed, dressed like the coachman, and a detachment of carabinieri.
The Duchess of Orleans, the Duke of Aosta and the Duke of Apulia sat in the first court carriage. In the second, the Duchess of Aosta, the Duke of Orleans and Princess Anne of Orleans. In the third, Prince Henry of Orleans and his sister, in the fourth, the Duke of Abruzzo in admiral's uniform, Prince Aimone, wearing a naval officer's uniform, and the ex-queen of Portugal. In the other carriages were the Count of Turin and the other princes of the entourage. The wedding procession moved through the trellis of enthusiastic crowds to the entrance to the Piazza del Plebiscito. The grandstands were already filled to the last seat, as were all the windows and balconies of the houses with curious people. As the carriages enter the royal palace, the soldiers present their guns.
At 10:45 a.m., the king steps out of his private chambers into the ambassadors' hall of the palace, where the wedding party awaits him. He is accompanied by the gentlemen of his civil and military staff. In the meantime, the King of Spain has also arrived by car from the Hotel Excelsior, where he was staying.
An imposing procession is now formed, which strides into the Hall degli Arazzi, where the civil wedding is to take place. Here already have the Marshals of Italy. Diaz, Pecori-Giraldi and Caviglia, as well as the Presidents of the Chamber and Senate, the Ministers and Undersecretaries of State.
Princess Anna wears a white silk wedding robe embellished with orange blossoms by WORTH,Paris. On her head she has an ancient veil with Chantilly lace, four meters long, worn by a member of the House of Orleans. A valuable diamond diadem fastens the veil from the bride's hair , see the picture above as a diamond bandeau>>
The Duke of Orleans leading Princess Anna is now followed by the King of Spain with the ex-Queen of Portugal, the King of Italy with Princess Giovanna, Prince Cyril of Bulgaria with Princess Maria Joss of Belgium, Prince Humbert with the Duchess of Orleans, the Duke of Aosta with the Princess of Denmark. The duke of Genoa for the bride and the duke of Abruzzo for the groom act as witnesses.
Princess Anna and the Duke of Apulia approach the table at which stand the Notary of the Crown and Senator Tittoni, wearing a sash in the colors of Italy.
Tittoni explains: "His Majesty the King commands me to initiate the marriage ceremony between HRH Princess Anne of Orleans and HRH Duke Amadeo of Savoy-Aosta." Articles 130 to 132 of the Civil Code will now be read.
The civil wedding ceremony is completed, which is followed shortly afterwards by the church ceremony in the basilica. The basilica offers a magnificent picture with its rich decoration. The royal box has three seats, for the king of Italy, that of Spain and the ex-queen of Portugal. The wedding procession enters the church while the crowd applauds and the ships in the harbor fire a gun salute.
One admires the magnificent gowns, especially the silver embroidered state dress worn by the Duchess of Aosta.
The Isabelle Duchess of Orleans wears a gold-embroidered sapphire blue robe. On her forehead she has a diadem of diamonds and sapphires. The necklace and the earrings have the same precious stones.These jewels were once owned by Queen Maria Antoinette of France.
Another sister of the bride, the Countess d'Harcourt wears a 'robe of gold lame and an old veil laced with alencon.
The other members of the royal houses gathered here also wear costly robes and jewelry of immeasurable value.
After the church wedding, the wedding procession returned to the royal palace, the young couple under a canopy, whereupon a meal was taken in the Sala d'Ercole. The table was decorated with white roses from the Riviera. A cold meal was served to the other celebrants on the large veranda overlooking the sea.
At 3 p.m. the court carriage brought the young couple and their closest relatives back to Capodimonte, while the King of Italy, with Prince Humbert, embarked on the Spanish cruiser Prince Alphons, where he paid a visit to the King of Spain.
Source:„Neuen Wiener Journal; Archive Ursula Butschal;The Graphic;