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Last year saw a new bridal trend emerging, that of micro-weddings. A circumstance of the pandemic, restrictions on guest numbers meant that many couples decided to tie the knot in front of a small number of nearest and dearest, rather than postponing for an uncertain amount of time.

Amongst these couples were Prince Alexander of Schaumburg-Lippe and his third wife, Persian pianist Mahkameh Navabi. The two were married in September 2020 at Bückeburg Palace, the family home for 700 years, with guests including Alexander’s ex-wife, Princess Marie-Louise of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (known as Lilly), as well as his handsome son, 27-year-old Prince Heinrich Donatus of Schaumburg-Lippe.

Mahkameh is led into Bückeburger Stadtkirche 

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Now, much like many other pandemic couples, Prince Alexander and his wife of one year have celebrated with a larger-scale wedding, which took place this weekend at the Bückeburger Stadtkirche in Germany. His wife of one year wore a couture gown by Azzi and Osta, as well as the family tiara, the Schaumburg-Lippe Palmette Tiara. It was previously worn by Prince Alexander’s mother, as well as his first two wives.

The horse-drawn carriage 

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In attendance were European royals, including Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, as well as Prince Ernst August and Princess Ekaterina of Hanover, the Earl and Countess of St Andrews, and Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President.

It is Prince Alexander’s third wedding. He was married to Princess Marie-Louise of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg for almost a decade, from 1993 to 2002, with Heinrich being the couple’s only son. In 2007, he married his second wife, Nadja Anna Zsoeks, with whom he shares two daughters, Princess Friederike and Princess Philomena. They divorced in 2018.

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