Prince Ernst August Jr. of Hanover walked down the aisle with his Russian fashion designer bride, in a beautiful, traditional ceremony at Hanover Market Church.
The lavish ‘ceremonial’ wedding follows the couple’s low-key ‘official’ wedding at the city hall on Thursday.
However it’s clear that the 33-year-old banker and 31-year old fashion designer pulled out all the stops for the ceremony at the church on Saturday.
The couple, who have been together for six years, enjoyed a beautiful ceremony at the Hanover Market Church
There was a traditional guard of honour for the newlyweds, who both work in London. Ekaterina is a fashion designer while Ernst is a banker
The couple had ‘officially’ tied the knot on Thursday in a low-key civil ceremony in the town hall
However this was a chance for the couple to show off their royal regalia and tradition
Ekaterina Malysheva, who runs the popular clothing line EKAT, looked absolutely stunning in her white bridal dress
It featured a traditional guard of honour, along with a horse-drawn carriage that looked like it had arrived out of a fairy tale.
The ensuing celebrations are set to be a society event, featuring a reception and dinner held between two of the Hanover family castles in Western Germany.
The guests will first head to the castle Herrenhäuser for a reception before a lavish dinner at Marienburg Castle.
Prince Ernst and Ekaterina, who have been together nearly six years, live together in London. The 31-year-old Russian runs her own clothing line EKAT, which counts stars including Sienna Miller and Rita Ora among its fans.
The talented creative was born in Russia but grew up in Prague. She moved to the UK at just 19 years old to study at the London College of Fashion.
The pair await their horse-drawn carriage outside outside Hanover Market Church in central Germany
Adoring crowds line the street to get a glimpse at their new princess, who was born in Russia but grew up in Czechslovakia
The couple will then travel to a reception and dinner held between two of the Hanover family castles in Western Germany
The fairy-tale marriage, however, was slightly marred by the refusal of Prince Ernst’s father to give his blessing
After gaining experience, Ekaterina founded EKAT in 2013, and it has proved a success.
However the reported refusal of Prince Ernst-August V to give his blessing to the marriage as undoubtedly cast a shadow over the otherwise celebratory atmosphere.
The 63-year-old has refused to give the union his blessing since Prince Ernst proposed to Ekaterina during a family holiday in Greece.
The older Prince is said to want properties and titles he gifted to his son signed back over into his possession, including the iconic Marienburg castle, where the wedding dinner will be held.
It was claimed that Prince Ernst would not attend the Saturday weddings if his son did not return to castle.
The Prince heads up the royal House of Hanover, which provided monarchs to Great Britain from 1714 to 1901. His mother-in-law is the famed Hollywood icon Grace Kelly.
However the Prince also has a chequered past. In 1999 he allegedly assaulted a journalist as he returned from a charity gala. In 200 he caused a public row by urinating on the Turkish Pavilion at the Expo 2000 event in Hanover.
Plenty of Europe’s royalty were present for the nuptials. Pictured, Prince Christian of Hanover and his fiancee Alessadra de Osma
Prince Andrea Casriraghi of Monaco along with his wife Satiana Santo Domingo daughter India Casiragh (left). Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia and his wife Princess Sophie of Prussia (right)
Princess Alexandra of Hanover (centre left) looks overjoyed as she exits for the wedding
Prince Sacha Casiraghi of Monaco accompanies his father Andrea as they walk down the guard of honour