This weekend, Prince Ernst-August Junior of Hanover married Russian fashion designer, Ekaterina Malysheva in a beautiful ceremony that was attended by numerous members of European royalty. However, there was one guest noticeably not in attendance, the groom's father.
Saturday kicked off 10 days of wedding festivities after the couple married in a legal ceremony earlier in the week. While there were 600 guests in attendance, a horse-drawn carriage and a beautiful wedding gown designed by Sandra Mansour, the day was marred slightly by drama with the absence of the prince's father.
The decision for Prince Ernst-August V not to attend the wedding was not a surprise and actually had nothing to do with the choice of bride. Last Monday, he announced his formal opposition to the marriage based on the premise that he wants his castles back, along with family property that was deeded over to his son between 2004 and 2006.
He told German newspaper Handelsblatt that he was opposing the marriage solely due to his desire to preserve family property in Lower Saxony.
"The decision was not easy for me because it concerns my son," he told the newspaper. "But I am constrained to preserve the interests of the House of Hanover and the property, including cultural property, which has been its property for centuries."
"I continue to hope that my son will eventually think of the best interests of our family and yield," he went on. "I am ready for discussion and reconciliation."
The prince's decision to oppose his son's marriage comes as a bit of a surprise when you consider that his own father opposed his first marriage back in 1997. That marriage ended in divorce and Ernst went on to marry Princess Caroline of Monaco, who he is now estranged from.
Malysheva – who is the fashion designer behind popular catsuit brand, Ekat – and Ernst Junior met in London eight years ago and have been together ever since.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.