Royal wedding in Athens: Philippos of Greece and Nina Flohr are about to say (again) “yes”

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This autumn 2021 is confirmed one of the seasons with the highest rate of royal wedding ever. Within a few weeks they went to the altar Prince Don Jaime of Bourbon (with the Scottish noblewoman Lady Charlotte Diana Lindesay-Bethune), the last heir of the tsars, George Mikhailovich (with the Italian Rebecca Bettarini), the German prince Alexander di Shaumburg-Lippe (with the pianist Mahkameh Navabi) and two princesses of Liechtenstein (before Maria Astrid and then his sister Maria Annunciata).

Now it’s up to Philippos of Greece, 35 years old: on October 23, the fifth of five children of Constantine II, last ruler of the Greeks, he will marry – again – the bourgeois Nina Flohr, 34. The two, who met during a vacation in Ithaca in the summer of 2019 and announced their marriage in September 2020, I am already husband and wife. Due to Covid in December 2020 they staged the most intimate royal wedding ever. A ceremony civil, in Saint Moritz, in front of only two guests: their fathers.

But now the time has come for religious ceremony. And this time the couple did things big. The wedding scenario will be there Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, the largest church in Athens as well as the one where they took place all marriages of Greek royalty until exile in the 1960s. The last royal wedding that took place in the cathedral was that of Philippos’ parents, Constantine and Anna Maria of Greece: the two in 1967, just three years after saying “yes”, they were overthrown by a military coup, they had to go into exile and they left their very short reign behind.

The royal family landed in London and got married there, in the Bayswater Orthodox Cathedral, the couple’s eldest children, Alexia and Pablo. In 2010, Nicholas of Greece, the third son of the sovereigns, was able to say “yes” on Greek soil (the Greek government ended the exile of the royals in 2004), but he had the caution to choose a very modest church on the island of Spetses. Times have changed since then. By now a large part of the Greek people, as an ABC program explained, has understood that “the monarchy was not the cause of all the ills of the country”. The climate of hostility towards royalty has now dissolved. Next Saturday, thanks to the wedding of Philippos, Constantine and his family will therefore be able to “regain possession” of the Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the key places in their history.

And they will do it with a ceremony with great pomp that will bring a slew of crowned heads to Athens including Sofia of Spain, aunt of the groom. But the Greek royals are also related to those of Denmark, so everyone expects the prince to appear at the wedding as well. Federico and his wife Mary. The Windsors are also likely to be represented at the wedding: the late Philip of Edinburgh, uncle of Constantine of Greece, and the princess Diana of Wales, they did from godparents at the baptism of the groom. According to Hello! in the imposing Orthodox cathedral they could also arrive Ernst August of Hanover and his wife Ekaterina, Haakon and Mette-Marit of Norway, Máxima e William of Holland e Victoria and Daniel of Sweden.

It is not said that the royal guests come only from the side of the bridegroom. Nina Flohr has no royal lineage, but her contacts reach some ruling house. L’heir to the private flight company Vista Jet, founded by father Thomas in 2004, he counts among his friends faces of high society such as Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, husband of Princess Beatrice de York. However, given the recent maternity of the princess, it seems unlikely that we will see her too at the sumptuous Greek royal wedding.

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