Sunday, September 4, 2011

Royal weddings Königiche Hochzeiten

Royal Weddings Königlichen Hochzeiten is an absolutely stunning book with an English-German text published by TeNeues ($45.00), where royal weddings are the main attraction.  The cover of this edition is the balcony kiss between the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which does not come as a surprise. This new, revised and updated edition was published shortly after Prince William's wedding.

(The first edition featured the newly married Prince and Princess of Wales on the cover.)

The German text was written by Friederike Haedecke.  Julia Melchior was responsible for the English translation.

Royal Weddings (English and German Edition)  

This book is breathlessly beautiful with stunning color and black and white photographs, which more than complement the text.  

Fourteen weddings are covered in this book:  Victoria and Daniel and Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia of Sweden,  Haakon & Mette-Marit,  Frederik and Mary,  Willem-Alexander and Maxima,  Beatrix and Claus,  William and Kate,  Charles and Diana,  Elizabeth and Philip, Rainier and Grace, Felipe and Letizia, Juan Carlos and Sofia, and Naruhito and Masako.  (The publishers might have waited a few months to have included a chapter on Albert and Charlene of Monaco.)

Each wedding is treated with a separate chapter, providing details about the romance, the wedding, and these details are enhanced by superb photos, many of which come from private sources.  One photograph of Mette Marit getting ready for her wedding as her veil was attached to the tiara was taken by Queen Sonja.  Lovely.

Royal Weddings (English and German Edition)

Both authors are German and have covered royal programs for German television. As we have seen with the recent Prussian royal wedding,  there is still an interest in royal weddings, even when the bride and groom are members of non-reigning families.   But on the other hand,  the marriages of the sovereign or the heir of a reigning royal house will bring new attention to the royal house.  

Royal marriages are no longer arranged to ensure the peace between two nations.  Today, royal marry for love.  Crown Princess Victoria was not afraid to show her love for Daniel Westling, and that love shone brightly on her wedding day.   It was actually amazing to see such emotion from a royal bride.
Royal Weddings  UK edition.

I think the authors said it best with " 'Royal Weddings' portrays the unforgettable marriage celebrations of monarchs and heirs to the throne with all the individual touches which give their unique character to every royal wedding."

The US price of the book is $46.00 and the UK price is £25.00.  The book is also available from (35.00 Euros).

Royal Weddings - Königliche Hochzeiten

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