|Wedding of Count Rudolphe and Archduchess Marie Christine|
|Parents|| Bride's parents: Archduke Carl Christian of Austria |
Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria
Groom's parents: Christian, Count of Limburg-Stirum
|Bridesmaids||Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia, the bride's daughter|
|Pages||Prince Christian Alexander of Prussia, the bride's son|
|Date||6 December 2008|
Archduchess Marie Christine and Count Rudolphe announced their engagement on 10 October 2007 (the 9th birthday of her eldest son, Wilhelm Ferdinand). On 17 March 2008, it was announced that the wedding date would be 6 December 2008 at St. Rumbold's Catherdal in Mechelen, Belgium.
Wedding Ceremony Edit
The wedding service/ceremony began at 11:30 CET at St Rumbold's Cathedral, in Belgium.
Archduchess Marie-Christine's witnesses at the wedding were Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein, Baroness Elisabeth Gillès de Pélichy and Princess Xenia Galitzine.
Rodolphe chose his siblings Counts Philippe and François and Countess Marie de Limburg-Stirum as his witnesses.
The flowergirls and pages were Princess Victoria Marie of Prussia (the bride's 7-year-old daughter), Princess Laya and Princess Nora of Auersperg-Trautson, Princess Charlotte and Prince Léopold of Nassau, Archduchess Antonia and Archduchess Isabelle of Austria, Prince Christian Alexander of Prussia (the bride's 4-year-old son), Count Jean de Limburg-Stirum, Count Constantino Secco di Aragona and Edouard Misonne. Archduchess Gabriella acted as her sister's bridesmaid.
The bride's son and daughter (from her first marriage), Wilhelm Ferdinand (aged 10) and Victoria Marie (aged 7) read poems to both the bride and groom.
Wedding Attire Edit
The bride, Archduchess Marie-Christine wore an ivory coloured dress by Belgian designer Yves Doom and an antic heirloom lace veil of the Habsburg family. (Archduchess Kathleen wore the same veil at her recent wedding to Marie-Christine's brother Archduke Imre.) Made of satin, the fur cuffed gown had a four meter long train. She honoured her Luxembourgish roots by wearing the smaller one of the two diamond floral tiaras owned by the Grand Ducal family. She also wore the same pearl earrings that her mother and her grandmother Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte had worn for their wedding days. She carried a bouquet of pale yellow roses interspersed with white and blue blossoms.
The groom, Count Rodolphe wore the same morning suit as the bride's father, the bride's elder son and her brothers. The groom's family wore the same morning suit as the groom.