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After a year and a half of strict COVID-19 restrictions, marriages have been allowed to resume across most of mainland Europe this summer, including Italy. And on Saturday, Sicily saw a royal wedding for ages, as Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Deux-Siciles married Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune.
Marriage represents the union of two aristocratic families. Prince Jaime is a direct descendant of the late Southern Italian throne, while Lady Charlotte is the youngest daughter of Scottish politician and businessman James Lindesay-Bethune, who is the 16th Earl of Lindsay.
Through Vanity Fair Italy, the 200-person ceremony took place at Monreale Cathedral in the Sicilian city of Palermo. The bride arrived in a carriage pulled by white horses, and the ceremony was followed by a cocktail at Palazzo dei Normanni and dinner at Palazzo Mazzarino. Tatler noted that the guests included Flora Ogilvy Vesterberg, the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent (who recently celebrated her own nuptials), as well as the Duke and Duchess of Huescar, the Earl and Countess of Osorno, and Princess Carla and Prince Mirko of Bulgaria.
The couple, who announced their engagement last spring, live together in London. Charlotte, a graduate of the University of Oxford, works as an investment banker, while Jamie is director of a venture capital fund in Paris.
The Royal House of Bourbon-Deux-Siciles is a younger branch of the Spanish royal family, which ruled Sicily and the Italian peninsula south of Rome for over a century from 1734 to 1860. The throne has since disappeared. the unification of Italy in 1861.
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