A royal surprise in Hohenems

Photos & Copyright by a friend of mine.

About 480 guests had travelled to Hohenems for the wedding of Philipp Eisl and Countess Tatiana zu Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems on Saturday 2 October 2021. The couple’s engagement was announced in April 2020. The wedding was planned for 5 June 2021, but at that date only the civil wedding took place.

The guests met in front of the church. The groom arrived with his mother in a procession starting at the Palais Hohenems, residence of the family of the bride. They were followed by the mother of the bride with the father of the bride and the siblings of bride and groom. Finally also the grandfather of the bride, Count Franz Josef von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems, in a wheelchair, arrived, and was loudly cheered by the onlookers. Afterwards there was a band and behind them the bride and her father walked the about 100 metres to the Parish Church St. Karl, decorated with white and yellow flowers. The bride wore an ivory coloured dress with a white veil. The tiara was reportedly a present of Empress Elisabeth of Austria “Sisi” to her granddaughter Elisabeth, the great-grandmother of the bride, who in 1912 married Count Georg von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems. I assume so it was gifted when Elisabeth was a little girl, as she was born in 1892 and the Empress killed in 1898.

Pastor Thomas Heilbrun celebrates the wedding mass with solemnity and humor. he was assisted by Vitur Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems, Father Hubertus von Freyberg and Father Richard Pühringer. The witnesses were Cecilia Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems, Nathalie von der Leyen, Vittoria Lovrek, Georg Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems, Marcus Eisl, Albrecht Eltz, Ferdinand Ferch and Leopold Lovrek. The flower children were Leo and Antonius von der Leyen, Valerie and Felix Otten, Coco Schöller, Tatiana and Xenia Berlin, Johannes and Antonius Waldburg-Wolfegg-Waldsee.

Outside the newly wed couple was greeted with music and cheering guests. The reception took place in the gardens of the Palais Hohenems. When most guests had left, bride and groom around 4pm drove away in an oldtimer. The gala evening started around 7.30pm. Soon the main guests of the wedding arrived: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. As a witness told me they arrived in a normal car without visible security. They were received at the gate by the parents of the bride.

Among the many guests were members of the families Austria, Baden, Bentheim-Tecklenburg, Croÿ, Hohelohe-Oehringen, Hohenzollern, Leiningen, Liechtenstein, Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, Meran, Oldenburg, Ortenburg, Quadt, Reuss, Schönborn, Stolberg-Stolberg, Waldeck und Pyrmont, Windisch-Graetz and Württemberg.

The bride was born in 1992 as the eldest daughter of Count Franz-Clemens von Waldburg-Zeil-Hohenems and his wife Stephanie née Countess von Blanckenstein. She grew up in Hohenems as the eldest of four daughters, the others being Cecilia, Leonie and Sophie. Philipp Eisl is a son of Heinz Eisl and Christina Jékey-Isaák de Buly et Jéke, of Hungarian nobility.

The Dutch King and Queen are friends of the parents of the bride. King Willem-Alexander was one of the godparents of Countess Leonie in 1997, and she was among the flower children at their wedding in February 2002. The fourth daughter, Sophie, born in June 2000, has Maxima among her christening names (which for me was the reason back then to assume Willem-Alexander and Máxima were seriously dating).

A local report with video
And the town of Hohenems on Facebook

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