Guests of Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte and Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg & # 39; s lavish wedding reception have shared shared snapshots of the couple's celebration.
London-based private equity manager Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 33, the great-great cousin of Napoleon Bonaparte I, emperor of France, married Olympia, 31, the great-great-niece of the wife of the French emperor yesterday in Paris.
After a beautiful ceremony in the Invalides – where his great-great-great-uncle is buried – the descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte, his wife and their guests left for the palace of Fontainebleau, where Napoleon Bonaparte I used to stay, for a lavish dinner reception.
The beautiful 12th century palace is located 34 km from Paris in the city of Fontainebleau. It was the home of several French kings and was the largest castles in France before Louis XIV devoted his attention to Versailles in the 18th century.
Camilla de Bourbon, Jean Christophe's aunt, and her daughters shared snapshots of the wonderful evening on Instagram and gave their fans a glimpse of the beautiful dining table for the occasion.
London-based private equity manager Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 33, married Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, in Paris
Guests shared shots of the lavish wedding dinner reception that took place later in the evening
The reception took place in the 12th-century palace of Fontainebleau, 34 miles from Paris
Camilla (48) and her family attended the wedding ceremony in Paris before they changed their outfit and went to the castle in the evening. Her daughters Maria Carolina, 16 and Maria-Chiara, 14 were also present.
Maria-Chiara shared photos & # 39; s of the beautiful dinner that took place in Fontainebleau. Several rows of long tables were decorated with the most refined taste for the occasion to serve the countless wedding guests.
Orchids and candles stood in front of almost every chair, set with the best gilt porcelain. Each guest drank in crystal wine glasses, one for water and another for wine.
Above the tables, lights were propped in beautiful floral arrangements that hung from the ceiling.
Maria-Chiara de Bourbon, one of Jean-Christophe's cousins, 14, shared photos from the dining table on Instagram
The long rows of tables were beautifully decorated with orchids, candles and the best crockery, while flower arrangements hung on the ceiling
The wedding seemed to come straight out of a fairy tale with beautiful flowers and intimate lighting
From left to right: Maria Carolina de Bourbon-Two Siciles, with her mother Camilla and her younger sister Maria Chiaria while they were on their way to the reception in Fontainebleau
The beautiful palace was once the residence of Jean Christophe's ancestor, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte
A view of one of the corridors of the Fontainebleau palace, which was renovated in the 16th century in the new Renaissance style by the then King Francis I
Camilla also shared a short video of her and her daughters on their way to the evening. They all wore beautiful coats for the high-end event where various members of European and French nobility gathered.
Princess Beatrice was noticed earlier in the day during the wedding ceremony with her fiancé property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.
It is unknown whether she was also present at the dinner in the castle of Fontainebleau. The beautiful building, located in the Paris region, was built in the 12th century and has endured the eventful history of France.
Originally a medieval building, Fontainebleau underwent intensive architectural updates during the reign of Francis I.
Prince Charles de Bourbon Siciles attended the wedding with his wife Princess Camilla de Bourbon Siciles and their daughters Maria Carolina de Bourbon Siciles and Maria Chiara de Bourbon Siciles. Princess Camilla & # 39; s mother Edoarda Crociani was also present (right)
The monarch asked architect Gilles le Breton to build a palace in the new Renaissance style, popular in Italy. Le Breton incorporated the old structure of the palace in the new Renaissance style.
Francis I also commissioned Italian painters to decorate the galleries and rooms of the castle.
All the original furniture of the castle were sold at auctions during the French Revolution.
The great-great-niece of the wife of the French emperor, Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, married Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 32, the heir of the French emperor Bonaparte. The couple is posing outside the cathedral after their marriage
The couple shines as they hold hands on the way out of the cathedral. The couple said earlier that their marriage is a love match and is not designed to promote political ambitions
However, when Napoleon Bonaparte took control of the country and became his emperor in 1805, he had the entire castle refurbished and decorated.
In his memoir, which he wrote in exile on the island of St. Helen, Bonaparte wrote of Fontainebleau: & # 39; The true residence of kings, the home of the ages & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Maybe it was not a rigorous architectural palace, but it was certainly a well thought out place and perfectly suited. It was certainly the most comfortable and happily located palace in Europe. "
A little rain could not soften the joy of the couple on their special day as the Prince chases them away
The couple leaves the cathedral in a red convertible. The prince opens the door for his bride while her sister carries her train in the car
The prince grabs the hand of his new wife while her sister Countess Giorgiana von und zu Arco-Zinneberg helps repair her long veil
The castle is now a museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The newlyweds are related in the distance, because Countess Olympia is the great-great-niece of Napoleon's wife, Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria.
Napoleon's marriage to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810, who was designed to secure an ally in his war against Britain and Russia and to bring the conflict between the two countries to a halt.
However, today's couple have said before that their marriage is a love match and is not designed to promote political ambitions.
Count Riprand von Arco-Zinneberg poses with his daughter (left). Right: Princess Béatrice de Bourbon Siciles walks into the cathedral with her son Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon
The sky cleared quickly and the couple could be seen smiling from their car, a vintage DS Citroen
Jean-Christophe told The times: & # 39; It's a story about love rather than a nod to history. When I met Olympia, I dived into her eyes and not into her family tree. Then we could smile at this historic coincidence. & # 39;
Supporters of the Bonapartist movement see Jean-Christophe as a kind of French hero, at a time when the country is losing faith in modern politicians.
Bonapartists see Jean-Christophe as the head of the former imperial house of France.
Napoleon Bonaparte & # 39; s stormy marriage to the Austrian Archduchess Marie-Louise, who was 22 years younger and had not met him before the marriage
Napoelon met widowed mother of two Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie in September 1795, who was his oldest for six years and was immediately beaten.
They married in March 1796 and made her Empress Joséphine, the first Empress of France.
Jean-Christophe & # 39; s great-great-grandfather is Napoleon I, who married Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria to become an ally of the country in the fight against Britain and the Russians
Their relationship was stormy, and he divorced her in 1810 after failing to produce an heir in favor of Marie Louise, 18, daughter of Emperor Francis I of Austria.
Archduchess Marie Louise was not happy with the union with a man 22 years her oldest, whom she had never met.
Her great aunt Marie Antoinette was also executed when she was queen of France, and she feared for her own destiny.
However, she had to bow to her father's will and the couple married by proxy in a religious ceremony on March 11, 1810, which Napoleon did not attend.
Marie Louise had grown up against the background of an ongoing conflict between Austria and revolutionary France, and her homeland had suffered some serious defeats.
In 1809, the year before their marriage, Austria and Great Britain were embroiled in the War of the Fifth Coalition against France and Bavaria, which ended in favor of the French in the Battle of Wagram in July.
The resulting Schönbrunn Convention led to Austria losing more than three million people, after giving up territory to France and Bavaria.
The marriage of Napoleon and Marie Louise in 1810 meant a temporary peace between Austria and the French empire.
Despite her initial doubts, Marie-Louise seemed to get warm after the Napoleon wedding and became an obedient woman.
Meanwhile, Napoleon compared the shy and timid girl to his former wife Josephine, who was passionate and outgoing. The couple remained in close contact, which upset Marie-Louise.
She gave birth to a son in 1811, Napoléon François Joseph Charles Bonaparte, and was a dedicated mother.
In 1813, Prussia and the UK joined Russia to declare war on France, but Austria remained neutral because of the bond between the imperial families.
When Napoleon went to war in Germany, Marie-Louise was appointed regent, and although she tried to convince her father to unite with France, Austria soon joined the opposition.
In January 1814, Marie-Louise saw Napoleon for the last time in battle when he tried to avert the Allied invasion in the north of the country.
Three months later, at the insistence of Talleryrand, the senate announced the deposition of the emperor and renunciation of Napoleon.
While being exiled to Elba, Marie-Louise retained her imperial rank and title and became ruler of the duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla, with her son's heir.
She was discouraged from contacting her husband, who was said to be desperate about the death of his ex-wife, Josephine.
When Napoleon escaped and reigned in 1815, Marie-Louise was asked by her stepmother to pray for the success of the Austrian armies, but rejected it.
Later that year, when he was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo and exiled to Saint Helena, he made no attempt to contact his wife.
Napoleon died on May 5, 1821 after a difficult life in exile and Marie-Louise married Count Adam Albert von Neipperg on August 8, with whom she had three children.
She fell ill on December 9, 1846 and her condition rapidly deteriorated and died on December 17.
The family history that led to the historic union between Countess Olympia and Jean-Christophe Prince Napoleon. Jean Cristophe is the 2nd cousin of Napoleon
Indeed, his own grandfather Louis, Prince Napoleon, said in his will that he wanted his grandson, then 11, to succeed him as head of the imperial house after he had argued with his son, Charles, for embracing republican principles and marrying again without his permission.
Jean-Cristophe played an influential role in public affairs and appeared alongside the royals of European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands during official engagements, such as the anniversaries of the Battle of Waterloo.
The bride has a degree in political science from Yale and is believed to have met her fiancé during a semester in Paris.
The couple married in Les Invalides, where Napoleon's body was brought back from St. Helena after his exile from France.
Jean-Christophe told the French newspaper Le Figaro that their marriage was the fruit of European reconciliation and construction, which I strongly believe in.
Princess Beatrice started dating last October with the Italian property developer, 36, who is the father of one. His powder blue cardigan matched the princess' coat
He further said that he felt a deep commitment and sense of duty towards France and that he wanted to honor the legacy of his ancestors.
He said: & # 39; The Bonapartes have always been modern men in the avant-garde and have helped their age to move forward, and figures who have built their own lives with extraordinary freedom.
& # 39; I am determined to continue my heritage in this direction. & # 39;
The bride glowed when she arrived for her wedding. Her modest dress had a long cape that fell over her shoulders in a train
Look of love: the couple looks excited when they celebrate their wedding. Louis, Prince Napoleon, said in his will that he wanted Jean-Christophe, then 11, to succeed him as head of the imperial house
The couple are greeted with applause as they leave the cathedral. Jean-Christophe told the French newspaper Le Figaro that their marriage was the fruit of European reconciliation and construction, which I strongly believe in & # 39;
Portrait of Napoleon I (1769-1821) and Archduchess Marie Louise with their son, King of Rome, Napoleon II, Duke of Reichstadt in the gardens of the Tuileries
Napoleon married Archduchess Marie-Louise, a niece of Marie Antoinette, in 1810 after divorcing his wife Josephine, when she failed to produce an heir.
Napoleon's only son died young and left his only successor, Napoleon III, who ruled France between 1848 and 1870. Napoleon III was the great-great-grandfather of Jean-Christophe.
Today's Bonaparte has insisted that echoes from the past in the Franco-Austrian alliance with his future wife are purely coincidental.
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