Saturday, April 16, 2011

Royal Wedding: Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik

Groom: Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark
Bride:  Tatiana Blatnik
Date:   August 25, 2010
Where:  The Cathedral of Ayios Nikolaos, Spetses, Greece
Guests:  380, including Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias, Prince Phillipe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Wedding Gown: Angel Sanchezwith a chantilly lace overlay, teamed with a matching bolero and full-length veil. Made from 40 metres of French Chantilly lace, the strapless dress featured a moulded bodice that showed off her slender waist, before falling to her feet and finishing in a sweeping train. Completing the regal yet feminine look was a pair of diamond drop earrings and the antique corsage tiara, lent by her new mother-in-law (Tatiana's sister-in-law Princess Pavlos wore the same tiara at her wedding in 1995).
Engagement: December 2009, proposed in Greece on a boat.
His parents: King Constantine and Queen Anne Marie of Greece and Denmark
Her parents: Ladislao Blatnik (deceased) and Blanche Bierlain, stepfather Attilio Brillembourg
Engagement Ring:  stunning engagement ring, topped with a sapphire that was given to Nikolaos by his mother, who received it from her own parents, King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark.

The wedding of HRH Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark to Tatiana Blatnik was an international affair with guests coming to the island from all over the world. It was the first royal wedding to be held in Greece since the Prince's parents were married in the 1960's, and would have been all most impossible 15 years ago.  It wasn't until 1992 that the family was actually allowed to travel in Greece freely.  Prince Nikolaos was born in Rome after the family was forced into exile and never set foot in Greece until 1981 when the family were allowed to return for his grandmother's funeral. Despite being brought up in England, Prince Nikolaos and his brothers and sisters grew up speaking Greek as well as English and Spanish (King Constantine's sister Sophia is married to King Juan Carlos of Spain). He went to Brown University where he studied International Relations, and Sandhurst Military College (alma mater of Princes William and Harry).  Tall, and good-looking with slicked back dark hair, and an English accent tinged with Greek, he was one of the most sought after bachelors in the world.

His 29 year old bride, Tatiana Blatnik was born in Venezuela to a Slovenian father and a German mother, and grew up in Switzerland. There was a rumor going around on the Internet that she was related to an American politician but that has proved to be false. Gorgeous, standing almost 6ft tall, the blonde beauty met her future husband in Gstaad at a club. It turned out that he was friends with her older brother Boris, but didn't recognize her since hadn't see her since she was a child. According to the March issue of Vanity Fair Espana, he turned to Boris and siad "How are you letting of that girl, who is the fairest of all?" to which Boris replied, "Dude, that's my sister," (or something like that!).

Tatiana was 20 at the time and studying sociology at Georgetown, but the Prince persisted with flowers, calls, invitations. The Prince was living in London and it was almost two years before the two finally started dating. "His background is quite traditional and courted me like old times. It took more than a year to decide but from 2003 to our wedding we were never seperated by more than 10 days.)  When they first started dating, the Prince was living in London at The Blake Hotel. The new Princess loves joking, cooking and hiking and is described by friends as 'funny, modest, and can be really clueless." Apparently she once sat next to Prince Andrew at a dinner and had no idea who he was!

The Prince was determined to have the wedding in Greece, although Tatiana apparently had Dr. Zhivago fantasies of horse drawn sleds. Greek to the core, the Prince got his wish.  The happy couple gleefully mixed royalty with their commoner friends at the reception. Despite her new title of HRH*, Tatiana says "I do not feel like a Princess. I feel like I have married a Prince with a title. Well, actually yes, he is my prince, but nothing more." The Princess, who worked as an event planner for Diane von Furstenberg before the wedding, has continued as a consultant for the brand while the Prince works for his father and brother.

Sources:  Hello Magazine, Vanity Fair (Espana)
* Although Greece now longer has a monarchy, the Greek royal family are also Princes of Denmark due to the fact that the brother of Queen Alexandra (born Alexandra of Denmark) of England was offered the throne of Greece. Prince Philip is also related to both the Greek and Danish royal houses.

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