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July 6th 1891 witnessed the marriage of H.R.H. Princess Louise of Schleswig Holstein to H.S.H. Prince Aribert of Anhalt. This was commemorated by a special number issued on July 11th which, as well as celebrating the royal wedding, celebrated the visit of the German Emperor and Empress.

(Appendix List no. 21). The 19 year old bride was the youngest of the four children of T.R.H. the Prince and Princess Christian (the former princess Helena, 3rd daughter of the Queen) and had lived most of her life at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. The bridegroom was the fifth child of the Duke and Duchess of Anhalt, the Duchy of Anhalt being centred on the capital town of Dessau and on the area comprising the Harz mountains. The date of the marriage was deliberately arranged to coincide with the visit to England of the German sovereigns. The issue details the arrival of the German Emperor and Empress, the marriage ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, pictures of Cumberland Lodge and a long descriptive piece on the Duchy of Anhalt. The front wrapper, in blue and white, is divided into two sections. The main part is taken over by photographic portraits of the bride and groom against a background of nuptial motifs, the subsidiary section has a photograph of the Emperor and Empress of Germany surmounted by the armorial emblem of the German eagle. The publication, a weekly issue, is numbered 2725, vol 99, pages 33-62 and priced at one shilling. next page >>

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