Wedding of Princess Olimpia Torlonia, 1965

The Wedding of Donna Olimpia Torlonia di Civitella-Cesi (wearing Queen Victoria Eugenie’s Aquamarine Tiara (without the Aquamarines), daughter of Infanta Beatriz of Spain and the the 5th Prince of Civitella-Cesi, and Paul-Annik Weiller at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome on this day in 1965, followed by a Reception at the Palazzo Torlonia. The couple have six children, including Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg.

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June 26th 1965, my mother’s cousin Princess Olympia Torlonia got married in Rome in the basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere to the French industrialist Paul-Annick Weiller. My twin and I were two of the 6 little pages of honor dressed in 18th Century style sky blue silk capes and trousers and white shirts and stockings. There was a terrible heat wave with temperatures close to 95 degrees. My mother was worried we might faint and told us that if we didn’t feel well to come see her and she would give us a candy. Those big, flat, white, round candies melted in your mouth and felt very cold…bliss…pure yumminess… and during the whole mass I was obsessed with this delicious candy. Of course at that age I had no idea it was so hot and I hadn’t even noticed the heat. Unable to resist any longer I crossed the church to claim the candy. My mother thought it was very funny and gave me the candy when I pretended I thought I didn’t feel well and “needed“ the candy. And here I am after the mass with my parents and my twin brother happy as could be having gotten my candy. The second photo is during the ceremony. We were so happy with our little costumes that we wanted to wear them every day and couldn’t understand why were not allowed to with the exception of our birthday the following year. #photooftheday #royalwedding #nostalgia #princessmariapia #casasavoia #torlonia #princedimitri #glam #instaphoto #instalike #instafollow #sweet #children #funny #princedimitri #costume

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Royal attendees included Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain (the bride’s grandmother), Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia and Princess Maria Pia of Italy, Princess Maria Gabriella of Savoy, and the Duchess of Aosta, among numerous members of the Italian nobility. Prince Dimitri and Prince Michael of Yugoslavia were among the bridal party, along with Prince Giovanni Torlonia, and Count Alessandro and Countess Desire ‘Lequio di Assaba.


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