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Germany’s somewhat controversial wedding of the year rolled out in Hanover on Saturday with fanfares, church bells, a coach ride, and a major turnout of young royals.

A solemn religious ceremony between Prince Ernst-August Jr. and Ekaterina Malysheva took place in the Market Church before 600 guests while a crowd of several thousand, many in traditional costume, gathered outside.

The couple, who were wed in a civil service on Thursday, departed the historic church in a red silk-lined carriage setting off for the first of two celebrations: a luncheon at historic Herrenhauser Gardens and night time event at Marienburg Castle.

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In 1896, months after their coronation, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna travelled abroad to the United Kingdom to meet with Alexandra’s beloved “Grandmama” Queen Victoria. Not wanting to be parted with their first born child, the Imperial couple also brought the ten-month-old Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. She would be the only one of Nicholas and Alexandra’s children to meet their formidable great-grandmother.

Victoria was enthralled with little Olga. Nicholas wrote that the Queen was “marvellously kind and amiable to us and delighted to see Olga.” 

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover competed in the 2014 Monaco Skating Championship (held on March 8) where she won 1st place

In attendance to show support was her mother, Princess Caroline, who later awarded the winners. The man to the left of Princess Caroline in the second picture could be Alexandra’s older half-brother, Prince Christian of Hanover.

Britain (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: Queen Elizabeth II

  1. The Prince of Wales
  2. The Duke of Cambridge 
  3. Prince George of Cambridge 
  4. Princess Charlotte of Cambridge
  5. Prince Henry of Wales
  6. The Duke of York
  7. Princess Beatrice of York
  8. Princess Eugenie of York
  9. The Earl of Wessex
  10. James, Viscount Severn
  11. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
  12. The Princess Royal 
  13. Peter Phillips 
  14. Savannah Phillips 
  15. Isla Phillips 
  16. Zara Phillips 
  17. Mia Tindall
  18. David Armstrong-Jones
  19. Charles Armstrong-Jones
  20. Margarita Armstrong-Jones
  21. Lady Sara Chatto
  22. Samuel Chatto
  23. Arthur Chatto
  24. More

Spain (Male-preference primogeniture)

Sovereign: King Felipe VI

  1. The Princess of Asturias 
  2. Infanta Sofia
  3. Infanta Elena, The Duchess of Lugo
  4. Felipe Juan Froilan Marichalar
  5. Victoria Federica Marichalar
  6. Infanta Cristina
  7. Juan Urdangarin
  8. Pablo Urdangarin
  9. Miguel Urdangarin
  10. Irene Urdangarin

Belgium (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: King Philippe 

  1. The Duchess of Brabant 
  2. Prince Gabriel 
  3. Prince Emmanuel 
  4. Princess Eleanore
  5. Princess Marie-Astrid
  6. Prince Amedeo
  7. Princess Maria Laura
  8. Prince Joachim 
  9. Princess Luisa Maria 
  10. Princess Laetitia Maria 
  11. Prince Laurent 
  12. Princess Louise
  13. Prince Nicolas 
  14. Prince Aymeric

Denmark (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: Queen Margrethe II

  1. Crown Prince Frederik
  2. Prince Christian 
  3. Princess Isabella 
  4. Prince Vincent 
  5. Princess Josephine 
  6. Prince Joachim 
  7. Prince Nikolai 
  8. Prince Felix
  9. Prince Henrik
  10. Princess Athena 
  11. Princess Benedikte
  12. Princess Elisabeth 

Sweden (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: King Carl XVI Gustaf

  1. Crown Princess Victoria 
  2. Princess Estelle 
  3. Prince Oscar
  4. Prince Carl Philip 
  5. Prince Alexander
  6. Princess Madeleine 
  7. Princess Leonore
  8. Prince Nicolas

Norway (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: King Harald V

  1. Crown Prince Haakon
  2. Princess Ingrid Alexandra 
  3. Prince Sverre Magnus
  4. Princess Martha Louise
  5. Maud Angelica Behn
  6. Leah Isadora Behn
  7. Emma Tallulah Behn

The Netherlands (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: King Willem-Alexander

  1. The Princess of Orange 
  2. Princess Alexia
  3. Princess Ariane
  4. Prince Constantijn
  5. Countess Eloise 
  6. Count Claus-Casimir
  7. Countess Leonore
  8. Princess Margriet

Luxembourg (equal primogeniture- “gender blind”)

Sovereign: Grand Duke Henri

  1. Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke
  2. Prince Felix
  3. Princess Amalia
  4. Prince Liam
  5. Princess Alexandra 
  6. Prince Sebastien 
  7. Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg
  8. Prince Paul Louis of Nassau
  9. Prince Leopold of Nassau
  10. Prince Jean Andre of Nassau
  11. Prince Robert of Luxembourg
  12. Prince Alexandre of Nassau
  13. Prince Frederik of Nassau

Monaco (Male-preference primogeniture)

Sovereign: Prince Albert II

  1. Prince Jacques, Hereditary Prince of Monaco 
  2. Princess Gabriella
  3. Caroline, Princess of Hanover 
  4. Andrea Casiraghi
  5. Alexandre “Sasha” Casiraghi
  6. India Casiraghi
  7. Pierre Casiraghi
  8. Stefano Casiraghi
  9. Charlotte Casiraghi
  10. Princess Alexandra of Hanover 
  11. Princess Stephanie 
  12. Louis Ducruet
  13. Pauline Ducruet

Jordan (Agnatic primogeniture- males only)

Sovereign: King Abdullah II

  1. Crown Prince Hussein 
  2. Prince Hashem
  3. Prince Faisal
  4. Prince Omar
  5. Prince Ali
  6. Prince Abdullah 
  7. Prince Hamzeh
  8. Prince Hashim 
  9. More

Liechtenstein (Agnatic primogeniture- males only)

Sovereign: Prince Hans-Adam II

  1. Hereditary Prince Alois
  2. Prince Josef-Wenzel
  3. Prince Georg
  4. Prince Nikolaus 
  5. Prince Maximilian 
  6. Prince Alfons
  7. Prince Constantin
  8. Prince Moritz
  9. Prince Benedikte
  10. Prince Philipp
  11. Prince Alexander 
  12. Prince Wenzeslaus
  13. Prince Rudolf
  14. Prince Nikolaus 
  15. Prince Josef-Emanuel
  16. More

Japan (Agnatic primogeniture- males only)

Sovereign: Emperor Akihito

  1. Crown Prince Naruhito
  2. Prince Akishino
  3. Prince Hisahito
  4. Prince Hitachi
  5. Prince Mikasa
  6. Prince Katsura

To be updated as necessary

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom holding her great-grandson Prince Edward (later King Edward VIII) accompanied by the infant prince’s grandmother Alexandra, Princess of Wales (later Queen consort to King Edward VII) and his mother Mary of Teck, Duchess of York. 1894.

In this photograph you see a woman born during the reign of George III holding an infant who will grow up to see two world wars, the advent of television, and the moon landing.