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Grandson of last Austrian emperor weds German duchess

October 18, 1997

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) _ A grandson of Austria’s last emperor wed a German duchess today in a ceremony attended by leading members of the world’s nobility.

More than 500 guests of noble lineage turned out at St. Stephen’s Basilica to see Georg von Hapsburg _ Archduke of Austria and grandson of Emperor Charles I _ wed Duchess Eilika Helene Jutta Clementine von Oldenburg in a ceremony carried live on Hungarian television.

About 2,000 Hungarians and curious tourists gathered outside the ornate 19th-century church for a glimpse, getting a big wave from the newlyweds after the ceremony.

The bride, 25, wore a high-necked white dress and a veil worn by her great-grandmother in 1896.

The groom, 32, is now a Hungarian citizen but grew up in Germany, the Hapsburg base for a 700-year dynasty that dominated much of Europe until Charles I abdicated in 1918.

The wedding guests included King Hassan II of Morocco and Prince Albert of Monaco. The noble lineage theme extended even to the gifts _ wedding presents included a foal of the noted Hungarian race horse Kincsem.

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