Their marriage marks the union of two of Europe’s aristocratic houses: while he is the heir apparent to the now defunct throne of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies, she is the glamorous daughter of a Scottish peer. So it is only natural that the wedding of Prince Jaime of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and Lady Charlotte Lindesay-Bethune was a glamorous occasion, replete with tiaras, royal guests and a breath-taking location.
The society event took place this weekend at the beautiful Cathedral of Monreale in Palermo, Sicily, once the kingdom of the groom’s family. Guests included Flora Vesterberg, the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Huescar, the Count and Countess of Osorno, and Princess Carla and Prince Mirko of Bulgaria.
The bride, who is the youngest daughter of Scottish businessman James Lindesay-Bethune, 16th Earl of Lindsay, and his wife, Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald, wore an ivory gown which featured a high neck lace bodice and long sleeves, as well as a full skirt.
She also wore a diamond and pearl tiara, which some royal-watchers believe might be the Ancona tiara. The diadem was originally made as a wedding present for the Archduchess María Anna of Austria in 1817, and passed down through the generations, until it was sold at auction in 1999. Yet in a happy twist of fate, it ended up in the hands of another of María Anna’s descendants, as it was bought by the Crociani family for their daughter Camilla, who is married to Prince Carlo of Bourbon-Two Sicilies.
Meanwhile, in a nod to her Scottish roots, Lady Charlotte’s flower girls wore tartan sashes.
Prince Jaime is the eldest son of Prince Pedro of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies and his wife, the former Doña Sofia. The family is an ancient branch of the Spanish royal family, who ruled in southern Italy for more than a century between 1734 to 1861. The last king, Francis II, was overthrown by Giuseppe Garibaldi in 1860, before becoming part of the new united kingdom of Italy.