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Prince Jean d'Orleans and his new wife Philomena, who wed in a civil ceremony in Paris on March 19 (pictured), are to celebrate their union with a church service on May 2
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The 11am ceremony will take place in the 12th-century Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Senlis in northern France

France's Prince Jean d'Orleans to wed again in religious ceremony

28 APRIL 2009
After tying the knot in a civil affair in Paris on March 19, French pretender to the throne Prince Jean d'Orleans and his new Spanish wife Philomena of Tornos and Steinhart are to celebrate their union with a religious ceremony.

The couple will walk down the aisle at the 12th-century cathedral of Notre-Dame de Senlis in the picturesque medieval village of the same name on May 2. Philomena's gown is by Christian Lacroix, and she's teamed it with a 200-year-old veil which will be held in place by a family tiara.

Jean is the son of the Count of Paris, Enrique d'Orleans, and the Duchess of Montpensier. His businesswoman bride, who is the grand-daughter of the former chief personal secretary to the current king of Spain's father, has Austrian ties through her mother's side and Spanish roots from her father.

Following the religious service, which will take place to the strains of a choir performing German, Austrian and Spanish music, the happy couple will join their guests for champagne in the gardens of Chateau d'Hugues Capet.

They'll then move on to a reception in historic Chateau de Chantilly - once owned by the groom's family.


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