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Prince Jean d'Orleans and his Spanish wife Philomena of Tornos and Steinhart wed for the second time at a religious ceremony on Saturday
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Among the invitees at the nuptials were Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
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The couple held their second ceremony at the gothic 12th Century cathedral of Notre Dame de Senlis
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Jean d'Orleans celebrates March nuptials with second wedding

4 MAY 2009
France's Prince Jean d'Orleans and his Spanish wife Philomena of Tornos and Steinhart walked down the aisle together on Saturday for a second time in a religious ceremony held to celebrate their recent union.

Attended to by seven little flower girls clad in pastel blue dresses with matching ribbons adorning their hair, Philomena walked down the aisle on the arm of her father Alfonso to meet her husband in a beautiful Christian Lacroix white gown tied with a blue belt and accentuated by a heavily embroidered shrug.

To hold her 200-year-old lace ancestral veil in place, the bride wore a delicate gold family tiara embellished with turquoise stones and she carried a trailing bouquet of white flowers for the ceremony, which took place at 11 o'clock in the 12th Century cathedral of Notre Dame de Senlis.

Following the religious service, pretender to the throne Jean - who arrived for the union with his mother, the Duchess of Montpensier - and his new wife toasted their marriage with champagne with their guests in the gardens of Chateau d'Hugues Capet.

The wedding party then moved on to a reception in the Chateau de Chantilly – the historic former home of King Luis Felipe of Orleans, an ancestor of the groom. There the happy newlyweds were greeted with a wedding cake adorned with sparklers.

Among the distinguished guests helping the couple to celebrate were Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium, who opted for a vibrant ensemble to wear for the occasion, and former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati. She presided over the couple's civil wedding in Paris on March 19.


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