24 OCTOBER 2005

Click here to send this news item to a friend Wedding fever continued to grip the people of the Netherlands over the weekend. Two days after their last remaining royal bachelor, Prince Floris, tied the knot with marketing executive Aimee Sohngen in a civil ceremony, he and his pretty bride once again said "I do" at a lavish religious event. The fourth son of Princess Margriet and Prince van Vollenhoven made his vows at Grote Kerk, a 15th-century church in the city of Naarden. His cousin, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, was there to witness the event, along with his wife Maxima and all the other leading members of the Dutch royal household.

Aimee, who was seen wiping tears from her eyes during the ceremony, was a picture of elegance in an understated white gown by local designer Lily de Jood. Two bridesmaids were on hand to carry her train and pearl-studded veil as she and her new husband left the church amid loud cheers from well-wishers.

The groom, who was sporting a dark morning jacket over an orange waistcoat and bright red tie, likewise seemed to be relishing the moment. Three cherubic flower girls walked ahead of the pair, sprinkling white rose petals over the red carpet as they exited the building.

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Prince Floris was the last remaining bachelor of his generation. By marrying Aimee without first seeking approval from the government, he has given up his claim to the thronePhoto: © AFPClick on photos for gallery
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Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Maxima arrive for the church weddingPhoto: © Rex
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