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HSH Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Miss Carina Axelsson Marry in the Private Chapel at Schloss Berleburg.

On the late afternoon of Saturday, June 4, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Miss Carina Lynn Axelsson held their religious wedding ceremony inside the private chapel at Schloss Berleburg. The day before, the couple exchanged vows during their civil marriage ceremony held inside the Orangerie behind Schloss Berleburg.

The bride wore a custom bridal gown and veil by Danish designer, Ms. Birgit Hallstein. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark served as the Best Man. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was the Maid of Honor.

In an interview with the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, prior to the wedding, the bride noted that she made the altar cloth for the religious wedding ceremony:

“I have made a new altar cloth. A beautiful tablecloth adorned with embroidery, which I found a few years ago and which Prince Gustav’s grandmother, Princess Margareta, had intended to be used for the altar. I found them in a box with a small note attached stating that one day they could be used for an altar cloth. I followed the instructions and did exactly as she wanted it done, according to the drawings.”

The eighty guests attended Saturday’s religious wedding ceremony including Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Her Serene Highness Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, Countess Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille, Count Richard von Pfel un Klein-Ellguth, Countess Ingrid Alexandra von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Joachim and Princess Marie of Denmark, Their Highnesses Hereditary Prince Hubertus and Hereditary Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Baron Otto and Baroness Helle Reedtz-Thott, Her Highness Hereditary Princess Cleopatra of Oettingen-Oettingen and Oettingen-Spielberg and her husband, Ms. Ellen Hillingsø and her husband, Mr. Christoffer Castenskiold, Mr. and Mrs. Jens Hillingsø, Mr. and Mrs. Erik Axelsson, Ms. Liselotte Axelsson to name a few. Unfortunately, Miss Axelsson’s parents, Bertil and Alicia Axelsson, did not attend today’s wedding ceremony.

Upon her marriage to Prince Gustav, Miss Carina Axelsson will now be known as Carina, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.

Congrats to the couple!

Photos courtesy of Ms. Sophia Noelle/Wedding Novelle/Danish Royal Court

HSH Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Miss Carina Axelsson Officially Married!

On Friday, June 3, 2022, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and his longtime partner, Miss Carina Lynn Axelsson, were married, civilly, at the Orangerie behind Schloss Berleburg in Bad Berleburg, Germany.

According to the German press agency, DPA, the couple exchanged vows in the late afternoon in front of 40 guests including Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, Danish actress Ms. Ellen Hillingsø and her husband, Mr. Christoffer Castenskiold, to name a few. After the ceremony, Prince Gustav and Princess Carina along with their guests had an intimate dinner at Schloss Berleburg.

The religious ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 4, in the late afternoon in front of 80 guests inside the Schloss Berleburg private chapel. A spokesperson for Prince Gustav and Princess Carina confirmed that the ceremony will be “very private”. Moreover, the guest list and photos will not be released to the media.

The couple’s spokesperson also noted that the media and the public were not welcome at the wedding nor allowed in front of Schloss Berleburg. A Bad Berleburg police spokesman said that part of Schloss Berleburg park had been closed and privacy screens had been installed. However, I can confirm that the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, is currently in Bad Berleburg to cover the wedding in full detail. Furthermore, knowing how close several journalists from Billed Bladet are to the couple I believe there will be a 90% chance Their Serene Highnesses Prince Gustav and Princess Carina will allow the publication to release their official wedding portrait.

Days before the wedding Prince Gustav and Carina sat down for a lengthy interview with Billed Bladet to talk about their relationship, life, the court case and more. When asked why they wanted an intimate wedding Prince Gustav said, ”…we are both happy to have only our closest friends and family to celebrate our wedding. We always said we did not want a big party. Also after all that we have been through.”

Carina adds, ” It’s great with a quiet wedding, as it was held 100 years ago. Also, only the closest of friends and family will attend.”

Throughout the interview, Prince Gustav and Carina repeatdly stated that the wedding itself is what they are most looking forward to:

“Yes, after all that we have had to go through, it is now, so to speak, a great pleasure to make our relationship official by getting married. And after at least five years of stress, and there have also been difficult years before, it is great to be able to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends.”

Later in the interview, Carina was asked about her relationship with Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark:

“We have great chemistry… I do not know. Maybe because we have all come into the family from the outside. And, then we have a lot in common. Princess Marie is French and I have lived in France for a long time. We share a common understanding and share a great interest in French and Danish culture. 

The Crown Princess, like me, likes horses and nature. And then she is deeply committed to everything she does. And then she understands the dynamics of coming from far away into a family that has a long history. We all three remind each other in terms of personality…”

The couple also spoke about their four dogs, Jane, Zadie, Anna and Alice. Apparently, the couple’s sweet dogs — two Labs and two English Spaniels — will be apart of Saturday’s wedding celebrations.

Photo courtesy of the Danish royal court

HSH Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Miss Carina Axelsson Set to Marry (Civil) on Friday, June 3, 2022.

In the latest edition of the Danish magazine, Billed Bladet, His Serene Highness Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Miss Carina Lynn Axelsson announced they will marry on Friday, June 3, 2022.

The civil marriage ceremony will take place inside the Orangerie behind Schloss Berleburg in Bad Berleburg, Germany, in front of 40 guests. The religious ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the private chapel at Schloss Berleburg.

In the interview, the happy couple went on to say how relieved they are now that they are free to marry. Prince Gustav states that “…after at least five years of stress, and there have also been difficult years before, it’s great to be able to celebrate our wedding with our family and friends.” The soon-to-be Princess Carina of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg also noted that her family, who will be at the wedding, are:

“…very happy on my behalf. Yes, because of the wedding, but it’s even more about the fact that the trial is over and we can now live as we want..

When asked about the trial he endured for five years with his great uncle, Prince Ludwig-Ferdinand, over the estate of Schloss Berleburg and its vast lands, Prince Gustav said:

“I personally was under a lot of pressure. It was not easy, and there I must say that I could handle the situation in a calm way, because I had always been used to my father, who was very strict and impulsive.”

Miss Axelsson goes on to say:

“As long as the trial ran, Prince Gustav was not the owner of the castle. There was no owner and therefore he was treated as a tenant when a trustee was appointed who set the guidelines for the use of the castle. Prince Gustav was only allowed to use a few rooms at the castle and could not drive around the forest as an owner can…”

In July 2020, Prince Gustav won the case against his greedy great uncle in a German High Court. As a result, Prince Gustav was declared the rightful heir and owner of the multi-million dollar estate (some even say that the estate is worth a billion, but that’s just gossip at this point).

Congrats to the couple!

Photo courtesy of Billed Bladet/H.Juul