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For those who might have been wondering who would presumably hold the scepter in his hands today if Germany would still be a monarchy - - - ta daa, we had a Royal wedding this year as well.

http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/201108316028/prince-georg-friedrich-of-prussia-princess-sophie--of-isenburg-wedding/

Prince Georg Friedrich is the grand-grand-grandson ot the last real German "Kaiser", Emperor Wilhelm II. You might heard about him in WWI History lessons.

Georg Friedrich would have started to rule at a pretty young age, because when his grandfather died in 1994 he would have been the next direct successor to the throne. Georg's father died already 1977  in a tragic military accident.

But I guess it's telling something that neither my mother nor I knew anything about his recent marriage until we heard about it more or less accidentally ca. two weeks later. Yes, it's been in the newspapers, but I didn't make any big headlines (unless you count the most yellowish gossip magazines as newspapers as well). The German aristocracy is still per se existing, the family ties are still supposed to be strong and some Royals are still rather rich, but the direct political influence is almost non-existing compared to what used to be.

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