How 2023 is shaping up to be THE year of high society weddings
Aisle say! How 2023 is shaping up to be THE year of high society weddings – with Lady Amelia Spencer and Boris Johnson’s daughter among the brides-to-be
- Princess Diana’s niece Lady Amelia Spencer, Princess Iman of Jordan and Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg are all set to tie the knot in the coming year
- Here FEMAIL reveals the Royal Weddings to look forward to over the next year
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From the UK to Europe, a flurry of high society weddings will be taking place over the course of 12 months.
In March, Princess Diana’s niece Lady Amelia Spencer is expected to marry her long-term partner Greg Mallett – followed by Princess Amelia of Luxembourg in April.
And following on from his happy engagement news over the summer, Prince Ludwig of Bavaria may just be joining the ranks too along with four members of the Jordanian royal family.
From bonafide royalty to aristocratic socialites to daughters of high-flying politicians, here FEMAIL shares the details of the weddings worth swooning over this year.
Lady Amelia Spencer
Lady Amelia Spencer got engaged to Greg Mallett in South Africa in summer 2020
In July 2020, Lady Amelia Spencer got engaged to long-term boyfriend Greg Mallett following a romantic proposal in South Africa.
The society beauty, 30, who is the daughter of Earl Spencer and first cousin of Princes William and Harry, met her real estate beau while they were both studying at the University of Cape Town.
The couple were together for 11 years before Greg, 32, popped the question at the exclusive Clouds Wine & Guest Estate in Stellenbosch.
He captioned the images: ‘So this was the best day of my life. 22nd of July 2020, I asked the love of my life to spend the rest of her life with me and she said YES. Couldn’t be happier and I love you with all my heart Amelia Spencer.’
Although the couple have largely kept their wedding plans under wraps, Greg let slip on social media that the pair will be tying the knot in March 2023.
Sharing a video of his wife-to-be with his 7,750 followers, he gushed: ‘I did a thing for you. 4 months until I marry the love of my life!’
Last year, the couple relocated from South Africa to London shortly after Amelia’s big sister Kitty’s lavish wedding in Rome – with celebrations being spread over four days.
Lady Amelia Spencer (centre let) and Greg Mallett (far left) pictured attending the Bacchanalia restaurant opening with Channing Millerd and Lady Eliza Spencer earlier this year
The bride-to-be is Earl Spencer’s daughter. Princess Diana’s brother pictured in July 2021
Charles, the younger brother of the late Princess of Wales, previously revealed that Greg had asked for his blessing before proposing in South Africa.
Taking to Twitter last year, he said: ‘So happy for my daughter, Amelia, engaged to her boyfriend of 11 years, Greg – it’s wonderful to hear them both so excited about their future.
‘Sending them both love, and every good wish for their life together. I love that Greg asked my blessing before proposing. Very sweet.’
Although details of the wedding have been kept under wraps, Lady Amelia recently threw a lavish hen do in South Africa.
Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg
In November, the Royal Family of Luxembourg announced that Princess Alexandra, 31, accepted her boyfriend Nicolas Bagory’s proposal.
Princess Alexandra and her fiance Nicolas Bagory will tie the knot in April 2023
The official announcement read: ‘Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess have the great joy of announcing the engagement of their daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, to Monsieur Nicolas Bagory.’
As well as being an active working royal, Princess Alexandra – who is sixth in line to the throne – also works as a professional linguist.
Alexandra’s fiance Nicolas grew up in Brittany in France and reportedly studied political science and classics at university.
Now based in Paris, the 33-year-old works on social and cultural projects.
The couple will have two wedding ceremonies next Spring – one in a town hall and another in a French chateau
The couple will be tying the knot next Spring – with a civil wedding taking place at Luxembourg’s Town Hall on 22 April followed by a reception at the Saint Trophyme church in Bormes-les-Mimosas on 29 April.
They said in a statement: ‘The two families join in the happiness of the engaged couple by surrounding them with their affection.’
Up until her 20th birthday, Princess Alexandra was excluded from the line of succession until 2011, when Grand Duke Henri adopted Absolute Primogeniture, meaning that all his descendants could be in line for the throne, regardless of gender.
She was nine when her father ascended the throne in 2000 after her grandfather abdicated in his favour.
According to her online biography, Alexandra speaks four languages fluently, including Luxembourgian, English, French and Spanish. She can also hold her own in German and Italian.
Throughout her studies – which she pursued in the US, France and Ireland, the Luxembourg royal expressed a keen interest for international relations and conflict.
She even interned for the United Nations in New York when Luxembourg was one of its non-permanent members. She dedicates her time to volunteering with refugees associations and loves sports, being a keen skier, dancer and tennis player.
Crown Prince Hussein of Jordan
Queen Rania of Jordan (centre) announced the surprise engagement of her eldest son Crown Prince Hussein to glamorous businessman’s daughter Rajwa Al-Saif, pictured together
In August, Queen Rania of Jordan announced the surprise engagement of her eldest son Crown Prince Hussein to glamorous businessman’s daughter Rajwa Al-Saif.
Sandhurst graduate Hussein, 28, is set to wed Saudi Arabian-born Rajwa, also 28, after an engagement ceremony at the bride-to-be’s family home in Riyadh.
Queen Rania, 51, and her husband King Abdullah II, 60, were both present.
The proud mother shared: ‘I didn’t think it was possible to hold so much joy in my heart! Congratulations to my eldest Prince Hussein and his beautiful bride-to-be, Rajwa.’
Rajwa received a degree from Syracuse University, New York, after completing her secondary education in Saudi Arabia. Pictured, with her future husband at the engagement ceremony
The happy news came as a surprise to royal fans as the relationship has been kept out of the spotlight.
Weeks later, Rania let slip in a now-deleted Instagram video that her son’s wedding would take place next summer – a year after they got engaged.
However, officials have yet to confirm exactly what date the ceremony will take place on.
Princess Iman of Jordan
Princess Iman bint Abdullah II, 25, has announced her engagement to Jameel Thermiotis
Just one month before, Queen Rania’s daughter Princess Iman of Jordan announced her engagement to Jameel Thermiotis.
Princess Iman, 25, is the second-born child of Queen Rania, 51, and King Abdullah II, 60.
According to reports, Venezuela-born Jameel, who is around two years older than the princess, works as a Managing Partner for a Venture Capital fund based in New York.
The engagement announcement was a delightful surprise for royal fans, since the couple have kept their relationship under wraps until now, and it’s not clear how long they have been dating.
Queen Rania (pictured, left) took to Instagram to shared the good news and a heartwarming message to her daughter Princess Iman (pictured, right)
In personal statement shared on her Instagram account, Queen Rania said: ‘Congratulations my dearest Iman; your smile has always been a gift of love that I’ve cherished since the day you were born. I wish you and Jameel a life filled with love and laughter!’
Despite not confirming their wedding plans just yet, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia has speculated that Iman might marry in Amman’s Zahran Palace – where her parents’ 1993 wedding took place and where her grandfather’s marriage was also blessed.
Iman royal graduated from International Academy Amman in 2014 and was awarded top female athlete in her class. She went on to study at Georgetown University in Washington where her older brother Crown Prince Hussein is majored in international history.
Prince Ludwig of Bavaria
Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, 40, announced his engagement to Oxford criminology student Sophie-Alexandra Evekink, 32, in August this year
Another royal who may be joining in with the royal weddings next year is Prince Ludwig of Bavaria.
In August, the royal announced his engagement to Oxford criminology student Sophie-Alexandra Evekink.
The royal, 40, is the eldest son of Prince Luitpold and the great-great grandson of Bavaria’s last King Ludwig III, while Sophie was born in Singapore to a Dutch-Canadian family.
Rumours started mounting that the pair were set to marry after she was spotted wearing a large emerald ring on her engagement finger at a wedding the couple over the summer.
Speaking to Germany’s Bild newspaper, Prince Luitpold said he hoped the couple would ‘start a family soon’, adding: ‘Ludwig made a good choice. My future daughter-in-law is a very intelligent and educated woman.’
News of their engagement was shared by Office of the Bavarian Royal House alongside two pictures of the couple in which they can be seen posing in traditional outfits.
Prince Ludwig, whose parents are Prince Luitpold and Princess Beatrix, is the eldest of five siblings.
According to an online biography of the future royal, Sophie ‘has a keen interest in violence prevention and women’s human rights’ (pictured left and right, at work)
He spent much of his childhood at Schloss Kaltenberg, and attended the Rhabanus-Maurus-Gymnasium St. Ottilien in Eresing.
As an 18-year-old, he founded his own IT company before he went on to study law in Göttingen, where he focused on human rights.
Since 2011, he has also shown a great interest in East Africa and specifically Kenya.
It is not known how or when Prince Ludwig met his future wife Sophie, who also has a high powered career of her own.
She is the daughter of Dorus Evekink, who works as a lecturer at Maastricht School of Business.
The student, who has dual Dutch/Canadian citizen, has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and East European Studies from University College London (UCL) and a Masters in Science from the University of Oxford.
King Abdullah II of Jordan’s nephews Talal and Hamid El-Saleh
Danah (second left) wore a cream one-shouldered dress with a feather hem for the occasion as she stood alongside her soon-to-be mother-in-law Princess Alia (right), who donned a lilac suit with a floral shirt
The Jordanian royal family is set to have a flurry of weddings next year following the announcement of a fourth engagement.
King Abdullah II’s nephew Talal El-Saleh and his fiancée Danah announced their engagement at the end of November and recently held an engagement ceremony.
The ceremony involved the groom-to-be – whose brother Abdul also got engaged this year – placing a ring on his bride’s finger in front of their loved ones.
Sharing a snippet of the event on social media, Danah wore a cream one-shouldered dress with a feather trimmed hem for the occasion.
Groom-to-be Talal El-Saleh is the nephew of King Abdullah II of Jordan. The monarch pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace with wife Queen Rania for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022
She was pictured standing alongside her soon to be mother-in-law Princess Alia, 66, who donned a lilac suit with a floral shirt, and her husband-to-be Talal.
Danah’s mother wore a black midi-dress as the four of them posed for a photo taken in a living area with gold and cream furnishings.
Posting the pictures to Instagram, Princess Alia said: ‘God Bless them all’.
People from all over the world took to social media to congratulate the latest Jordanian engagement, with one saying: ‘A thousand congratulations to the beautiful couple on their engagement.’
Talal Al-Saleh is the son of Princess Alia Bint Hussein and Sayyid Mohammed Al-Saleh, who is the royal’s second husband.
The groom is named after his grandfather King Talal, who died in 1999.
Lady Tamara Conyngham and Cian Speers
Lady Tamara, 31, who is the daughter of the 8th Marquess Conyngham, is set to marry Cian Speers this year
Lady Tamara, 31, who is the daughter of the 8th Marquess Conyngham, is set to marry Cian Speers, an executive at a loyalty app company.
Henry Mountcharles, told the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden: ‘We are delighted to be hosting the wedding in Slane Castle.’
The couple are set to get married at the family’s ancestral seat of the 18th Century Slane Castle, in Ireland.
Famous bands and acts such as Metallica, U2, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen have previously played at the grounds.
Despite her aristocratic title, the bride-to-be has spent her adult life working in marketing.
The Hon. Edward Lytton Cobbold and Dr. Helena Meyer-Johann
The 30-year-old, who is the son of the third Baron and Baroness Cobbold, Henry and Martha, told Tatler magazine he had proposed to 28-year-old Helena at her estate in Brandenburg, Germany, on December 2
Hon. Edward Lytton Cobbold, proposed to Dr Helena Meyer-Johann after a whirlwind romance that began in 2019 when the pair met in Geneva at an Historic Houses conference.
The 30-year-old, who is the son of the third Baron and Baroness Cobbold, Henry and Martha, told Tatler magazine he had proposed to 28-year-old Helena at her estate in Brandenburg, Germany, on December 2.
The heir to grade II listed Knebworth House in Stevenage told the magazine exactly how the proposal unfolded and how he told Helena’s parents about his romantic plan.
He said: ‘I got down on one knee at the lake just across from their house. She thought I was being particularly British wanting to go for a walk in the cold and the rain but I nervously had “the chat” with her parents the night before and thankfully they were thrilled.’
Edward’s wife-to-be Helena, from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, comes from a family of doctors.
Edward posted the snap on Instagram with the caption: ‘Sie Sagte ja!’ which translates from German as: ‘She said yes!’
Instrumentalist Edward explained how their relationship grew during the first Covid lockdown while Helena, who was studying medicine at the time, was visiting Knebworth House and ended up stuck in the country.
‘This is when the relationship really grew,’ Edward recalled, adding Helena is now a qualified NHS doctor.
Lara Johnson-Wheeler and Patrick Mueller
The 29-year-old journalist (pictured) is set to marry German art director and long-term boyfriend Patrick Mueller
After growing up out of the public eye, Boris Johnson’s daughter Lara is poised to step into the spotlight.
The 29-year-old journalist is set to marry German art director and long-term boyfriend Patrick Mueller.
But it was revealed recently that Patrick has been fighting a secret battle with cancer.
He said: ‘I’m still processing what happened between getting my testicular cancer diagnosis in early summer and a final clear scan last week.’
He added: ‘I couldn’t be more thankful for all the incredible support, care and love.’
Marquesa of Griñón and Íñigo Onieva
Spanish socialite Tamara Falco and her fiance Íñigo Onieva are another couple who are expected to tie the knot this year
She’s the half-sister of Enrique Iglesias – and this year, Madrid-based socalite Tamara Falco is set to throw of one of the most highly anticipated weddings of the season.
However, it hasn’t been a smooth-sailing route to the altar for the bride – who has been dubbed the ‘Kim Kardashian of Spain’ – and her husband-to-be Íñigo Onieva.
Last year, Tamara discovered Íñigo’s infidelities after a clip of him apparently kissing another woman at the Burning Man festival in the US this summer went viral just 24 hours after their engagement announcement.
Following the public scandal, Tamara, 40, announced her split from her investor fiancé, deleted her engagement post on Instagram, which she first shared last Thursday, and unfollowed Íñigo, 33, reported Hola.
However, the pair have since patched things up and have been posting loved-up selfies on each other’s social media feeds again – meaning they could very well be planning to marry before the end of 2023.
Louisa Wentworth-Stanley and Ludovic de Ferranti
Louisa Wentworth-Stanley, 29, has got engaged to Ludovic de Ferranti, 32, the founder of a gold mining business
Louisa Wentworth-Stanley, 29, has got engaged to Ludovic de Ferranti, 32, the founder of a gold mining business.
‘The whole family is thrilled,’ one of their friends told Daily Mail columnist Richard Eden.
The couple could exchange vows at the Hampshire estate of Ludovic’s father, businessman Adrian de Ferranti.
He once caused a stir when he erected a 9ft-tall nude sculpture of the Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes in the grounds.
Some neighbours claimed it was offensive and could cause a car crash.
Jack Mann and Isabella Clark
Jack Mann was not just one of Harry’s ushers, according to reports, but was his ‘real’ best man rather than Prince William
Jack Mann was not just one of Harry’s ushers, according to reports, but was his ‘real’ best man rather than Prince William.
Mann, 40, who is the co-founder of Alma Risk, a private security company, is set to marry osteopath Isabella Clark.
The groom-to-be allegedly met Prince Harry at Sandhurst as well as serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
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