Meeting their Waterloo! Napoleon Bonaparte's namesake descendant marries Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg - the great-great-great niece of French Emperor's wife - at lavish Paris wedding

  • Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 33, is the great-great-great nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • The countess, 31, is the great-great-great niece of Napoleon's wife, Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria
  • But the pair have said that their wedding is a love match, and not designed to further any political ambitions

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The former Imperial House of France and the House of Hapsburg have united once again as Napoleon Bonaparte's heir has married the great-great-great niece of the French Emperor's wife today.

London-based private equity manager Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 33, is the great-great-great nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France.

He has wed Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, the great-granddaughter of Karl I, in a lavish ceremony in Paris attended by Princess Beatrice and her fiancé property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The newlyweds are distantly related as Countess Olympia is the great-great-great niece of Napoleon's wife, Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria. 

Napoleon's marriage to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810, which was designed to secure an ally in his war against Britain and Russia and bring conflict between the two countries to a halt.

However, today's pair have previously said that their wedding is a love match, and not designed to further any political ambitions. 

The great-great-great niece of the French Emperor's wife, Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, married Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 32, French Emperor Bonaparte's heir. The couple pose outside the cathedral after their wedding

The great-great-great niece of the French Emperor's wife, Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, married Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 32, French Emperor Bonaparte's heir. The couple pose outside the cathedral after their wedding

The couple leave the Parisian cathedral after their glamorous wedding. Guests included Princess Beatrice and her fiancé property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte is a London-based private equity manager

The couple are seen outside the Parisian cathedral after their glamorous ceremony. Guests included Princess Beatrice and her fiancé property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi

The couple hold hands as they celebrate their wedding. Bonapartists view Jean-Christophe (right) as the head of the former Imperial House Of France

The couple hold hands as they celebrate their wedding. Bonapartists view Jean-Christophe (right) as the head of the former Imperial House Of France

The couple beam as they hold hands on their way out of the cathedral
The pair previously have said that their wedding is a love match, and not designed to further any political ambitions

The couple beam as they hold hands on their way out of the cathedral. The pair previously have said that their wedding is a love match and not designed to further any political ambitions

The joyful pair gaze lovingly at their friends and family as well as onlookers who came out in droves to support the couple

The joyful pair gaze lovingly at their friends and family as well as onlookers who came out in droves to support the couple

The couple leave the cathedral in a red convertible. The Prince opens the door for his bride as her sister carries her train into the car

The couple leave the cathedral in a red convertible. The Prince opens the door for his bride as her sister carries her train into the car

A bit of rain couldn't dull the couple's joy on their special day as the Prince drives them away

A bit of rain couldn't dull the couple's joy on their special day as the Prince drives them away

The countess waves to adoring crowds from inside the car. Guests hold umbrellas as the rain continues to fall

The countess waves to adoring crowds from inside the car. Guests hold umbrellas as the rain continues to fall

The Prince grabs his new wife's hand as her sister Countess Giorgiana von und zu Arco-Zinneberg helps to fix her long veil

The Prince grabs his new wife's hand as her sister Countess Giorgiana von und zu Arco-Zinneberg helps to fix her long veil

The skies quickly cleared and the couple can be seen smiling from their car, a vintage DS Citroen

The skies quickly cleared and the couple can be seen smiling from their car, a vintage DS Citroen

The couple married at Les Invalides, where Napoleon's body was brought back from St Helena after his exile from France. Countess Olympia donned a stunning Oscar De La Renta gown for her wedding

The couple married at Les Invalides, where Napoleon's body was brought back from St Helena after his exile from France. Countess Olympia donned a stunning Oscar De La Renta gown for her wedding

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The bride looks a picture of elegance as she is escorted into the cathedral by her father Riprand von und zu Arco-Zinneberg

The bride looks a picture of elegance as she is escorted into the cathedral by her father Riprand von und zu Arco-Zinneberg

The bride heads up the stairs into the cathedral as her sister Countess Giorgiana von und zu Arco-Zinneberg helps with her train

The bride heads up the stairs into the cathedral as her sister Countess Giorgiana von und zu Arco-Zinneberg helps with her train

Count Riprand von Arco-Zinneberg poses with his daughter
Princess Béatrice de Bourbon Siciles walks into the cathedral with her son Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon

Count Riprand von Arco-Zinneberg poses with his daughter (left). Right: Princess Béatrice de Bourbon Siciles walks into the cathedral with her son Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon

Bridesmaids wearing floral crowns and white dresses attend the nuptials. Jean-Christophe told The Times : 'It's a story of love rather than a nod to history. When I met Olympia, I plunged into her eyes and not into her family tree. Afterwards we were able to smile at this historical coincidence'

Bridesmaids wearing floral crowns and white dresses attend the nuptials. Jean-Christophe told The Times : 'It's a story of love rather than a nod to history. When I met Olympia, I plunged into her eyes and not into her family tree. Afterwards we were able to smile at this historical coincidence'

The family history that has led to the historic union between Countess Olympia and Jean-Christophe Prince Napoleon. Jean Cristophe is the great-great-nephew of Napoleon

The family history that has led to the historic union between Countess Olympia and Jean-Christophe Prince Napoleon. Jean Cristophe is the great-great-nephew of Napoleon 

Napoleon Bonaparte's stormy marriage to Austrian Archduchess Marie-Louise who was 22 years his junior and had not met him before the wedding

Napoelon met widowed mother-of-two Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie  in September 1795, who was six years his senior, and was instantly smitten. 

They married in March 1796, making her Empress Joséphine, the first Empress of France. 

Jean-Christophe's great great grand uncle is Napoleon I, who married Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria to secure an ally of the country when fighting Britain and the Russians

Jean-Christophe's great great grand uncle is Napoleon I, who married Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria to secure an ally of the country when fighting Britain and the Russians

Their relationship was stormy and in 1810, he divorced her after she failed to produce an heir, in favour of Marie Louise, 18, daughter of Emperor Francis I of Austria. 

Archduchess Marie Louise was not happy about the union with a man 22 years her senior, who she had never met. 

Her great-aunt Marie Antoinette had also been executed while she was Queen of France, and she feared for her own fate.  

However, she had to bow to her father's will, and the couple were married by proxy in a religious ceremony on March 11, 1810, which Napoleon did not attend.

Marie Louise had grown up against a background of continuous conflict between Austria and revolutionary France, and her home country had suffered a series of heavy defeats. 

In 1809, the year before their wedding Austria and Britain were engaged in the War of the Fifth Coalition against France and Bavaria, which ended in favour of the French at the Battle of Wagram in July. 

The resulting Treaty of Schönbrunn led to Austria losing more then three million subjects, after ceding territory to France and Bavaria. 

However, the marriage of Napoleon and Marie Louise in 1810, signalled a temporary peace between Austria and the French Empire. 

Despite her initial misgivings, Marie-Louise seemed to warm to Napoleon after the wedding, and became an obedient wife.

Napoleon meanwhile compared the shy and timid girl to his former wife Josephine, who was passionate and outgoing. The pair remained in close contact, which upset Marie-Louise.

She gave birth to a son in 1811, Napoléon François Joseph Charles Bonaparte, and was a devoted mother.

In 1813, Prussia and the UK joined Russia in declaring war on France, but Austria remained neutral due to the connection between the Imperial families. 

As Napoleon set to battle in Germany, Marie-Louise was appointed Regent and, though she tried to convince her father to ally with France, Austria soon joined the opposition.

In January 1814, Marie-Louise saw Napoleon ride off into battle for the last time, as he attempted to stave off the Allied invasion in the north of the country.

Three months later, at the instigation of Talleryrand, the Senate announced the deposition of the Emperor and Napoleon abdicated.

While he was exiled to Elba, Marie-Louise retained her imperial rank and title, becoming ruler of the duchies of Parma, Piacenza, and Guastalla, with her son as heir.

She was dissuaded from contacting her husband, who was said to be distraught over the death of his ex-wife, Josephine.

When Napoleon escaped in 1815 and reinstated his rule, Marie-Louise was asked by her stepmother to pray for the success of the Austrian armies, but rejected this.

Later that year, when he was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo and exiled to Saint Helena, he made no attempt to contact his wife.

Napoleon died on 5 May 1821 having suffered a hard life in exile, and Marie-Louise went on to marry Count Adam Albert von Neipperg on 8 August, whom she had three children with.

She fell ill on 9 December 1846, with her condition quickly worsening, and died on December 17.

The radiant bride shows off her pointed-toe, white shoes as she walks up the cathedral steps accompanied by her father and sister

The radiant bride shows off her pointed-toe, white shoes as she walks up the cathedral steps accompanied by her father and sister

The couple are greeted with applause as they leave the cathedral. Jean-Christophe told the French newspaper Le Figaro that their marriage was 'the fruit of European reconciliation and construction, which I believe in enormously'

The couple are greeted with applause as they leave the cathedral. Jean-Christophe told the French newspaper Le Figaro that their marriage was 'the fruit of European reconciliation and construction, which I believe in enormously'

Look of love: The couple look thrilled as they celebrate their wedding
Louis, Prince Napoléon, said in his will that he wanted Jean-Christophe, then 11, to succeed him as head of the Imperial House

Look of love: The couple look thrilled as they celebrate their wedding. Louis, Prince Napoléon, said in his will that he wanted Jean-Christophe, then 11, to succeed him as head of the Imperial House

The bride looked radiant as she beamed outside the cathedral. She wore elegant drop earrings that perfectly complemented her intricate gown

The bride looked radiant as she beamed outside the cathedral. She wore elegant drop earrings that perfectly complemented her intricate gown

Jean-Christophe told The Times: 'It's a story of love rather than a nod to history. When I met Olympia, I plunged into her eyes and not into her family tree. Afterwards we were able to smile at this historical coincidence.' 

Followers of the Bonapartist movement see Jean-Christophe as a kind of French hero, in a time when the country is losing faith in modern politicians.

Bonapartists view Jean-Christophe as the head of the former Imperial House Of France.

Indeed, his own grandfather Louis, Prince Napoléon, said in his will that he wanted his grandson, then 11, to succeed him as head of the Imperial House, after falling out with his son, Charles, for embracing republican principles and re-marrying without his permission.

Jean-Cristophe has played an influential role in public affairs, appearing alongside the royals of European countries such as Belgium and The Netherlands at official engagements, such as the anniversaries of the Battle of Waterloo.

The bride has a degree in Political Science from Yale, and is believed to have met her fiancé while spending a semester in Paris.

Princess Beatrice and her property tycoon fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the historic union. Bonapartists view Jean-Christophe as the head of the former Imperial House Of France
Socialite Sabine Getty poses with Joseph Getty outside the cathedral

Princess Beatrice and her property tycoon fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the historic union. Right: Socialite Sabine Getty poses with Joseph Getty outside the cathedral

Princess Beatrice started dating the Italian property developer, 36, who is a father-of-one, in October last year. His powder-blue waistcoat matched the Princess's coat

Talking about their engagement in a statement, the couple said: 'We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness'

Talking about their engagement in a statement, the couple said: 'We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness'

The bride wore a stunning gown with a long veil that trailed behind her. The modern-day Bonaparte has insisted that echoes of the past in the French-Austrian alliance with his wife-to-be are purely coincidental

The bride wore a stunning gown with a long veil that trailed behind her. The modern-day Bonaparte has insisted that echoes of the past in the French-Austrian alliance with his wife-to-be are purely coincidental

The bride beamed as she arrived for her wedding. Her demure gown had a long cape that cascaded over her shoulders and into a train

The bride beamed as she arrived for her wedding. Her demure gown had a long cape that cascaded over her shoulders and into a train

The couple married at Les Invalides, where Napoleon's body was brought back from St Helena after his exile from France. 

Jean-Christophe told the French newspaper Le Figaro that their marriage was 'the fruit of European reconciliation and construction, which I believe in enormously'.

He went on to say he felt a deep commitment and sense of duty to France, and that he was keen to honour the legacy of his ancestors.

He said: 'The Bonapartes have always been modern men in the avant-garde and helping their era to move forward, and figures who have built their own lives with an extraordinary freedom.

'I firmly intend to pursue my heritage in this direction.'

Napoleon married Archduchess Marie-Louise, a niece of Marie Antoinette, in 1810 after divorcing his wife Josephine, when she failed to produce an heir.

Napoleon's only son died young, leaving his sole successor Napoleon III, who ruled France between 1848 and 1870. Napoleon III was Jean-Christophe's great-great grandfather.

The modern-day Bonaparte has insisted that echoes of the past in the French-Austrian alliance with his wife-to-be are purely coincidental. 

The bride walked under a huge floral arch on her way into the ceremony. She wore her hair in a sleek up-do with a jewelled tiara

The bride walked under a huge floral arch on her way into the ceremony. She wore her hair in a sleek up-do with a jewelled tiara

Prince Charles de Bourbon Siciles attended the wedding with his wife Princess Camilla de Bourbon Siciles and their daughters Maria Carolina de Bourbon Siciles and Maria Chiara de Bourbon Siciles. Princess Camilla's mother Edoarda Crociani also attended (right)

Prince Charles de Bourbon Siciles attended the wedding with his wife Princess Camilla de Bourbon Siciles and their daughters Maria Carolina de Bourbon Siciles and Maria Chiara de Bourbon Siciles. Princess Camilla's mother Edoarda Crociani also attended (right)

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrives to attend the wedding at the Saint Louis des Invalides cathedral

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg arrives to attend the wedding at the Saint Louis des Invalides cathedral

Radio host and television presenter Stéphane Bern also attended the ceremony
Prince Paul de Grece and his wife Princess Marie-Chantal de Grece were on the star-studded guest list for the historic wedding

Prince Paul of Greece and his daughter Princess Maria Olympia of Greece were on the star-studded guest list for the historic wedding. Radio host and television presenter Stéphane Bern also attended

Portrait of Napoleon I (1769-1821) and Archduchess Marie Louise with their son, the King of Rome, Napoleon II, Duke of Reichstadt in the Tuileries Gardens

Portrait of Napoleon I (1769-1821) and Archduchess Marie Louise with their son, the King of Rome, Napoleon II, Duke of Reichstadt in the Tuileries Gardens

Princess Beatrice and property tycoon fiancé attend historic wedding of French and Austrian royalty as descendants of Napoleon Bonaparte and wife tie knot two centuries after 1810 union 

Princess Beatrice and her soon-to-be husband property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the historic wedding of Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte and Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg in Paris

Princess Beatrice and her soon-to-be husband property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the historic wedding of Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte and Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg in Paris

Princess Beatrice and her soon-to-be husband property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended the historic wedding of French and Austrian royalty today.

Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 33, the great-great-great nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte I, wed Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31, the great-great-great niece of the French Emperor's wife, in Paris.

In the midst of planning her own wedding, the Princess cut an elegant figure in a floral frock and powder-blue coat.

She finished the demure ensemble with a pale-pink hat and black heels.

The nuptials held historic significance as the coupling is similar to Napoleon's marriage to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810, which was designed to secure an ally in his war against Britain and Russia and bring conflict between the two countries to a halt.

However, the newlyweds previously have said that their wedding is a love match, and not designed to further any political ambitions.

Princess Beatrice started dating the Italian property developer, 36, who is a father-of-one, in October last year.

The couple announced their engagement last month and sweet engagement photos, taken by sister Princess Eugenie in the grounds of Windsor Great Park, show Beatrice beaming as she poses with her soon-to-be-husband.

Beatrice and Mr Mapelli Mozzi said of their 11-month whirlwind romance in a statement: 'We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. 

'We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can't wait to actually be married.

'We share so many similar interests and values, and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.'  

The couple announced their engagement last month and sweet engagement photos, taken by sister Princess Eugenie in the grounds of Windsor Great Park, show Beatrice beaming as she poses with her soon-to-be-husband

The couple announced their engagement last month and sweet engagement photos, taken by sister Princess Eugenie in the grounds of Windsor Great Park, show Beatrice beaming as she poses with her soon-to-be-husband

 

Napoleon Bonaparte's descendant marries the great-great-great niece of French Emperor's wife

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