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
- Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte wed Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg today
- The Princess of York looked elegant in a floral frock and powder-blue coat
- After their 11-month romance, they announced their engagement last month
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.
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
In the midst of planning her own wedding, the Princess cut an elegant figure in a floral frock and powder-blue coat
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
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Paris was the location of an ultra high end society wedding today.
Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte married Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg in the City of Lights with the bride wearing Oscar de la Renta.
And it comes as no surprise that with a bride and groom of such high calibre the guest list would be rather special too. In fact, our very own Princess Beatrice and her fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were in attendance with the newly engaged Royal looking lovely.
She wore a very pretty floral frilled number by celebrity favourite, The Vampire's Wife which she styled with a pale blue coat and a pair of black T-bar heels. The good news for anyone with a wedding to attend, and who fancies stealing B's style, is her dress is in the sale now at MATCHESFASHION (right).
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The nuptials the couple attended held historic significance as it draws similarities to Napoleon's marriage to Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria in 1810
The great-granddaughter of Karl I, Austria's last emperor, 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
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.
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
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'
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.'
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
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
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.