Once upon a time…

We all know the tales as old as time – whether Beauty and the Beast, Ariel and Prince Eric, or Cinderella and Prince Charming. Which girl doesn’t dream of becoming a princess and living happily ever after?

Whilst these may be fairy-tales, what about real-life Prinzessinen (princesses)?

Did you know that Oktoberfest originally started as a royal wedding between Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen? Whilst their official wedding was held on the 12th of October 1810, a big horse race was held as a wedding celebration 5 days later and the couple invited all citizens of Munich along! They had so much fun, that they decided to hold the horse race again the next year, and the next year after that…. And so on! Every year the event grew bigger and bigger – rides were added, the official “Bavaria” statue was unveiled, tents were erected and bands started playing, eventually resulting in the festival which we know and love today!

oktoberfest

To this day, there are many princesses and princes in Germany. Whilst Germany does not have a monarchy, many royal families still exist from the time when Germany was split up into many kingdoms.

You can read all about the German royals and keep up to date with the latest news here. Whether it’s Prince Ernst August of Hanover’s engagement to long-time girlfriend Ekaterina Malysheva or Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg’s announcement about not competing at the Rio Olympics because she did not feel that her horse was stable enough, there’s never a dull moment with the German royals! 

neuschwanstein

Information retrieved from:

http://www.oktoberfest.de/de/article/Oktoberfest+2016/Geschichte/Die+Geschichte+des+Oktoberfests/621/

www.theroyalforums.com/category/german-royals/

Images retrieved from:

http://www.oktoberfest-munchen.com/amusement-park-at-oktoberfest/

http://www.fotocommunity.de/photo/weltbekanntestes-schloss-andrzej-gryczkowski/25593785

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