This year's most publicized royal wedding may have already taken place (SymphonyNow interviews conductor Christopher Warren-Green, who conducted the orchestra at the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last month). However, there is no need for royalists to sink into anticlimactic post-nuptial doldrums, for at least three other major royal marriages are yet to be celebrated this year, even if the American media is unlikely to pay them quite as much attention. Prince Albert II of Monaco (whose engagement was announced a year in advance) will marry South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock in July. As previously reported, in the most dynastically traditional of all of these unions Prince Georg Friedrich of Prussia (head of the House of Hohenzollern and therefore rightful King of Prussia and German Emperor) will marry Princess Sophie of Isenburg in August. Finally, the world's youngest head of state King Jigme Khesar Wangchuk of Bhutan, 31, has announced his engagement to Jetsun Pema; they will marry in October.
Just as 2008 was a year of coronations, 2011 is shaping up to be a great year for royal weddings. Congratulations to all four couples and their countries. I'm sure all monarchists will join me in hoping that they all enjoy happy and fruitful unions--and also that Germans will wake up from their long republican nightmare and formally acclaim Georg Friedrich and Sophie as their Monarch and Consort!