CULTURE

Royal, high-society weddings in May

Two youthful weddings – unlike that of Charles and Camilla – have been announced for the month of May and both happy occasions will bring a wave of highly esteemed guests to Athens for the ceremonies and receptions. The first event is the wedding of David J. Andrews and Angeliki G. Margariti. Their parents, their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine and Dr Fani Roumelioti-Margariti for the groom and bride, respectively, are happy to announce that the wedding will take place at the Saint Dionysios the Areopagite church in Kolonaki Square next Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow at the Hotel Grande Bretagne. News of the wedding, along with the invitation, came from the London Office of HRH Crown Prince Alexander. The second wedding is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. Austrian Ambassador to Greece Herbert Kroell and his Cambodia-born wife, are sending out invitations on the part of bride-to-be Devi Kroell, while Mr and Mrs Vittorio Chiurazzi are inviting guests on behalf of their son Alessandro. His Majesty the King Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia and Queen Mother Samdech Preah Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia – Devi Kroell’s godparents – are expected to attend the wedding ceremonies which will be two-fold. First of all, a Roman Catholic nuptial benediction will be delivered by Athens Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos at the Saint Dionysios Catholic Cathedral followed by a private Greek Orthodox benediction by Archbishop of Athens and all Greece Christodoulos at the Saint Paul Chapel of the Archiepiscopal residence in Athens. A reception will then follow at the Hotel Grand Bretagne. Attached to the wedding invitation is a card. Instead of wedding gifts, the young couple would like their guests to donate to the Alessandro and Devi Chiurazzi Education Fund for Cambodian Children. In their own words: «We would like to start our life together by helping children in Cambodia and will keep the donors informed of how the seeds for a better future will be deployed.»