Royal Bride Ekaterina Malysheva
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ROYAL BRIDE: EKATERINA MALYSHEVA, PRINCESS OF HANOVER

Who is Ekaterina Malysheva?

The bride Ekaterina Malysheva was born in Apatity, a town in Murmansk Oblast, in the Soviet Union on 30 July 1986 as the daughter of Igor Malyshev and Svetlana Malysheva.

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Ekaterina grew up in Prague, Czech Republic. After graduated from the International School of Prague she moved to the United Kingdom when she was nineteen years old to study at the London College of Fashion.

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In 2011 Malysheva met Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover at a party in London. The Prince is the eldest child of Ernst August, Prince of Hanover (head of the ancient House of Welf which once ruled the Kingdom of Hanover), and his former wife Chantal Hochuli. Ernst August has one younger brother Christian.

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Ekaterina and Ernst August Jr

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Ekaterina is the fashion designer behind the line of jumpsuits called EKAT. The brand was founded in 2014 after Ekaterina, travelled to Burning Man, an event held in the western United States.

Ekaterina in 2014 at Gladstonbury Festival wearing EKAT.

In the summer of 2016 Ekaterina Malysheva became engaged to Ernst August.



Civil Wedding of Ekaterina Malysheva and Prince Ernst August

Days before the civil wedding, Prince Ernst August (father of the groom) publicly stated concerns about potential adverse impacts on family assets if his son,Ernst August Jr, were marry to his fianc茅e.

The groom’s father, Prince Ernst August, did not attend neither the civil and religious wedding.

However, Ekaterina and Prince Ernst August married in a civil ceremony on 6 July 2017 in Hanover’s New Town Hall. The ceremony was conducted by the mayor of Hanover, Stefan Schostok.



Religious Wedding of Ekaterina Malysheva and Prince Ernst August

The religious wedding of Ekaterina Malysheva and Prince Ernst August took place on 8 July 2017 at The Marktkirche St. Georgii et Jacobi (Market Church of Sts. George and James), commonly known as Marktkirche (“The Church on the Marketplace”), the main Lutheran church in Hanover, Germany.

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General view of the Hanover Market Church.

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Chantal Hochuli, mother of Ernst August Jr.

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Chantal Hochuli with son Prince Christian and his now wife Alessandra de Osma.



Ekaterina arrived at her wedding escorted by her father, Igor Malyshev.

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Igor Malyshev, father of Ekaterina.

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The religious service was presided by the former Landesbischof  (head of some Protestant regional churches in Germany) of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover, Horst Hirschler.

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The wedding gown was a creation of Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour.

“For the bridal gown, we worked together to create something traditional with Russian influence. The result was a hand-embroidered dress made from Chantilly lace with a pearl overlay. It took four months to realise Malysheva’s dream look.”

Lebanese designer Sandra Mansour
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Ekaterina wore The Hanover Floral Tiara that belonged to the former Kaiser Wilhelm II’s only daughter, Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia.

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Through her marriage to Ernst August, Hereditary Prince of Hanover, Ekaterina is the Hereditary Princess of the House of Hanover.

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Carriage Horse Procession

From the church, the royal couple rode in a horse carriage to Herrenhausen Gardens of Herrenhausen Palace for the wedding reception in the Gallery Building.

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Royal Guests at the Wedding of Ekaterina Malysheva and Prince Ernst August

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Pierre Casiraghi and his wife Beatrice Borromeo, and Charlotte Casiraghi.

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover, sister of the groom.

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Andrea Casiraghi.

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Andrea Casiraghi and wife Tatiana Santo Domingo and children Alexandre “Sacha” Casiraghi and India Casiraghi.

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Alessandra de Osma and Prince Christian of Hanover (brother of the groom).



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Prince Heinrich of Hanover, uncle of Ernst August Jr and brother of Prince Ernst August.

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Princess Elisabeth von Thurn and Taxis.

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Alexandra F眉rstin zu Leiningen and her husband Andreas F眉rst zu Leiningen.

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Princess Olga zu Leiningen (L).

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Princess Mafalda von Hessen and Rolf Sachs.

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Alexander, Prince of Schaumburg-Lippe.

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Prince Maximilian Andreas Markgraf von Baden and his wife Valerie Isabella Habsburg-Lothringen.



Wedding Ball at Marienburg Castle

In the evening, a ball took place at Marienburg Castle owned by Prince Ernst August Jr after his father signed it over to him in 2004, together with all other royal properties at Hanover and Gmunden.

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For the lavish castle celebrations, the bride wore another dress by Sandra Mansour, an off-the-shoulder dress with frills and sweeping skirts. wearing a degradation of off-White to pink, with hand-embroidered beaded detail to the wedding party.



Princess Ekaterina and Prince Ernst August’s Children

After his marriage in 2017 Prince Ernst August and Princess Ekaterina moved to Hanover.

The happy couple has two children, a girl and a boy:

  • Princess Elisabeth of Hanover born on 22 February 2018.
  • Prince Welf August of Hanover born on 14 March 2019.


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