Prince Willem-Alexander Princess Maxima Photos - Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima arrive for a dinner with members of the Royal Family at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. - Guests Arrive for a Dinner With the Royal Family
Prince Edward, the youngest son of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and his bride Sophie Rhys-Jones, walk down the aisle at their June 1999 in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Sophie Rhys-Jones, is now the Countess of Wessex.
The couple met when they were both undergraduates at Gakushuin. Like his father, the present Emperor, the Prince married outside the former aristocracy and former collateral branches of the imperial family. Upon marriage, he received the title Prince Akishino (Akishino no miya – strictly "Prince of Akishino") and authorization from the Imperial Household Economy Council to form a new branch of the Imperial Family.
The Duchess of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie had been invited to entrepreneur Ali Spencer-Churchill’s Suffolk wedding, but declined in order to attend the London nuptials of model Petra Palumbo and Lord Lovat.