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Friday, July 9, 1999 Published at 16:13 GMT 17:13 UK


Royals out in force for wedding

Alexia and Carlos steal a kiss after the ceremony

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Princess Alexia of Greece has married her beau at a ceremony attended by a raft of royals, including the Queen and her cousin Prince Philip.

Hot on the heels of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who married last month, the London ceremony was flanked by royalty from around the world.

But this congregation invited more HRHs than Edward and Sophie did. It included eight queens, three kings and countless princes and princesses.

The extravaganza was topped off with a reception at Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath, London, recently seen in the film Notting Hill starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.

[ image: The Queen admires the couple with Queen Noor of Jordan and  Spain's Queen Sophia]
The Queen admires the couple with Queen Noor of Jordan and Spain's Queen Sophia
It followed a service at the small, 19th-century Greek Cathedral of St Sophia in Bayswater, west London.

Despite all the grandeur, in everyday life Greek exile Princess Alexia, 33, is a teacher and group therapist for Down's syndrome children in Barcelona. She is Prince Philip's first cousin twice removed.

Her husband, Carlos Morales Quintana of Spain, 28, is an architect and a champion Spanish yachtsman.

The wedding was organised by Alexia's parents, exiled Greek King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie, now of Hampstead, north London.

[ image: Prince Charles waves the couple off on their honeymoon]
Prince Charles waves the couple off on their honeymoon
The British Royals were out in force, and included Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Michael of Kent.

From overseas, King Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain, Queen Sonja of Norway and the widowed Queen Noor of Jordan were just some of the titled guests.

The bride, who wore a gown of off-white satin and a diamond and white gold tiara by Cartier, said she hoped to be able to visit Greece with her husband.

"We would love to [go]," she said. "I would like to show Carlos all the places that I have visited in the past but have only been able to describe to him."

Carlos, 28, who was born at Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, added: "It is important for me that Alexia shows me her birthplace, as she is already very familiar with mine."

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