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Future Duke of Seville Francisco de Borbón throws lavish wedding including a fireworks display


The future Duke of Seville Francisco de Borbón has married his fiancée Sophie Elizabeth Karoly in a lavish ceremony in Marbella.

The groom, 43, who is the son of Francisco Joaquin, Duke of Sevilla and the late Countess Beatriz von Handerberg, tied the knot with his bride at the Cathedral of Seville.

Sophie looked breathtaking in a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown which featured a heavily ruffled skirt and lengthy train, before swapping into two different glittering numbers for the evening reception.

During the evening event, guests were serenaded by saxophonists at the exclusive Marbella Club Hotel before being treated to both a fireworks display and a drone show.

The future Duke of Seville Francisco de Borbón married his fiancée Sophie Elizabeth Karoly in a lavish ceremony in Marbella yesterday

Sophie looked breathtaking in a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown which featured a heavily ruffled skirt and lengthy train

Sophie looked breathtaking in a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown which featured a heavily ruffled skirt and lengthy train, before swapping into two different glittering numbers for the evening reception (pictured)

Sophie looked breathtaking in a dramatic off-the-shoulder gown which featured a heavily ruffled skirt and lengthy train (left), before swapping into two different glittering numbers for the evening reception (right)

The black tie reception at the Marbella Club Hotel saw tables decorated with enormous tropical flowers

The black tie reception at the Marbella Club Hotel saw tables decorated with enormous tropical flowers 

Franc was joined by his sister Olivia before his religious wedding at the Cathedral of Seville.

In keeping with the tradition of being the last to arrive, Sophie entered the temple at almost midday in a huge ruffled strapless gown.

Her five bridesmaids, who opted for slip dresses in a variety of different colours, could be seen clutching her train and lengthy veil to ensure it looked perfect.

As she walked down the aisle, she was joined by her friends at every step. The group each carried same bouquet of white flowers.

During the evening event, guests were serenaded by saxophonists at the exclusive Marbella Club Hotel before being treated to both a fireworks display and a drone show

During the evening event, guests were serenaded by saxophonists at the exclusive Marbella Club Hotel before being treated to both a fireworks display and a drone show

The couple’s young son also played his part in the runnings of the big day, and joined his parents at the altar as they said their vows. 

After the ceremony, guests travelled to  the Marbella Club hotel which, founded in 1954 by playboy Prince Alfonso, still exudes a glamour of old but with just a hint of ‘no carbs before Marbs’ bling.

Princess Grace, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Hope, Richard Burton, Brigitte Bardot, Roger Moore and Bruce Forsyth have all been regulars at the hotel – and there are hundreds of photographs in reception to prove it. 

It is believed Fran chose the hotel as his reception venue because he is very attached to the area. 

In keeping with the tradition of being the last to arrive, Sophie entered the temple at almost midday in a huge ruffled strapless gown

In keeping with the tradition of being the last to arrive, Sophie entered the temple at almost midday in a huge ruffled strapless gown

The bride was joined by a host of bridesmaids at the event, who could be seen clutching her lengthy veil and train

The bride was joined by a host of bridesmaids at the event, who could be seen clutching her lengthy veil and train 

Sophie's enormous ruffle dress was on full display as she walked down the aisle of Seville cathedral to marry Fran

Sophie’s enormous ruffle dress was on full display as she walked down the aisle of Seville cathedral to marry Fran

The couple's young son also played his part in the runnings of the big day, and joined his parents at the altar as they said their vows

The couple’s young son also played his part in the runnings of the big day, and joined his parents at the altar as they said their vows 

As the newlyweds left the cathedral after their ceremony, they could be seen holding hands with their young son

As the newlyweds left the cathedral after their ceremony, they could be seen holding hands with their young son

As the newlyweds left the cathedral after their ceremony, they could be seen holding hands with their young son  

The couple beamed as they joined guests outside the Seville cathedral following the ceremony this weekend

The couple beamed as they joined guests outside the Seville cathedral following the ceremony this weekend 

Once at the hotel, the high glamour continued, with guests sitting at tables adorned with huge tropical flower displays. 

The event marked the biggest society wedding of the last 18 months after scores of aristocrats across Europe were forced to put plans for their lavish nuptials on hold due to the pandemic. 

While Sophie works in marketing and communication, Fran is the direct male-line descendant of Spanish and French royalty of the House of Bourbon and the only son of the 5th Duke of Seville, who is a Grandee of Spain and a relative of the Spanish royal family. 

His ancestor, the 1st Duke of Seville, was the grandson of King Charles IV of Spain, who descended from King Louis XIV of France. 

Once at the reception in Marbella Club Hotel, guests were serenaded to musicians including a saxophonist (pictured)

Once at the reception in Marbella Club Hotel, guests were serenaded to musicians including a saxophonist (pictured) 

Many shared snaps from an incredible drone show which went on late into the night, revealing a heart as well as an engagement ring in honour of the newlyweds

Many shared snaps from an incredible drone show which went on late into the night, revealing a heart as well as an engagement ring in honour of the newlyweds

Many shared snaps from an incredible drone show which went on late into the night, revealing a heart as well as an engagement ring in honour of the newlyweds 

And later guests were wowed as they were treated to a stunning fireworks display at the venue (pictured)

And later guests were wowed as they were treated to a stunning fireworks display at the venue (pictured) 

Meanwhile his mother was Countess Beatrice von Hardenberg, who was the daughter of Princess Maria Josepha of Fürstenberg and Count Günther von Hardenberg, whose family tree includes Prince Karl August von Hardenberg, a prime minister of Prussia. 

The royal, who died last year, also founded Vogue Spain and she was a major figure in the Spanish jet set. 

Francisco attended The American School of Madrid and then Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, where he studied business and sports management.

An entrepenuer, the father-of-one is involved with ASAP Group S.L., a company that specializes in sports marketing and media projects, with offices in Madrid and Miami.  

Later the newlyweds cut into their huge seven-tiered cake using a sword as sparklers erupted next to the crowd

Later the newlyweds cut into their huge seven-tiered cake using a sword as sparklers erupted next to the crowd

Later the newlyweds cut into their huge seven-tiered cake using a sword as sparklers erupted next to the crowd (left and right) 

As the evening wore on, Sophie, who works in marketing and communications, slipped into a third glittering sequin mini dress

As the evening wore on, Sophie, who works in marketing and communications, slipped into a third glittering sequin mini dress 

Fran famously appeared in the 2012 reality TV show Secret Princes, which chronicled the adventures of several members of international nobility as they leave their home countries to live, work and look for love in America.

On the show, he met a single mother named Camille Morone and embarked on several dates before revealing his true identity. 

At the time, the couple decided that they wanted to see each other again.  



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