It's a marriage that brings together two old European families. More than 200 years after Napoleon married the Archduchess of Austria, the former Imperial House of France and the House of Hapsburg will once again be bound by ties of marriage.
Napoleon Bonaparte's heir, who carries on the family name, is engaged to marry the great-grand-daughter of Austria’s last emperor, reported the Daily Mail.
London-based private equity manager Prince Jean-Christophe Napoleon Bonaparte, 32, is the great-great-great nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte I, Emperor of France. His fiancée is Countess Olympia von und zu Arco-Zinnerberg, 31.
Bonaparte proposed with a gorgeous ring set with a 40-carat diamond taken from the crown of Napoleon III's wife. The couple is distantly related; Olympia is the great-great-great-niece of Napoleon's wife, Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria.
In 1810, Emperor Napoleon I married the Archduchess Marie-Louise of Austria. The marriage was designed to secure an alliance against Britain and Russia.
But there are no political reasons for this couple's marriage. When they say "I do" in October 2019, it will be for love says the couple.
Bonaparte said, "It's a story of love rather than a nod to history. When I met Olympia, I plunged into her eyes and not into her family tree. Afterward, we were able to smile at this historical coincidence."
The couple seems deep in love, but they have had some troubles. Last month, Olympia left her handbag in their unlocked Mercedes outside a hotel on the streets of Paris. Inside the bag was her £1 million engagement ring. Luckily the thief was caught and the ring returned.
Congratulations to the couple! What a royal wedding this will be!