The wedding of Greek heiress Christina Onassis in Athens on Tuesday (22 July) was to have been a simple ceremony with only close relatives.
The wedding of Greek heiress Christina Onassis in Athens on Tuesday (22 July) was to have been a simple ceremony with only close relatives. But over a thousand people surrounded the Greek Orthodox church in the fashionable suburb of Glyfas when the wedding party arrived.
Security guards had to work hard to keep the crowd from surging forward around Miss Onassis and the bridegroom, Alexander Andreades, the 32-year-old son of a Greek banker and shipowner.
The couple say they fall in love and decided to marry within the last month. The marriage surprised Greek society. Until recently Miss Onassis was almost engaged to Mr. Petros Goulandris, a member of another Greek shipping family, whom she promised her father shortly before he died that she would marry.
Mr. Andreades is the managing director of his father's Eleusis Shipyards, Greece's second major shipbuilding and ship-repairing yards. The Andreades family's wealth is estimated to be at 200 million U.S. dollars (80 million). Miss Onassis, aged 24, inherited the bulk of her father's estimated 1,000 million dollar fortune (60 million) last March.
Christina wore a long white dress for the wedding ceremony, the first time since her father's death last March that she had appeared without the traditional black mourning.
Also attending was Jacqueline Onassis, widow of the late Aristotle Onassis, and her son, John Junior, from her first marriage to the late U.S. President, John Kennedy. This is Christina's second marriage. In July 1971, she married Californian businessman Joseph Bolker. They separated and were divorced the following February.