Son of Tramore couple to marry Austrian Princess

By Tom Young

The high-flying son of a Tramore based couple became engaged this week to an Austrian Princess.

Anthony Bailey (37), the second youngest of four children of Colin and Veronica Bailey, Drumcannon, is to marry Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg (34), younger daughter of Prince Peter von Hohenberg of Vienna and Princess Christine von Hohenberg of Salzburg, Austria.

The Princess is granddaughter of Duke Maximilian of Hohenberg, eldest son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Heir Presumptive to the Austrian and Hungarian Thrones.

The wedding is to take place later this year, the date yet to be set.

Born and reared in Middlesex, Anthony Bailey, who visits his parents regularly, is chairman of Eligo International, a major London based public relations company which he founded in 1997 and which embraces international diplomacy, reputations management and public affairs.

As head of Eligo he has played key communications roles during VIP visits across the world, including official and working visits of Prince Khalid Al-Faisel of Saudi Arabia to Britain and other destinations since 1999 and an official visit by the Prince of Wales to Saudi Arabia in 2001. He is the world’s youngest Papal Knight, having been honoured

He is the world’s youngest Papal Knight, having been honoured by the late John Paul 11 for inter-faith relations work and he also holds numerous other religious, royal and state decorations. Fifteen months ago he was appointed Ambassador-At-Large for the Republic of Gambia, with special responsibility for relations with Europe and the Middle East.

Princess Marie-Therese is an architect based in Vienna. Her father is a retired banker and her mother, an artist.

Engineer Colin Bailey and Veronica, originally from Dalkey, retired to Drumcannon 17 years ago and there they continue to foster abused children, which they have done all through their married life.

They described themselves as "thrilled" with Anthony’s announcement.

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