A festive illumination delighted the citizens of Munich, possibly the subsequent provision of food with plentiful bread, meat, sausages and beer made them even happier. Rich citizens and the nobility decorated their palaces and hotels magnificently. In particular, the palace of Count Montgelas (1759-1838) excelled by means of its floral decoration. The ornamentation on the house of the rich banker Dall’ Armi also found mention in the descriptions.
Despite all the ceremonies in the city, the city of Munich itself did not participate in the celebrations, for a Bavarian communal decree dated to 1808 had almost entirely abolished the self-administration of the communes. There was, therefore, no space for receptions or for other events by means of which the residential city would otherwise certainly have contributed to the wedding of the crown prince.
Instead of the commune, now the national guard of the third class, the citizens’ guard, took action. In 1809, the powerful Bavarian minister, Count Maximilian von Montgelas, had transformed the voluntary citizens’ guard into a national guard and divided it into three separate classes: in the case of war, the first class was part of the standing army, the second class was ordered to contribute to the defence within Bavaria. Only the third class was supposed to stay put and to take on police work. In this class were, therefore, gathered the members of the long-established Munich citizens’ families, whose financial means also helped to contribute to an appropriate appearance of the citizens’ guard.
Decisive became the initiative of Andreas Michael von Dall’Armi (1765-1842), a cavalry major in the Munich national guard, third class. The merchant’s son was born in Trent and had married into the banking family of Nockher. Next to his brother-in-law, Jacob Nockher, he established himself as the most important banker in Munich.
Dall’Armi accepted the suggestion of one of his subordinates, Franz Baumgartner, who had proposed that the cavalry of the citizens’ guard should organise a horse race for the occasion of the royal wedding. Dall’Armi gained the permission for the event, organised it and published programmes and a description, which literally “fixed” the image of the festivities for the future.