Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium celebrate their 10th anniversary today. This anniversary gives us the perfect opportunity to look back at their wedding.
Prince Laurent, the third child of King Albert and Queen Paola, was the fast-living playboy Prince of Belgium who seemed immune to settling down. That all changed when he met Claire Coombs, a property surveyor born in England and raised outside Brussels. Their wedding took place on April 12, 2003 at Brussels Town Hall (civil ceremony) and the Cathedral of Saints Michael and Gudula (religious ceremony).
Claire’s gown, from the House of NATAN, featured an off-the-shoulder neckline and three quarter sleeves in exquisite Calais chantilly lace. A luxuriously smooth duchess satin A-line skirt flowed to a moderate (but still very royal) length train.
Claire topped the delicately beautiful dress with a family heirloom lace veil that has been passed down in Queen Paola’s family since 1877. The veil was anchored with a small antique tiara gifted from the King and Queen.
Young attendants wore floral wreaths in their hair to coordinate with classically styled ivory duchess satin dresses with spring green sashes.
I have always thought that Princess Claire was the most beautiful royal bride. Her incredible veil could have overwhelmed her but somehow, the whole look was light, fresh and perfect for a spring wedding. Ten years later, the look seems so timeless it could easily walk back down the aisle today.
Photos from Getty as indicated