Multicultural Royal Wedding in Switzerland

The Royal Hats BlogPrince Rahim Aga Khan and American model Kendra Spears were married in Geneva, Switzerland today in a private ceremony at a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva. The bride, who will now be known as Princess Salwa, wore beautiful cream embroidered sari that she folded over her head as a veil. Those of us in the west are used to seeing royal women in hats at weddings- at this wedding, it was the men who wore the hats (related to traditional dress, I imagine). While the female guests did not wow with hats, the bright rainbow of colour they provided was really festive and beautiful.

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spears, August 31, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spears, August 31, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spears, August 31, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spears, August 31, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog   Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spears, August 31, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Rahim Aga Khan and Kendra Spears, August 31, 2013  | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos byThe Ismaili; Kdnpix UK/Bancroft Media and Matrix Pictures via The Daily Mail

13 thoughts on “Multicultural Royal Wedding in Switzerland

  1. They look happy and beautiful and wish them a very happy and successful marriage, a marraige that is rooted in the fear of God and strong family support. – Fatma

  2. As an Indian I find it BIZARRE that in a Shia Muslim ceremony every one seems to be dressed in Indian attire.Women wearing Sarees and the men in Nehru suits.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t the Aga Khan family originally from the Iran or Middle East.

    • The photos show the back of her top has a very low scoop and shows a lot of her back. That seems very unusual for a Muslim wedding. Does anyone else know?

      • The Aga Khan’s background appears to be Persian and he competed in the Olympics for Iran. The Indian saris for the wedding… this is a fashion model after all. It all looks like a big fashion statement to me. If you look at recent Muslim brides in Jordan, for example, their dresses all look pretty western to me.

    • The Nizari Ismailis whom the Aga Khan leads were largely settled in India after their persecution in Iran, and in countries of East Africa in the 20th century. The Aga Khans of an earlier generation grew up and were educated either in India or by Indian teachers. And to this day, while the community is dispersed all over the globe, a large number trace their cultural (dress) traditions to south Asia which had been home to them for centuries. Thus, the prevailing preference for Indian dress. Do also note that the gentleman is not wearing a Nehru suit but a Shervani – which you must know is an old court dress of Iran / Mughal India.

  3. She looks beautiful. It would be hard for me to give up my religion and marry into a religion/culture that is so dictating of my life. I have had 2 good friends marry into the Muslim faith and both were really miserable marriages. I wish this couple well.

    • I wish them well but with the track record of his father and grandfather, I don’t have high hopes for this marriage. Time will tell but this one is not going to last.

      • I think we should wish them well and not push the past actions of others on them. They look like a lovely young couple.

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