Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo celebrates her 50th birthday today. A busy advocate of culture, education and sport, this Spanish princess is not a prolific royal hat wearer and unfortunately, we seldom see her in a hat. Elena’s hat style has leaned toward the traditional, with understated embellishments.
Infanta Elena in 1984; at the christening of Prince Philippos of Greece July 10, 1986; in Paris, December 1994;
at the wedding of her cousin Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece in July 1995; In Spain December 2011
At tennis, June 10, 2012; at equestrian events in May 2011 and July 2008; enjoying Spain’s FIFA win in July 2010
While Infanta Elena’s millinery style is usually understated, sporty and casual, she had a brief period of over-the-top dramatic (and very memorable) picture hats hats she chose for a series of weddings a decade ago. These hats still make me smile.
Infanta Elena at the weddings of: Princess Victoria of Bourbon Two Sicilies in September 2003;
Princess Alexia of Greece in July 1999; and Infanta Cristina of Spain in October 1997
The millinery I associate most, however, with this elegant Spanish princess, is the traditional lace mantilla and high peineta comb. She wears this regal headpiece so very, very well.
Infanta Elena in October 1983; at her brother Prince Felipe’s wedding May 22, 2004;
in Seville, May 2008; at the Madrid Military Base in April 2004
I suspect some of these hats might be new to some readers and I’m curious to hear what you think about Infanta Elena’s past hats and millinery style! I’m sure you will also all join me in wishing her a very Happy 50th Birthday.
Photos from Cotilleando; The Greek Royals; Cardinale-Le Segretain via Corbis; The Royal Forums; Europa Press via Getty; Ian Langsdon via Corbis; Xaume Olleros/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio; Alberto Moante via Corbis; Europa Press via Getty; Lavoz Libre; Lavoz Libre; Lavoz Libre; Alvaro Rodriguez and Albert Gea via Corbis; Hola Magazine; and Lalo Yasky via Getty