Bourbon-Parma Family Celebrates Christening

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma christened their younger daughter Princess Cecilia at the Cathedral of Piacenza in Northern Italy yesterday.  For this special day, Princess Annemarie wore the most delicate cream silk rose fascinator trimmed with lace and fine net tulle. I thought she looked absolutely exquisite.

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Little Princess Cecelia wore a bonnet of what looks like antique Battenburg lace. I thought she looked very sweet and suspect that her older sister Luisa’s sour face below was because she was forced to attend the event without a hat.

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Carlos’ sister, Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parama, arrived with their aunt, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Princess Margarita wore a pale pink pouf fascinator that coordinated with her coat and lace sheath. It was not the most exciting of headpieces but somehow, it worked with her ensemble. Princess Beatrix wore a very pretty melon-hued picture hat with upturned brim, ruched band around the crown and large side bow. The hat alone, I quite like. The hat with the sorbet-striped tunic and skirt however, was a little too…. orange. I suppose for a member of the House of Orange, this may not be an unwelcome criticism! Prince Carlos’ aunt, Princess Marie of Bourbon-Parama (pictured below right with Carlos’ brother Prince Jaime and sister-in-law Princess Victoria) was also in pink. Her hat defied gravity with a sharply angled brim and large side pouf bow. I loved how it coordinated with her chic bobbed haircut although I think the fur cuffs on her suit are horrid. Fur and pink jacquard together is never a good idea.

  Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog  Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Carlos’ other aunt, Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (I suppose she must be who they named the baby after) wore a vibrant blue pleated straw and flowered headpiece. This headpiece left me scratching my own head as it did not seem to relate to her ornately patterned suit. I think the mix of swirls, scrolls, pleats and flowers was a little too much for one outfit- especially an outfit that looked like it was attending a Christmas soiree from the neck down and a garden party from the neck up.

Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Despite these quirks, it was lovely to see members of the Bourbon-Parma family who we don’t see that often. It was also lovely to see this family so happy to christen their little daughter (a daughter who arrived early and spent many weeks in hospital). As we offer our best wishes to this family, I ask you, dear readers, which of the royal christening hats did you like best on this day?

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Albert Nieboer, Albert NieboerAlbert NieboerAlbert NieboerAlbert NieboerAlbert Nieboer, and Albert Nieboer, all via Corbis

7 thoughts on “Bourbon-Parma Family Celebrates Christening

  1. What a nice surprise this post!
    Here the award goes to you, because I haven’t red anywhere about this vent, not to mention seeing pictures of. it. Thank you!
    Hatwise the best hat in my opinion was Prince Carlos’ aunt, Princess Margarita’s.
    The best outfit (though without hat) for me is Prncess Viktoria’s.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this post! I’m afraid this event was overshadowed by the Swedish royal visit to the Netherlands and the Cambridge’s arrival in New Zealand.

      I think you are referring to Prince Carlos’ aunt Princess Marie? His sister is Princess Margarita. And I agree that her hat is most interesting!

  2. The best hat there was the one Princess Cecilia was wearing for her christening……………the rest, no thank you, not a fan of fascinators!

  3. Some very confused hatting here. Annemarie is channelling Mathilde in this look and it works for her. Beatrix – well I can’t see past those sleeves, I know she likes a good sleeve, but you could practically fit the Netherlands up there! An where was Oma Irene? She can always be relied upon to look chic as hell. Oh well, looked like a fun time was had – and that’s the main thing!

  4. The hat I like best is baby Cecilia’s! Next for me would be Princess Beatrix. I like the brim – a nice change from her layer cake hats. I’m not fond of fascinators, so none of the others appeal.

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