Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: The Attendants

A wedding  At her wedding to the Prince of Asturias on May 22, 2004, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano (now Queen Letizia of Spain) was attended by four pageboys, three young bridesmaids, and two older bridesmaids. The attendants’ 18th century themed attire was designed by Spanish designer Lorenzo Caprile who took inspiration from Francisco de Goya’s painting The Duke and Duchess of Osuna and their Children (1787).

"The Duke and Duchess of Osuna and their Children" by Francisco de Goya (1787)

The elder two pageboys (Prince Felipe’s nephews Froilán and Juan) wore white knee breeches and frilled shirts with embroidered waist coats and knee-length coats in gold silk. The younger pageboys (Prince Felipe’s nephews Pablo and Miguel) wore cream silk trousers, lace trimmed shirts and gold silk waist sashes.

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The three young bridesmaids (Prince Felipe’s niece Victoria, Letizia’s niece Carla Vigo Ortiz and Victoria Lopez-Quesada y de Borbón-Dos Sicilias, granddaughter of Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria) wore cream and gold silk dresses trimmed in lace embroidered with the same motifs as Letizia’s veil.The young girls also wore cream headbands with cream and gold multi-looped bows on the side. I thought it was adorable how the size of the hair bow was directly proportional to the size of the bridesmaid!

Wedding of The Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasalano, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

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The two older bridesmaids, Ana Codorniu Álvarez de Toledo (daughter of the Marquess of Casa Loring) and Claudia González Ortiz (Letizia’s first cousin) wore gold silk dresses with a tightly corseted bodice, square neckline, three quarter length ruffled sleeves and full, pleated skirts. A white lace apron overlayed the front of the skirt and a white lace shawl was added for the ceremony. The bridesmaids’ ensemble was topped with a white snood which covered the back of their heads.

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I have always been intrigued by the attendants’ attire at this wedding as it was such a striking contrast to Letizia’s rather modern dress. The 18th century fashion gave a sense of long-rooted history to the event and added a very romantic touch. As much as I loved it, it seems incredibly fussy (especially those snoods!). As always, I am interested to hear your opinions- what did you think of the ensembles worn by attendants at this Spanish royal wedding?

Tomorrow, we will focus on the hats and headpieces worn by family members of the bride and groom.

Photos from Museo Nacional del Prado;  Dusko Despotovic via Corbis;  Getty as indicated

13 thoughts on “Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: The Attendants

  1. I like the older girls outfits, yes, even the aprons and snoods. The children as everyone else has said were adorable. My thought was how pleasing it was to see a cousin of Letizia included in the wedding party. I’m an old grandmother and appreciate all the thought and attempts to please as many people as they could with the dresses et al. It was a lovely wedding, pomp and pageantry for sure, but between two people who obviously love each other very much. Perhaps that should be the lasting memory of the day.

  2. I love the “costumes” of the children –their innocence was palpable and brought to the wedding, at least in the photos seen on this site, a sense of originality that has not been seen in a royal wedding for a long time. Need less to say they were all beyond adorable.

  3. The attendants’ 18th century themed attire is fabulous for a Royal Wedding in this historic church, and they look great, except for the snoods, which are very plain, and I think white or cream head-dress should be reserved for the bride only. I think their outfits look out of step with the bride’s clothes. Thanks Hat Queen for showing us the painting on which their outfits were based.

  4. I like it! I like almost every part of it. The only thing I would quibble about is the apron and snood on the older girls. Other than that, hey, it’s a royal wedding! There should be pomp!

  5. Bless children’s hearts for tolerating the fussy clothes they wear at such events! I do like the older girls clothing only those snoods are just too much. Everything is very cute and I do like the historical touch. I love the lace back on the dresses as it reminds me of Lady Sarah Armstrong’s attendants and those were just gorgeous. Thank you so much for all the pictures and information and research that you do for this blog. Enjoy it very much.

  6. I love the period costumes, especially the gold color, but I do not care for the aprons on the oldest bridesmaids–the aprons remind me of scullery maids. 🙂

    • Completely agree with your connection to scullery maids. I like the historical link, but the clothes became overdone and on the brink of costumes. The fussy comment is what seems to come up with many of you, and if you look at the painting which inspired the looks, the dress is less fussy than the wedding clothes they inspired for the children/attendants.

  7. The children were precious….but those bridesmaids must love Letizia very much to have worn those period costumes…. Not a fan.

  8. As much as the dress of the attendants is interesting, it’s not particularly attractive. The children and the older women all seem to be in over-fussy costumes. Why do royals (and aristos) insist on dressing children in such silly, fussy outfits for wedddings? Never ceases to amaze me how good taste flies out the window when it comes to outfits for wedding attendants. And, my goodness, but that wee lad is *very* young to be attending at such an important (overwhelming/long) event. Hope it all went well for him.

  9. Dear HatQueen, sometimes you make wonder on which world I live. I have seen thousands of coverage from Letizia’S and Felipe’s wedding, but I don’t ever recall paying attention to the attendant’s outfits. I don’t even recall the colour of it, Buy this I just want to thank you for bringing us these never seen(by me) photos.
    I love the attendant’s dresses. I think they are in perfect syncron to Letizia’s dress – as I feel in it a little Marie Antoinette’s time touch in that hich, embroidered neck, which I love, and also that feel have in the attendant’s dresses.

  10. I appreciate the historical research and accuracy on this blog. I remember the Goya painting was mentioned in articles after this wedding but I never saw the painting. Likeness to the beautiful children’s costumes is fascinating.

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