Luxembourg Royal Wedding, Ten Years On

Royal Hats  Ten years ago today saw the wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony.

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In September, 2005, the Grand Ducal Court made the surprise announcement that Prince Louis and his girlfriend, Tessy Antony, were expecting their first child. This news was completely unexpected not only because the relationship was unknown to the press, but because the couple were so young (19 and 20). After Prince Gabriel’s arrival in March 2006, news of the couple’s engagement followed five months later. Following precedent in the Grand Ducal family, Louis renounced rights to the throne not only for himself, but for his descendants. As such, when Louis and Tessy married, she did not become a princess- this combined with an already unusual situation and set the event as a much lower key, family affair.

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After a civil ceremony held at the Grand Ducal Palace, Louis and Tessy’s religious ceremony took place on September 29, 2006 in the northern Luxembourg town of Gilsdorf’s local parish church. Like most ‘normal’ brides, Tessy chose an off-the-rack dress, the “Jazmin” design by Spanish bridal manufacturer Pronovias.

Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats


The dress featured a strapless bodice covered in beaded cutouts of lace. Tessy arrived at the church in opera length white gloves that were removed during the ceremony.

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In the front of the dropped waist skirt, an overlay of organza gathered in folded pleats to a cluster of silk roses and trailing rosettes on Tessy’s left hip. From the back, the ballgown shaped skirt attached to the bodice in large box pleats that fell beautifully into a folded train.

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Tessy’s embroidered tulle veil was anchored with a beaded headpiece, worn on the crown of her head.
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There was some grumbling in royal circles at the time about Tessy not receiving a tiara to wear for her wedding. I sincerely do not believe this was a snub- since she did not become a princess upon her marriage, a tiara was simply not in order (Tessy was granted the styling of Princess of Luxembourg in 2009).
It seems to me that the ‘not becoming a princess’ reality was a gift for Tessy who thus, was free to wear whatever she wanted on her wedding day. My esteemed blogging colleague The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor remarked about this dress, ” while I can’t say I’d give it a second glance on the rack myself, I’ve always liked it for one main reason: it seems like what she would have worn whether or not the man waiting at the end of the aisle was a prince.” I think that sums it up very well.
 Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats
Jump over to this post to see the hats and headpieces worn by the Grand Ducal family to this event. What do you think of this non royal headpiece for this non royal bride?
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11 thoughts on “Luxembourg Royal Wedding, Ten Years On

  1. I usually don’t like strapless dresses, but this one fits the bride perfectly. It is a fresh and wonderful look for a young girl. And the headpiece and veil are lovely.

  2. Count me as another who is not a fan of strapless dresses, but I have to admit, the bride looks extraordinarily lovely and the dress is very pretty.
    Could you please explain why “Following precedent in the Grand Ducal family, Louis renounced his rights . . .”? Because they’d had a baby out of wedlock or some other reason?

    • Grand Duke Henri’s younger brother Prince Jean (Prince Louis’ uncle) renounced his rights to the throne when he and his partner had a child out of wedlock. After they married, she and their children were granted titles. Louis and Tessy followed the same path- he renounced rights to the throne and she became “Tessy de Nassau” upon their marriage. On Luxembourg National Day in 2009, Duke Henri granted Tessy and their sons Gabriel and Noah titles of Princess and Princes of Luxembourg.

  3. I think her headpiece is very pretty and it and the veil go well with the dress, which is quite nice. Her hairstyle also complements her headpiece/veil very well. She looks good in strapless unlike many women. A very nice wedding.

  4. I am not a fan of strapless gowns normally, but hers fit very well, and she looked like a very happy young woman who was living her dream. I like Tessy a great deal. Her choices are sometimes unique, but suit her and her personality. As you said, this was a more low key family wedding, and the dress and simple headpiece were appropriate. It is exactly the kind of dress a young bride would love and wear, and she does wear clothes well. Congratulations to the Prince and Princess on their milestone. It is hard to believe that it is ten years already.

  5. All of it seems perfect. Not fairy tale princess big wedding perfect, rather a more normal kind of perfect. I’m not one for strapless (not for any moral reasons, just don’t think it look good on many) but this is a very nice dress, and I agree that it looks like something she would wear if not marrying a prince. They seem like a great couple (are they the ones who are expecting?)!

    • It is Louis’ older brother and his wife who expect a child. Claire and Felix. I think Tessy looked lovely, but am also a bit surprised by the strapless gown, particularly in late September.

  6. They were very young indeed but she was a beautiful bride. The headpiece is nice but something a little grander could have been appropriate, but I am not sure if there are any about the Luxembourg jewels.
    What surprises me the most actually is the fact that she went bare shoulder.

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