Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Danish & Spanish Extended Families


We don’t often see a  royal bride who counts four queens between her mother, grandmother, and aunts but such is the reality of Princess Alexia’s family tree. As such, her wedding was an extraveganza of royal hats on high profile royal heads.  Alexia’s grandmother, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, wore an ensemble in pale lilac with a cuffed ring brim hat. Made of the same fabric (silk crepe?) as her dress and coat, the hat’s centerpiece was its woven crown, a unique design touch that gave it wonderful texture.

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Queen Margrethe topped her vibrant floral dress with a picture hat in the same hues. The wide brimmed design, in grass green straw, was trimmed in whimsical twists of layered pink and white curling straw.

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Princess Benedikte was in sunny yellow from head to hem. Her straw hat featured a flat crown, silk hatband stitched in narrow rows and folded into a flat front bow, and a wide downturned brim overlaid in a swath of yellow net veil studded with silk rose petals. While the colour seems very much of the time, the classic shape translates better than her ruffle trimmed suit!

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Princess Benedikte’s elder daughter, Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, wore an ivory straw hat with flared and domed crown and wide brim that sloped downward in back and upwards in front. An overlay of informally ruched sinamay paced over the brim gave movement and a touch of modernity to the design.

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Princess Benedikte’s younger daughter, Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein Berleburg, seen behind Prince Charles in the photo below, wore a sky blue sinmay hat with squared crown and sideswept brim trimmed with a multi-looped bow on the side.

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While Queen Sofia did not wear a hat, Infanta Elena’s statement piece was impossible to miss. While structure here is difficult to pinpoint (Is it a pyramid? Do I see a small, rounded straw crown on th very top?), the hat’s focus was its wide cartwheel brim entirely covered in cream ostrich feathers. The phrase “lot of look” comes to mind to describe Elena’s couture suit and hat on steroids and I admire how much milliny confidence it must have taken to carry off such an over-the-top hat. It’s such a memorable royal hat moment.

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Infanta Cristina topped a blue dress and grey silk organza coat with a neutral almond straw hat with curved brim. The hat’s classic shape and streamlined trim (just a slim hatband) made a chic maternity look for Cristina.

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Infanta Margarita, who we seldom see, wore a very simple veiled headpiece. This is one of those times when function seems to have trumped fashion as the choice seems to satisfy the need for a headcovering, but that’s all. Do any of you recall seeing this headpiece from other angles?

There are some colourful and memorable hats among this group of royal relatives- I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Extended Spanish Royal Family

Royal Hats As one might expect, members of the extended Spanish royal family were in attendance for the May 22, 2004 wedding of the then Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocasalano. King Juan Carlos arrived at Almudena Cathedral with his sister, Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz. Pilar wore a dramatic magenta straw hat with tall crown and upturned lattice brim that came to a sharp point. The hat was trimmed with a large mass of feathers on the side. It’s not a hat for the faint of heart (which makes me love it) but I still have a hard time seeing it paired with Pilar’s very traditional floral coat.

Infanta Pilar, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Infanta Pilar, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Pilar’s daughter, Simoneta Gómez Acebo, wore a lime green ensemble that seems best left in the past. Her hat, a chartreuse straw oversize fedora with wide brim and large feather spine decoration, certainly made a statement.

Simoneta Gómez Acebo, May 22, 2014 | Royal Hats

Laura Ponte, who would marry Infanta Pilar’s son Beltran in September 2004, wore a dramatic black vertical saucer hat. The textured hat was trimmed with a giant black feather, a spray of ecru feathers and flowers at the back, and an open weave veil which tightly enclosed her face. Laura, a model, was probably used to such high fashion looks but the hat was a little macabre for my taste.

Laura Ponte, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

I assume Infanta Pilar’s other two daughter-in-laws, Bárbara Cano and Mónica Martín Luque also attended this wedding- can anyone help source photos of them at this event?

King Juan Carlos’ other sister, Infanta Margarita topped her mint green dress and jacket with a pale grey fascinator. This headpiece consisted of a side silk bow and a cloud of net tulle which framed the Infanta’s face. I like the unexpected grey and mint colour combination and thought the grey headpiece tied in well with Margarita’s sapphire earrings and necklace.

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Margarita’s daughter, María Zurita y de Borbón, topped her beautiful coral coat with a classic straw picture hat. This hat featured a squared crown and was trimmed with chocolate and coral feathers and a front bow. The ensemble was pretty, streamlined and oh-so elegant.

María Zurita y de Borbón, May 22, 2014 | Royal Hats

Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria and his wife, Princess Anne of Orléans, were also predictably in attendance. Princess Anne chose a demure her pale green dress and coat and coordinating light, crin headpiece. Their youngest daughter, Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, topped her bright red coat with a large and very romantic straw picture hat trimmed with peach roses and trailing ribbons. This is a hat I want to love but can’t, thanks to its odd pairing with this coat.

2004-05-22 Asturias wedding Anne Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, May 22, 2004 | Royal Hats

Infante Carlos’ other daughters Princess Cristina, Princess María (Archducess of Austria), Princess Inés and daughter-in-law, Princess Sofia of Bourbon-Two Sicilies were, presumably, also in attendance.

And finally, while not officially related to the Spanish royal family, I can’t bear to leave out the Duchess of Alba. One of the most fearless noble women when it comes to fashion, Cayetana  wore a characteristically whimsical headpiece in pink and green tulle net. This is not the kind of headpiece one expects to see on a duchess of a certain age (Cayetana was 78 at the time of this wedding) and I adore her for it.

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There are some unexpected ensembles and hats within this group and I am curious to hear your thoughts. Next up? The hats worn by King Felipe’s other royal cousins- the Greek royal family.

Photos from via Pascal Le Segretain and Pedro Amestre via Getty; El Mundo, El Mundo and El MundoEl Pais;  El MundoEl Mundo, El Mundo and El Mundo