Monaco Royal Wedding: Families

Despite a long roster of famous guests, members of the Grimaldi and Wittstock families remained at the center of Prince Albert and Princess Charlene’s religious wedding on July 2, 2011. The Grimaldi matriarch, Princess Caroline of Monaco and Hanover, dressed the part in a Chanel ensemble with wide-brimmed white straw picture hat. The hat, likely from Maison Michel (Chanel’s in-house millinery division) was simply trimmed with a dusky pink ribbon hatband, cuffed at the back. It’s a simple design that packs a lot of drama!

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Charlotte Casiraghi topped her pink and black Chanel frock with a bandeau headpiece, likely also from Maison Michel. Solid black and grey ombre flowers covered a black headband base that anchored  a black honeycomb veil designed to hug the face. The ensemble’s pink and black scheme was a chic one with the black accessories and edgy headpiece tempering the pink dress to create a very haute couture look.

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Princess Alexandra of Hanover was just 11 years old at the time and the white silk flowers studded around her half chignon created a pretty and celebratory look for the young princess.

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Tatiana Santo Domingo and Beatrice Borromeo attended this event as royal girlfriends, Tatiana in an interesting ecru folded cloche hat and Beatrice in a ruffled silk aqua calot. While the cloche shape fit Tatiana’s boho aesthetic well, it seemed like an odd pairing with her magenta dress. The scale and texture of Beatrice’s headpiece worked well for her (I also like its placement, snaking over one ear and barely peeking out behind the other) but its execution was much less refined than her beautiful lace dress, making the two pieces a little at odds. Alas, both ladies significantly upped their millinery game in subsequent years since joining Monaco’s royal family.

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While Princess Stephanie opted out of any head-wear (again), her daughter Pauline, who was 17 years old, wore a pale blue straw multi-looped bow fascinator trimmed with raw edged crin and a scattering of costume pearls at the center. I suppose the rough edges on the piece were meant to coordinate with the fringe on her Chanel bouclé dress but the scale of the headpiece made it seem like little more than an oversize hair bow. But let’s give her credit- at least she made an effort.

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Prince Albert’s extended de Massy family in attendance included his first cousin Elizabeth-Ann de Massy, seen below in a red dress and simple black straw hat with gently sidesweeping brim. Elizabeth-Anne’s sister-in-law, Baroness Cécile de Massy (wife of Elizabeth-Ann’s brother Baron Christian Louis de Massy, seated in between these two women below) wore a taupe straw button percher woven with metallic gold threads and trimmed with a gold feather spray.

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Elizabeth-Ann’s daughter Melanie is shown below, at the far right behind Pauline Ducruet, in an ivory fabric hat with double overlay of gently ruffled organdie on the brim, a ruched crown and organdie twists and multi-looped bows on the side.

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Charlene’s mother, Lynette Wittstock wore an ecru straw disc percher hat. Built on a small saucer base, the main disc was elevated by a silk rose and large, multi-looped straw bow. From front view, the hat carries on the sleek, minimalist lines of Lynette’s oyster suit.. It’s a different story in the back, where Lynette’s curled hairstyle showed the hat to supreme effect. I always feel for non-royal family members dressing for these high-profile events but Lynette looked fantastic.

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The Grimaldis are not typically a hat-wearing bunch and their millinery, even for such a grand event as this was, as usual, a bit hit and miss. Looking back nine years on, what are your impressions of these millinery looks?

Jump to this post for an index of other royal hats that appeared at this wedding. 

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Akiko in a small almond kettle brimmed hat with layered pale blue hatband last Sunday at the Prince Tomohito Memorial World Grand Prix International Bicycle Competition 2019 in Nagano.
Camille Gottlieb, daughter of Princess Stephanie of Monaco, in a black piped natural straw hat last Monday at the Fight Aids gala. Camille’s older sister, Pauline, also shared a snap of herself in a casual straw hat. 
Queen Margrethe arrived at Sønderborg Harbour on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog on Tuesday en route to her summer residence Graasten Palace (where she was sweetly welcomed by her grandchildren!) in her pink hat with floral hatband
Princess Nobuko in navy and red trimmed hats on Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate 130th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society in Fukushima
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful amethyst silk abaca-wrapped  cap with twists and quill by Dutch milliner Mirjam de Rijke
Summery fedoras in genuine Panama straw with subtle hatband details by British milliner Amanda Denton
Elegant navy and cream checkerboard straw saucer with cream jinsin twists by Australian milliner Jill Humphries
Adore the classic elegance of this white straw percher with layered grey bow by British milliner Dillon Wallwork
Technology and millinery meet in this amazing red 3D printed hat by Australian milliner Carole Maher
Adore the painterly pale greige feather flowers on this percher by Scottish milliner Maggie Mowbray
Midnight blue velvet padded kokoshnik bandeau with peacock feathers by British milliner Stephanie Gallen
Simply beautiful pale pink saucer with ombre dyed crin ruffle by British milliner Tracey Miller
Striking gold and red feather flame headpiece by Californian milliner Amy Fowler
Fascinating shape on British milliner Harvey Santos’ white ‘Guggenheim’ brimless hat

And from from Irish milliner Aoife Harrison, this stunning forward facing saucer with black and gold feathers

Lovely shot of Queen Margrethe with half her grandchild squad at Graasten Palace. Her nephew, Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, also shared these lovely snaps of his daughter, Princess Olympia, with her grandparents, the king and queen. 
Lovely snap shared by Crown Princess Mette-Marit to celebrate Crown Prince Haakon’s birthday
Charming photos of the Dutch king and queen with their daughters taken at an annual summer photo session at Huis ten Bosch Palace
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We conclude the week with this adorable salutation, sung to the Duchess of Cornwall on Tuesday for her birthday and with new photographs of Prince George, who turns 6 tomorrow, taken by his mum. Enjoy the end of your weekend!

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This Week’s Extras

Princess Michael of Kent in a chic, floppy brimmed white canvas hat at Wimbledon on Wednesday. Photographers also taught her daughter, Lady Gabriella, taking a snap of her brother Frederick, in a casual panama hat.

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The Earl of Wessex in a summery Panama hat on Thursday to meet with recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh award at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh

Lady Kitty Spencer in a spectacular gold sunburst headpiece to open Dolce and Gabbana’s Alta Moda Fashion Show in Lake Como today

Pauline Ducruet shared a picture of herself wearing an Dior denim coogan style cap with interesting net veil.

The Order of the Thistle yesterday in Edinburgh saw Queen Elizabeth, The Earl of Strathearn and the Princess Royal in full regalia with velvet, Tudor style plumed hats.

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I updated this post on the square crown, kettle brimmed hats Angela Kelly has made for Queen Elizabeth– there have been four new iterations over the past year!

A handful of new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Stunning picture hat with a classic shape and colour scheme from Australian milliner Marilyn Van den Berg
From Dublin-based Martha Lynn Millinery, a red straw button percher with large perspex bow printed with triangles
Easy breezy straw fedora with raspberry crown, cream brim and striped hatband from Bundle McLaren
Phenomenal red floral, lace and veil trimmed percher from Ghanan milliner Velma Owusu-Bempah
Unexpected, graphic wide brimmed hat in orange, cream & black from Melbourne based Murley & Co Millinery
Chic boater with pork pie crown, layered straw & velvet hatband and dotted veil from Dutch milliner Wies Maduit

And from Australian milliner Catherine Ellen, this cheeky and very sweet design that I’d just LOVE to be able to wear to high tea. Such fun!

 

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Lighthearted interview with Mike Tindall about current charity work, adjusting to baby Lena’s arrival and his new, very handsome nose (Hello)

Lovely new photos released by the Belgian monarchy of the King, Queen and their family. I adore the bottom snap of them cheering on the Belgian soccer team.


This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia in cosy winter hats on their annual Swiss ski vacation

Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and her daughters, Princess Maria  Carolina and Princess Maria Chiara, in chic winter hats during their recent holiday in Switzerland


Princess Clothilde of Savoy in an interesting, intricately beaded mask at the Dior spring show in Paris at the end of January.

Princess Märtha Louise in a patriotically-hued knit hat at the Paralympic Games in South Korea

Pauline Ducruet in a black felt hat at Christian Dior’s 2018/2019 fall/winter collection fashion show February 27 at the Rodin museum in Paris

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Did you catch the release of the 2018 Ascot style guide this week?!

The Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in construction hats to open the London Power Tunnels Project on March 7 and visit the Northern Spire bridge project February 21

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The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:

Striking brimless red felt hat with beautifully stitched leaf trim from Aussie brand Rachael Henderson Millinery
Purple straw oblique saucer with silver silk trim from UK milliner Dillon Wallwork
The prettiest cream straw ruffled percher with floral and net trim from Rosie Olivia
Stunning shape on this unembellished blue felt stylized fedora from Danish milliner Susanne Juul
Black straw folded headpiece from Scottish milliner Maggie Mobray
Bold green and navy straw colour blocked fedora from American brand Lifted Millinery
Charming percher from Tasmanian milliner Cessiah Alice with pink leather base and oversize pompom dahlia
Italian milliner Guilia Mio, who is now based in the UK, recently won the Parkins Fabric competition hat making competition with this red felt design with stunning handmade felt and feather flowers which wowed judge Rachel Trevor Morgan. The cream straw boater with rainbow feather trim from her upcoming spring collection has also caught my eye.

And this incredible literary themed headpiece from British milliner Bee Smith.

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A new Swedish princess arrived early yesterday morning. The photo shared here was taken by her father- we’ll learn her name on Monday morning. Congratulations and best wishes to Princess Madeleine, Chris, Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas on this new addition to their family.

 

Prince Philip and Princess Danica of Serbia presented their newborn son, Prince Stefan, at the Royal Palace in Belgrade on March 2

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Beautiful photos last week of the Dutch royal family on their annual ski vacation in Austria

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We end the week with a cheekily well timed photo snapped of  Princess Märtha Louise at Kurland School in Sarpsborg on Wednesday

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

The Norwegian Royal Family in patriotic hats to watch skiing finals (Svenskdam)

Pauline Decruet in a navy fedora in New York last weekend (Royalista)

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It’s official- Prince Harry’s military career will end in June (BBC)

Details about the upcoming Swedish Royal Wedding were released this week (Hello)

And finally… Ladbrokes held a corgi race to predict the name of the soon-to-arrive new royal baby. If you need a giggle today, this will provide one.