Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma celebrated their 10th anniversary last week. Today and tomorrow, we’ll mark this anniversary with a look back at their religious wedding.
The couple was married civilly on June 12, 2010 in Wijk bij Duurstede in the Netherlands. Their church wedding was scheduled to follow on August 28 but was postponed due to the August 18 death of the groom’s father. Following a suitable period of mourning, the wedding was held November 20, 2010 in La Cambre Abbey in Brussels, the city where the couple met. Annemarie Gualthérie van Weezel was a parliamentary journalist in The Hague and Brussels for the Dutch public channel NOS while Prince Carlos w as a public affairs consultant for European Public Policy Advisors (EPPA).
Annemarie turned to Brussels designers Jacques Devos and Pamela Hoffman for her wedding dress. They created an off-the shoulder gown in ivory silk with crossover V-neck ruched bodice and three quarter length sleeves.
Annemarie wore the Dutch emerald parure tiara, a convertible piece with emeralds replaced with diamonds and pearls. Her veil was made by Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgreve out of….. paper! Chosen with a concern to sustainability (it was reported that Carlos and Annemarie wanted to emphasize their concern for a more sustainable world, the veil was handpainted and, as you can see here, was indistinguishable from lace (see its detail here, here and here). The ensemble was completed with pearl and diamond drop earrings and a white and pink bouquet.
Ten years on, this gown has held up well. The paper veil is astounding, it’s lace pattern pairing so well with the silk gown , giving both textural contrast and interest while not throwing the overall look out of balance. That’s not to mention the million points it already earns for its sustainability. The tiara was a bit too pointy for my taste but I can appreciate how the shape mirrored the gown’s neckline and I adore how the scalloped edge of the lace veil beautifully framed Annemarie’s beaming face. The whole look suited her well.
Today, the couple are parents to two daughters, Princess Luisa and Princess Cecilia, and a son, Prince Carlos.
Tomorrow, we’ll look at hats worn by family members and royal guests to this wedding. For now, I’m curious, dearest readers- what do you think of this bridal look a decade on?
The funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was attended by representatives from nearly every European royal house, many who wore hats. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post contains photos only (no commentary) and is not open for comments.
Monarchs from Denmark, Sweden, Liechtenstein and Norway:
Quick note before we get into the news- I’m setting off on vacation today until October 20. I have prepared a post to keep you entertained each day while I am away and have kept comments open for you to chat among yourselves and share any hats worn that day. Between the Danish opening of parliament next Tuesday and the Dutch state visit to Portugal the week after, there will certainly be hats for you to share and discuss. See you in three weeks!
We end the week with a clip of Prince Harry watching volleyball at the Invictus games, seated next to Hayley and Emily Henson, wife and daughter of Harry’s friend, former Invictus athlete David Henson. So sweet.
Lovely portrait of Prince Christian released for the occasion of his 11th birthday. It was a great counterpoint to news also from the Danish Court that Crown Prince Frederick fractured his neck in an incident involving a trampoline (something his mother had a quick response for). It appears he will make a full recovery.
Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma hosted numerous events in Piacenza and Parma, Italy this weekend in celebration of their son’s christening. At a mass on Saturday held at Santa Maria della Steccata Basilica, Prince Carlos officially ‘showed’ little Prince Carlos Enrique to the people of Piacenza. For this event, Princess Annemarie topped a draped blue chiffon dress with a twisted white silk headpiece.
Designer: Eudia Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new
For the christening yesterday, Princess Annemarie chose a dress and cocktail hat in a deeper shade of blue. The hat features a beret base trimmed with a large flat bow and swath of crin that encircles most of the design like a sort of flying brim. It’s a lovely colour on Annemarie but the near vertical placement was awkward- I would have much preferred to see this piece placed up and forward, perched down over her hairline on the right side of her forehead.
Queen Máxima used this occasion to debut a new hat with interesting history. During her June 10 visit to Urk, local milliner Hoedenhuis Kaptein gave it to her as a gift.
While we don’t often see gifted items wore publicly, Queen Máxima surprised yesterday by wearing this hat. In pale grey straw, this design features an intended crown and slightly curved brim; it is trimmed with a white hat band and small grey bow at the side with trailing tails. I really like the strong shape of this piece on Máxima – we see so many repeated shapes on her and it’s wonderful to see something completely different- and think it could be a great design for her but I’m not sure its pairing with her delicate teal lace Dolce & Gabbana dress showed the hat to its best. I think this is an occasion where the individual pieces of this ensemble work better separately than they do together.
King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máximaand princesses Amalia, Alexia & Ariane in Parma for christening of Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme pic.twitter.com/Pc0n7p1RTx
Designer: Hoedenhuis Kaptein Urk Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Viktoria was the only other member of the Bourbon Parma family in millinery of any description, a small pink fascinator floral pouf made from heat shaped petals. The scale feels too small for her and it’s far too twee for my liking, particularly in combination with her clunky heart shaped necklace.
Designer: unknown Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new
It is always lovely to see hats at this type of royal family event, even though I would have liked small tweaks on each of the ensembles we saw yesterday. Did any hats here stand out to you? And what do you think about Queen Máxima wearing a gifted piece?