Monaco Royal Wedding in Italy: Family and Royal Guests

Royal HatsThis weekend’s lavish religious wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo saw a number of hats worn by family members and royal guests. For the religious ceremony on Saturday morning, the groom’s mother, Princess Caroline, wore a flat-crowned white picture hat. The brim of the dramatic hat was heavily wrapped in a swirling tempest of navy silk tulle and trimmed with navy and white feather poufs on one side. While the hat is a haute couture piece, I’m struggling to find it either flattering or attractive. It’s a signature piece that seems at odds with Caroline’s ornately beaded tunic, also from Chanel.

Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

You can get a better sense of this hat in the short video clip below. Jump over here for a view of Princess Caroline’s pre-wedding dinner outfit and here for a view of her gown (and optional Can-can sleeves) at the post-wedding reception.

Designer: Chanel SS 2015 Haute Couture Collection
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Charlotte Casiraghi did not wear a hat at any of the wedding festivities (jump over to her outfits at the pre-wedding dinner here, the religious ceremony here and her wonderful Gucci gown for the reception here). Princess Alexandra of Hannover, who appears to have been a bridesmaid at the religious ceremony, topped her simple silk gown with a wreath of flowers in her hair.

Princess Alexandra, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Alexandra’s outfits at the other two events can be seen here and here. The outfits worn by Tatiana Santo Domingo can be seen here, here and here and those by Princess Stephanie and her daughters here, here, here and here.

While the bride’s mother Paola Marzotto did not wear any hats (see her frocks here and here), her sister-in-law Italian fashion designer Marta Ferri wore two vibrant floral headpieces made by Piers Atkinson- red for the pre-wedding dinner and yellow for the religious ceremony. Marta’s infant son (whose father is Beatrice’s brother Carlo, below left), was also spotted in a wee straw hat.

 Marta Ferri, July 31, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats  Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit or Norway continued her love of headbands with one worn to each of the three wedding events. While I appreciate her use of head adornment at this hat-scarce wedding, the pieces look rather twee when paired with her trio of floral and lace prairie dresses. The pink piece, worn with a Valentino gown, has the air of a Kokoshnik tiara that intrigues me but I’m afraid in reality, it might be a twin to the first piece, which looks like a string of mini pita pockets.

Princess Mette-Marit, July 31, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Mette-Marit, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Mette-Marit, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Luxarazzi has photos of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein who attended, sadly all without hats. I’m afraid, dear readers, that this wedding won’t be remembered for its millinery and that the review here is rather paltry. Of the hats and headpieces we did see at these nuptials, did any stand out to you?

Photos from Robino Salvatore via Getty; Walter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash News, Gigi Iorio/Splash News, and Splash News via Corbis; JacopoR/PierreS/GC Images via Getty; Marta FerriAFP via Getty; and Stella Pictures

Monaco Inauguration Mass, Ten Years On

Ten years ago today, the first part of Prince Albert’s inauguration as reining monarch of Monaco took place. While the pomp and circumstance would happen several months later during Monaco’s national holiday, July 12, 2005 saw the Monaco royal family attend a morning dedication mass at Saint Nicholas Cathedral. This inauguration mass formally marked the beginning of Prince Albert’s reign.

For this event, Princess Caroline topped her Chanel tweed coat dress with a large black picture hat, also by the couture fashion house. The flat crowned hat with wide brim was memorably covered in black feathers, leaving a swirling vortex of spiky texture on the top of the hat. It is not an overtly attractive hat but, as is most haute couture, it is most interesting to behold.
To my knowledge, Caroline has not repeated this hat in the ten years since she first wore it at this event (it clearly can not be paired with just anything and I suspect it was custom made for this dress). What do you think of this unusual piece? Has a decade done anything to diminish its fashion relevance?
HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco - Official Coronation Picture
Photos from Getty as indicated and Stephane Cardinale/People Avenue/Corbis

This Week’s Extras

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Queen Máxima wore one of her open topped headpieces to the Family Business Awards in The Hague on Wednesday. This piece is lovely with her sorbet hued dress. (PPE)

Crown Prince Frederik looked very handsome in his full naval dress uniform at a ceremony heralding the start of Danish army and navy special units under joint command (Nordjyske)

Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco looked boho-chic in a natural straw fedora while watching her daughter, Charlotte Casiraghi, compete in the Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco (Getty)

Queen Sonja in a handsome navy rain hat to open the first section of the Bo Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Artscape Nordland (Royal House of Norway). She opened another section of the gallery in Træna in a turquoise rain hat  (Bannett Norway)

Queen Anne-Marie in a relaxed Panama hat during the Spetses Classic Yacht Race Regatta (Svenskdam)

Queen Mathilde repeated her silk floral circlet headpiece today on the last day of her and King Philippe’s visit to China

Queen Mathilde, June 27, 2015

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A wonderful new formal portrait of the Luxembourg royal family was released this week (Luxarazzi)

Ever wonder what a Garden Party in Luxembourg looks like? This gallery will show you! (Wort via Luxarazzi)

Royal Christening in Monaco

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco brought their twins, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques, to the Cathédrale de Monaco yesterday to be christened.

Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

For this special event, Princess Charlene wore a silk crepe dress in palest aqua topped with a textured straw pillbox hat in the same shade.

I think a pillbox shape was a great idea for Charlene today as there was no brim to obscure the view of her animated face or be pulled askew by little hands. A pillbox is also a very natural choice to compliment the streamlined silhouette of her 1950’s inspired dress.
I’m afraid, however, this pillbox is less of a ‘box’ and more of a pancake. The odd proportion of this hat/pancake dictated its vertical placement on the back of Princess Charlene’s head- a placement I just can’t get behind. While her dress, pearl earrings, sleek hairstyle and megawatt smile were all flawless, I think the hat needed another inch or two of height to really work.

Princess Charlene, May 10, 2015 in Dior | Royal Hats

Designer: Stephen Jones Millinery. Dress by Dior Couture. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
The stars of the event arrived in custom Dior gowns with pin-tucking and Calais lace trim. Each gown was topped with a Calais lace-edged apron embroidered with tiny vegetables and the child’s monogram. Prince Jacques (pictured below) and Princess Gabriella also wore coordinating pin-tucked bonnets, which were removed during the service.

Prince jacques, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: Baby Dior
Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco wore a large purple raffia picture hat with square crown and relaxed brim which was folded up in the front. A  handmade and fair trade item, this easygoing hat looked effortlessly chic on the elegant princess.
Designer: The Madagascar Hat Company.
Previously Worn: This believe this hat is new
Beatrice Borromeo, who will join the Monaco royal family this summer when she weds Pierre Casiraghi, wore an exquisite cream picture hat with a short, domed crown and a wide cartwheel brim. The unembellished hat gained all of its ‘wow’ factor from the sweeping shape and different textures of straw on the crown and brim, proving again that a royal hat doesn’t always need huge blooms or plumes to make a grand statement. It was my favourite hat of the day.
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Beatrice Boromeo, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown. It is similar to several hats in Philip Treacy’s SS 2015 collection
Previously Worn: This believe this hat is new
Princess Charlene’s mother, Lynnette Wittstock, topped her demure oyster suit with a cream cocktail hat. The straw pillbox base of this piece supported a large waved circle of striped crin which was further trimmed by a large silk rose and cream feathers.

Lynette Wittstock, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

 Princess Charlene’s sister-in-law Chantell Witstock (below left) also wore a cream percher hat with large silk flower trim and feathers while her brother Gareth’s partner Roisin Galvin wore a pale grey feathered headpiece.

Chantell Wittstock and Roisin Galvin, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

The only other royal guests who attended the christening were Prince Albert’s close friends, the Duke and Duchess of Castro, Prince Charles and Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two-Sicilies. Princess Camilla, who can never be considered a wallflower when it comes to fashion, topped her electric blue and white checker board jacket with a coordinating cocktail hat. The blue-based hat was trimmed with a large spray of white silk flowers and three vertical feather spines dyed in the same electric blue as her ensemble. All I can say is that in the sea of pale-hued royal hats at this event, this getup certainly stands out.

You can watch the entire event below- I especially recommend five minutes starting at 1:53 after the service for some adorable interaction between the babies and a good view of Princess Charlene’s hat.

Which hats stood out to you at this very happy event?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Eric Gaillard / Reuters; and Monaco Info

This Week’s Extras

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Infanta Elena at the procession of Cristo de los Alabardos last weekend (Royalista)

Members of Monaco’s Royal Family remembered Prince Rainier, who passed away 10 years ago this week (Paris Match)

Queen Sonja wore  wore a beret hat with grommets earlier this week  to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ‘Scandinavian Star’ tragedy (Paris Match)

Princess Eugenie out and about in New York (The Daily Mail)

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Wonderful photos from the exhibition of Queen Margrethe’s dresses (Glittering Royal Events Message Board) and a gallery of the Danish Royals’ formal finery at Wednesday’s gala concert in Aarhus (Getty)

The Spanish King and Queen with their daughters on Easter Sunday last weekend (Blog Real)

Two drawings done by King George V and his younger sister Princess Victoria when they were children recently went up for sale (Paul Fraser Collectibles)