Austro-French Royal Wedding Part 2

The wedding of Prince Jean Christophe Napoléon and Countess Olympia von Arco-Zinneberg on Saturday saw many royal faces with numerous extended family members and guests in Paris to celebrate with the couple.

The bride’s mother, Maria Beatrice of Arco-Zinneberg, was born an Archduchess of Austria-Este, the elder sister of Prince Lorenz of Belgium (Archduke of Austria-Este before gaining the title of prince when he married Princess Astrid). As uncle and aunt of the bride, they were in attendance, Princess Astrid in a brimless hat of spiky dark green feathers. Their daughter, Princess Maria Laura, who acted as a witness for her cousin, wore a sparkling bandeau headpiece. Princesses Luisa Maria, Laetitia Maria and Elisabetta (Amadeo’s wife) were also on the guest list but so far, elude photos.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Archdukes Rudolph, Carl Christian and Simeon of Austria are also Habsburg relatives of the bride through her mother. Archduke Rudoplph’s wife, Archduchess Marie-Helene wore a white saucer trimmed with veil and a figure-8 bow in the same raspberry pink stripe as her silk coat. Archduchess Marie-Astrid topped her royal blue and gold dress with a navy straw saucer based cocktail hat trimmed with a multi-looped silk abaca bow and a swath of dotted navy tulle.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Archduke Simeon’s wife, Archduchess Maria (née Princess Maria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies) wore a navy straw brimmed hat with voluminous straw overlay on the brim that wrapped around the design as a draped scarf of sorts. They are pictured here with Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein;  Margaretha topped her orange suit in a repeated russet brown straw hat with mushroom brim, trimmed on the side with a straw bow and pouf of dotted tulle.

Embed from Getty Images

Princess Margaretha and Prince Nikolaus’ elder daughter, Princess Maria Anunciata, wore a high halo bandeau headpiece in brilliant emerald green, lavishly trimmed with silk roses and a ruffle of rough-edged straw studded with tiny beads. Her aunt, Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein, wore a picture hat in champagne straw with wide mushroom brim. The hat’s sheen is spectacular and the repeated use of the wide brim binding also on the hatband gives great balance to the design.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Much of Luxembourg’s Nassau royal family members were also in attendance. Princess Stephanié, Hereditary Grand Duchess, repeated a circular wrapped headpiece made from overlapping layers of red banana fibre, trimmed with a multi-looped side bow. Princess Claire wore a classic black bandeau trimmed with faux pearls.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images  

Countess Diane (wife of Prince Jean), wore a tall slice hat of black crin with crown covered in curling pink and black feathers. Jean’s daughter, Princess Marie-Gabrielle, wore a bandeau headpiece covered in varied shades of dusky pink feathers topped with a pink birdcage veil sprinkled with copper sequins.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Princess Sibilla repeated a wonderful red hat made by Dillon Wallwork. The design features a squared crown covered in the silk crepe, a sidesweeping windowpane straw brim with wide brim edge also in silk crepe, and a wide grey silk hatband with side bow. Also in a British made hat was Princess Beatrice of York in a Julian Garner design described by the milliner as a boater “made out of a fine parasisel straw and is trimmed with hand cut dyed feathers embellished with Preciosa crystals”

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images  

The Greek royal family was represented by Crown Prince Pavlos, Princess Olympia, Prince Michael and Princess Marina. Princess Olympia wore an angular grey-olive bandeau headpiece while Princess Marina donned a black felt fedora with ribbon hatband and kicky upturned brim on one side.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images  

The Royal House of Hanover was represented by Prince Christian and Princess Alessandra who wore a dark purple bandeau veiled headpiece. The Olympe design from Spanish brand Mimoki features an overlapping double bandeau wrapped in cotton raffia. The Duchess of Bragança topped her blue silk dress and coat with a navy straw arc headpiece trimmed with feathers.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images  

Princess Tatiana Radziwill wore a red circle headpiece of silk abaca studded with read beads with flying bow tails at the back. Duchess Sophie of Wurtenberg wore a fascinator of bright pink feathers.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images  

Princess Maria Pia of Savoy wore a pink and grey floral headpiece set on a circle of gathered net tulle veil.  Princess Edouard De Lobkowicz (née Princess Marie Francoise of Bourbon-Parma) wore wonderful throw-back voluminous pillbox covered in curving mint, grey and peach straw leaves.

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images  

The groom’s maternal aunt, Princess Anne Marie of Bourbon Two Sicilies, wore a braided black picture hat with upswept brim on one side, trimmed with a black organdie multi-looped bow and net veil. Her daughter, Dorothée de Bourbon-Siciles, wore a fascinator of neon pink crin, dotted crin and feathers while her daughter-in-law wore a chic black veiled pillbox with bow on the side. 

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Finally, the groom’s maternal uncle, Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, attended with his glamorous wife and daughters. Princess Camilla’s navy blue straw vertical disc hat is lavishly trimmed with different varieties of feathers in navy and black, large loops of navy crin and crystal-studded windowpane crin on the exposed underside of the raised brim.  Princess Maria Carolina, who served as a witness, topped her orchid purple suit with a magenta straw hat. With a sharply curved ‘slice’ shape, the design is trimmed with pink and black feathers on the lower side of the brim. Princess Maria Chiara wore a tan silk abaca draped hat with pleated crescent, net tulle veil and dark blue organza leaves and lighter blue flowers.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

 

Numerous more royal guests attended the wedding who, I’m afraid, were not caught by photographer’s lenses. Even so, we do have record of 33 hats and headpieces from this event which we are able to admire. This leads me to ask, dearest readers- which ones stand out to you, most?

Photos from Getty as indicated 

Funeral of Grand Duke Jean: Family

The funeral for Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was held Saturday at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, attended by all members of the extended Grand Ducal Family and their Belgian royal cousins. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post does not contain any commentary on the hats and it is not open for comments.

Grand Ducal Family:

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images 

Extended Grand Ducal Family:

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Belgian Royal Family:

Embed from Getty Images

To identify individuals, click on the photo and link to its original source, with explanation. You can see the many royal guests who attended at this post.

Photos from Getty as indicated 

This Week’s Extras

The Duchess of Cambridge repeated her black velvet J.Crew hair bow on a visit to Leicester on Tuesday

Embed from Getty Images

Princess Beatrice was at the turning out parade at Sandhurst Military Academy a week and a half ago in a smart brimless navy felt hat with pheasant feather trim
Her Majesty, Margaretha, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, in Alba Iulia today in a winter white felt pillbox hat.
Princess Mabel commemorating World Aids day today in a natty cap.
The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Boysenberry purple feather chrysanthemum headpiece from New Zealand milliner Anel Heyman
Square-brimmed designs in felt and straw from Dutch milliner Marianne Jongkind
Blush-beige straw wide brimmed hat with beautiful beaded applique trim from Irish milliner Teresa Nugent
Royal blue felt stylised trilby with handmade ranunculus flower trim from Czech milliner Jolanta Katabova
Leaf green straw bandeau with fuchsia floral trim from British milliner Justine Bradley-Hill
Beautifully sweeping lines on this black velvet headpiece with dotted veil from Irish brand Marc Millinery
Also from Marc Millinery, this stunning burgundy velvet percher with straw bow and beaded trim
Ruffled hat brimless hat in lilac and cream raw-edged silk from American milliner Karen Morris
Vintage inspired green silk pleated button pillbox with beaded tassel from London milliner Tina Giuntini
If I was buying a winter hat it would be this one- navy felt trilby with slightly extended brim, trimmed with
a luxurious velvet hatband and peacock feather side spray
made by British milliner Bundle McLaren.

And how lovely is this vibrant pink straw button percher embroidered with flowers and trimmed with a pleated black crin ruffle from Australian milliner Amanda Smith who works under the brand, “Amanda Lyn.”

Princess Yasmine Pahlavi announced this week that she has started treatment for breast cancer. I’m sure you all join me in wishing her courage and strength on this journey of healing.
A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth, commissioned by the RAF Regiment to celebrate its 75th anniversary, was unveiled yesterday at Windsor Castle and it looks great.
Embed from Getty Images
The Christmas trees went up this week at Windsor Castle and, as always, they look beautiful.
Embed from Getty Images
Queen Margrethe placed four handmade Christmas characters in the attic of Fredensborg Castle to explore the treasures stored there and the past stories they tell of the Danish royal family. Each day of advent, the Danish Monarchy’s instagram page will feature part of this ongoing story– the first clip yesterday (below) shows the Queen setting the characters up for this adventure (with a bowl of Danish rice pudding to sustain them).
View this post on Instagram

Hendes Majestæt Dronningen står igen i år bag en julekalender på Kongehusets Instagramprofil. Frem til juleaften har Dronningen sluppet en hjemmelavet nissefamilie løs på lofterne på Fredensborg Slot. I deres søgen efter risengrød vil nisserne finde frem til ting og sager, der gennem tiden har været brugt af den kongelige familie. Nisserne vil således i 24 dage fortælle gemte og glemte historier om konger, dronninger, prinser og prinsesser, og om alle de spor, de efterlader sig på Kongehusets lofte. Her er blandt andet tidligere majestæters personlige ejendele pakket ned og gemt væk for eftertiden i kasser, på hylder og i hengemte rum og sale. Om nisserne finder risengrøden inden juleaften, kan man følge med i på Kongehusets Instagramprofil fra i morgen. 🎥 Kongehuset ©

A post shared by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus) on

Funeral of King Michael of Romania

Representatives from several royal houses gathered in Bucharest on Saturday for the funeral of Romania’s last king.

Embed from Getty Images

King Michael’s daughters, led by Crown Princess Margareta who is now styled as ‘Custodian of the Crown of Romania’, all wore conservatively styled black hats or veils. Princess Margareta’s bumper hat features a large, double bow at the back while Princess Elena’s hat has a cuffed brim in the same fur as her coat.  Royal Musings reported yesterday that Nicholas Medforth-Mills and his fiance Alina-Maria Binder were quietly married in a civil service (their religious wedding remains set for next summer) recently, presumably so that the couple could attend the funeral together.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Romanian royal family, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Alina Binder, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Romanian royal family, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Queen Silvia wore a black felt pillbox, wrapped in a silk pseudo bumper brim and trimmed with a flat bow at the back.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Queen Sofia of Spain wore a loosely woven net veil anchored to her hair with a small back bow.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Queen Anne-Marie wore a black felt bumper hat wrapped in a wide swath of dotted net veil. The hat features a double upturned brim, the inner of which is made of silk which lends lovely sheen and contrast to the monochrome piece. It is finished with a ruffled flourish at the back.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia wore a black velvet pleated headpiece in her go-to traditional Kokoshnik shape to which was attached a black veil.

Grand Duchess Maria, Dec 16, 2017 | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a simple black hat with rounded crown and relaxed mushroom brim.

Embed from Getty Images

Princess Astrid of Belgium wore a black faux fur pillbox trimmed with a silk rosette and leaves.

Embed from Getty Images

Princess Muna of Jordan wore a white lace veil. Behind her, Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein wore a large black straw hat with wide, exaggerated mushroom brim. The crown appears to be wrapped in a wide straw hatband (almost in the style of a bumper brim) overlaid in a dotted sheer organza or crin.

Embed from Getty Images
Embed from Getty Images

Photos from Getty as indicated;  Simion Mechno, Simion Mechno, and Simion Mechno via Agerpres Foto; NurPhoto via Getty; REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Funeral of Thai King

Royal representatives from around the world gathered in Bangkok yesterday to pay respects to Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the first day of his official, three day funeral ceremony. The king, who is now known as King Rama IX, died October 13, 2016 and was, at the time, the world’s longest serving monarch.


Among the many royal mourners at yesterday’s cremation ceremony, three wore headpieces. Queen Máxima repeated her black open crowned headpiece (see a better view of this piece from its last outing over at this post) while Queen Mathilde wore a black calot hat with textured side trim. This piece doesn’t match with other black calots in Mathilde’s wardrobe so I can only assume it is new.  


Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein wore a black fascinator, presumably of flowers or feathers, tucked into the right side of her hair.

Photos of this event are scarce so instead, I quote our friends over at Luxarazzi: “There are hours and hours of coverage of the elaborate and fascinating funeral rituals over on Youtube, the royals can be spotted in these ones here and here, for example.
Photos from social media as indicated

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to 52 years ago yesterday and the most charming hat, covered in lily-of-the-valley. It’s not the first trim that comes to mind when one thinks of autumn but it’s very sweet on Princess Margaretha nonetheless.

Embed from Getty Images

Photo from Getty as indicated

Hat From the Past

Royal Hats to this day in 1964 which saw a recently betrothed Princess Margaretha in a charming veiled toque hat, met by her fiancé, John Ambler, at London Airport.

Embed from Getty Images

Photo from Getty as indicated