Bourbon Parma Wedding Ten Years On: Family & Guests

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma celebrated their 10th anniversary last week. Yesterday we looked at the bride’s attire– today we look at hats worn by family and royal guests.

The groom’s mother, Princess Irene wore a statement pinwheel fascinator of purple feathers. Fascinators such as this one were still popular at the time (we’ll see several more at this wedding) and while this one was on-trend in terms of style and the colour was lovely, I think its scale overwhelmed Irene.

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Princess Margarita, who attended the bride and helped maneuver her 4 meter long train, topped and adorable red coat with a pleated bandeau headpiece trimmed with feathers on one side. The scale of the piece is lovely on her and just right for a head-to-toe ensemble in one colour- a bigger hat would have been too much. While bandeau headpieces are very popular today, this one was ahead of its time!

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Princess Carolina paired her stunning amethyst silk dress with a silvery grey straw fasciator studded with purple and grey feathers. As far as fascinators go, the crescent shape of this this one worked really well, not only to frame Carolina’s face but to give some presence to the piece. Both the shape and colour made the piece a great pairing for the dress, linking with the handpainted pattern on the skirt and complimenting, rather than competing with the cowl neckline. While fascinators such as these seem a bit dated now and the feather placement on this design isn’t perfect, ten years ago, I adored this look on Carolina.

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Queen Beatrix wore one of her signature oversize pillboxes, this one in the loveliest shade of slate blue. The hat paired beautifully with her both her blue jacquard silk dress and her fur-trimmed cape, the latter giving the most wonderful “ice queen” vibe, in the best possible way.

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Princess Máxima wore a simple black beret percher overlaid in pale grey and black net veil by Dutch milliner Irene Bussemaker. The veil is the star on this design, adding wonderful texture and softness to the otherwise stark piece. It’s not a showstopper hat for Máxima but, I suspect, that was the intent.

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Princess Laurentien topped another head-to-to red ensemble in a percher saucer hat trimmed in red guinea fowl feathers. While the numerous textures in this overall look might seem a bit much, they save it from being one note. I think the hat was a triumph, its scale so great on Laurentien (particularly with her characteristically sassy haircut) and the feathers a whimsical yet effective touch.

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Princess Mabel leaned into the fasciator trend with a large headpiece of black feathers. A decade of time since first seeing this outfit has not warmed me any more to it- while the fascinator linked with the coat and the top linked with the skirt and shoes, these two halves seemed at odds and the overall look just didn’t mesh.

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While Princess Margriet, Princess Annette and Princess Anita  did not wear hats, Princess Marilene topped her Valentino coat with a lilac crin bow fascinator studded with goose and coque feathers, net veiling and tulle. While the design was fine, I’ve always felt her lovely coat deserved a much more refined hat. Something wide brimmed in felt the same shade as the coat’s velvet bow would have been so much better.

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Princess Aimee wore a white fascinator of ruffled straw. I prefer the look of this fascinator, which almost reads as a cocktail hat, to the feather explosions seen on other heads here, but always felt it was too summery for a November wedding. Perhaps she had planned to wear it for the originally scheduled date in August? Either way, cocktail hats were popular ten years ago and I think something in navy felt would have made a better pairing.

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The final Dutch royal hat at this wedding was worn by Princess Christina. Her tangerine straw callot was studded with black and orange feathers. The hat’s link to the black, yellow, caramel and coral floral print on Christina’s coat is obvious yet still incongruous…  and too Halloween-y. I think a solid colour hat would have been the way to go here.

The only hat on a royal guest was this wonderful purple felt cloche worn by Countess Diane of Nassau, wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg. The design appears to be trimmed with a pair of slim, layered hatbands and a ruffled side bow at the side with feathers. It’s a classic piece that was elevated by its unexpected, yet very effective pairing with Diane’s fuchsia frock.

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Looking back at past events is always an interesting glimpse at style trends at that time and this flashback is no exception. Which millinery looks have best stood the test of time? Which do you think are best left in the past?

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Orange-Nassau Wedding, Ten Years On: The Guests

Royal Hats After looking at the marvellous hats worn at Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita’s civil wedding ten years ago, it is now time to look at the hats worn by guests at their religious ceremony.

The groom’s mother, Princess Margriet, topped her two toned pink suit with a magenta straw hat with a wide, upfolded brim. The hat appeared to have a double crown, thanks to a tall wrap of straw around the rounded crown, and the piece was trimmed with pink and red feathers on the side.

Anita’s mother, J.C.M. van Eijk-Steens, topped her ice blue suit with a straw hat in the same hue. This piece had a double brim made of translucent straw and was trimmed with straw rosettes, training bow tails, and pale blue feathers. While there is much going on with the hat, it was well balanced with her more streamlined suit.

 Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau and Anita Van Eijk, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène topped her gunmetal grey and aubergine ensemble with a navy straw hat. Trimmed with a large purple flower on the side (see it here), the simple straw piece swept off her face in a gently upfolded brim. It’s a fairly nondescript hat that seemed slightly at odds with the rest of her more fashion-forward outfit.

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Princess Annette repeated the same cream straw hat she wore two days earlier to the civil wedding, replacing the black ribbon around the crown with a slim one in palest blue. I suppose it’s hardly a surprising move for a princess who has very few public engagements (and ever fewer which require a hat) to recycle a neutral piece in this kind of way.

Aimée Söhngen, who would marry the Princess Margriet’s youngest son two months later, wore a bright pink short Fez style hat wrapped in a large veil of dotted pink net. Clearly designed to coordinate with her pink dotted jacket and shoes, the hat seemed off balance and oddly squashed around the middle. Unfortunately, the piece was left looking like a 1960s lampshade.

Aimée Söhngen, August 27, 2005 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix (as she was then) topped her grey dress with a coordinating straw hat. The flat brimmed piece featured a wide straw wrap around the flat crown; from the front, the hat was streamlined and restrained. In contrast, the back of the brim raised slightly to reveal a mass of pink and silver blooms that nestled into the Queen’s hair. I adore this surprise around the back of the hat; the hidden blooms are reminiscent of the hat Beatrix wore to Princess Amalia’s christening which makes me guess that this piece is another design by Emmy Hill.

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Princess Máxima (as was her title in 2005) wore one of her most memorable hats to this event. Made of stripes of transparent magenta and red straw, the wide brim of the picture hat was formed into large fluted ruffles that gave the Fabienne Delvigne design an incredible sense of movement and presence. On it’s own, the hat was a creative masterpiece but its pairing with Máxima’s shiny red coat and huge costume earrings took the ensemble way over the top. Máxima has not repeated this hat to date and I would love to see it make another outing with a more simple, neutral dress. As far as millinery goes, it is spectacular.

While I would love to see Máxima’s hat repeated, I’m pleased that Princess Laurentien’s hat has been left in the past. The Marianne Jongkind design, made of gold straw, featured a soaring, pointy crown and brim, each edged in brown straw. While the shape was unique, it overwhelmed the princess and looked like it was headed to a costume party instead of a royal wedding. Its pairing with her fussy brown dress and cartoonish belt seems like an experiment in avant garde fashion that went very wrong.

The daughters of Princess Irene (who was lecturing in South Africa and did not attend), Princess Carolina and Princess Margarita, wore much more demure pieces. Carolina topped her lilac printed jacket with a chic lavender hat with asymetrically raised brim; Margarita matched her dark raspberry straw hat to her skirt. While she did not wear a hat, Princess Mabel’s fashion choice had a very sentimental note- she  wore the same dress Princess Beatrix wore for her engagement announcement in 1965.

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Princess Christina wore an orange and coral feathered fascinator and her daughter, Juliana Guillermo, wore a headpiece of trailing copper feathers. While neither piece are particularly memorable, I adore that two family members chose hues of orange for this Orange-Nassau wedding.

The only guest from a foreign royal family was Princess Astrid of Belgium, who wore a sleek silver picture hat with cartwheel brim trimmed with a silk ribbon around the base of the crown. The austere hat combined beautifully with her textured Chanel suit, leaving no question that the ensemble was haute couture from head to toe.

The hats at this wedding covered the full spectrum from elegant to eccentric, exquisite to egregious. Keeping their age in mind, dear readers, I’m curious to hear which hats made the strongest style statement for you?

Photos from ANP; Michel Porro via Getty; and Getty as indicated

Royal Hats this Year: The Netherlands Part I

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We saw so many hats worn by members in the House of Orange this year that we need to break this review into two parts! First, we’ll look at all of the hats and headpieces worn by the Dutch princesses. Please click on each photo to link to larger views and detailed information on each hat.

Princess Margriet

1. Princess Margriet, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 2. Princess Margriet, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Princess Margriet, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Princess Margriet, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Princess Laurentien

5. Princess Laurentien, April 26, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats 6. Princess Laurentien, September 16, 2014 in Eudia | Royal Hats 

Princess Annemarie and Princess Margarita

7. Princess Annemarie, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Princess Margarita, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Beatrix

9. Princess Beatrix, January 11, 2014 | Royal Hats 10. Princess Beatrix,March 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Beatrix, April 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Princess Beatrix, April 26, 2014 | Royal Hats 

13. Princess Beatrix, May 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Beatrix, May 21, 2014 | Royal Hats 15. Princess Beatrix, May 22, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Princess Beatrix, May 24, 2014 | Royal Hats 

17. Princess Beatrix, June 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Princess Beatrix, June 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 19.  Princess Beatrix, June 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 20. Princess Beatrix, June 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 

21. Princess Beatrix, June 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 22. Princess Beatrix, September 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 23. Princess Beatrix, September 4, 2014 | Royal Hats 24. Princess Beatrix, September 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 

25. Princess Beatrix, September 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 26. Princess Beatrix, October 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 27. Princess Beatrix, October 3, 2014 | Royal Hats 28. Princess Beatrix, October 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 

29. Princess Beatrix, October 28, 2014 | Royal Hats 30. Princess Beatrix, October 29, 2014 | Royal Hats 31. Princess Beatrix, October 31, 2014 | Royal Hats 32. Princess Beatrix, November 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 

33. Princess Beatrix, November 14, 2014 | Royal Hats 34. Princess Beatrix, November 20, 2014 | Royal Hats 35. Princess Beatrix, November 28, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list for best of 2014? Are any of them on your list of least favourites?

Stay tuned later today for a review of all the hats Queen Máxima wore this year.

Bourbon-Parma Family Celebrates Christening

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma christened their younger daughter Princess Cecilia at the Cathedral of Piacenza in Northern Italy yesterday.  For this special day, Princess Annemarie wore the most delicate cream silk rose fascinator trimmed with lace and fine net tulle. I thought she looked absolutely exquisite.

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Little Princess Cecelia wore a bonnet of what looks like antique Battenburg lace. I thought she looked very sweet and suspect that her older sister Luisa’s sour face below was because she was forced to attend the event without a hat.

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Prince Carlos’ sister, Princess Margarita of Bourbon-Parama, arrived with their aunt, Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands. Princess Margarita wore a pale pink pouf fascinator that coordinated with her coat and lace sheath. It was not the most exciting of headpieces but somehow, it worked with her ensemble. Princess Beatrix wore a very pretty melon-hued picture hat with upturned brim, ruched band around the crown and large side bow. The hat alone, I quite like. The hat with the sorbet-striped tunic and skirt however, was a little too…. orange. I suppose for a member of the House of Orange, this may not be an unwelcome criticism! Prince Carlos’ aunt, Princess Marie of Bourbon-Parama (pictured below right with Carlos’ brother Prince Jaime and sister-in-law Princess Victoria) was also in pink. Her hat defied gravity with a sharply angled brim and large side pouf bow. I loved how it coordinated with her chic bobbed haircut although I think the fur cuffs on her suit are horrid. Fur and pink jacquard together is never a good idea.

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Prince Carlos’ other aunt, Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (I suppose she must be who they named the baby after) wore a vibrant blue pleated straw and flowered headpiece. This headpiece left me scratching my own head as it did not seem to relate to her ornately patterned suit. I think the mix of swirls, scrolls, pleats and flowers was a little too much for one outfit- especially an outfit that looked like it was attending a Christmas soiree from the neck down and a garden party from the neck up.

Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma and Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Despite these quirks, it was lovely to see members of the Bourbon-Parma family who we don’t see that often. It was also lovely to see this family so happy to christen their little daughter (a daughter who arrived early and spent many weeks in hospital). As we offer our best wishes to this family, I ask you, dear readers, which of the royal christening hats did you like best on this day?

Princess Annemarie of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

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Bourbon-Parma Wedding in Apeldoorn

Royal Hats Prince Jaime of Bourbon Parma (son of Princess Irene of the Netherlands) celebrated his religious marriage  to Viktoria Cservenyak today at The Church Of Our Lady At Ascension in Apeldoorn. Vicktoria wore a light lace veil anchored by the Dutch Ears of Wheat tiara. I thought the patterned veil and modest tiara were a beautiful compliment to her elegant empire-waist gown;  she looked very beautiful and happy.

Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Prince Jaime de Bourbon Parma and Viktoria Cservenyak, October 5, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The bride and groom’s immediate family members celebrated this wedding in a rainbow array of fascinators. Viktoria’s mother wore an explosion of teal and white feathers to coordinate with her dress and coat. Somehow, I think her coat would have coordinated much better with a picture hat.

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Jaime’s mother, Princess Irene, wore a headpiece made of layered red straw leaves. It was a little pointy for my taste and I’m afraid I liked her coat much better than her millinery.

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Jaime’s twin sister, Princesses  Margarita, looked to be wearing a curled ribbon headpiece in cornflower blue. It’s hard to tell without a closeup view but this fascinator seems a little lackluster to me. You can’t say that however, about their sister Princess Carolina who followed her mother’s lead and went head-to-toe in the same colour. She looks great in purple (I really do love her dress) but that fascinator looks like a bath pouf, doesn’t it?

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Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma (the wife of Jaime’s older brother Carlos) was admitted to hospital this week and was not able to attend (she is expecting a baby soon). I’m sure you all join me in wishing her and the baby good health.

While I thought the bride (who will now be known as the Countess of Montizón) looked lovely, I’m afraid I can’t say the same for the millinery worn by this couple’s immediate family. The rest of the Dutch Royal Family’s hats fared a little better- you can see them here.

Photos from Michel Porro via Zimbio; Philip Van Der Werf via Corbis and Dutch Photo Press