Service of Thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh: Royal Guests

The Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life of the Duke of Edinburgh held yesterday at Westminster Abbey was attended by numerous cousins and colleagues from various European royal houses.

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Queen Máxima repeated a rounded black felt beret with knotted applique trim worn on the back of her head in the style of a pillbox.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Jan 27, 2020

Princess Beatrix joined those in Edinburgh green. The gently domed crown on her brimmed hat was wrapped in three layers of sinamay that were tucked over the other on the side to form a beautiful layered hatband.

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Designer: likely Suzanne Molijn
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Queen Margrethe repeated a chic grey felt trilby trimmed with a black, white and grey feather pompom on the side.

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Designer: likely Per Falk Hansen
Previously Worn: Sep 29, 2019; Oct 28, 2014;  May 15, 2014Oct 1, 2013; May 1, 2013;  Oct 7, 2008

Queen Mathilde wore a black draped halo bandeau headpiece with dotted birdcage veil.

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Designer: Elisa headband by Fabienne Delvigne. Coat by Meer Couture.
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new.

Queen Letizia topped a stunning coat dress with a green velvet covered teardrop percher hat raised at the back. The design is trimmed with a bow in the same crepe as the dress and a black tulle veil.

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Designer: Balel by Isabel Terroso
Previously Worn: This hat is new

Queen Silvia repeated a black straw hat with upfolded brim and rounded crown simply trimmed with a hatband and flat, looped bow twist.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: July 12, 2017; April 17, 2017; April 1, 2017; March 16, 2013

Princess Christina of Sweden wore a black cloche with rounded crown and curved, extended brim trimmed with a wide velvet hatband anchored with a large buckle.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: May 11, 2017 and others

Her Majesty Margareta, Custodian of the Romanian Crown, wore a peaked grey bandeau headpiece trimmed with a black leaf on the side.

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Designer: Kristina Dragomir
Previously Worn: Oct 19, 2019

Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia wore a black felt Garbo style hat.

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Queen Anne-Marie of Greece repeated a navy sinamay pillbox with slim bow at the base.

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Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 25, 2016; May 19, 2012; April 14, 2011; April 16, 2010

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal wore a black looped bow fascinator with crystal studded veil.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This headpiece is new

Princess Nina of Greece wore a navy blue felt rounded pillbox

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We have not seen such a well attended royal event in over two years, something that attests to the respect and affection held for the late Duke. How lovely has it been to see so many royal hats?!

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Wedding of Prince Philippos and Nina Flohr

Prince Philippos, youngest son of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, was married to Nina Flohr in a religious ceremony at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens this evening.

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The bride wore a white silk moire taffeta gown, modified from Chanel’s 2021 Autumn Winter Couture Collection. The gown features a v-neckline wrapped in a pleated portrait collar with front bow, an empire waist and full pleated skirt that flows to a sweep train. Silver beaded applique lace around the neckline is repeated on a detachable capelike train, anchored beneath the portrait collar at the back.

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Princess Nina, as she is now known, topped her gown with a lengthy silk tulle veil and the Antique Corsage pearl and diamond floral tiara, a diadem of Scandinavian royal origin that Queen Anne-Marie inherited weeks before her marriage to King Constantine.  It’s a beautiful shape that lends itself well to a bridal tiara (Princess Marie-Chantal and Princess Tatiana wore it for their weddings) although I think it’s better suited to a less severe hairstyle.

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Nina was attended by Philippos’ nieces Anna Maria and Amelia Morales who wore silk dresses by Amelia Wickstead with high collars, long sleeves and full skirts in a yellow floral pattern. Deep periwinkle flowers were tucked around their chignons.

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Young bridesmaids wore fresh floral wreaths in yellow and periwinkle wildflowers to coordinate with the wedding’s blue and yellow theme.

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A fun recap- Princess Nina has celebrated her marriage in five ensembles (four from Chanel):

December 12, 2020: A Chanel boucle suit, boots and hairbow for the Moritz, Switzerlan civil ceremony

May 31, 2021: A Peter Pillotto champagne silk gown for a UK reception to celebrate the civil marriage

October 22, 2021: A Chanel boucle coat dress to meet with the Archbishop of Athens

October 22, 2021: White Chanel (from Autumn Winter 2021 Couture collection) gown for the  pre-wedding reception in Athens

October 23, 2021: A final Chanel gown for the religious ceremony
What do you think of this royal bridal look today in Athens?

The 5:00PM time ceremony today mandated a dress code of suits and gowns – no hats. You can see a gallery of fashion worn by Greek, Danish and Spanish royal familiey members and royal guests from Great Britain and Hanover here.

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This Week’s Extras

Prince Philippos of Greece and Nina Flohr were married in a civil ceremony last Saturday, December 12, in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The bride wore a ivory boucle suit and large structured bow in her hair, both by Chanel

On Monday, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the opening ceremony of the Global Environmental Action (GEA) International Conference in Tokyo. Empress Masako repeated a deep green hat with upfolded brim edged in braided trim.

Princess Charlene wore a Dior lambskin leather beret on Wednesday as Princess Gabriella christened a new police boat named in her honour

The following new millinery designs caught my eye this week:
Beautiful scarlet velvet halo bandeau with silk roses by British milliner Bee Smith
Stunning jeweled hatbands and trim on felt fedoras in jewel tones from Italan brand Borsalino
Icy blue felt hat with grey trim and wonderful folded ribbon hatband by American milliner Dorothy Morant
Burgundy button percher with beautiful vintage folded ribbon by Dutch milliner Wies Mauduit
Winter white felt octagonal cloche with fur pompom by Canadian milliner Karyn Ruiz
Chic leopard print felt trilby with emerald velvet hatband and bow by Italian brand Batog Hats
Purple felt beret with lovely velvet leaf and floral trim by American milliner Wayne Wichern
Glamorous perchers in orchid purple with crystal veil and scarlet with crin ruffle by UK milliner Tracey Miller
Two turtle doves (!!) by Spain-based American milliner Parrish Lee

 

Ice blue velvet and sequin covered halo bandeau by British brand Stephanie Elizabeth Millinery
Tweed pillbox with oversize lily trim by French brand Mei Mei France Chapeaux
Statement vertical saucer covered in fantastical fuchsia feathers by Australian milliner Cynthia Jones Bryson
Dapper beaver felt fedora in the most beautiful shade of teal by Hornskov København
Prink straw brimless design with wonderful folded ribbon trim by Spanish milliner Eugenia Jimenez
Elegant grey felt beret with net veil trim by French milliner Clotilde Toussaint
Fun floral trim on this vibrant blue beret percher by British brand NDLQ millinery
Black and maroon felt fedora with patent leather hatband by French milliner Geneviève Parois
The most darling green and black striped button percher with bows by British milliner Rachel Trevor Morgan

Lovely Christmas greetings from numerous royal houses

We close this week with a tale of Christmas magic, told by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

 

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