Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Other Royal Guests

Today we wrap up our look back 20 years to the July 9, 1999 wedding of Princess Alexia and Carlos Quintana with a view of the remaining royal guest’s hats. We’ll start with Grand Duchess Josephine, who wore an ecru straw boater variation.  The hat’s tall, flat crown was wrapped in a folded straw hatband that tied in a bow at the back, centered with a straw rosette. A subtle curve in the brim (upward in front, downward in back) gave some movement to the design.

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Queen Noor of Jordan (the eighth queen in attendance, for those of you counting!) wore a beautifully embroidered while silk scarf with scalloped edge.

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Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia wore an ivory sinamay hat with tall crown and upturned kettle brim edged in pale peach silk. Overlapping figure eights in ivory sinamay and peach silk with a large trimmed cream feather completed the design.

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Crown Princess Margarita of Romania, as was her title then, topped her cream suit with a navy straw boater variation with tall crown and short brim, simply trimmed with a wide navy silk hatband.

Princess Miriam of Bulgaria wore an ecru straw brimmed hat with what looks like a crin overlay.

Princess Rosario of Bulgaria wore a fantastical gold lattice straw Philip Treacy hat with fluted crown that extended into a wide, gently sideswept brim. The hat, which linked to gold embroidery on the waist of her Valentino skirt, was lavishly trimmed with gold silk flowers and leaves and sinamay twists, all studded with a mass of gold arrow trimmed feathers.

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Princess Carla of Bulgaria wore a purple sinamay teardrop layered percher hat trimmed with painterly silk flowers in dark burgundy. It’s a hat with deep richness I think I’d really like if we could better view it’s detail (and see it with a less jarringly contrasting, more harmonious ensemble). I suspect Queen Margarita of Bulgaria also attended this event (bringing up the queen tally to nine!) but I’m afraid, photos elude me.

That concludes our look back at this wedding and the 26 royal hats worn to it. Some of you have commented on the prevalence of wide brims- what else do you notice about this particular group of hats?

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Kent Wedding at Windsor: Royal and Notable Guests

In addition to the Kent family, Gloucester family and British royal family, Saturday’s wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston was also attended by a number of foreign royal guests. King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece were spotted arriving, the Green queen in a repeated her ecru and gold woven straw pillbox with whimsical, looped side bow.

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Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: October 20, 2012; April 29, 2011

Our friends over at Luxarazzi spotted Prince Philipp and Princess Isabelle of Liechtenstein among the guests. Princess Isabelle wore a wide-brimmed black straw hat with ruched brim overlay studded in pink silk flowers.

The Bulgarian Princess of Turnovo wore a large percher headpiece in pale grey crin. We don’t see Miriam at many royal events (especially after Prince Kardam’s passing in 2015), it was lovely to see her again on Saturday.

The bride was photographed in familiar embrace with Brazillian Prince João Henrique of Orléans and Bragança. His wife, Claudia, paired a mustard dress with a natural straw vertical saucer hat trimmed in slim multi-looped bows both above and below the raised side of the brim.

Scrolling through the gallery below brings up photos of several more Brazillian princesses. Duchess of Segorbe, Princess Maria da Gloria of Orléans-Bragança topped her green dress with a soaring, waved natural straw hat trimmed with what looks like a silk abacca hatband and flying bow tails (a Brazillian princess by birth, Gloria was the first wife of Prince Alexander of Serbia but is now married to the Spanish Duke of Segorbe).  Princess Yasmin of Orléans-Bragança paired her red dress with a matching circular layered headpiece in red crin.

While not royal, a number of noteable guests at this wedding also included:

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Jemima Jones and Jemima Goldsmith

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Carole Middleton in am ecru and grey Jane Corbett picture hat; Pippa Matthews in a blue velvet Jess Collett bandeau

That wraps up our look at the hats worn to Lady Gabriella’s wedding. Please share ones not covered here that caught your eye in the comments below.

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Spanish Royal Wedding Ten Years On: Bulgarian Royals

The Royal Hats Blog After the Spanish government granted asylum to the abolished Bulgarian monarchy in 1951, King Simeon made Madrid his home. He and each of his five children all married Spanish citizens and the family developed close friendships with the Spanish royal family. It was thus not surprising that the entire  Bulgarian royal family attended the marriage of the Princes of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz Rocosolano on May 22, 2004.

The Princess of Turnovo, wife of Prince Kardam, topped her blue silk suit with a dramatic headpiece in beige and pale blue and feathers. I want to like this piece but I just can’t shake the image of a sandstorm swirling around Miriam’s head. Combined with her skirt, this outfit has too much ruffle and swirl going on. Sadly, Prince Kardam and the Princess were seriously injured in a car accident in 2008; Miriam recovered but the Prince remains in a coma today.

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The Princess of Preslav, wife of Prince Kyril, wore a  picture hat with a wide, fluted organza brim. The pale pink hat was trimmed in lace and organza leaves, creating an almost ethereal effect around Rosario’s face. The hat was a striking contrast to her tailored coat and the ensemble gave further proof as to why legendary designer Valentino considered Rosario his muse.

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Prince Kubrat’s wife, the Princess of Panagyurishte, topped her lilac coat dress with a hat from Spanish milliner Candela Cort that defied description. The center of Carla’s hat, a brightly hued floral headpiece, was surrounded in a floating wired brim in lilac organza. This headpiece was reminiscent of Saturn’s ring; while its intended effect might have been celestial, it came off as rather odd.

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Prince Konstantin-Assen’s wife, the Princess of Vidin, wore a latte coloured straw hat trimmed with long brown and beige feathers. This disk-shaped hat featured a slow rise in the centre but as it stayed clear of pyramid territory, it seemed to work. The jaunty angle that María placed it also showed the hat to beautiful effect. I love the warm colour on her although the feathers do seem a little haphazard.

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Princess Kalina of Bulgaria is notoriously adventurous when it comes to fashion – her ecru straw hat with orange feather trim was a rather sedate choice (for her, that is).  A sedate hat, however, it is not. With a double upturned brim and mass of ecru leaves and orange feathers on the brim, this hat packs a fair bit of visual punch.  A decade ago, sharply diagonal ‘slice’ hats had yet to come into royal millinery fashion so this one was certainly ahead of its time. I like it on Kalina… not because it is a particularly beautiful hat but because it is so much more attractive than what she usually wears.

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I can only assume Princess Margarita and King Simeon were also in attendance but have not located a photograph (any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated). My favourite hat here was the pink confection worn by the Princess of Preslav – which hat stood out here to you?

Early tomorrow morning, we will wrap up coverage of this wedding with a look at the hats worn by representatives from the remaining non-reigning royal families. 

Photos from  El MundoA. Jones/J. Whatling/J. Parker/M. Cuthbert via Getty; El Mundo, El Mundo, El Mundo, El Mundo and El Mundo