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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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?

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Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On

Last month marked the 20th anniversary of a major royal wedding in London attended by three Kings and eight Queens. On July 9,1999 Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark married Carlos Javier Morales Quintana, a Spanish architect and a champion yachtsman, at St. Sophia Cathedral. Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look back at this event.

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The bride went to one of her mother’s favourite designers, Austrian Inge Sprawson, for her sleek gown in ivory satin. With long, fitted sleeves and a wide v-neck, the focal point of the dress was a pair of diagonal crossed seams at the waist that created a fitted bodice silhouette and attached the gown’s skirt.

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The straight skirt flowed into a modest sweep train with a longer, detachable train fixed at the waist. The back of the dress was decorated in a row of beaded buttons which were repeated on the underside of each sleeve.

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Following the tradition set by her grandmother and followed by her mother, aunts and cousins, Alexia wore her great-grandmother Crown Princess Margaret’s Irish lace veil anchored with the Danish royal family’s Khedive of Egypt Tiara.

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A simple gown is usually the best way to show off such an amazing vintage lace veil but I’m just not sure that the cut and fabric of this dress entirely flattered it’s wearer. For me, it always paled in comparison to the amazing gold beaded Armani dress with portrait neckline she wore two days earlier to a pre-wedding party- a look I’ve long thought was her very best. It was breathtakingly stunning

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Princess Alexia was attended by her sister Princess Theodora, who wore a long sleeved gown in floral embroidered lilac silk organza with sheer sleeves and a draped neckline.

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Bridesmaides included Princess Alexia’s 3-year old niece, Princess Olympia, and Princess Mafalda, daughter of Prince Kyril and Princess Rosario of Bulgaria (the Prince and Princess of Preslav). Their dotted white silk organza full-skirted frocks with lilac silk sashes were topped with delicate white floral hair wreaths. Pageboys wore high waisted lilac silk trousers with white silk Peter Pan collared shirts.

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Fascinators were very popular in 1999 (Queen Elizabeth famously wore one two weeks earlier for the wedding of the Earl and Countess of Wessex) making Queen Anne-Marie’s headpiece of lilac feathers a fashionable choice at the time. From today’s viewpoint, it seems a fussy choice for her lace trimmed coat and dress.

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Crown Princess Marie-Chantal topped a textured suit with a wide brimmed hat in light ecru straw. The design featured a raised brim around the front behind which was a large grin unstructured bow.

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I’m curious, dearest readers- what do you think of this bridal look and hats, 20 years on?

Jump over to the following posts to review hats worn by the many royal guests:

Danish and Spanish Extended Royal Families
British Royal Guests
Norwegian and Swedish Royal Guests
Luxembourg, Jordanian, and Eastern European Royal Guests

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York Royal Wedding: Royal Guests

The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank included a handful of other royal guests, beginning with the Greek royal family. Crown Princess Marie-Chantal topped her delicate pink lace dress in a pale pink button percher with a spray of intricate pink silk handmade flowers. Her daughter, Princess Maria-Olympia, paired her vibrant pink patterned Dolce and Gabbana dress with a sculptural headpiece in silver lace. Both millinery designs are deceptively complex but make fantastic compliments to their respective frocks.

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Designer: Both are Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: Both are new
Princess Ekaterina of Hanover had the most interesting hat of the day, a wide brimmed saucer in greige animal printed straw, trimmed with rows of pheasant feathers that look like rows of lion fish. The hat is so out there photos of it look photoshopped (I’ve done several doubletakes!) and I can only imagine the GIFs it will inspire.
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Designer: Suzanne Couture Millinery
Previously Worn: Princess Ekaterina’s mother-in-law, Chantal Hochuli, originally wore this hat years ago 
Chantal Hochuli (former Princess Chantal of Hanover) wore a large round black percher hat trimmed with white flowers and black feathers while Princess Alessandra of Hanover topped her green and purple Andrew GN dress with a magenta teardrop percher of pleated straw, wrapped in a matching swath of net veil.



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Designers: Chantal’s is unknown. Alessandra’s hat is from Spanish brand Mimoki
This group includes millinery that fits classification as both beautiful and bizarre- what do you think of these hats today in Windsor?
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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats
A number of you have recently mentioned several of Queen Elizabeth’s hats that have been seldom worn but that you’d love to see repeated. If you would like to write a short guest post about the hats you’re eagerly awaiting to see again, please let me know. I’d like to feature these posts in coming weeks. 

Queen Margrethe repeated her red bumper hat on Monday to open a special exhibit on Vikings at the Vikings Danish Castle Center in Vordingborg (Danish Monarchy)

Queen Silvia attended the wedding of her niece, Helena Sommerlath, last weekend in Bonn, Germany. She repeated the purple flowered hat she wore to Prince Alexander’s christening last summer.

The Prince of Wales presented the Army Air Corps with a new Guidon in celebration of their 60th anniversary while The Duke of Kent  presented awards to soldiers of the 1st Battalion The Rifles yesterday.

Princess Olympia shared a self portrait in a leather beret while in Spain on Thursday. On Friday, she donned a bejewelled headpiece with flowers to walk in a Dolce and Gabanna runway show in Palermo. Lady Amelia Windsor also modelled in the show, in a large red floral headpiece.

On June 30th, Princess Kako was the Imperial family’s representative for the biannual ritual “Ceremony of Oharashi” at the Imperial Palace. She wore a cream bumper hat with bow at the back.

And the hats that caught my eye this week:

Stunning feather work on this Susanne Juul cocktail hat with textured straw base
Australian brand Fox Millinery’s red leather hat with laser cut black looping perspex brim
Classic and chic straw fedora from Emily London
Also from Australia, Felicity Northeast’s statement hat with amazing hand embroidery (back view here)
‘Falling Kitty’ wonderfully embellished beret perchers from Anya Caliendo. Such fun!

Some of you have also noticed a surge this season in boater hats- check out the final moments of the Chanel runway show in Paris on Tuesday.

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Flora Ogilvy shared this candid photo of her father preparing for his upcoming exhibition of landscape photography on Nantucket Island. His work looks beautiful.

 

Lovely, nautical family photos of the Belgian and Dutch royal families were released this week.

And finally, Princess Märtha Louise shared the loveliest tribute to her mother on Queen Sonja’s 80th birthday

Greek Royals Celebrate Double Milestone Birthdays

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece threw a lavish party at their Gloucestershire home over the weekend to celebrate Pavlos’ 50th birthday and Princess Olympia’s 21st birthday. Guests have shared that the party theme was “Prince And The Revolution” with a dress code that called for revolutionised black tie. The costumes that resulted are quite spectacular. While this was officially, a private event, so many photos were shared by both hosts and guests on social media that it does not seem intrusive to share.

Host of the party, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, wore a Philip Treacy headpiece of silver stars unlike anything else we’ve seen on a royal head.

While not in a hat, Crown Prince Pavlos made an equally loud style statement in floral silk brocade trousers and vest with purple velvet jacket. Princess Olympia topped her Steven Khalil designed dress with an avant garde circular headpiece with pink roses and upright feathers. I suspect it was also made by Philip Treacy.

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Princess Theodora of Greece’s black and silver headpiece was trimmed in black lace butterflies.

Queen Máxima wore a lavish floral crown of silk orchids, peonies and garden roses. 

King Felipe is visible in the far left of this picture. Spanish media have reported that Queen Letizia, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin also attended but no photos have surfaced so far (same for members of the Danish royal family along with Prince Pavlos’ parents and other siblings). The woman in the centre with butterflies and a feather headpiece is Pia Getty, Princess Marie-Chantal’s older sister.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore what looks to be an embellished metallic headband (again!).

Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen wore a purple feathered headpiece and was accompanied by her daughters, Archduchess Eleanore and Archduchess Gloria.

Other royal guests not in hats or headpieces included Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Gustaf and Carina Axelssen, and Rosario Nadal, former wife of Prince Kyril of Bulgaria. India Hicks, who attended with her partner and three of her four sons, took a more risque approach to the dress code in a tuxedo with shirt and tie of bodypaint.

By all accounts, the party was a particularly memorable one. Here are a few more of the fantastical headpieces worn by guests.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

King Carl Gustaf attended a farm seminar on sustainable food production on Wednesday, appropriately attired in his favourite fedora (Swedish Monarchy)

On Thursday, Princess Anne attend a party in Hamburg, Germany, marking the 91st Birthday of the Queen. She repeated her navy crin headpiece for the event.

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On Wednesday, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the tomb of late Prince Tomohito at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo. Princess Akiko of Mikasa greeted them in a veiled black bumper hat.

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Princess Olympia of Greece has taken another step into the modelling world with this Dolce and Gabbana campaign shot, shared by her mother. Her large black headpiece/hairbow is….um…interesting. Lady Amelia Windsor also took part in the campaign in a more regal headpiece.

For those of you who will be in Massachusetts in August –  Flora Ogilvy shared this snap from her childhood and announced an exhibition of her father’s landscape photography  will open on Nantucket Island August 11. James and Julia Ogilvy lived in the USA during the past academic year while Julia studied at the Harvard Divinity School.

Several hats have caught my eye this week:

Bundle McLaren’s vibrant peacock and purple percher with flowers
Laura Apsit Livens’ red rimmed saucer with nautical navy and white trim
Sarah Cant’s artfully sculptural perchers
Lifted Millinery’s beautifully curved lattice brimmed percher  
Susanne Juul’s sleek picture hat with stunning embroidered hatband
Cara Meehan’s romantic and glowing gold veiled beret with silk flowers
Rachel Trevor Morgan’s shocking pink cocktail hat studded in feathers
And if you want to stand out at Ascot, try East Village Hats’  large black saucer working clock
or Philip Treacy’s triangular masterpiece (in glass?), shown here on display at the Ritz Hotel

Let’s take a minute to applaud milliners out there (without whom we would not have anything to oggle) who have been super busy over the past few weeks finishing creations for this year’s summer season. Rachel Trevor Morgan shared this photo, taken Friday in her studio, of new Ascot hats waiting for pickup, presumably all to be worn next week.

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Numerous tributes (Guardian, New York Times,  Telegraph, Kent Online) for Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 93.

Lovely shots shared by Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of their 50th anniversary last weekend looking happy and relaxed aboard the royal yacht Dannesbrog.

Princess Charlene marked the Day of the African Child on Friday with a compelling statement on water safety.

The Swedish monarchy shared these sweet snaps of Prince Nicolas, who celebrated his second birthday.

And finally, Happy Fathers Day everyone! Clarence House and Kensington Palace posted these lovely images  in honour of today’s holiday.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

On Friday, Princess Anne officially opened the  Minchinhampton Rugby Club’s new clubhouse. She and daughter Zara Tindall were in warm hats to watch a Zara’s husband Mike join in a friendly rugby match played at the event.

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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia in warm knit caps at the Vasaloppet ski competition in Dalarna on Thursday (Aftonbladet)

Princess Olympia of Greece, Lady Kitty Spencer and Lady Amelia Windsor all sported gold headpieces as they walked in Dolce & Gabbana’s runway show last weekend

Belgian milliner Fabienne Delvigne shared this peek at her new spring 2017 collection of hats- I can’t imagine it’s long before we see the Dutch or Belgian queen in this ruched straw design

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Congratulations to Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo who welcomed a son, Stefano Ercole Carlo, on Tuesday.
Wonderful snap taken by the King of Bhutan of Queen Jetsun Pema and Princess Jigme Namgyel visiting Royal Manas National Park. The young prince appears to be sporting a wee baseball hat. 

Dutch King and Queen held a photocall with their daughters in Lech, Austria, on their annual ski holiday.

And we end this week with adorable photos released by the Swedish court on the occasion of Prince Oscar’s first birthday. If  you’d like to send him a birthday message, you can do so on the family’s website here.