Luxembourg Royal Wedding: The Groom’s Extended Family

Prince Felix’s paternal extended family wore some memorable hats today. One of my favourites was the folded grey crin hat chosen by Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria (Grand Duke Henri’s sister). This hat was so interesting in both shape and the way it complimented her icy blue dress- a good, albeit very modern look for her.

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Marie Astrid’s two daughters both chose feathery fascinators for their cousin’s wedding. Countess Marie-Christine de Limburg-Stirum wore a straw bow loop fascinator tucked behind one ear.

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Archduchess Gabriella wore a looped burgundy bow with fly-away feathers. I particularly liked Gabriella’s fascinator with her ecru lace dress (and matching scarlet shoes!)

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Marie Astrid’s two daughter-in-laws also choose fascinator headpieces. Archduchess Kathleen of Austria wore a light headpiece of navy organza bubbles (I think there’s also some gold ribbon or feathers tucked in there as well) that I thought was a little too twee. Navy certainly is a great colour on her, however, isn’t it?

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Archduchess Adelaide of Austria, chose a white and pink saddle-curve headpiece trimmed in pink curling ribbons and white feathers.

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Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (also a sister of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg) wore a spiky feathered headpiece on the crown of her head. This headpiece appeared to match the colours of her lovely shawl but I had a hard time making sense of the orange dress in between. The placement of this headpiece also reminds me far too much of a bad toupee.

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Princess Margaretha’s two daughters, Princesses Annunciata  (left) and Princess Astrid of Liechtenstein,  wore lavishly trimmed cocktail hats to top their golden frocks.

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Countess Diane of Nassau, wife of Grand Duke Henri’s brother, Jean, wore a dramatic picture hat woven in tan and black zebra stripes. A black organza band and bow around the crown completed the hat. It is a a boldly creative hat but I think the pattern is too busy with her striped dress. I love stripes but this is just too much.

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Prince Jean’s first wife, Helene Vesture, was also in attendance in a fascinator headpiece of curling pink and tan feathers. (not a figure normally covered here, she remains the groom’s aunt)

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Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, wife of Grand Duke Henri’s youngest brother Guillaume, wore a vibrant turquoise picture hat with a squared crown and gently upturned grim on one side. There appeared to be some fabric detail (leaves? flowers? unidentified bunchy bits?) and feathers trimming the crown. This is another hat I wish I could love but something about the size and shape was a little off.

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Birthday of Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg

Royal Hats Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg (née Sibilla Sandra Weiller celebrates her forty-fifth birthday. Sibilla, the wife of Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg (youngest brother of Grand Duke Henri) lives out of the spotlight for the most part and is seen at major Luxembourg royal events. Her hats are usually large brimmed with fairly clean lines and understated embellishment. One of my favourites is this picture hat with sweeping brim she wore to the wedding of Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria in December 2008. Lovely, isn’t it?!

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Wedding Guest Hats, Ten Years Later

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The wedding of Prince Laurent and Princess Claire of Belgium ten years ago today was a “mini” royal wedding – Laurent was the son of a king but not the heir to the throne. A number of royals from across Europe attended and there were some great hats on display. After looking at the bride’s veil and dress earlier today, let’s now turn our attention to the guests’ hats.

Queen Paola and Claire’s mother Nicole looked like they coordinated their millinery as both were in unadorned  light brown natural straw hats with upturned brims. Nicole’s hat featured a square shaped crown while Paola’s was a more traditionally rounded shape to highlight her dramatic diagonal brim. Their hats were both winners for me and both were designed by Fabienne Delvigne.

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The groom’s aunt Queen Fabiola of Belgium wore a hat in her favourite colour (lavender) with a wide upturned brim and silk flower trim. I loved how she placed it at a jaunty angle on her head and thought she looked just beautiful.

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Claire’s sister Joanna looked very demure in a soft pink 1920’s inspired cloche with side fan bow also designed by Fabienne Delvigne. In considerable contrast, Princess Mathilde (the groom’s sister-in-law) looked rather dramatic in a huge pink metallic straw conical pyramid hat designed by Maison van den Borne. It’s a lot of hat for this petite princess and I think it overwhelms her a little. Since we’ve never seen her repeat this one, I can only guess that she was on the fence about it, too (although, I can’t imagine the average daytime royal engagement warrants THIS big a hat!).

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Princess Astrid (sister of Prince Laurent) gave birth to her fifth child, Princess Laetitia only ten days after the wedding and thus was not able to attend. Her eldest daughter, Maria Laura, carried on her mother’s zany hat style with this ruched pink organza Peach Basket style hat. As this was this young Princess’ first major public hat occasion I’m going to give her a pardon and only comment one word: lampshade. Enough said.

Princess Lea of Belgium wore a blue picture hat of ruched straw while Princess Esmeralda wore a large red straw picture hat with square crown and upturned brim edged in a wide stripe of straw.

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Most of the Luxmbourg Royals (who are cousins as their mother was King Albert’s sister) were in attendance. Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (née Princess of Luxembourg) wore an elegant beige straw hat with mushroom shaped brim and back bow. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg wore a large lilac straw hat with high upturned brim. I loved both these hats, although I could have done without the rest of Sibilla’s outfit.

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa must have also received a memo to wear a hat with an upturned brim because that’s exactly what she did- in bright orange.

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The Swedish Royal Family was represented by Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine. Victoria wore a chocolate brown straw picture hat with a square crown designed by Philip Treacy (and trimmed by Treacy’s signature pink looped bow). This remains one of my favourite hats that Victoria has ever worn. Madeleine wore an ice blue straw hat with a slightly mushroom shaped brim and side fan bow.

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The Dutch Royal family were represented by Prince Constantijn and Princess Laurentien. Laurentien wore a watermelon pink straw hat with – you guessed it – another upturned brim! It’s a great hat, although I think Laurentien ‘s fine features would be better complimented with a more delicate hat (and no crazy collar necklace). It was also a Fabienne Delvigne design.

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Also in attendance were Prince Kardam and Princess Miriam of Bulgaria (before their awful car accident in 2008)  and the Duke and Duchess of Bragança. Miriam wore a peach straw hat with a small, flat brim and drown wrapped in organza net. With flowers also on the side, there’s a lot going on with this hat. Isabel wore a simple cream straw hat with rolled brim and side flower detail. It’s not the most exciting of hats but I like it much better than the chocolate brown hat streak she’s on these days.

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And finally, all weddings have a crazy aunt and this one had Princess Inaara Aga Khan (wife of the Aga Khan) in this larger than life beige and purple shiny transparent straw confection. While I am all about memorable hats, this one does seem a bit much.

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Prince Laurent and Princess Claire celebrate this, their tenth anniversary with their children Princess Louise and twins Prince Nicolas and Prince Aymeric, who joined them in 2004 and 2005. The family does not play any official royal role but we see them joining the rest of the Belgian Royals for major events like the Remembrance Te Deums every February and the National Holiday in July.

Looking back at their wedding from a decade later, I have to name this “The Wedding of the Upturned Brim!” That being said, many of the hats were unadorned and could be easily worn today. I think my favourite was Princess Victoria of Sweden in that elegant brown and pink picture hat. Which one did you like best? And which one would you still wear today?

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Royal Wedding in Washington

A weddingIt’s been nearly seven months since a royal wedding was held in Washington, DC – the wedding of Archduke Imre of Austria and Kathleen Walker. This wedding happened the same week this blog was born so alas, it did not get covered. Since this week has been very quiet on the royal front and it’s the week that these young lovebirds celebrate their seven month anniversary, I thought we’d look back at the hats from this Austrian-American royal wedding. Special thanks to Spiering Photography and Marlene A. Koenig, author of The Royal Musings Blog, who attended this event and have graciously shared photographs with us.

Archduke Imre is the son of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (née Princess of Luxembourg) – this makes him the grandson of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and the nephew of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. At the time of this wedding, his Luxembourg relations were preparing for Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume’s wedding (which took place a month later) so a number did not travel to Washington for the wedding. The bride, Kathleen Walker, is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and completed a degree in journalism from Northern Kentucky University. She met Imre while working as Communications Director of the Arlington (Virgina) Diocean Catholic Charities and they both attended a Missa Cantata in honour of Blessed Karl of Austria, Imre’s great-grandfather. Kathleen is also well known for her outspoken support and advocacy of the Pro-Life movement (a topic that will not be debated or discussed on this blog). The couple married on September 8, 2012 at St. Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, DC, the same church where they first met.

Kathleen wore a white satin dress with pleated bodice, lace neckline and sleeves. She topped this with an antique lace Habsburg veil from her groom’s family- a veil rumored to have been worn by Empress Eugénie for her wedding to Napoleon III in 1853 (also worn by Imre’s sister Marie-Christine at her wedding in 2008 and his sister-in-law Adelaide in December 2012). The veil was anchored by a triple string of pearls- a very pretty and unique touch, don’t you think?

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The bride’s mother, Margaret Walker, wore an ice blue suit and a cream straw hat with mushroom shaped brim. There looks to be a straw rose and some delicate feathers on the side.

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Kathleen’s bridesmaids, one of whom was Imre’s younger sister Archduchess Gabriella of Austria, wore peacock blue silk dresses with fresh blush pink and cream roses in their hair. Imre’s attendants included his brother Cristophe (who was married in December) and his cousin, Prince Felix of Luxembourg (centre).

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Imre’s mother, Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (née Princess of Luxembourg) wore a ruched tan straw hat with large picture brim. The brim was a little floppy for my taste but I suppose, fit well with this less formal royal wedding.

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Imre’s aunts, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein (née Princess of Luxembourg) and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg were a contrast of styles. Margaretha wore a small hat in sherbet orange and fuchsia pink with flat brim and side bow. At first glance, I was not a fan but now I find this hat most amusing and delightfully quirky (although I can’t say the same about those orange shantung silk pants). Sibilla was characteristically elegant in a large natural straw picture hat to set off her coral dress and jacket. Coral is a tough colour to pull off and I thought the hat made this ensemble balanced and beautiful.

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 A number of other royal cousins attended this wedding.  Princess Margaretha’s daughter, also named Marie-Astrid, wore what looks to be headpiece covered in yellow flowers and green leaves. While I’ll give her points for the stylish grey and yellow colour scheme, I’ll pass on the messy hat.

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Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg chose a blush pink giant rosette fascinator. Again- I like the colour but the shape and placement of this headpiece is all wrong to me. Slapping a bunch of feathers (or ripped fabric, in this case) on the side of your head does NOT make a stylish millinery statement. Her coat, however, is sublime.

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Alexandra’s sister-in-law-to-be, Claire Lademacher, did much better in a pink straw beret perched on the back of her head. Since this wedding was this one of this future princess’ first public hat outings, we’ll forgive the funny placement (I prefer berets further forward, a little off to the side) although I’m still scratching my head at the pink and yellow hat and dress combination.

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My favourite hat worn by a royal cousin was this electric blue veiled straw beret worn by Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau. Paired with a printed vintage-inspired dress, this hat was striking and fun while still appropriate for the church wedding.

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Adelaide Drapé-Frisch, who married Imre’s brother Christophe in December, wore a navy hat with flat crown, rolled brim and polka-dotted feather trim. For her first royal hat outing, I thought this was a solid start… even if it did look like that handsome groomsman sat on it on the way to church.

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Imre’s second cousin (through the paternal side of his family), Archduchess Priscilla of Austria, wore a white straw hat in a very simple shape, with a not-so-simple sweeping straw flower flowing over the brim. I’m not usually a fan of white hats (especially at weddings) but with her flowered dress and lilac jacket, any other colour would have been too much.

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The Duke and Duchess of Braganza also attended this wedding. It’s tough to see but Isabel wore a chocolate brown rose and leaf fascinator on the side of her head. It’s an unusual choice with a silver suit- an unsuccessful choice, in my opinion. Isabel favors brown hats and I just wish she’d break out with some color. ANY colour.

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And finally, the best for last (or most memorable, at least!) Anastasia, Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg (née Princess Anastasia of Prussia) wore a hat entirely covered in bright pink feathers. I suppose if you can’t wear a hat that looks like a giant peony bloom to a royal wedding, you probably can’t wear it anywhere. I’m not a fan of the hat  but I’m a fan of any woman gutsy enough to wear it in public.

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All in all, this was a much less formal wedding than we would see a month later in Luxembourg (not surprising, for the heir’s wedding) and three months later for Imre’s brother Christophe. While I’m a fan of royal weddings, I found the relative informality of this one gave it great charm- it was not about pomp and pageantry, but about a happy family getting together for the fun celebration of a couple filled with love and joy. That’s just my take- I’m curious, dear readers, what did you think of this American-Austrian royal wedding? Which hat was your favourite?

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Archducal Wedding in Nancy

A wedding A “minor” royal wedding was celebrated today in Nancy, France when Archduke Christophe of Austria married Adelaide Drapé-Frisch. Christophe is the son of Archduke Carl Christian of Austria and Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (née Princess of Luxembourg) – this makes him the grandson of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg and the nephew of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. As such, the Luxembourg royals were out again to celebrate a royal wedding!

Let’s start with the bride- Adelaide wore an antique lace Habsburg veil- a family piece rumoured to have been worn by Empress Eugénie for her wedding to Napoleon III in 1853 (and also previously worn by her sisters-in-law Marie-Christine and Kathleen on their wedding days). Adelaide anchored the veil with the Luxembourg Royal Family’s Small Diamond Floral Tiara. I thought the lace veil and floral tiara were a perfect compliment to her satin dress.

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Mother of the groom, Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria (née Princess of Luxembourg), wore a dark brown brimless fur hat. I know this is a Christmas wedding but I somehow don’t see the connection between the dark fur hat and her beautiful powder blue suit. Powder = snow = need for a fur hat?! Somehow, this doesn’t work for me.

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Mother of the bride, Odile Drapé-Frisch, looks fantastic, even with the random explosion of orange feathers. I actually admire a mother-of-the-bride who can pull of orange because I suspect very, very few women can.

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Sister of the bride, Eleanor Drapé-Frisch, wore a large blue straw molded saucer hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim. While it’s lovely to see colour, I’m not sure this technicolour blue is the best look for her. I think I might have liked it a lot better if her hair was back in a chignon.

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Sister of the groom, Countess Marie-Christine de Limburg-Stirum, wore a pale greige fur hat with wide, cuff brim.

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Sister-in-law of the groom, Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, wore a prim chocolate fur pillbox. I suppose if you’re going to wear a fur hat, you might as well choose a big one. I know there is a lot going on here- bouncy hair, weird angled hat- but somehow, I kind of like it.

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Aunt of the groom, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, brought some sparkle to this celebration with a large Fabienne Delvigne beaded headpiece she has worn before. I think this was the right choice for this outfit- any larger hat would have competed too much with the fur collar on her brocade jacket.

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Cousin-in-law of the groom, Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, wore a dark green button base cocktail hat trimmed with grey and caramel twisted bows. I really, really, REALLY want to like this hat but the way she has placed it makes it look like a one-sided green earmuff. Although, if I’m being honest, I’m not sure better placement would help on this piece.

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Cousin of the groom, Princess Alexandra, wore a grey felt cloche. Top marks to Alexandra for bringing a quintessentially French hat shape to this French wedding. Très chic!

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Cousin-in-law of the groom Princess Tessy wore a chocolate felt pork pie/cloche hybrid hat. The hourglass shape is interesting but the velvet bow and bland colour leave me on the fence about this hat- I can’t decide if this is boring or twee. There’s also something funny going on with her hair and the perch of the hat.

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Future cousin-in-law of the groom, Claire Lademacher (soon to be Princess Claire), wore a black felt saucer trimmed with feathers and a large, flat bow.. Call me crazy but I think this combination of hat, chignon, biker coat and faux fur wrap is fabulous.

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Aunt of the groom, Princess Sibilla, oozed elegance in a classically shaped hat with black felt crown and wide red felt brim.Trimmed with red felt zigzag picks and black quills, the hat is appropriately Christmassy without being too obvious.

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Luxembourg Wedding: Extended Family

Royal Hats The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg were all in attendance for their nephew/cousin’s wedding. Guillaume’s aunt, Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria (Grand Duke Henri’s older sister), looked jaw-droppingly elegant in this grey and beige ensemble complete with wide brimmed beige hat. I loved the size and angle of the hat with her short hair so much that I didn’t even notice the too-pointy centre (hidden by an oddly shaped bow).

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Marie Astrid’s daughter, Countess Marie-Christine de Limburg-Stirum, wore what looks to be a royal blue transparent fascinator with feather trim. From this distance, I’m not a fan… or maybe I’m just distracted by what seems to be a dress too skimpy for a major royal wedding.

Marie Astrid’s new daughter-in-law, Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, wore a cute purple pillbox with coordinated bow and feather trim. I usually prefer pillbox hats on hair that is neatly tied back into some sort of chignon, but I’ll give Kathleen a pass for her first major royal event as a member of the family. The next person to enter into the Luxembourg Royal Family will be Adelaide Drapé-Frisch, who is marrying Marie-Astrid’s son Christophe this December. Adelaide looked very royal in a salmon pink hat with net bow and wide brim. I loved how the colour of the hat coordinated with her patterned dress and wrap.

Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Grand Duke Henri’s younger sister, looked beautiful in pale pink. while I didn’t really understand the different shades of pink in her outfit (mauve pink dress, blush pink wrap, dusty rose hat) I loved the hat on its own. Like her older sister, the size and brim shape looked fantastic on her, especially in contrast with her dark hair.

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Princess Margaretha’s daughter Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein (named after her sister, the Marie-Astrid mentioned above in case you’re getting confused!) sported a chocolate pillbox with veil. I loved her hair (see what I mean about pillboxes and hair tied back?!) but found it difficult in the full shot to see where her hair ended and the hat began. I loved her choice of bold earrings- such a modern twist with a retro pillbox!- although the patterned dress, big earrings and hat veil all add up to a lot going on.

Countess Diane of Nassau, wife of Grand Duke Henri’s brother Jean, showed her allegiance to the Red Hat Society with this red and purple feathered cocktail hat. I think this is a case of too much… in all the wrong places.

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Countess Diane’s stepdaughter Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau (daughter of Prince Jean of Luxembourg and his first wife Helene, shown here with her youngest brother, Prince Carl ) wore a large brimmed latte coloured straw hat to match her brocade coat. I’m afraid I find the whole look rather bland – it’s all a little too beige, especially with her dark blonde hair.

Now THIS is how to do a red hat! Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, wife of Grand Duke Henri’s younger brother Prince Guillaume (after whom the groom was named) wore a lovely curved red hat with lattice detail on the brim designed by British milliner Dillon Wallwork. Pairing a red hat with a red coat and dress is too much red for my taste, but the hat looked great on her.

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Special thanks to The Luxarazzi Blog for assistance on this post. 

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