On Friday, members of the Romanian royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday as they have in the past, hosting a garden party for 3000 guests at Elisabeta Palace.
A palace garden party usually includes hats and such was the case in Bucharest. Custodian of the Crown, Her Majesty Margareta wore an ecru straw teardrop shaped sauce with high upsweep, the underside of which is trimmed with an oversize red silk flower. The flower feels slightly out of proportion (trimmed back just slightly, I think, would do the trick) although it makes a dramatic and festive statement that fits this occasion well.
Designer: Kristina Dragomir Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Maria wore a similarly shaped disk hat in blush beige-pink straw, trimmed with coque and goose feathers in the same pink and varied shades of blue. The colour scheme is a bit unexpected but works, particularly in combination with Maria’s beige-pink silk dress and navy coat.
Designer: likely Kristina Dragomir Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new
Princess Sophie topped her peacock blue silk dress with a beige straw sidesweep saucer hat trimmed in vibrant blue goose and arrow trimmed coque feathers. I suspect the hat was placed to coincide with Sophie’s hairstyle but I wish it was pivoted slightly forward with the top of the hat angled slightly lower to sweep across her face instead of hover behind it. Princess Elena paired her emerald silk suit with a deep eggplant hued straw saucer, also trimmed in goose and pointed coque feathers. The purple and green scheme is a brave one- I just wish the green feathers were a better match for the jacket, the purple straw base was larger and, like her sister, the hat was worn at a less severely upright angle.
It’s always lovely to see the Romanian royal sisters at this annual event and I wonder- do you think their quartet of saucer sidesweeps was a coincidence this year?!
The funeral of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg was attended by representatives from nearly every European royal house, many who wore hats. Out of respect for this event and the Grand Duke’s memory, this post contains photos only (no commentary) and is not open for comments.
Monarchs from Denmark, Sweden, Liechtenstein and Norway:
Wonderful to see that Lady Frederick Windsor appears to have recovered from the horrible car accident she suffered last November. She was photographed looking very well at the Cheltenham races last week in a tall crowned, rose trimmed navy hat from Siggi Hats.
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa also celebrated her birthday this week- these great new formal portraits were released in celebration of her birthday.
The @CourGrandDucale is doing a great job making up for the tiara-less appearance in Paris last night as they just released a new tiara portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Teresa to mark her birthday later this week. pic.twitter.com/Ljc9IrcdEo
The bride wore an intricately beaded gown and veil from young Lebanese designer, Sandra Mansour. According to the designer, the gown is “inspired by Russia, her (the bride’s) native land, entirely embroidered with the wire and the hand. Chantilly lace and sublimated by beaded details, this required the work of the embroiderers of the Mansour workshops for more than three and a half months.” The gown follows a traditional silhouette with squared sweetheart neckline, long, leg o’mutton sleeves, fitted bodice, and full, ballgown skirt that swept into a substantial train.
The wedding was, not surprisingly, attended by members of the Casiraghi family. Tatiana Santo Domingo wore a large cream straw picture hat with gently upswept brim, trimmed with a blush pink ruched silk hatband. The off-centre peak on the crown of this piece is a shape Philip Treacy has widely used in his collections the past two years, making me suspect the design is from him. It’s a wonderfully romantic hat that Tatiana wears well.
As shown in the photo above, Princess Alexandra (who is half sister to the groom), did not wear a hat. Charlotte Casiraghi wore a Garbo variation with floppy brim. A Garbo hat would be such a great shape for her fantastic coat but the proportions of this one, with a too short brim that is attached awkwardly low on the crown, emphasising its round shape, is simply off.
Beatrice Borromeo topped her pale green floral dress in a rosy-beige headpiece of braided straw by Marta Ferri . The design is an interesting concept but the colour isn’t particularly flattering on Beatrice and I’m at a loss to see how it relates to the rest of her ensemble. The design also has an open crown, which makes it a tough sell for me.
The wedding was also attended by numerous members of German royal houses. Princess Sophie of Prussia wore a grey cocktail hat with moulded straw base, embellished with a large, silk cabbage rose in the same hue. The neutral hat and other grey accessories are a beautiful counterpoint to her vibrant magenta dress.
Princess Elisabeth of Thurn and Taxis wore a calot hat covered in layered burgundy feathers. The Margravine of Baden (née Archduchess Valerie of Austria, who is married to Maximilian, Margrave of Baden, head of the Grand-Ducal House of Baden and nephew of the Duke of Edinburgh), topped her navy silk dress with a wide brimmed hat in orchid purple straw with a ruched hatband and large front bow.
Even smaller royal weddings are great hat occasions and this one brought us numerous hats on royals we don’t often see. Jump over to the great blog Confessions Of A Castleholic (written by Svenja, who also co-writes the great Luxarazzi blog) for fantastic photos she took of guests and the couple today. For now, which designs stood out to you most?
The Inauguration Mass for Pope Francis was held in St Peter’s Square in Rome today. A number of European royals attended this event, which marks the beginning of the papacy. The standard royal dress code for visits to the Vatican is black with a head veil, however, five Catholic sovereigns currently hold Privilège du Blanc. Queen Paola of Belgium and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg chose to wear white today; Queen Paola’s Belgian lace veil was just exquisite.
Princess Máxima of the Netherlands and Princess Letizia of Austurias wore traditional black veils.
Princesses Sophie and Margaretha of Liechtenstein were in black lace veils as well.
The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester also attended as representatives of Queen Elizabeth and the British Government. Brigitte wore what looks to be a black pillbox with veil over. We don’t often see full veils over hats (especially worn by British Royals) but I thought she looked quite smart.
An array of beautiful veils here, don’t you think? To those of you more knowledgeable about fashion- can somone explain why some of the royals wore full length dresses (Maria Theresa and Máxima) while most wore knee-length?