York Royal Wedding: The Bride, Groom & Bridal Party

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank were married this morning at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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One wishes a bride to look her most most beautiful on her wedding day and such was the case for Princess Eugenie today.

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Designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, her dress featured a fitted bodice, long sleeves and folded portrait neckline that folds around the shoulders into an open back that drapes into a flowing, full length train. The low cut back was a special request of the bride who wanted to embrace and celebrate the scar from her adolescent scoliosis surgery.

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The stars of this gown are its cut and fabric – while it appears to be embroidered or appliqued with lace, the silk, cotton and viscose blended jacquard is actually woven with a custom floral motif of the bride’s request: Scottish thistles as a nod to the couple’s love for Balmoral, Irish shamrocks in honor of Ferguson family heritage and York roses and ivy to represent the couple’s home. The beautiful striped floral pattern on the fabric and impeccable cut and tailoring of the gown combine to create a streamlined and beautifully modern take on a traditional silhouette. On Eugenie, it was just exquisite.

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Princess Eugenie surprised with her bridal headwear, eschewing a veil and a widely-shared prediction she would wear her mother’s York tiara. Instead, she borrowed the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara from the Queen. Never before seen on a royal head, the tiara is part of the famous Greville suite of jewels left to the Queen Mother in 1942 (read more about the tiara’s background over at the Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor or at the Court Jeweller). This tiara was made in 1919 by Boucheron of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum around emeralds – a stone that coordinated beautifully with Eugenie’s green eyes and the autumnal scheme of the wedding.

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The young bridesmaids and pages wore dresses, shirts and velvet trousers from designed by Amaia Arrieta of Amaia Kids.The bridesmaids also wore patterned sashes printed with an art print by Mark Bradford included in the Order of Service. They carried posies of Lily of the Valley and spray roses which were also used to make small sprays for their hair.

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I love it good royal bridal surprises and Princess Eugenie’s look today was surprisingly streamlined, modern, and all kinds of beautiful.

UPDATE: For the evening party, Eugenie changed into a blush Zac Posen silk gown embroidered with York roses on one shoulder and the back. Queen Victoria’s wheat-ear brooches, borrowed from her grandmother, were incorporated in her hair to top another stunningly beautiful bridal look.

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This Week’s Extras

Royal Hats

Princess Ubol Ratana of Thailand (below left) photographed at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend in an interesting gold spray headpiece while Infanta Elena (below right) was spotted in another fedora at another bullfight (Bekia)

Princess Ubol Ratana, May 14, 2016 | Royal Hats  Infanta Elena, May 15, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Marie repeated her very pretty black fascinator at the funeral of a friend (Billed Bladet)

The Swedish King in his trusty fedora for a meeting of the World Wildlife Foundation (Swedish Monarchy)

The little Phillips girls having great fun in their straw hats at the Windsor Horse Fair last weekend (Daily Mail)

Another great video from Fabienne Delvigne showing a behind-the-scenes look at Queen Mathilde’s two new hats

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Princess Haya released a lovely portrait with her children, Sheikha Al Jalila and Sheikh Zayed (Svenskdam)

Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of Cornwall were in their glittering finery for Wednesday’s opening of Parliament

Photos from Guillaume Collet/SIPA via Newscom; Bekia; and Getty as indicated

 

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Royal Hats

Casual hats for Princess Anne and her granddaughters last weekend at the Badminton Horse trials where Zara Phillips Tindall successfully qualified for the Rio Olympics (Daily Mail)

Infanta Elena donned a chocolate straw fedora to take in a bullfight with her father, King Juan Carlos  (Belga Images)

You’ve just got until Monday to cast your vote in polls for the best new and best repeated royal hats worn in April

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The Swedish Monarchy released beautiful new photos of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia with wee Prince Alexander

The Imperial Household Agency announced plans to scale back official duties of the Emperor and Empress (Japan Times)

During the official launch of her foundation in California, Princess Charlene jumped in the pool with some kids to teach water safety- something that put her SO in her element (Daily Mail)

The Invictus Games were inspiring and Prince Harry was unapologetically their number one fan.

He sat down with Michelle Obama earlier in the week to talk about the games. The interview gives a peek behind the scenes to their recent mic drops and Harry’s approach to unclehood. It’s charming.

British Royals Enjoy Eventing Festival

The annual Festival of British Eventing was held this weekend on the grounds of Gatcombe Park, Princess Anne’s country home in Gloucestershire. The equestrian event was attended by the Phillips and Wessex families who wore a bevy of sporty hats. It looks like a marvellous time was had by all.

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg in a simple navy pillbox for the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII last weekend (Cour Grand Ducal de Luxembourg)

On Tuesday, members of the British Royal Family attended a memorial for the late Duke of Wellington (Daily Mail)

Princess Anne held a reception to acknowledge some hard working teens (Bucks Press)

Princess Alexandra of Kent opened a retirement village in Hampshire (The British Monarchy)

Lovely coverage on Prince Sébastien of Luxembourg’s university graduation (Luxarazzi). You can also see a photo of Grand Duke Henri and Prince Sébastien here

Some young British royal cousins having great fun at the Windsor Horse Show (Daily Mail)

Infanta Elena in one of her chic fedoras for a book release in Lorca (Hola)

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Great interview with Prince Harry last weekend in New Zealand (Sky News). Early this week, he participated in a traditional Maori Haka at the Linton Military base (New Zealand Herald)