Who Wore it Best: December Poll Results

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The very last bit of business from 2013 we need to attend to is unveiling the result from our last poll. The clear winner of the black fur Russian-style hat was

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Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, Dec. 29, 2012  

The Austrian royal ladies captured the top two spots in this poll with Princess Beatrix not far behind in third place. Stay tuned later today for the first poll of 2014!

 Photos from PurePeople; Princess Diana Fan Blog; UK Press via Getty; Hoy.es; Samir Hussein via Getty; Christophe Karaba via Corbis; Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio; and PurePeople

Who Wore it Best: December Poll

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Many of the European and North American readers of this blog are deep in the throes of winter and will celebrate a snowy white Christmas next week. It seems fitting, therefore, to wrap up this year’s Who Wore It Best polls with the most traditional of royal winter millinery- a black fur (either faux or real) Cossack-style brimless hat. The hats seen here span four decades and are warming the heads of royals from five countries. With that breadth, it seems this hat is a royal classic. The question remains, however, Who Wore It Best?

*Note- for clarification purposes, each of the following royal ladies has been referred to by their current title and not their title at the time the photograph was taken. 

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Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, Dec. 29, 2012; Princess Diana in February 1985 
The Countess of Wessex, Jan. 6, 1999; Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Feb. 2, 2002 

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Princess Anne, March 13, 2013; Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, Jan.15, 2005;
Queen Elizabeth on February 3, 2009; Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, Dec. 29, 2012  

As usual, the poll will remain open until midnight GMT on January 1, 2014 and we will celebrate the winner the next morning. You are again welcome to vote as many times as you wish.

 Photos from PurePeople; Princess Diana Fan Blog; UK Press via Getty; Hoy.es; Samir Hussein via Getty; Christophe Karaba via Corbis; Chris Jackson/Getty via Zimbio; and PurePeople

Luxembourg Royal Wedding: The Groom’s Extended Family

Royal Hats BlogPrince 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. I thought it was stunning.

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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 while 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!)

Countess Marie-Christine de Limburg-Stirum, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Archduchess Gabriella, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

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 Astrid (left) and Annunciata of Liechtenstein, also wore fascinator headpieces to match 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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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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Photos from Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe via Zimbio and Albert Nieboer and Crystal / Slash News via Corbis

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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Photos from Hola, Tageblatt, Spiering Photography and Marlene A. Koenig via The Royal Musings Blog

Big Day 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). 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. The Drapé-Frisch family does not appear to shy away from colour! I’m just not sure this technicolour blue flying saucer 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 in fur. Is it me, or does this grey fur totally wash her out and clash with her beige fur cape?

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Sister-in-law of the Groom- Archduchess Kathleen of Austria. 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, who brought some sparkle to this celebration.

The Royal Hats BlogCousin-in-law of the Groom Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. While Stéphanie looks happily radiant, I don’t think I can say the same thing about the one-sided green earmuff she’s sporting.

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Cousin of the Groom Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg in a grey cloche. I love that she brought a very French hat shape (a cloche) to this French wedding. Très chic!

The Royal Hats BlogCousin-in-law of the Groom Princess Tessy of Luxembourg. 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 of Luxembourg). Call me crazy but I think this hat (and great hair) is fabulous.

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Aunt of the Groom- Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg. Sibilla oozes elegance and this beautiful red hat is no exception. It’s appropriately Christmassy without being too obvious. Perfect.

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Photos from Estrepublican.fr, PurePeople.com and Tageblatt.lu

Luxembourg Wedding: Extended Family

The Royal Hats Blog 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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 fascinator. 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

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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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