Luxembourg Royals at Religious Celebration

The Luxembourg royal family took part in the closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg yesterday, a religious celebration that occurs on the fifth Sunday after Easter. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa led her family in a vibrant pink hat with squared crown and diagonal upturned brim with a flat monochrome multi looped ribbon bow on the side. I particularly liked the shape of this hat’s brim on the Grand Duchess.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. My guess is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore an ecru looped bow fascinator wrapped in a swath of coordinating net veil. It is the first time we have seen Stéphanie in a fascinator and I thought this delicate headpiece suited both her fine features and her bouclé coat quite nicely. 

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie , May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie , May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. 
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Princess Claire wore a large black straw hat with a gently upturned brim flowing in gentle waves. This hat is looks a little too floppy for my taste, although it works very well with Claire’s cascading ponytail and bright smile.

Princess Claire , May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Alexandra repeated her blush pink giant rosette fascinator. While I like the placement of this headpiece much better than the last time we saw her wear it, it still falls flat for me.

Princess Alexandra, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 8, 2012

My favourite hat yesterday was worn by Princess Tessy who sported a large dove grey saucer hat trimmed in navy piping and a large grey and navy looped bow. It was the perfect compliment to her lovely navy dress and, worn at this jaunty angle, set her off so beautifully. It also looks like she has taken some hairstyling pointers from the Duchess of Cambridge that worked wonderfully with this hat. So chic!

Princess Tessy, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Tessy, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

All in all, it was a lovely day of royal hats in Luxembourg for this important event. Which one was your favourite?

** For additional coverage of this event, please refer to this article on Luxarazzi and this explanation of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from Manuel Dias; and Pierre Matge, Luxpress / Jean-Claude Ernst, and Isabella Finzi via Tageblatt

Birthday of Princess Tessy

The Royal Hats Blog Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (née Tessy Antony) celebrates her 28th birthday today. We don’t see much of her (she, her husband Prince Louis and their two young sons live in London where Tessy and Louis are students) except for the most major Luxembourg royal events. Despite her limited time in the spotlight, Tessy is memorable to us millinery fans for her fantastic hats. For National Day in 2011, she wore this turquoise party on her head. To celebrate her birthday, I couldn’t resist taking another peek.

Princess Tessy, June 23, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from Albert van der Werf via Corbis

Luxembourg Royal Wedding: Immediate Families

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Claire’s mother, Gabriele Lademacher (who arrived with Grand Duke Henri) chose a flat, pale grey-blue, brimless straw hat with a rounded crown and white veil to compliment her Dior suit in the same colour. While it looked like a little too close to veiled hubcap on her head, I still thought it was chic and quite elegant. This hat was made by Berlin-based millinery designer Fiona Bennett.

Gabriele Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Gabriele Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived with Prince Felix in head-to-toe bright pink. I believe her hat is a bespoke version of Philip Treacy’s “Wave” style beret in silk with an additional pink bloom. The whole ensemble read as  “cheesy mother-of-the-groom meets Vegas showgirl”. I think a hat in a contrasting colour and worn with her hair down would have been a better choice.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore an abstract pale turquoise blue straw hat edged in taupe trim. This hat seems to be generating a lot of criticism but I like the interesting flower shape. I’m just not sure it was the best hat to wear with her lace coat dress.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Tessy also wore a dramatic statement hat in deep aubergine. Initially, I thought this hat looked like her head sprouted wings but it seems to now be growing on me (a relief, since I really, really want to love this hat!)

Princess Tessy, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Tessy, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Tessy, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Alexandra did not wear a hat (she attended the bride) and instead, tucked some fresh greens into her hair.

Princess Alexandra, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Felix and Claire Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe via ZimbioPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe via ZimbioDutch Photo Press; and Guy Wolff via Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Who Wore it Best: September Poll Results

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The Royal Hats Bog It has been a busy week of hats and in the whirlwind of parliament openings and tours, I forgot to share results from the first September poll. It was a landslide win for:

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 29, 2006 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa! We will have to see what hat she wears tomorrow at her son Prince Felix’s religious wedding. Stay tuned later today for the next poll.

Photos from Philippe Gisselbrecht/Reuters via Corbis and Mark Renders via Zimbio

Who Wore it Best: September 2013 Poll

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The Royal Hats Bog A few of you were a little disappointed by the lack of hats at the mini-royal weddings this weekend. Not to worry- a Luxembourg wedding is coming up in a few weeks and I suspect a few hats will be found there. In anticipation of this event, I have chosen a fascinator for our first September poll which has appeared on multiple heads in Luxembourg. Designed by Fabienne Delvigne, this oyster grey silk headpiece features large bow loops, lightly floating coque feathers and a bejeweled center (you can also see a version of it in bright pink on Queen Mathilde here). Grand Duchess Maria Theresa and Princess Tessy wore it at very different angles and with very different outfits. That leaves just one question, dear readers… who wore it best?

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 29, 2006 | The Royal Hats Blog         Princess Tessy, June 23, 2009 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa at Prince Louis and Princess Tessy’s wedding, September 29,  2006
and Princess Tessy at Luxembourg National Day celebrations on June 23, 2009

Photos from Philippe Gisselbrecht/Reuters via Corbis and Mark Renders via Zimbio

Luxembourg Royal Family Celebrates National Day

The Luxembourg Royal Family celebrated their country’s National Day this weekend with a traditional visit to the city of Esch and a Torchlight Parade on Saturday, followed by a Te Deum and military parade yesterday. For the more formal events yesterday, the women of this family attended in a rainbow array of marvelous hats.

Luxembourg Royal Family, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a dramatic lavender straw vertical saucer hat trimmed with a dramatic flourish of purple roses feathers and curled ribbon tails (I suspect it is a custom Philip Treacy design. There are several similar hats in his Spring Summer 2013 collection). My first thought was that this hat looked like a flower shop exploded on her head. My next thought was that it was totally over the top and, dare I say, too young for this Grand Duchess. I must admit, however, that the color is great and the tall shape really lengthens Maria Teresa, who is…um… vertically challenged. I just think matching eye makeup to the colour of one’s hat should be outlawed. No. No. NO.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie looked beautiful in a pale aqua straw hat with a short cartwheel brim and a cluster of bow loops on the side. I leaped for joy when I saw this hat because it is the first hat we have seen Stéphanie wear since entering royal life that was not matronly and awkward beyond her years (and not BEIGE!!) . I am still on the fence about her hair braid- is it chic and stylish or is it too informal? I can’t decide either way but one thing is clear- her hat is brilliantly beautiful.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

While Stéphanie’s hat was beautiful, Princess Alexandra’s fascinator was truly bizarre. Made out of celadon green straw ribbon, this fascinator was a messy mass of twisted bow loops stuck to the side of Alexandra’s head. It looked tired, crumpled and not flattering, especially with her washed out Natan lace dress.

Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

The surprise of the day was Princess Tessy, who was not expected to attend this event. Her hat was also a surprise- it appeared she was wearing a classic white feathered pillbox but her hat was actually a very wide headband. I think it is a great shape on her but I found the contrast between the stark white headpiece and her teal blue dress a little jarring.

Princess Tessy, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Tessy, June 23, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

There was a little bit of everything today in the Luxembourg royal hats- something bold, something beautiful, something bizarre, and something unexpected. Which one was your favourite?

Photos from Dutch Photo Press

Hat Designer Updates

A Designer 2I have been able to confirm the designers of a few royals hats recently and thought some readers might be interested in this information.

First up, we’ve got four hats from the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg which took place last October. Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg’s striking red hat was designed by British milliner Dillon Wallwork (spotted and photographed under construction in Wallwork’s studio by the Hats Have It blog). The grey hat Princess Tessy wore is confirmed as a Fabienne Delvigne design (not a surprise there at all!).

Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Tessy of Luxembourg | The Royal Hats Blog

Celebrity British milliner Philip Treacy confirmed he designed the hats worn by Queen Anne-Marie and Princess Marie Chantal of Greece (also to the Luxembourg royal wedding). Marie Chantal’s hat is similar to the Ivory Buntal Beret design currently available;  the bow on Anne-Marie’s hat is available on its own as a fascinator in the Silver Lurex Bow design.

Queen Anne-Marie of Greece | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Marie Chantal of Greece | The Royal Hats Blog

Now for some more recent hats – Princess Marie Chantal’s controversial hat for Baroness Thatcher’s funeral was a modified version of Philip Treacy’s “Mini Beano Swirl” (the large cream swirl was removed). This hat (with original swirl) is for sale right now at the online shop Love Hats for £885.00

Princess Marie Chantal of Greece | The Royal Hats Blog

The striking black hat with pheasant feathers Autumn Phillips wore to the Cheltenham Festival in March this year was designed by Olivia Roat. This hat, the Fitzrovia design, is a little more affordable and currently available as well.

Princess Marie Chantal of Greece | The Royal Hats Blog

If you can help me confirm any hat designers, please do! I welcome all comments and feedback.

Photos from Dutch Photo PressZimbio; Max Mumby via Getty; and The Daily Mail