Luxembourg Royal Wedding Guests, Ten Years On

Anniversary While the wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony ten years ago was a small one by royal standards, it included a number of hats worn by members of the couple’s family. From our current vantage point a decade later, here is a look back at these millinery designs.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived with the groom in a silver silk suit topped with a matching jewelled headpiece of overlapping silk bow loops and pale grey flying feathers.


The headpiece makes a strong statement (nearly as loud as a statement as Maria Teresa made when she left the church cradling her grandson, firmly putting rumours of Grand Ducal disapproval of the marriage to rest) and while it’s a little haphazard, I always thought it was great fun.


Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Tessy’s mother Régine Antony wore a wide brimmed black straw hat with flat crown, raised brim and large bow at the side. Her grandmother, pictured far left in the group photo below, wore a black felt hat with wavy brim.


Archduchess Marie Astrid wore a small hat made of widely woven natural straw with tightly upfolded cuff brim and swath of net veil. The weave of the straw lends great texture to the piece which feels a little nondescript. Her sister, Princess Margaretha of Leichtenstein, wore what appears to be a cream calot with black overlay. The overlay gives interesting dimension to the piece although I have a hard time making a connection betwen the hat and her ensemble.


Finally, Princess Sibilla wore a forest green Garbo style hat with laser cut brim. The pattern cut into the brim is an eye-catching embellishment alternative to usual flowers and feathers and, I suspect, a rather fashion-forward statement ten years ago. I’m not sure the hat was showed off to best effect with Sibilla’s gray-green suit but it’s an interesting piece of millinery that stands on its own.


The stand-out millinery designs here are the ones worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Sibilla, both of which I think could easily be worn today. What do you think of the royal hats at this royal wedding, ten years on?

Photos from Getty as indicated: Alain Benainous, Alain Benainous and Alain Benainous via Getty

Luxembourg Royal Wedding, Ten Years On

Royal Hats  Ten years ago today saw the wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony.

In September, 2005, the Grand Ducal Court made the surprise announcement that Prince Louis and his girlfriend, Tessy Antony, were expecting their first child. This news was completely unexpected not only because the relationship was unknown to the press, but because the couple were so young (19 and 20). After Prince Gabriel’s arrival in March 2006, news of the couple’s engagement followed five months later. Following precedent in the Grand Ducal family, Louis renounced rights to the throne not only for himself, but for his descendants. As such, when Louis and Tessy married, she did not become a princess- this combined with an already unusual situation and set the event as a much lower key, family affair.

After a civil ceremony held at the Grand Ducal Palace, Louis and Tessy’s religious ceremony took place on September 29, 2006 in the northern Luxembourg town of Gilsdorf’s local parish church. Like most ‘normal’ brides, Tessy chose an off-the-rack dress, the “Jazmin” design by Spanish bridal manufacturer Pronovias.

Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats


The dress featured a strapless bodice covered in beaded cutouts of lace. Tessy arrived at the church in opera length white gloves that were removed during the ceremony.


In the front of the dropped waist skirt, an overlay of organza gathered in folded pleats to a cluster of silk roses and trailing rosettes on Tessy’s left hip. From the back, the ballgown shaped skirt attached to the bodice in large box pleats that fell beautifully into a folded train.


Tessy’s embroidered tulle veil was anchored with a beaded headpiece, worn on the crown of her head.

Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats   Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats

There was some grumbling in royal circles at the time about Tessy not receiving a tiara to wear for her wedding. I sincerely do not believe this was a snub- since she did not become a princess upon her marriage, a tiara was simply not in order (Tessy was granted the styling of Princess of Luxembourg in 2009).
It seems to me that the ‘not becoming a princess’ reality was a gift for Tessy who thus, was free to wear whatever she wanted on her wedding day. My esteemed blogging colleague The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor remarked about this dress, ” while I can’t say I’d give it a second glance on the rack myself, I’ve always liked it for one main reason: it seems like what she would have worn whether or not the man waiting at the end of the aisle was a prince.” I think that sums it up very well.
 Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats
Jump over to this post to see the hats and headpieces worn by the Grand Ducal family to this event. What do you think of this non royal headpiece for this non royal bride?
Photos from Getty as indicated; EPA; EPA; Alain Benaious via Getty; EPA

Queen Elizabeth Visits Rebuilding in Ballater

Queen Elizabeth was in the Aberdeenshire village of Ballater today to view rebuilding efforts following extensive flooding damage caused during last year’s Storm Frank. To meet with the the local butcher, craft shop, book store, architects’ office, and numerous residents whose homes were flooded, she repeated a vibrant blue straw hat. I have always liked the textural quality of the patterned straw used for this design (see it better during its last outing here) but have quibbles about the crown shape and bow trim. In the end, it’s simply not my favourite of the many blue hats in Her Majesty’s wardrobe.

I’m not sure I have much new to say about this much worn hat. Thoughts, anyone?
Photos from Press Association via The British Royal Family as indicated

One Hat, Four Dresses

Royal Hats Queen Máxima’s ensemble at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge two weeks ago struck a positive chord with many readers here at Royal Hats. While the shape of this design is a very familiar one on the Dutch Queen, this particular iteration has been in circulation for less than a year; on each outing, so far, it has been paired with a different dress. Since the hat is turning out to be a popular one both for Queen Máxima and for us fans, let’s take a closer look at each ensemble it has been paired with:

Look  #1: With an elaborate pink lace coat dress by Claes Iversen worn during a state visit to France, March 10, 2016


Look #2: Worn with a vibrant coral coat dress to the Four Freedom Awards on April 21, 2016


Look #3: Matched with a warm brown accessories and an acid green lace tunic and skirt, worn for a university opening on June 2, 2016

Queen Máxima, June 2, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, June 2, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Look #4: Worn with a structured, white Gucci dress and warm brown accessories on September 14, 2016 to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

Queen Máxima, Sep 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, Sep 14, 2016 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima has long favourite this upswept ‘slice’ brim shape and it is a style we have come to associate closely with her. I think this piece works so well for a few reasons- the neutral, natural colour lends itself to infinite colour pairings but the slightly darker brown tone brings beautiful warmth to an outfit yet still offers a contrast against Máxima’s light skin and hair. Looking at these four ensembles, what pairing do like best with this hat?

Photos from Getty as indicated; Philip van de Werf and Philip van de Werf via PPE; and Albert Nieboer/EPP via PPE

Christening of Prince of Bourbon Parma

Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie of Bourbon Parma hosted numerous events in Piacenza and Parma, Italy this weekend in celebration of their son’s christening. At a mass on Saturday held at Santa Maria della Steccata Basilica, Prince Carlos officially ‘showed’ little Prince Carlos Enrique to the people of Piacenza. For this event, Princess Annemarie topped a draped blue chiffon dress with a twisted white silk headpiece.

Princess Annemarie, Sep 24, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Annemarie, Sep 24, 2016 | Royal Hats
Princess Annemarie, Sep 24, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Annemarie, Sep 24, 2016 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

For the christening yesterday, Princess Annemarie chose a dress and cocktail hat in a deeper shade of blue. The hat features a beret base trimmed with a large flat bow and swath of crin that encircles most of the design like a sort of flying brim. It’s a lovely colour on Annemarie but the near vertical placement was awkward- I would have much preferred to see this piece placed up and forward, perched down over her hairline on the right side of her forehead.

Princess Annemarie, Sep 25, 2016 | Royal Hats
Princess Annemarie, Sep 25, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Annemarie, Sep 25, 2016 | Royal Hats
Princess Annemarie, Sep 25, 2016 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn:This hat is new

Queen Máxima used this occasion to debut a new hat with interesting history. During her June 10 visit to Urk, local milliner Hoedenhuis Kaptein gave it to her as a gift.

 While we don’t often see gifted items wore publicly, Queen Máxima surprised yesterday by wearing this hat. In pale grey straw, this design features an intended crown and slightly curved brim; it is trimmed with a white hat band and small grey bow at the side with trailing tails. I really like the strong shape of this piece on Máxima – we see so many repeated shapes on her and it’s wonderful to see something completely different- and think it could be a great design for her but I’m not sure its pairing with her delicate teal lace Dolce & Gabbana dress showed the hat to its best. I think this is an occasion where the individual pieces of this ensemble work better separately than they do together.


Queen Máxima, Sep 25, 2016 in Hoedenhuis Kaptein | Royal Hats  Queen Máxima, Sep 25, 2016 in Hoedenhuis Kaptein | Royal Hats

Queen Máxima, Sep 25, 2016 in Hoedenhuis Kaptein | Royal Hats

Designer: Hoedenhuis Kaptein Urk
Previously Worn: This hat is new
Princess Viktoria was the only other member of the Bourbon Parma family in millinery of any description, a small pink fascinator floral pouf made from heat shaped petals. The scale feels too small for her and it’s far too twee for my liking, particularly in combination with her clunky heart shaped necklace.
Princess Viktoria of Bourbon Parma, Sep 25, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Viktoria of Bourbon Parma, Sep 25, 2016 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new
It is always lovely to see hats at this type of royal family event, even though I would have liked small tweaks on each of the ensembles we saw yesterday. Did any hats here stand out to you? And what do you think about Queen Máxima wearing a gifted piece?
Photos from Albert Nieboer as indicated;  Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer,  Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer, Jeroen van der Meyde via PPE; Patrick van Katwijk via Monarchy Press;  Albert Nieboer, Albert NieboerAlbert Nieboer via PPE; Marco Vasini; Albert Nieboer, Albert Nieboer and Albert Nieboer via PPE

Cambridge Family Arrives in Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down this afternoon in Victoria, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, with their children in tow. The entire family were dressed in shades of blue to kick off their visit to Western Canada, with Kate in the most marvellous new hat.


Made of felt in a moulded saucer shape, this design is lavishly trimmed with maple leaves (the national emblem of Canada) and a central bloom made up of multiple bow loops and blue seed pearls. While we have seen a similar design on Kate before (remember this red version for the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla?),  this piece stands out thanks to the vibrant shade of blue- a colour which is fantastic on the young Duchess. I particularly like how the well-embellished hat provides a beautiful counterpoint to Kate’s refined and very sleek dress.

Because this tour is full of more informal events, I did not expect to see such a formal hat on Kate for today’s arrival. Thank goodness I was wrong – I think this is one of her best looks to date.
Designer: Silvia Fletcher for Lock and Co. 
Previously Worn: This hat is new
I will post additional photos of this hat as the rest of today’s events unfold. What do you think of Kate’s hat today in Victoria?
Photos from Getty as indicated

This Week’s Extras

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Thanks to reader Avery who forwarded this report of Princess Hisako of Takamado in a sweet straw hat to open a Dali exhibition earlier this month (News 24)

The Belgian Royal Family spoted cycling through Brussels last weekend for national Car Free day

Queen Sonja in a smart rain cloche to host an outdoor movie premiere in the palace garden with 12,000 guests. (Royal House of Norway). This event, which concluded King Harald and Queen Sonja’s silver jubilee celebrations, featured Erik Poppe’s Oscar nominated movie “King No” about King Haakon and the German invasion of Norway in 1940  You can read more about the film here or watch the trailer here.  

The Duke of Kent is also visiting Canada and looked most handsome in a kilt and tam yesterday in Brampton, Ontario


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The Countess of Wessex’s blog about her amazing fundraising ride from Edinburgh to London is a great read that you shouldn’t miss (British Royal Family)

Excellent feature (with photos and considerable video) on Prince William’s work, work environment and colleagues (BBC)

And speaking of the Cambridges- they are due to arrive in my part of the world this afternoon. Here is their detailed itinerary for the coming week (Government of Canada). Before you get your hopes us- this will be a fairly informal tour and I don’t expect to see Kate in anything more formal that a fishing hat.