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, Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg who looked happily radiant. I’m afraid I can’t say the same thing about the one-sided green earmuff she’s sporting.

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Cousin of the Groom Princess Alexandra 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. 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). Call me crazy but I think this combination of hat, chignon, biker coat and faux fur wrap is fabulous.

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

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4 thoughts on “Big Day in Nancy

  1. From all the fur above either in hat form or as trim on coats, suits, what have you I am inclined to believe the dress code asked that fur be included! Actually it is probably because it is winter. The mother of the groom’s suit is so elegant. Too bad she couldn’t of traded hats with the sister of the groom. If was such fun to see all the hats whatever we think of them.

  2. Great hat coverage!
    I must admit I like Tessy’s whole look, and hate almost everything in Claire’s^- except the color.
    That being said, about the colors for mother-of-the-bride and sister-of-the-bride, I want to point out that in France, from my own experience, it seems to be the fashion to wear silk in vibrant colors in traditional, catholic weddings.
    (Btw, I have met the girl who made the mother-of-the-bride brown dress under the orange jacket, she designs and makes silk dresses for weddings – ).

    • I’m so pleased you enjoyed this post! Thank you for sharing the link to this designer. That was fascinating information and I had not yet seen a photo of Adelaide’s mother’s dress for the evening party. The colour was beautiful!

      • You’re most welcome. Indeed, this purple dress is very nice! I was so surprised this designer made Adelaide’s mother’s dress, actually. When I met her to buy silk, she worked in a small attic room. But she’s talented, obviously, and has now moved to a bigger place 😉

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