Andrea Casiraghi, son of Princess Caroline of Hanover and Monaco, and his longtime partner Tatiana Santo Domingo were married today at the Royal Palace in Monaco. The couple, who welcomed son Sascha earlier this year, live in London. Their civil wedding, which was a private affair, was very casual – hardly surprising for this informal and bohemian pair. Tatiana did not wear a veil or tiara but instead opted for a wreath of flowers in her hair (and what looks like sandals on her feet). It also appears that none of the guests were in hats. The lack of hats saddens me, of course, but I respect that these two had the wedding they clearly wanted. Their bright, happy faces make up for the lack of hats, don’t you think?!
UPDATE- Tatiana wore a different Missoni white lace dress for the evening reception following the civil wedding. It looks a little like an old lace tablecloth to me… you can see photos here.
Photos from the Royal Palace of Monaco via Hello Magazine
King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan met with Pope Francis on Thursday this week, presumably to discuss matters of peace in the Middle East. Queen Rania wore a simple white veil with the uniform black ensemble that all non-Catholic queens wear to the Vatican. The white veil surprised me- I thought she would wear a black veil. Does anyone have any idea why she chose white?
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Prince Rahim Aga Khan and American model Kendra Spears were married in Geneva, Switzerland today in a private ceremony at a villa on the shores of Lake Geneva. The bride, who will now be known as Princess Salwa, wore beautiful cream embroidered sari that she folded over her head as a veil. Those of us in the west are used to seeing royal women in hats at weddings- at this wedding, it was the men who wore the hats (related to traditional dress, I imagine). While the female guests did not wow with hats, the bright rainbow of colour they provided was really festive and beautiful.
Photos byThe Ismaili; Kdnpix UK/Bancroft Media and Matrix Pictures via The Daily Mail
Queen Anne-Marie of Greece celebrates her 67th birthday today. Queen Anne-Marie, the youngest daughter of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, was barely eighteen when she married King Constantine (who was only 24 years old and had been king for less than six months) and became Queen of the Helenes. Their reign, however, was short lived- a military coup in 1967 forced the young King and Queen into exile where they have remained ever since. Thankfully, their many royal family connections have kept them in the public eye (Queen Margrethe of Denmark is Anne-Marie’s older sister, Queen Sofia of Greece is King Contantine’s sister and their cousin is the Duke of Edinburgh) and we see them at many European Royal events. When I think of Queen Anne-Marie’s best hats, I am still awed by the pillbox and calot beauties she wore during her reign. This hat, in beaded grey silk with a scalloped edge, remains one of my favourites.
Photo source is unknown (1966 or 1967). Assistance identifying the source is most welcome.
The colourful Spanish Duchess of Alba was spotted early in August in several equally colourful hats while on vacation in Ibiza. Cayetana, who is almost 90 years old and is known to be the European noble with the most titles, still sports a bikini when she goes to the beach. Any woman who can do that (royal or not) is pretty fierce in my books.
The Duchess of Alba in Ibiza, August 2 and August 4, 2013
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Reader Maryanne asked, “Does Queen Elizabeth ever change her hats to update them or have them match with a different outfit or does she always keep them the same?” Great question, Maryanne. The Queen is one of the most consistent royal hat wearers out there- not only does she keeping hats unchanged from their original design, she does not mix and match hats to different royal outfits. As I understand, her hats are custom made to match with a particular dress or coat and they are always worn together. I suspect this helps with more efficient management of her vast wardrobe. (*NOTE- as some readers reminded, The queen occasionally commissions a second hat to go with a particular outfit).
Looking over the past 14 years of the Queen’s hats, I was only able to find one instance of her modifying a hat. When she first wore this white straw flat-crown cloche with asymmetrical brim to Ascot in 2009, it featured a large white fabric dahlia flower on the side. When she wore it next during her October 2011 tour of Australia, the flower had been removed leaving the turquoise lace as the only embellishment on the hat (the pointy white collar was also removed from the coat). When you think of ALL the hats the queen has worn over the past decade, it’s amazing that makes so few modifications. I think that speaks to the level of trust she places in her millinery designers.
Designer: Angela Kelly
Previously Worn: June 18, 2009 and October 27, 2011
Thanks for the great question, Maryanne! I hope I answered it sufficiently.
Photos from Julian Herbert via Getty; and Pool/Getty Asia Pacific via Zimbio
Today I have two “working” royal hats to catch up on. Last Thursday, Princess Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and her horse Digby competed in the Blue Hors FEI European Dressage Championships. She wore a standard equestrienne top hat for the competition. I love this hat- the crown is shorter than traditional top hats and it looks great. I think this shape would actually work well outside the competition ring!
Last Friday, Queen Silvia of Sweden attended “Ancient Day” in Ekebyhov, Silvia wore a Swedish traditional folk costume complete with a lace trimmed cap. The cap design features a sweet small bow at the back.
Photo from Scanpix Denmark via Corbis and Kungehuset.se