Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Royal Guests

The wedding of a crown prince of any nation is usually cause for a major royal celebration. While Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece, Prince of Denmark did not marry in either of the nations where he holds princely title, his wedding to Marie-Chantal Miller on July 1, 1995 was a grand event nonetheless.

Along with the queens on the groom’s side of the family (Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Margrethe and Queen Sofia), Queen Elizabeth, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Noor of Jordan and Grand Duchess Josephine of Luxembourg all attended this event. Queen Elizabeth wore a very pretty lavender hat with pleated straw crown while Queen Silvia wore a pink picture hat with white pleated crin brim. Grand Duchess Josephine topped her graphic black and white striped suit with a white straw hat with gently curved brim.

Queen Noor wore a white straw hat in the shape of an oversize cloche. The bell brim was further enlarged by a huge bow at the back of the hat. Of all the hats worn at this wedding, I think think this one is most ‘stuck’ in the millinery fashion of the time.Queen Noor, July 1, 1995 | Royal HatsPrincess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (as she was known then) wore a beige silk headband with bow at the side while Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, who was still a teenager, wore a large white hat with squared crown and wide upturned stripe of black straw around the brim.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats Crown Princess Victoria, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Princess Alexandra of Kent wore a  pale green hat with tall crown trimmed with a mass of green feathers around the base of the crown. It is a style of hat we see on Alexandra still today and one that is just so quintessentially her. tThe Duchess of Marlborough topped her sky blue suit and lacy blouse with a white hat wrapped in pleated swaths of organdie. I believe Princess Michael of Kent was also in attendance although I have been unable to locate a photo of her hat.
Princess Alexandra of Kent, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats  Duchess of Marlborough, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Empress Farah of Iran and her daughter-in-law Princess Yasmin, both wore hats trimmed with large bows. While Farah’s hat had a square crown and larger crown than Yasmine’s hat, which had a smaller cartwheel shaped brim, I think both hats are perfect examples of 1990s millinery fashion.
Empress Farah and Princess Yasmine, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Princess Marina of Savoy (now Princess of Naples) memorably wore a large navy picture hat trimmed with a wide swath of coordinating feathers. The hat on its own is a bold look but paired with her feather hemmed dress, is almost beyond description. In comparison, the Duchess of Bragança, who had married the Duke earlier in 1995, was more conservatively dressed in a pistachio green suit and matching floral trimmed hat.
Princess Marina of Savoy, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats Duchess of Bragança, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Queen Margarita of Bulgaria wore an interesting domed hat in natural straw trimmed by a slim burgundy ruffle near the top of the crown. Her daughter-in-law Carla, the Princess of Panagyurishte, wore a simple cream straw hat.
Queen Marie, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats 1995-01-07 Pavlos & MC wedding 54
The Princess of Vidin topped a pale blue and brown flowered suit with a chocolate straw hat. The brim on the front of the hat was curled back to the crown, leaving a halo around her face. Rosario, The Princess of Preslav, wore a large straw picture hat. With a beige square crown and white curved brim, edged in a wide beige stripe, the hat coordinated well with Rosario’s beige and white Valentino dress. Princess Kalina, who attended with Prince Laurent of Belgium, wore a characteristically unusual outfit, pairing a floppy natural straw picture hat with an embroidered, slinky bias cut dress.
That concludes our look back at the Greek Royal Wedding! I am most curious to hear your thoughts on the hats worn by these royal guests. And, I’m sure you join me in wishing Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal a very happy 20th anniversary.
Greek Royal wedding, July 1, 1995 | Royal Hats
Photos from The Royal Forums and Getty as indicated
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11 thoughts on “Greek Royal Wedding 20 Years On: Royal Guests

  1. Love the Princess of Naples’ ensemble. Completely ridiculous but she had the legs and the jewels to carry it off. Ditch the hat for the party afterwards!

  2. I will always love Queen Noor’s hat, no matter what! There were some good hats at this wedding, watching the first part on YouTube there were a lot of nice ones on guests getting off the buses, so everyone went all out. Many of these hats look dated (Silvia) but a good many could still be worn today with the right outfit (Victoria, QEII, Mrs. Miller).

  3. Queen Elizabeth’s lavender hat with its pleated straw crown and matching outfit was a good choice, and could easily still be worn right now. I like Queen Silvia’s pink picture hat with white pleated crin brim, and her matching pink outfit. It does, however, look somewhat dated. Grand Duchess Josephine’s graphic black and white striped suit and white straw hat with its gently curved brim is my favorite hat and outfit, as it transcended time the best. Though I rather like Queen Noor’s white straw hat in the shape of an oversize cloche and matching outfit, it does feel dated. Where is your hat Queen Sofia? Did you leave it on the couch at home? Princess Maria Teresa’s beige silk headband with bow at the side just wasn’t formal enough for a Royal Wedding, and she forgot to iron her outfit. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden’s white hat with squared crown and wide upturned stripe of black straw around the brim was one of the best hats here, and her simple outfit worked well with it. Princess Alexandra of Kent’s pale green hat trimmed with a mass of green feathers around the base of the crown was indeed typically her as HatQueen says, but I think this shade of green wasn’t really flattering on her and the outfit is dated. The Duchess of Marlborough’s blue suit was striking, but the lacy blouse is so dated looking at it from the eyes of now, but her white hat wrapped in pleated swaths of organdie could still work today with the right outfit. Empress Farah and Princess Yasmin, both wore those hats with enormous Fergie bows that I could never, and will never, like. Princess Marina of Savoy’s large navy picture hat trimmed with a wide swath of coordinating feathers, was a hat I could have got on board with, but the matching feather hemmed dress was way, way, way too much! The Duchess of Bragança was too conservatively dressed for a Royal Wedding in that pistachio green suit and matching floral trimmed hat. Queen Margarita of Bulgaria’s domed hat in natural straw trimmed by a slim burgundy ruffle near the top of the crown was wearing a hat that was quite fashion forward for its time, and you could easily wear it now, and the same goes for her timeless suit. Carla, the Princess of Panagyurishte, opted for a simple cream straw hat that is also timeless, and her outfit is chic. The Princess of Vidin’s pale blue and brown flowered suit was a horrid mismatch of colors, but I do like the chocolate straw hat. I like that the brim on the front of the hat was curled back to the crown, leaving a halo around her face, which was very flattering, and so it was one of my favorite hats, and I would like to wear this one. Rosario, Princess of Preslav’s large straw picture hat, edged in a wide beige stripe, coordinated well with Rosario’s beige and white Valentino dress, and it one of my favorite hat and outfit combinations of the lot, and you could easily wear it now and cause a riot! I love the whole package and I want it all! While I liked Princess Kalina’s floppy natural straw picture hat, her embroidered, bias cut dress is one of the most hideous dresses I have ever seen!

  4. Missed out one Queen – the Queen Mother … Hopefully you can locate a photo but you should see her in the full group photo!

  5. QEII could wear this today and look just fine. Silvia’s hat, not so much. Went well with her pink outfit – which I still like – but glad she has retired the hat.
    HOW so very young PVictoria and KWillem were! Such a treat to see this photo for friends way back when
    Elegant PAlexandra’s photo choked me up seeing her walking with her sweetheart.
    I like PYasmin’s hat. I think she could still wear it. Great color on her.
    The only thing about Princess of Naples I will comment on is her necklace. It is beautiful.
    Carla, the Princess of Panagyurishte, in her cream hat and outfit looked great classic. It would still work
    Rosario, The Princess of Preslav’s straw hat and Valentino dress was my favorite guest look. Perfect on her.

  6. Crown Princess Victoria is probably my favorite in this selection! She’s very stylish and not very dated, especially when compared to the others. And seeing her laugh with Willem Alexander doesn’t hurt! 🙂
    Least favorite: the sea of navy feathers…. it makes for a shapeless hat, imho.

  7. I thought the band around the crown of Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte’s hat was a clever touch, matching her suit. And I love Queen Silvia’s pleated brim, so very 1930s but modern at the same time and very becoming.

  8. No love for the lovely and out-of-the-box hat (for her) Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother wore to this event? I know it was a repeat from the Chatto wedding, but still. 🙂

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