Monaco Royal Wedding in Italy: Family and Royal Guests

Royal HatsThis weekend’s lavish religious wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo saw a number of hats worn by family members and royal guests. For the religious ceremony on Saturday morning, the groom’s mother, Princess Caroline, wore a flat-crowned white picture hat. The brim of the dramatic hat was heavily wrapped in a swirling tempest of navy silk tulle and trimmed with navy and white feather poufs on one side. While the hat is a haute couture piece, I’m struggling to find it either flattering or attractive. It’s a signature piece that seems at odds with Caroline’s ornately beaded Chanel tunic (a piece I suspect it was designed specifically to compliment).

Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Caroline, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

You can get a better sense of this hat in the short video clip below. Jump over here for a view of Princess Caroline’s pre-wedding dinner outfit and here for a view of her gown (and optional Can-can sleeves) at the post-wedding reception.

Designer: Chanel
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Charlotte Casiraghi did not wear a hat at any of the wedding festivities (jump over to her outfits at the pre-wedding dinner here, the religious ceremony here and her wonderful Gucci gown for the reception here). Princess Alexandra of Hannover, who appears to have been a bridesmaid at the religious ceremony, topped her simple silk gown with a wreath of flowers in her hair.

Princess Alexandra, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Alexandra’s outfits at the other two events can be seen here and here. The outfits worn by Tatiana Santo Domingo can be seen here, here and here and those by Princess Stephanie and her daughters here, here, here and here.

While the bride’s mother Paola Marzotto did not wear any hats (see her frocks here and here), her sister-in-law Italian fashion designer Marta Ferri wore two vibrant floral headpieces made by Piers Atkinson- red for the pre-wedding dinner and yellow for the religious ceremony. Marta’s infant son (whose father is Beatrice’s brother Carlo, below left), was also spotted in a wee straw hat.

 Marta Ferri, July 31, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats  Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Marta Ferri, August 1, 2015 in Piers Atkinson | Royal Hats

Crown Princess Mette-Marit or Norway continued her love of headbands with one worn to each of the three wedding events. While I appreciate her use of head adornment at this hat-scarce wedding, the pieces look rather twee when paired with her trio of floral and lace prairie dresses. The pink piece, worn with a Valentino gown, has the air of a Kokoshnik tiara that intrigues me but I’m afraid in reality, it might be a twin to the first piece, which looks like a string of mini pita pockets.

Princess Mette-Marit, July 31, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Mette-Marit, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats  Princess Mette-Marit, August 1, 2015 | Royal Hats

Luxarazzi has photos of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein who attended, sadly all without hats. I’m afraid, dear readers, that this wedding won’t be remembered for its millinery and that the review here is rather paltry. Of the hats and headpieces we did see at these nuptials, did any stand out to you?

Photos from Robino Salvatore via Getty; Walter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash NewsWalter Gatti/Pat/Splash News, Gigi Iorio/Splash News, and Splash News via Corbis; JacopoR/PierreS/GC Images via Getty; Marta FerriAFP via Getty; and Stella Pictures

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12 thoughts on “Monaco Royal Wedding in Italy: Family and Royal Guests

  1. I like Princess Caroline’s day outfit, but not the hat and I’m wondering if it’s just the inky colour of the tulle – it might have looked better for this summer wedding if the milliner had used pink, pale grey or gold. As it is, it looks more suitable for a funeral. Also, there appears to be a bit much tulle. Caroline’s evening ensemble left me thinking I’d love to see the skirt carried on up and used to create a whole dress. It’s gorgeous material, but as it is the outfit looks like two separate pieces that don’t really go together (it is actually how the designer intended, go figure).

    Love Mata Ferri’s headpieces, dislike M-M’s intensely. The one on the right is pink sea urchin shells so I wonder if the one on the left features shells too. Bit too literal for a Med. wedding. They would be okay on a child or a young teen, but not a grown woman. I also wonder why M-M chose such high necklines for her dresses, they don’t look so summery like this. Haakon, by the way, looked fab.

  2. I think I do like the hat. I like the top but the skirt and shoes not so much.
    I will pass on the guests outfits. Not sure what is happening at all. I guess it is all different than what we are use to or expecting.

  3. I love, love, love Princess Caroline’s look for the religious ceremony! When in Italy have some fun, and this outfit is fabulous. I actually even like Princess Caroline’s gown for the evening reception. Both looks were unusual, yes, but were interesting and suggest a happy mother of the groom.

  4. Princess Caroline’s hat is hideous. I can’t imagine what she saw in it. In a wedding where very few wore hats, it makes hers even more noticeable, and even more distracting. Not a good choice. She is a lovely woman and could have worn anything, but she wore this.

  5. I liked Princess Alexandra’s bridesmaid’s wreath the best.
    Marta Ferri’s hats matched her outfits well. Not my preference but she made good choices and they were less likely to fly away.
    You’re correct, Princess Caroline’s dress and hat are Chanel Spring 2015 Couture. See this link: http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashion-shows/spring-2015-couture/chanel/collection/59
    Maybe it’d look all right without the tulle.
    Getty Images has some photos of guests wearing hats but unfortunately those are not available to embed here.

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