Orange-Nassau Wedding, Ten Years On

Royal Hats Prince Pieter-Christiaan and Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau are celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary this week. On Wednesday, we looked at the hats worn at their civil nuptials and today we honour their anniversary with a look at at their religious ceremony which took place August 27, 2005.

While her civil wedding suit was an unexpected choice, Anita went with a very traditional bridal gown for the church ceremony, held at Jeroenskerk Church in Noordwijk. Designed by Dutch designer Frans Hoogendoorn, her A-line dress in cream duchess satin dress featured an overlay lace bodice with three-quarter length sleeves and boat-neckline. A  detachable train three meter long flowed out from the back of the dress.

Anita completed her bridal ensemble with full length silk tulle veil edged in lace appliqué. The veil was anchored by the diamond Ears of Wheat Tiara, an early nineteenth century piece worn by all of Princess Margriet’s daughter-in-laws on their wedding days (and Princess Margarita, at her first wedding). Of all the Dutch royal brides to wear this piece so far, I think this combination of dress, tiara and veil is the prettiest.
Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau and Anita Van Eijk, August 25, 2005 | Royal Hats  Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau and Anita Van Eijk, August 25, 2005 | Royal Hats

The young attendants wore petite floral headbands to match their butter yellow and pale green smocked dresses. Two adult attendants, in cream organza skirts and pale green ruffled blouses, tucked cream rosettes in their hair.

Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau and Anita Van Eijk, August 25, 2005 | Royal Hats

Princess Anita’s bridal look is one I admire for its simple, classic elegance. It may not be the most memorable of bridal ensembles but it stands out to me because it seemed to suit her so very well. For a look at the hats worn by royal guests at this ceremony, jump over to this post. You won’t be disappointed!

Photos from  Royal Images/Capital Photos; ANP; Frank Van Beek/Pool/ANP Foto/Benelux Press/Capital Photos; and Getty as indicated

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7 thoughts on “Orange-Nassau Wedding, Ten Years On

  1. Princess Anita of Orange-Nassau looked lovely, and attempts by others such as Kate Middleton to copy this looked failed spectacularly. This was a timeless, simple, silk and lace look, and the veil was well-designed as well. I don’t usually like the Ears of Wheat Tiara, but this Princess made it work. The children’s smocked clothes were cute, but sadly very creased.

  2. Simple, classic, elegant is the perfect description. I love her dress-tiara-veil-hair, she looks lovely. I also like the yellow and green bridal party color scheme, it’s very fresh and reminiscent of the greenery.

  3. I do agree, it’s classically pretty and suits Anita very well. I like the way the train is attached, so it kind of frames the skirt. It’s not original for sure, Kate, Sophia, Claire all went for very similar dresses but it suits her.

    But what do the Dutch do to their adult bridesmaids?! She, Laurentien and Mabel all put them in these rather businesslike skirt and blouse combos, and IMHO, they are bloomin’ awful! I bet those girls groaned when they were shown these!

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