Greek Royals Celebrate Double Milestone Birthdays

Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece threw a lavish party at their Gloucestershire home over the weekend to celebrate Pavlos’ 50th birthday and Princess Olympia’s 21st birthday. Guests have shared that the party theme was “Prince And The Revolution” with a dress code that called for revolutionised black tie. The costumes that resulted are quite spectacular. While this was officially, a private event, so many photos were shared by both hosts and guests on social media that it does not seem intrusive to share.

Host of the party, Crown Princess Marie-Chantal, wore a Philip Treacy headpiece of silver stars unlike anything else we’ve seen on a royal head.

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While not in a hat, Crown Prince Pavlos made an equally loud style statement in floral silk brocade trousers and vest with purple velvet jacket. Princess Olympia topped her Steven Khalil designed dress with an avant garde circular headpiece with pink roses and upright feathers. I suspect it was also made by Philip Treacy.

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Princess Theodora of Greece’s black and silver headpiece was trimmed in black lace butterflies.

Queen Máxima wore a lavish floral crown of silk orchids, peonies and garden roses. 

King Felipe is visible in the far left of this picture. Spanish media have reported that Queen Letizia, Infanta Elena, Infanta Cristina and Inaki Urdangarin also attended but no photos have surfaced so far (same for members of the Danish royal family along with Prince Pavlos’ parents and other siblings). The woman in the centre with butterflies and a feather headpiece is Pia Getty, Princess Marie-Chantal’s older sister.

Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore what looks to be an embellished metallic headband (again!).

Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen wore a purple feathered headpiece and was accompanied by her daughters, Archduchess Eleanore and Archduchess Gloria.

Other royal guests not in hats or headpieces included Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Prince Gustaf and Carina Axelssen, and Rosario Nadal, former wife of Prince Kyril of Bulgaria. India Hicks, who attended with her partner and three of her four sons, took a more risque approach to the dress code in a tuxedo with shirt and tie of bodypaint.

By all accounts, the party was a particularly memorable one. Here are a few more of the fantastical headpieces worn by guests.

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Hat From the Past

Royal Hats¬†to this day, 103 years ago, and a pair of royal hats worn on a visit to Sarajevo’s City Hall. This couple is remembered for what happened, mere seconds after these photographs were taken, and the resulting World War that unfolded. Tragic though they are, these pictures also tell another story. Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie’s marriage was morganatic – their descendants had no succession rights and Sophie did share her husband’s rank or titles, was not allowed to ride in the royal carriage or sit in the royal box at the theatre and would not normally appear in public beside him (conditions of their marriage as Sophie did not meet the pedigree requirements to marry the heir to the House of Habsburg-Lorraine). In these shots, they are side by side, a fitting place for the couple who waited five years for Emperor Franz Joseph to grant them permission to marry. This Saturday is the 117th anniversary of their wedding.

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Luxembourg Royal Wedding Guests, Ten Years On

Anniversary¬†While the wedding¬†of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony¬†ten years ago was a small one¬†by royal standards, it included a number of hats worn by members of the couple’s¬†family. From our current vantage point a decade later, here is a look back at these millinery designs.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived with the groom in a silver silk suit topped with a matching jewelled headpiece of overlapping silk bow loops and pale grey flying feathers.

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The headpiece makes a strong statement (nearly as loud¬†as a statement as Maria Teresa made when she left the church cradling her grandson, firmly putting rumours of Grand Ducal disapproval of the marriage to rest)¬†and while it’s a little haphazard,¬†I always thought it was great fun.

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Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Tessy’s mother¬†R√©gine Antony wore a wide brimmed black straw hat with flat crown, raised brim and large bow at the side. Her grandmother, pictured far left in the group photo below, wore a black felt hat with wavy brim.

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Archduchess Marie Astrid wore a small hat made of widely woven natural straw with tightly upfolded cuff brim and swath of net veil. The weave of the straw lends great texture to the piece which feels a little nondescript. Her sister, Princess Margaretha of Leichtenstein, wore what appears to be a cream calot with black overlay. The overlay gives interesting dimension to the piece although I have a hard time making a connection betwen the hat and her ensemble.

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Archduchess Marie Astrid and Princess Margaretha, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats

Finally, Princess¬†Sibilla wore a forest green Garbo style hat with laser cut brim. The pattern cut into the brim is an¬†eye-catching¬†embellishment alternative to usual flowers and feathers and, I suspect, a rather fashion-forward¬†statement ten years ago. I’m not sure the hat was showed off to best effect with Sibilla’s gray-green suit but it’s an interesting piece of millinery that stands on its own.

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The stand-out millinery designs here are the ones worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Sibilla, both of which I think could easily be worn today. What do you think of the royal hats at this royal wedding, ten years on?

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Belgian Noble Wedding: Royal Guests Part 2

Royal Hats¬†After looking at the bridal couple and their mothers and the Grand Ducal family, we’re¬†going to wrap up our look at last weekend’s wedding of¬†Princess Alix de Ligne and¬†Count Guillaume de Dampierre with a review of the hats worn by some of the remaining royal guests.¬†My sincere thanks to¬†Valentin Dupont, author of¬†Royalement Blog, for generously sharing his photos of the event.

Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria wore a small green cocktail hat trimmed with natural straw twists, beige feathers and a net tulle veil. I’m all for royal women trying new millinery¬†shapes but the base of this one¬†is much¬†too small for Marie-Astrid and the placement of it’s embellishment leaves the piece looking like a toy helicopter hovering over her head.

Archduchess Marie Astrid , June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Marie Astrid‚Äôs eldest daughter, Countess Marie-Christine of Limburg-Stirum, wore a gold headband while her youngest daughter, Archduchess Gabriella of Austria, wore a navy straw hat with ruched silk trim. The navy hat is fine but the gold headband? I’m perplexed.

Countess Marie-Christine de Limburg-Stirum, Archduchess Gabriella and Archduchess Marie Astrid, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Countess Diane of¬†Nassau (wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg) wore an interesting blue straw hat with upturned brim cut in a¬†unique chevron shape. This unusual brim shape is emphasized by several rows of cream stitching that contrasts nicely with the denim blue hat. While I was originally intrigued by this hat, seeing it on this video shows an entirely different picture-¬†one of a floppy denim hat that looks far more suited for a day in the garden than a wedding. Countess Diane¬†and Prince Jean are photographed below with their friend, Count Jehan de Lannoy (elder brother of¬†Hereditary Grand Duchess St√©phanie. It’s a small world, this world of western European nobility).

Countess Diane of Nassau, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Jean’s daughter,¬†Princess Marie-Gabrielle of¬†Nassau, looked to be wearing a chocolate Garbo style hat with floppy brim that coordinated with the piping on her pink and yellow dress. She was photographed with her cousin, Princess Marie-Astrid of¬†Liechtenstein (daughter of Princess Margaretha of¬†Liechtenstein) who wore a natural straw cloche hat with an embellished hat band.

Princess Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau and Princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein topped her blue and white ensemble with a navy straw headpiece. While these photographs don’t tell for certain, I suspect this headpiece is an open circlet. Her daughter, Princess Anunciata,¬†wore a cream Garbo style hat with floppy brim that looked effortlessly chic with her fuchsia top and trousers. Between the two fuchsia pant suits we saw at these nuptials, this one was by far my favourite!

Princess Margaretha and Princess Anunciata of Liechtenstein, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Margaretha and Princess Anunciata of Liechtenstein, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Sibilla¬†of Luxembourg, wife of Prince Guillaume (Grand Duke Henri‚Äôs youngest brother) wore a lime straw hat with raised brim at the back, embellished by straw curls and what looks like pleated hat bands in the same straw. While the style of the hat is intriguing,¬†I’m far less convinced about the colour, both with¬†Princess Sibilla’s colouring but especially, paired with her¬†yellow lace dress. This¬†ensemble begs the question- how much citrus can a royal outfit handle before it turns sour?

Princess Sibilla, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Prince Robert of Nassau (cousin of Grand Duke Henri) was also in attendance with his American born wife, Princess Julie, who¬†wore a melon orange straw hat with sharply raised ‘slice brim’, trimmed with a large straw swirled rose. Their daughter,¬†Princess Charlotte of Nassau, wore a dramatic¬†white percher saucer hat lavishly trimmed in white silk roses.

Princess Julie of Nassau, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Charlotte and Princess Julie of Nassau, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

The Duchess of Bragança, who attended with her husband and two of her children, wore a natural straw hat with square crown and flat, upfolded brim trimmed with a hat band sash in the same pale green silk as her coat.

Duchess of Bragança, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats   Duchess of Bragança, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

With 900 people in attendance there were numerous other royals and nobles in attendance. Valentin Dupont, author of Royalement Blog, has posted a gallery with 81 pictures of royal and noble guests (with identification!). It’s certainly worth a peek.

That brings our look at this Belgian royal wedding to a close. What hats stood out to you most at this event? Stay tuned this Friday when we see the Grand Ducal family out again (and in hats!) for their country’s National Day.

Photos from Valentin Dupont, author of Royalement Blog and Rex/Shutterstock

Royal Hats Last Year: The Rest

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014We have nearly come to the end of our review of all the hats, headpieces and feathery puffs we saw grace royal heads in 2014. Please click on each photo to link to the original post on each hat, complete with additional views, larger photos and detailed information. Here are the final royal hats we saw in 2014:

Austria- Archduchess Marie-Astrid (1-2), Archduchess Adelaide (3), Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este (4) and Archduchess Anna-Gabriele (5)

 1. 2014-07-05 Amadeo and Elisabetta 31 2. Archduchess Marie Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 3. Archduchess Adelaide, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats 4. Archduchess Margherita of Austria-Este , July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 5. Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats 

Romania- Princess Maria (6) and Crown Princess Margareta (7-8)

6. Crown Princess Maria, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Crown Princess Margarita, May 16, 2014 | Royal Hats 8. Crown Princess Margarita, September 29, 2014 | Royal Hats

Italy- Duchess of Castro (9-10), Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma (11) and Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma (12)

9. Duchess of Castro, November 19, 2014 | Royal Hats  10. Duchess of Castro, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Princess Cecilia of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 12. Princess Maria of Bourbon-Parma, April 5, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog

Iran- Empress Farah and Greece- Princess Marie-Chantal

13. Empress Farah, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Princess Marie-Chantal, June 7, 2014 in Philip Treacy |Royal Hats

British Nobility- Lady Brabourne (15-16), the Duchess of Devonshire (17-18) and the Dowager Duchess of Marlborough (19)

15. Baroness Brabourne, January 12, 2014 | The Royal Hats Blog 16. Baroness Brabourne, June 18, 2014 in Dillon Wallwork | Royal Hats 17. Duchess of Devonshire, July 10, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Duchess of Devonshire, October 2, 2014 | Royal Hats 19. Dowager Duchess of Marlborough, October 24, 2014 | Royal Hats

The next post will FINALLY invite you all, dear readers, to formally nominate your favourite hat, least favourite hat and best overall hat style from the royal hats we saw in 2014. Will any of these hats make your list?

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Funeral of Queen Fabiola

The Belgian Royal Family was joined by cousins from the houses of Luxembourg and Liechtenstin for Queen Fabiola’s funeral today in Brussels. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a small black velvet pillbox which was trimmed with a simple band of black silk around the perimeter of the hat.

Queen Mathilde and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Ninety-three year old Grand Duke Jean also made the trip from Luxembourg to bid farewell to his late sister-in-law.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie, the Hereditary Grand Duchess, wore a larger scale, rounded black pillbox hat.

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Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein and Archduchess Marie Astrid also wore classic, unembellished black pillbox hats.

Princess Silbilla, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Princess Margaretha, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Marie Astrid, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

While these simple black pillbox hats were so very appropriate for the funeral today, I think there is also something very beautiful about each of them.

Photos from Christophe Licoppe, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Patrick van Katwijk, Didier Lebrun, Patrick van Katwijk, Albert Nieboer, Pool/Luc Claessen, Pool/Luc Claessen and Vincent Kalut via Corbis

Belgian Royal Wedding: The Guests

Royal HatsYesterday’s¬†wedding of¬†Prince Amedeo, Archduke of Austria-Este and Elisabetta Rosboch von Wolkenstein was attended by a number of royal guests from Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Archduke Carl Christian and Archduchess Marie Astrid of Austria attended with their entire family (Carl Christian is a first cousin of Prince Amedeo’s father Prince Lorenz while Marie Astrid is a first cousin of his mother Princess Astrid). Marie Astrid wore a sweet cream straw cloche style hat with raised brim in the front. The hat was trimmed with a slate huted straw band around the crown and slate and cream woven flowers on the side. The 1920s style hat was a great shape on Marie Astrid and I thought it was both fun and flattering.

Archduchess Marie Astrid, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats  Archduchess Marie Astrid, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Kathleen (below, left) and Archduchess Gabriella (below, right), did not appear to wear hats. Archduchess Marie Christine looked to be wearing a gold hair ornament of some fashion (below, center).

Family of Archduchess Marie Astrid, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Adelaide wore a black fascinator with wiry feathers and a black dotted veil.

Archduchess Adelaide and Archduchess Marie Astrid, July 5, 2014 | Royal Hats

While Achduchess Marie Astrid’s sister, Princess Margretha of Liechtenstein did not wear a hat (nor did her daugthers), her sister-in-law¬†Countess Diane de¬†Nassau did. Countess Diane wore a simple natural straw¬†picture hat edged in a white band around the brim and a black band around the crown. The clean lines of the hat were an excellent balance for her bold black and red dress. ¬†She is seen here with her husband, Prince Jean of Luxembourg (below, left) and brother-in-law, Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg.

Countess Diane of Nassau, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Countess Diane of Nassau, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria wore a small white rose fascinator with petite feathers. Belgian born Princess Isabelle of¬†Liechtenstein pulled out a summer version of the¬†show stopping hat and matching bow-trimmed jacket¬†that she wore to Prince Felix and Princess Clair’s wedding last September. This lavender straw hat featured a sweeping brim that was raised on one side and a spray of pale purple hued feathers. While and I like the white trim on the edge of this hat’s brim,¬†its dramatic shape¬†and beautiful colour,¬†I think this hat would be better paired with a summery floral dress instead of this turtleneck based ensemble.

Archduchess Anna-Gabriele of Austria,  July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats  Princess Isabelle von und zu Liechtenstein, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

The wedding guest list also included; Princess Beatrice of York; Archduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este and Count Arco-Riprand Zinnenberg; Archduchess Isabella of Austria-Este and Count Andrea Czarnocki-Lucheschi; Archduke Carl Peter of Austria and Princess Alexandra of Wrede; and Archduchess Maria Constanza of Austria and Franz Josef von Auersperg, none of whom wore hats. The apparent lack of dress code at this wedding was perplexing to me. We saw hats, day dresses, full-lenth gowns, morning suits, leisure suits and everything in between. I love a royal wedding with a clear dress code (preferably, one that requires the ladies in hats!). That being said, it was a colourful day of royal hats in Rome to celebrate this beautiful young couple. Which hats were your favourites?

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