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.


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.


Designer: Fabienne Delvigne

Tessy’s mother Régine 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.

September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats

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.

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.


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?

Photos from Getty as indicated: Alain Benainous, Alain Benainous and Alain Benainous via Getty


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’s 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 Stéphanie. 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’s 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?

Please click on each photo to link back to the original post with additional information and photo sources

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.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

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 YorkArchduchess Maria Beatrice of Austria-Este and Count Arco-Riprand ZinnenbergArchduchess Isabella of Austria-Este and Count Andrea Czarnocki-LucheschiArchduke 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?

Photos from Elisabetta Villa/Stringer via Getty; Elisabetta Villa/Getty, Elisabetta Villa/GettyElisabetta Villa/GettyElisabettaVilla/GettyElisabetta Villa/Getty and Elisabetta Villa/Getty via Zimbio; and Elisabetta Villa/Stringer via Getty


Dutch Royals Celebrate 16th Anniversary

Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

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As we have already looked at the hats worn at the civil wedding of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, we now turn our attention to the hats worn at their religious wedding in Apeldoorn on May 30, 1998.

The young bride’s ivory silk duchesse gown was made by Belgian designer Pierre Yves. You will note in the photo below that the bodice of the dress was actually a Bolero-length jacket with wide collar, pleated cuffs and front buttons. The main dress, with a box pleated full skirt and pleated cummerbund at the waist, featured a halter-style sleeveless bodice that was covered in Brussels lace. It’s an interesting design for a royal bride but certainly one that lends itself to both the formality of a royal wedding and the ‘lets-get-this-party-started’ vibe a private reception.

Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Marilène topped her dress off with a full length silk veil edged in ivory silk ribbon. The veil was anchored by a reduced version of the “Ears of Wheat” tiara from the Dutch Royal collection. Unfortunately, the tiara was worn so far back on Marilène’s head that it is nearly invisible.

Princess Margriet wore a pink Breton-style hat trimmed with white and dark pink contrasting bands on the brim and around the crown. It is such a flattering hat shape on her and the colour, shades darker than her pale pink suit, created the perfect amount of contrast for her ensemble. Marilène’s mother, José van den Broek-van Schendel, wore an unusual but very pretty pale grey-blue hat with upturned, fluted brim.

Princess Margriet, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats José van den Broek-van Schendel, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix wore a giant tangerine straw pillbox hat swathed in open-weave gold net. The unique hat however, coordinated very well with Beatrix’s Indian sari-inspired dress and created a rather bold and striking ensemble

Queen Beatrix, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Juliana, in what was to be her final public appearance, wore a black dotted hairnet with black large black bow.

Queen Beatrix and Princess Juliana, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Queen Beatrix and Princess Juliana, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria wore a taupey-pink straw picture hat with slightly upturned brim and pink flower and ribbon trim (below, top left). Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Parma wore a rusty straw hat with monochrome bloom on the side (below, center right).

Wedding of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein wore a cream hat with squared crown and wide, upturned brim (top left, just above the bride). Princess Christina of the Netherlands wore a navy straw hat in a similar shape with a wide, upturned brim. This hat was trimmed with a lime green sash around the crown to match her suit – this colour combination was the most lovely of contrasts (front right, beside her sister Princess Margriet).

Wedding of Prince Maurits and Princess Marilène, May 30, 1989 | Royal Hats

While the past sixteen years has brought many changes to millinery fashion, there are a number of hats at this wedding with classic shapes that have stood the test of time. Which one of these royal hats is your favourite?

Photos from Getty as indicated and: Mark Cuthbert,Mark Cuthbert, Mark Cuthbert, and Mark Cuthbert, via Getty; Reuters and Capital Photos via Refdag; Mark Cuthbert via Getty; and the Royal Forums

Who Wore it Best: December Poll Results

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The very last bit of business from 2013 we need to attend to is unveiling the result from our last poll. The clear winner of the black fur Russian-style hat was

Archduchess Kathleen, Dec. 29, 2012  | The Royal Hats Blog

Archduchess Kathleen of Austria, Dec. 29, 2012  

The Austrian royal ladies captured the top two spots in this poll with Princess Beatrix not far behind in third place. Stay tuned later today for the first poll of 2014!

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