Seeing Double: Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

Royal Hats Back in 2008, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa took part in a state visit to Sweden in April and the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I in France in November. To combat chilly weather at both events, the Grand Duchess donned tall velvet felt pillbox hats in grey and black, paired with grey fur stoles. The close fitting hats have a decidedly distinct look, making it all the more surprising that the Grand Duchess should opt for two in the same style.

 

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in Sweden, April 15, 2008 and in France, Nov 11, 2008

 

Photo from Getty as indicated

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

Luxembourg Royals Celebrate National Day

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg celebrated their country’s national day today with a number of events begining wit an official ceremony and a military parade. The third event of the day, an annual interreligious Te Deum service at the Luxembourg Cathedral, saw the women of the family all wear new hats.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa led her family in a grey straw design with ‘slice’ raised brim. The underside of the raised brim is moulded in a gentle stepped shape, the only embellishment on this very sleek design. With Maria Teresa’s streamlined dress and coat, the hat topped an elegantly restrained ensemble. I very much like the shape of this hat on Maria Teresa as it gives her some height, but I would have liked to see a pop of colour somewhere. Anywhere.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats   Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats   Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats   Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: looks like Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The Hereditary Grand Duchess followed her mother-in-law’s monochromatic lead in a pale blue lace dress and straw headpiece. The headpiece looks to be made of a similar blended abaca and silk fibre as the famous hat worn by Queen Mathilde at her inauguration as does the shape, with a ruched circlet around the head and pleated fan at the side. The big change here is the use of silver studs which I’m not sure were necessary.

 Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats   Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats   Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

While familiar, this design stands on its own as a beautiful piece that Princess Stèphanie wears well. I particularly like the textural contrast between the striped straw headpiece and the lace of Stèphanie’s Valentino dress. Here is an instance where monochrome pieces work perfectly together.

  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

         Hereditary Grand Duchess Stèphanie, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. It is not a Fabienne Delvigne design
Previously Worn: this hat is new

We don’t often see the Grand Duchess or Hereditary Grand Duchess wear hats and I think these two hats are among their best. I turn it over to you, dear readers- what do you think of these two new designs?

Jump over to this post to see the remaining hats worn by the Grand Ducal ladies.

Photos from The Catholic Church of Luxembourg

Belgian Noble Wedding: Grand Ducal Guests

Royal HatsWhen a noble bride’s extended family contains members of the Brazilian, Belgian and Luxembourgish aristocracy, one can expect many royal guests at the wedding! Such was the case for last weekend’s marriage of Princess Alix de Ligne and Count Guillaume de Dampierre last weekend. As the bride’s father, Prince Michel de Ligne, is a first cousin of Grand Duke Henri, most of the Grand Ducal family of Luxembourg were in Belgium for the wedding. My sincere thanks to Valentin Dupont, author of Royalement Blog, for generously sharing his photos of the event.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa repeated her black straw slice hat with ribbon twist trim, a hat that remains a great one for her. With her tan leaf trimmed suit, the hat made for a polished ensemble.

 Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 18, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 18, 2016 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: June 24, 2015

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie went a more vibrant route, pairing her electric blue knit dress with a sunny yellow straw picture hat. While the hat looks to feature a double brim, it is actually a simple sedge shape with pyramid top (the brim of the base hat is just above ‘s eyebrows) with a curving, wide silk edged wrap of sorts that circles around the base hat’s brim (view this video at 1:33 for a full picture) and curling blue feather trim. While I want to commend Stéphanie’s bold use of colour, I’m not sure that the hat flatters her. There’s also something about the placement of those feathers I don’t like, perhaps because they are competing with the soaring wrap on the brim.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats  Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Claire paired her peachy pink wrap dress with a coordinating straw hat trimmed in a slim cerise hatband and silk rose at the side. While the Hereditary Grand Duchess opted for too much colour, Claire’s ensemble read a little bland.

Princess Claire, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Claire, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Claire, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Tessy got the colour mix in her ensemble just right, pairing her white dress and floral coat with a turquoise statement headpiece. I imagine the unique shape of this piece is meant to frame the wearer’s face… in this case, it looks more like it’s swallowing her up. With its mass of curling straw ribbon, it is fun design that I think would work better for Tessy if it was about half the size.

Princess Tessy, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Tessy, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Tessy, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: June 24, 2011

Princess Alexandra repeated her embellished lace headband, replacing the band’s original lime green flower with a larger one in black silk. I’m all for renovating pieces to give them new life but the mix of Alexandra’s delicate lace dress, heavy black jacket and the flapper style headpiece felt convoluted and I’m afraid, didn’t work for me.

Princess Alexandra, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats   Princess Alexandra, June 18, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: in a previous reiteration, June 24, 2015

We seldom see the Grand Ducal family at the same event (except for National Day, which is coming up on Friday this week) and my quibbles about their hats aside, it’s wonderful to see the whole family together. What do you think of the hats they wore for this wedding?

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

Luxembourg Royals Celebrate Octave

On Sunday, members of the Luxembourg royal family attended annual celebrations around the closing of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg. While not as well attended as in past years, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Heredity Grand Duchess Stéphanie both attended the event. The Grand Duchess wore a streamlined pillbox hat covered in black silk. While the hat is very simple, it worked beautifully with her colour blocked dress and coat and Maria Teresa looked great.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats   Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, April 30, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie topped her taupe and silver brocade coat in a taupe straw percher hat. The beret-based piece is trimmed with a large double bow and there appears to be metallic threads woven in the straw, giving it a subtle bit of shimmer. It’s a sweet hat that I think would have been much improved if Stéphanie had worn it a little higher up on her head. As placed here, it looks milliseconds away from falling off.

  Heredity Grand Duchess Stéphanie, April 30, 2016 in Philip Treacy| Royal Hats  Heredity Grand Duchess Stéphanie, April 30, 2016 in Philip Treacy| Royal Hats

Heredity Grand Duchess Stéphanie, April 30, 2016 in Philip Treacy| Royal Hats

Some of you might be interested to note that the brilliant girls over at Luxarazzi recognized this hat as the same one worn by Princess Tessy to this event back in 2012 (with the slight rearrangement of the bow tail on the left!). I think Tessy’s placement of this piece was much more successful.

Princess Tessy, April 2012 | Royal Hats  Princess Tessy, April 2012 | Royal Hats

For more in-depth coverage and explanation of this event, pop over to this, this and this post at Luxarazzi. What do you think of this duo of hats in Luxembourg on Sunday?

Photos from  Jeannot Ries, Paul Theisen, Jean Walté a Jean-Paul FrischJeannot Ries, Paul Theisen, Jean Walté a Jean-Paul FrischJeannot Ries, Paul Theisen, Jean Walté a Jean-Paul FrischJeannot Ries, Paul Theisen, Jean Walté a Jean-Paul FrischJeannot Ries, Paul Theisen, Jean Walté a Jean-Paul Frisch via RTL; and Jean-Claude Ernst via the Grand Ducal Court

Best New Royal Hat of 2015: Luxembourg and Norway

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After looking at the royal hats worn by Belgian and Danish royals in our quest to find the Best New Royal Hat of 2015, we turn our attention today to entries from Luxembourg and Norway. While even the monarchs in these two nations are not frequent hat wearers, there were a number of new pieces that the Grand Duchess, Queen and other princesses débuted this year. I have continued my editorial hand here, omitting a number of hats (the Grand Duchess’ two pillboxes here and here; Princess Claire’s spiky cocktail hat and Princess Alexandra’s headband; Princess Mette-Marit’s fascinator and these funeral hats) from the pollfor streamlining purposes. Click on any of the photos to jump back to original posts to see additional description and detail of the hats.

A reminder that the hats with the most votes across this semifinal will move forward to the final face off. If you don’t think any of these hats are worthy of the title of Best of 2015, save your vote (or take another look at the Belgian or Danish polls).  The next poll will be up tomorrow.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg

  1.Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2015 in Philip Treacy | Royal Hats   2.Princess Stèphanie, June 17, 2015 | Royal Hats   3.Princess Stèphanie, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg

4. Princess Claire, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats  5.Princess Tessy, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Queen Sonja of Norway

 6.Queen Sonja, March 18, 2015 | Royal Hats   7.Queen Sonja, April 10, 2015 | Royal Hats   8.Queen Sonja, May 17, 2015 | Royal Hats

9.Queen Sonja, May 27, 2015 | Royal Hats  10.Queen Sonja, September 23, 2015 | Royal Hats   11.Queen Sonja, December 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Are any of these hats deserving of the title of Best New Royal Hat of 2015? Voting will remain open until January 1, 2016- you can vote for multiple hats once per day.

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