Luxembourg National Day

Members of Luxembourg’s royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday today in a slightly lower key way than in years past (fewer family members in attendance and no hats worn for the annual military parade. For the Te Deum for National Day at Notre Dame du Luxembourg cathedral, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa topped her cherry red dress and coat with a new disc hat in matching straw. The hat features a gentle curve around the back and is very simply trimmed with a looped ribbon of straw.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2017 in Fabienne Delvigne | Royal Hats

Designer: Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie topped her pink caped sleeve dress with a matching cocktail hat. Built on a triangular straw base, the hat is trimmed with looped crin embroidered with beads, which relate wonderfully to the beaded neckline on her dress. We’ve seen Stéphanie struggle with percher placements before but this one is in a great spot on the side of her head and the bright colour is absolutely fantastic on her.

Princess Stéphanie, June 23, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie, June 23, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Stéphanie, June 23, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie, June 23, 2017 | Royal Hats Princess Stéphanie, June 23, 2017 | Royal Hats 

 

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Just two hats for National Day in Luxembourg is a little disappointing- thankfully, both of these designs packed a lot of punch.

Photos from Getty as indicated and The Catholic Church of Luxembourg

Luxembourg Royals at Closing Octave Procession

Members of the Luxembourg royal family took part in the closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg on Sunday.

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore a new black straw hat with upswept ‘slice’ brim, trimmed with a wide Petersham ribbon hatband, folded into an abstract bow at the side. While it’s a versatile new design for her, it’s close enough to this diagonally brimmed straw black hat that I’m left more than a little curious about its addition.

 Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed. I strongly suspect Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Back in late January, our friends at Luxarazzi interviewed milliner Sylvia Martinez about her participation in a recent exhibition which included designing pieces for the Grand Duchess and Hereditary Grand Duchess. She sent these two hats to the Luxembourg royal ladies and in a surprise move, Princess Stéphanie wore this design to this event. In golden beige sinmay, the percher design features a lace covered disk base trimmed in pearls with a multi looped straw bow at the back. The hat fits Stéphanie’s style well (and she’s done very well pairing it to her bouclé dress) although I would have loved the placement to be further forward, jauntily angled over her right eye.

Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats  Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats

Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats  Princess Stéphanie, May 21, 2017 in Sylvia Martinez/Les Folie's Bibis | Royal Hats

Designer: Sylvia Martinez of Les Folie’s Bibis,
Previously Worn: this hat is new

Princess Claire topped her pale blue chiffon hat with a pillbox hat in the same hue. The straw hat, in palest blue nubbly straw, features a slightly domed crown and is trimmed with a swath of widely woven net veil. After our recent marathon look at pillbox placement, I think this one is placed back slightly too far and I’d prefer it scooted up an inch or two.

 Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Designer: unconfirmed.
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Amalia and Prince Liam of Nassau joined their parents on the balcony. Princess Amalia sported a sweet pale blue hair bow.

Princess Amalia, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

It’s lovely to see the Luxembourg royals and this is one of the few annual events outside National Day celebrations when we do. What do you think about the three new hats we saw in Luxembourg this weekend?

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 21, 2017 | Royal Hats

Photos  Jean-Paul Frisch and Monique Kater / RTL Laurent Blum / Luxemburger Wort / Wort.lu

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