Luxembourg Royal Wedding, Ten Years On

Royal Hats  Ten years ago today saw the wedding of Prince Louis of Luxembourg and Tessy Antony.

In September, 2005, the Grand Ducal Court made the surprise announcement that Prince Louis and his girlfriend, Tessy Antony, were expecting their first child. This news was completely unexpected not only because the relationship was unknown to the press, but because the couple were so young (19 and 20). After Prince Gabriel’s arrival in March 2006, news of the couple’s engagement followed five months later. Following precedent in the Grand Ducal family, Louis renounced rights to the throne not only for himself, but for his descendants. As such, when Louis and Tessy married, she did not become a princess- this combined with an already unusual situation and set the event as a much lower key, family affair.

After a civil ceremony held at the Grand Ducal Palace, Louis and Tessy’s religious ceremony took place on September 29, 2006 in the northern Luxembourg town of Gilsdorf’s local parish church. Like most ‘normal’ brides, Tessy chose an off-the-rack dress, the “Jazmin” design by Spanish bridal manufacturer Pronovias.

Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats

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The dress featured a strapless bodice covered in beaded cutouts of lace. Tessy arrived at the church in opera length white gloves that were removed during the ceremony.

 

In the front of the dropped waist skirt, an overlay of organza gathered in folded pleats to a cluster of silk roses and trailing rosettes on Tessy’s left hip. From the back, the ballgown shaped skirt attached to the bodice in large box pleats that fell beautifully into a folded train.

 

Tessy’s embroidered tulle veil was anchored with a beaded headpiece, worn on the crown of her head.

Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats   Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats

There was some grumbling in royal circles at the time about Tessy not receiving a tiara to wear for her wedding. I sincerely do not believe this was a snub- since she did not become a princess upon her marriage, a tiara was simply not in order (Tessy was granted the styling of Princess of Luxembourg in 2009).
It seems to me that the ‘not becoming a princess’ reality was a gift for Tessy who thus, was free to wear whatever she wanted on her wedding day. My esteemed blogging colleague The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor remarked about this dress, ” while I can’t say I’d give it a second glance on the rack myself, I’ve always liked it for one main reason: it seems like what she would have worn whether or not the man waiting at the end of the aisle was a prince.” I think that sums it up very well.
 Prince Louis and Tessy Antony, September 29, 2006 | Royal Hats
Jump over to this post to see the hats and headpieces worn by the Grand Ducal family to this event. What do you think of this non royal headpiece for this non royal bride?
Photos from Getty as indicated; EPA; EPA; Alain Benaious via Getty; EPA

Luxembourg National Day Part 2

The Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg celebrated their country’s National Day yesterday at an annual Te Deum service that saw a wonderful parade of hats. After looking at the designs worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa and Princess Stèphanie, we now turn our focus to the remaining Luxembourgish princesses.

Princess Claire topped her pastel eyelet lace dress (ironically, the same one Crown Princess Mette-Marit wore in Norway yesterday) with a large floral headpiece in palest pink silk. As far as headpieces go, this one is fine enough but it’s pairing with this prairie dress feels juvenile and twee. Call me crazy but I think I prefer the dress with Mette-Marit’s floral wreath.

Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Claire, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new

The statement hat of the day was again worn by Princess Tessy, who topped a fabulous lace dress in a pale green avant garde hat. Consisting of a large circle of folded straw, the hat is trimmed with a mass of pink and burgundy flowers and feathers on the very top. I imagine the scattered petals placed within the hat’s fold are meant to tie in with the top trim but instead, I’m afraid they end up looking random bits escaping a giant straw taco.

Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats Princess Tessy, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
Princess Alexandra topped her eyelet lace dress with a rose-beige straw hat. The design features a Pork Pie shaped crown, floppy brim and grosgrain ribbon hat band finished at the side with a flat bow. There are some issues with this piece- the colour is blandly nondescript, the brim is too floppy, the striped straw is not refined- but somehow, I’m left liking how it works on Alexandra. In the end, it’s an interesting millinery idea that falls short a little in execution.
Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats  Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats
Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats    Princess Alexandra, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats
Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: this hat is new
That wraps up all of the royal hats we saw at this event! There were very mixed opinions for those worn by the Grand Duchess and the Hereditary Grand Duchess- what is your take on the tree above worn by these Luxembourgish princesses? What hat stood out to you most of all the ones we saw for National day yesterday?
Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats
Grand Ducal Family of Luxembourg, June 23, 2016 | Royal Hats

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

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.

Luxembourg National Day

The Luxembourg royal family celebrated their country’s national holiday yesterday with attendance at a civil ceremony, a military parade and an inter-religious Te Deum at the Luxembourg Cathedral. While hats did not appear at the first two events (except for uniform caps), a quintet of lovely pieces were donned for the Te Deum.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa used the occasion to début a new ‘slice’ brim picture hat with upfolded brim raised high over one side of the hat’s crown. The dramatically shaped hat was trimmed in bold, wide curling straw ribbons (the same ones we saw adorn numerous hats at Ascot last week) which adorned the underside of the raised brim. Maria Teresa has worn this style of hat in the past- while some argue it gives her some height, I think the shape overwhelms. It’s a beautiful hat and it pairs well with her tan and black embroidered suit but I think a different shape would have been better suited the Grand Duchess.

Designer: Philip Treacy
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

The Hereditary Grand Duchess topped her beautiful yellow dress with a light picture hat. The hat, made of slim strips of crin sewn together to give a striped effect, featured a gently ruffled brim on one side into which a large yellow feather was tucked. I am firmly on the fence with this piece- the stripes give it a dime-store vibe that I just can not shake and the feather is simply awful. It does, however, have a lovely sense of light airiness that works well with Princess Stèphanie’s yellow dress and her beautiful hair and makeup provides the polish and elegance which the hat lacks. I adore that Princess Stèphanie is slowly starting to experiment with her hats and hope this trend continues.

Princess Stèphanie, June 23, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: This is a new hat

Princess Claire wore a large white picture hat with rolling brim, trimmed simply with a black band around the base of the crown. The hat is a simple but very chic piece that worked very well with her dotted red dress and amazing earrings.

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

Princess Alexandra topped her pale green lace dress with a 1920s flapper-style headband. While I’m not sure the headband was a great match for her dress, there is something so lighthearted and unexpected about this piece that makes me smile.

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

Princess Tessy fast-forwarded two decades from her sister-in-law, bringing a 1940s fashion vibe into her look today. Her headpiece, a high curling base of gossamer grey straw trimmed with feathers, worked beautifully with her navy dress and waved hairstyle and perfect red lip (has ever a red lip set off a hat so well?). The modern headpiece is an unexpected choice to round out a vintage look but Tessy looked stunning in it.

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

It is always lovely to see the entire family together at this event- which one of these hats stood out most to you?

Photo from Getty as indicated and Jean-Claude Ernst via Tageblatt

Luxembourg Royals Join Octave Procession

Members of the Luxembourg Royal family took part yesterday in the closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg, a national religious celebration that occurs every year several weeks after Easter. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa used the occasion to début a new pillbox hat in dove grey felt. Maria Teresa wears pillboxes well (her hairstyle is particularly well suited to them) and while she often favours ensembles in brighter colours, I liked this more streamlined combination of hat and silver brocade coat on her.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

Princess Claire topped her raspberry red dress and jacket with a black percher cocktail hat trimmed with several feather pompoms. The black hat tied well with Claire’s other black accessories and added a touch of whimsy to her ensemble but its placement was off- instead of perching over an eyebrow on the side of the head as a percher should, Claire wore this hat just off the center of her forehead. Move it down a bit and I think we’d have a winner.

Princess Claire, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Prince Felix and Princess Claire brought their daughter, Princess Amalia, out for the royal family’s balcony appearance. The wee princess sported a tiny pink hair bow along with her quizzical expression. Adorable.

Princess Claire, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

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

Princess Tessy repeated the lovely grey and navy saucer hat she wore for this event last year. The grey hat, trimmed with navy piping and large looped straw bows, is a great shape and scale on Tessy and she wears it well. I’m just not sure its pairing with her blousy grey jacket was a good idea. Her sleek navy lace dress last year showed this hat so beautifully and the proportion of this ensemble seems painfully off in comparison.

Princess Tessy, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats Princess Tessy, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Designer: I suspect it is House of Fraser
Previously Worn: May 26, 2014

While several members of the family were not in attendance for the Octave procession (the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess were away attending WWII commemoration events across Europe), it looks like an enjoyable time was had by those who took part. What did you think of this trio of royal hats in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 10, 2015 | Royal Hats

Photos from Chris KarabaLucien KonecznyLucien KonecznyRené SchoRené SchoRené Scho, Chris Karaba and Chris Karaba via RTL and Wort

 

Royal Hats this Year: Liechtenstein & Luxembourg

Royal Hats Year In Review 2014Here are a look back at all of the hats and headpieces worn by members of the royal houses of Liechtenstein and Luxembourg this year. Please click on each photo to link to larger views and detailed information on each hat.

Princess Margaretha (#1 and 2) and Princess Isabelle von und zu Liechtenstein (#3)

1. Princess Margaretha, February 18, 2014 | Royal Hats   2. Princess Margaretha, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats  3. Princess Isabelle von und zu Liechtenstein, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Alexandra(#4), Princess Claire (#5), Princess Tessy (#6), Countess Dianne (#7) and Princess Sibilla (#8)

4. Princess Alexandra, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats  5. Princess Claire, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats  6. Princess Tessy, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats  7. Countess Diane of Nassau, July 7, 2014 | Royal Hats  8. 2014-12-12 Fabiola funeral 23

Princess Stèphanie, the Hereditary Grand Duchess

9. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 10. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, June 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 11. Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, June 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 12. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa

13. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats 14. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 6, 2014 | Royal Hats 15. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 16. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, June 23, 2014 | Royal Hats 17. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, August 30, 2014 | Royal Hats 18. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, December 12, 2014 | Royal Hats

Do any of these hats make your list of favourite royal hats of 2014? Are any of them among your least favourites?