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?

Luxembourg Royals at Religious Celebration

The Luxembourg royal family took part in the closing procession of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg yesterday, a religious celebration that occurs on the fifth Sunday after Easter. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa led her family in a vibrant pink hat with squared crown and diagonal upturned brim with a flat monochrome multi looped ribbon bow on the side. I particularly liked the shape of this hat’s brim on the Grand Duchess.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. My guess is Fabienne Delvigne
Previously Worn: I believe this hat is new

The Hereditary Grand Duchess wore an ecru looped bow fascinator wrapped in a swath of coordinating net veil. It is the first time we have seen Princess Stéphanie in a fascinator and I thought this delicate headpiece suited both her fine features and her bouclé coat quite nicely. 

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie , May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie , May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown. 
Previously Worn: I believe this headpiece is new

Princess Claire wore a large black straw hat with a gently upturned brim flowing in gentle waves. This hat is looks a little too floppy for my taste, although it works very well with Claire’s cascading ponytail and bright smile.

Princess Claire , May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

Princess Alexandra repeated her blush pink giant rosette fascinator. While I like the placement of this headpiece much better than the last time we saw her wear it, it still falls flat for me.

Princess Alexandra, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Designer: unknown
Previously Worn: September 8, 2012

My favourite hat yesterday was worn by Princess Tessy who sported a large dove grey saucer hat trimmed in navy piping and a large grey and navy looped bow. It was the perfect compliment to her lovely navy dress and, worn at this jaunty angle, set her off so beautifully. It also looks like she has taken some hairstyling pointers from the Duchess of Cambridge that worked wonderfully with this hat. So chic!

Princess Tessy, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Princess Tessy, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

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

All in all, it was a lovely day of royal hats in Luxembourg for this important event. Which one was your favourite?

** For additional coverage of this event, please refer to this article on Luxarazzi and this explanation of the Octave of Our Lady of Luxembourg.

Luxembourg Royal Family, May 25, 2014 | Royal Hats

Photos from Manuel Dias; and Pierre Matge, Luxpress / Jean-Claude Ernst, and Isabella Finzi via Tageblatt

Birthday of Princess Tessy

Royal Hats Princess Tessy of Luxembourg (née Tessy Antony) celebrates her 28th birthday today. We don’t see much of her (she, her husband Prince Louis and their two young sons live in London where Tessy and Louis are students) except for the most major Luxembourg royal events. Despite her limited time in the spotlight, Tessy is memorable to us millinery fans for her fantastic hats. For National Day in 2011, she wore this turquoise party on her head. To celebrate her birthday, I couldn’t resist taking another peek.

Princess Tessy, June 23, 2011 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photo from Albert van der Werf via Corbis

Luxembourg Royal Wedding: Immediate Families

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Claire’s mother, Gabriele Lademacher (who arrived with Grand Duke Henri) chose a flat, pale grey-blue, brimless straw hat with a rounded crown and white veil to compliment her Dior suit in the same colour. While it looked like a little too close to veiled hubcap on her head, I still thought it was chic and quite elegant. This hat was made by Berlin-based millinery designer Fiona Bennett.

Gabriele Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog  Gabriele Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa arrived with Prince Felix in head-to-toe bright pink. I believe her hat is a bespoke version of Philip Treacy’s “Wave” style beret in silk with an additional pink bloom. The whole ensemble read as  “cheesy mother-of-the-groom meets Vegas showgirl”. I think a hat in a contrasting colour and worn with her hair down would have been a better choice.

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Stéphanie wore an abstract pale turquoise blue straw hat edged in taupe trim. This hat seems to be generating a lot of criticism but I like the interesting flower shape. I’m just not sure it was the best hat to wear with her lace coat dress.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Tessy also wore a dramatic statement hat in deep aubergine. Initially, I thought this hat looked like her head sprouted wings but it seems to now be growing on me (a relief, since I really, really want to love this hat!)

Princess Tessy, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog Princess Tessy, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Tessy, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Princess Alexandra did not wear a hat (she attended the bride) and instead, tucked some fresh greens into her hair.

Princess Alexandra, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Prince Felix and Claire Lademacher, September 21, 2013 | The Royal Hats Blog

Photos from Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe via ZimbioPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe via ZimbioDutch Photo Press; and Guy Wolff via Cour Grand-Ducale de Luxembourg

Who Wore it Best: September Poll Results

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The Royal Hats Bog It has been a busy week of hats and in the whirlwind of parliament openings and tours, I forgot to share results from the first September poll. It was a landslide win for:

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, September 29, 2006 | The Royal Hats Blog

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa! We will have to see what hat she wears tomorrow at her son Prince Felix’s religious wedding. Stay tuned later today for the next poll.

Photos from Philippe Gisselbrecht/Reuters via Corbis and Mark Renders via Zimbio