Another princess debut at the royal wedding: this is Princess Clothilde, wife of Prince Emanuele Filiberto, son of the pretender (or one of them -- it's so hard to keep track!) to the Italian throne. His mother, Marina, is the princess who showed up at the Danish royal wedding in the hugely blingy tiara -- and sunglasses.
Clothilde was famous in her own right before marrying a prince -- she's a French actress. The whole family's pretty flamboyant; EF even competed on the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars!
I feel like Clothilde might have gotten caught in the middle of some sort of pillow fight on the way to the wedding -- what's with the random bursts of feathers, including the ones on the sides of her head? It's like a feathery version of Princess Leia's doughnut buns!
We've seen this suit on Alexia before -- she repeated it at her Auntie Margrethe's birthday luncheon this year -- but I like it so much better here, paired with this hat. The topper's edging on too big (which seems to be another theme at this wedding!), but it's so much more glamorous than what we usually see Alexia wear, that I don't even care!
(Also? Hola, Don Carlos! )
This is truly fireworks in hat form. I pity the fool who had to sit behind Marie-Chantal!
Okay, here's the deal ... I know what you're all looking at here, but just try to look away for a minute and focus on the ex-queen of Greece over on the right. I promise, we'll get to that soon.
I'm sort of ambivalent about Anne-Marie's hat choice for her nephew's wedding. I get where she was going with this one, with the coordination of the headpiece and the dress. It's sort of like a more substantial fascinator, I guess.
But ... doesn't it sort of look like she did a lavender rinse on just the top part of her hair? It's so mumsy!
Shh, don't tell Margrethe, but I think a UFO may have landed on her head! (Good thing it matches her dress exactly...)
One more Bulgarian princess for the blog today: this is Princess Rosario, wife of the tsar's second son, Prince Kyril. Rosario and Kyril married in 1989, and they have been good friends with many prominent royals over the years, including the Spanish royal family and Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway. Unfortunately, the two announced last year that they had separated, so odds are that we won't see lovely Rosario at the upcoming Swedish wedding.
She chose quite a sweeping, romantic hat for the Spanish royal wedding, didn't she? I have a feeling this is going to be a divisive one; it's not a bad hat, per se, but it's not really my cup of tea -- too much going on and too large. So, readers, what's the verdict?
I cannot decide whether or not I like Princess Miriam's hat here. The blush/blue color combination is interesting, and it's certainly an innovative shape ... but doesn't it also look like it might really just be made up of crumpled pieces of netting all scotch-taped together?
And what's with the weird stick poking out from the bottom of it? Is that some sort of handle?
The Bulgarians are out en masse for the Spanish royal wedding -- no surprise there, the family has been living in Spain since they were exiled from Bulgaria in the 1950s, and the wife of the deposed tsar is a Spanish aristocrat. (All of the princes and princesses also married Spanish women and men.)
This brand-new princess is Princess Kalina of Bulgaria, the youngest child and only daughter of Tsar Simeon and Tsarita Margarita (say that one five times fast!). She's one of the wild-child princesses in Europe, and I'm frankly surprised that her hattery at the royal wedding wasn't any crazier than this! (Märtha Louise puts Kalina to shame at this wedding!)
But I'm curious about one aspect of this chapeau -- doesn't it look like, if you put it in the microwave for about a minute, it might turn into a delicious plate of nachos?
At first, I thought this was a brand-new princess for our blog, Princess Carla of Bulgaria, one of the four Spanish-born wives of the Bulgarian princes. But, on second glance, I think the planet Saturn may have crashed the royal wedding...
The hat word of the day at the Spanish royal wedding was "fringe" -- and here's our first hat with fringe-y, frayed edges on the brim. I love the dark, plummy red color, though -- and the shape, though large, doesn't overwhelm Queen P. Overall, I think this is a great, sophisticated look.