Ahem. Hey, Val? Can we have a chat?
See, here's the thing: wearing the same fascinator to two major royal weddings in one year -- I might be able to excuse it. You're a minor German royal. You don't rule over anything. Your biggest connections are that Prince Philip is your husband's uncle and that you're a Habsburg. It's not like you've got a big hat closet with a dedicated "weddings" section like some royals probably do. (Or at least like I hope they do.)
But seriously -- the same fascinator to three royal weddings in one year? Come. On. We're thisclose to needing a hattery intervention here. Once more and I'm on a plane to Baden. (Is that really where you live?)
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Valerie Baden's evening gown may look a little like a dress that one of my Barbie dolls wore way back in the day, but her tiara is far more exciting -- a Laurel Wreath Tiara that has been in the Baden family for at least two generations. The tiara was apparently worn by Valerie's mother-in-law, Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark (elder sister of Prince Philip). Laurel wreath tiaras are some of my absolute favorites!
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Tear your eyes away from Uncle Karl for a second (I know it's hard, but you can do it!), and look to his right. Déjà vu!
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Apologies for catching another brand-new hatter, the Margravine of Baden, in what appears to be a sneeze of some sort -- the BBC cameras only focused on the Badens for a split second!
Valerie is married to Maximilian, the current head of the house of Baden (that's him on the right). He's the son of one of Prince Philip's sisters, Theodora, making him a close family relative (the Badens were seated just behind the last row of Windsors). Valerie was born a Habsburg, so she's got some serious royal connections, too.
As far as the fascinator goes, eh. But more than 60 years after Prince Philip's sisters were all barred from attending his wedding in the Abbey because of their Nazi connections, I think it's good to see that the Duke's family can now be a part of these celebrations.