HRH The Crown Princess of Sweden and Mr. Daniel Westling
June 19, 2010
Well, kids, yesterday we partied hardy in the wedding live posts, and today we get to have a tiara fiesta! I've compiled all of the tiara entries for the royal guests at Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Daniel Westling (now Prince Daniel) in this entry.
The wedding, of course, took place in Stockholm yesterday. The couple has been together since 2002, when Daniel became Victoria's personal trainer. Love blossomed, and on their wedding day, Daniel became royal. During their balcony appearance, Victoria thanked the people of Sweden for giving her a prince.
And now, we'll all just have to wait to see how long it takes before the pitter-patter of little royal feet are heard in Haga Palace!
Aw, Princess Alexia looks happier than we've ever seen her on the blog, doesn't she? It probably helps to have your spouse with you at these events, so you don't feel like you're just walking around alone (or, shudder, with your parents!). She's wearing her usual tiara with a rather intricate silver dress.
Here's a better look at the full length of the dress (and a royal hottie in-the-making, Alexia's little brother, Philippos)...
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HRH The Prince of Asturias and Miss Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano
May 22, 2004
Only a week after Crown Prince Frederik married Mary Donaldson in Denmark, Prince Felipe of Spain tied the knot with journalist Letizia Ortiz in Madrid. Theirs was the first wedding of a member of the Spanish royal family to take place in Madrid since the wedding of King Alfonso XIII and Princess Ena of Battenberg in 1906. That wedding was marred by an assassination attempt on the royal couple and the tragic deaths of several bystanders -- this one, thankfully, went more smoothly, although it was a cloudy, rainy day in the Spanish capital.
There were a few controversies, however, about Felipe's choice of bride. Letizia, a journalist who covered the September 11th attacks in New York and the Iraq War, will be the first commoner to be queen of Spain. She also had previously been briefly married and divorced. However, because her first wedding was a civil rather than religious one, the Catholic Church did not recognize it, and she was free to marry Felipe.
Felipe and Letizia have become quite a working team since their wedding, frequently appearing together on royal engagements. They have also had two daughters, Infanta Leonor (born in 2005) and Infanta Sofia (born in 2007). Leonor is expected to become queen of Spain in her own right one day -- that is, if her parents don't provide her with a baby brother!
HRH The Crown Prince of Denmark and Miss Mary Donaldson
May 14, 2004
Our last major tiara wedding before Crown Princess Vic's big day was the wedding of Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark and Tasmanian-born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson. The two met during the Sydney Olympics in 2000, fell in love, and got hitched four years later.
Frederik and his Aussie bride have two children: Prince Christian (who will one day be king) and Princess Isabella, the first Danish princess born in a generation. Mary has transformed from an everyday girl to a glamorous crown princess, and this wedding was definitely high on the glamour factor as well: we've got more than thirty tiaras on parade here, many of which are brand-new to the blog. A good trial run for Victoria's wedding, no doubt! Enjoy!
HRH The Crown Prince of Norway and Miss Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby
August 25, 2001
Welcome to the hattery coverage of our second crown princely wedding in preparation for Crown Princess Victoria's big day! Like Victoria's wedding will be, this wedding was a tiara affair, and the royal ladies of Europe brought out some of their blingiest bling for the occasion.
Haakon's choice of Mette-Marit was a controversial one. Not only was she a commoner, she also had a son, Marius, from a previous relationship and had been heavily involved in the drug-and-alcohol fueled party scene in Oslo. Many thought she was not suited to become the next queen of Norway, but Haakon stood firm. Mette-Marit publicly apologized for her wild past at a press conference before the wedding, and the two have been happily married now for nearly a decade. Along with Marius, the crown prince and princess have two children, Princess Ingrid Alexandra (who will one day be Norway's queen) and Prince Sverre Magnus.
I'm pretty sure Princess Alexia is wearing the same tiara here -- that mystery Queen Anne-Marie's Diamond Tiara -- that she wore to the theater last night. And, fair enough: when your father is an exiled monarch, sometimes tiara times are tough.
I must admit that I cringed a bit when I saw this picture of Princess Alexia -- she doesn't look terribly put together here, does she? We've got unkempt hair and what appears to be a random black fascinator. Not good.
But then, I found another view:
When the wind isn't a factor, the hair looks much neater, and the fascinator seems more polished. I think I'll give this one a careful pass ... so long as she stays indoors!
Let's all give a big welcome to yet another brand-new princess today: Princess Alexia, the daughter of King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece (and, consequently, the niece of the birthday girl, Queen Margrethe). And she's brought us a Tiara Alert!
This tiara is something of a mystery to me; I've had a devil of a time trying to find out any information about it at all! I do know that it's on loan to Alexia from her mother, Anne-Marie, and that Alexia wore it to the wedding of her cousin, Prince Joachim, in 2008. Beyond that, I'm a bit stumped. I suppose, since we don't know any better at the moment, we'll just call it Queen Anne-Marie's Diamond Tiara. Whatever the name, I really like it!
Any intrepid, resourceful hatters with more info on this one should inquire within!
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! )
We've actually seen this ensemble fairly recently on Princess Alexia -- she wore her usual diamond tiara, Queen Anne-Marie's Diamond Tiara, and this dress at her aunt Margrethe's recent 70th birthday celebrations. Still love this tiara -- it's intricate and interesting, shaped a bit like a fringe but with more complicated workmanship.
Also, Carlos looks awfully dapper in white tie, doesn't he?