We've got another heart-shaped wedding hat here from Camilla 2.0, but this one makes me want to bust out into a chorus of "Rule Britannia" for some odd reason. It's reading so very Admiral Lord Nelson to me.
But: how much better does she look with a more natural hairstyle and makeup? Really nice. Two thumbs up, Lady Castro!
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Okay, I know I joke a lot about Camilla Castro's hat choices, and this dress is a little too Beetlejuice for my tastes -- but holy moly, the TIARA! This is what we'll call the Dragonfly Tiara, a hundred-year-old sparkler made of diamonds and rubies that features dragonflies mounted en tremblant so that they move when the wearer moves.
It's not a Bourbon-Two Sicilies heirloom; it seems likely that it was bought at auction instead. Why, why, why don't people buy me fabulous diamond dragonfly tiaras at auction, hm???
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Again, more restrained Italian hattery at the wedding. Boo -- I wanted more theatrics from a water-skiing princess!
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Hm. Frankly, I always expect more hattery fireworks from a French actress whose princely husband won the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars.
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So clearly Camilla 2.0 isn't just trying to be Barbie anymore -- she's trying to be the Kate Middleton Barbie!
I mean, I approve of Kate as a hattery role model, but really. Reach for the stars, Camilla!
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It's been a while since we've seen Charles and Camilla, Part Deux: the Italian Edition, hasn't it? Charles was a godfather at today's christening, so the whole Castro fam came along to celebrate.
Camilla really is a royal Barbie doll come to life, isn't she? Love the hat, even if the entire outfit's a little overwhelming.
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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!
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!
Another new royal hatter for the blog! This is Princess Victoria of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, daughter of Carlos and Anne, Duke and Duchess of Calabria. She's a Spanish-born semi-Italian princess who is married to a Greek shipping magnate -- ooh-la-la! Now that's some serious aristocratic clout!
And I only have two issues with her hattery debut: the hat obscures her face (though that's probably less of a big deal when you're not a member of a reigning house who must be visible at all times), and this cabbage flower looks poised to take over the universe at any moment! Other than that, quite glamorous and nice.
(Amusing confession: for a moment, I couldn't remember if that was the correct spelling of "glamorous" -- you know when sometimes words just look weird? But I was saved by the song lyrics of a royal wannabe, the "Dutchess of York" (ugh), Fergie -- G-L-A-M-O-R-OUS, baby. Thanks, Fergie!)