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!
Infanta Cristina was looking lovely as per usual at the royal wedding, even more so because she'd gotten her paws on one of the fanciest baubles in the Spanish jewel box for the day: the Cartier Diamond and Pearl Tiara.
And she and Iñaki looked quite chummy all day -- I suppose that pours waters on the rumors that their marriage is on the rocks?
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 Prince of Orange and Miss Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti
February 2, 2002
Here's our third crown princely wedding in the run up to Crown Princess Victoria's June nuptials -- less than a month now! The crown prince of The Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, wed Argentine investment banker Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in 2002.
The wedding was not without controversy; Máxima's father, Jorge Zorreguieta Stefanini, was a minister in the administration of Argentine dictator Jorge Videla. Videla's government carried out what was called a "Dirty War," killing tens of thousands of Argentine citizens, and Zorreguieta's involvement was suspect. However, the Dutch States-General granted permission for the couple to marry -- but neither of Máxima's parents attended the wedding.
Since their marriage, Máxima's relaxed and friendly personality has become quite popular with the Dutch people. She and Willem-Alexander have three daughters: Catharina-Amalia, Hereditary Princess of Orange (who will likely one day be queen), Princess Alexia, and Princess Ariane.
Christmas holidays always bring the royals out on the slopes -- perhaps skiing lessons are mandatory for new royals just like tree planting classes? Sometimes we get to see some royal ladies sporting winter chapeaux who might not normally hat about, and this winter, it's the royal women of Spain and Monaco. Yippee!
Here's Infanta Cristina, the middle child of King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain. She and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín -- an Olympic handball player ... how many of those do you find in royal houses these days? -- have just moved their family to Washington, D.C. They jaunted back from America to the Baqueira-Beret ski resort in the Spanish Pyrenees for a little family R&R.
Very sensible headgear for skiing, of course, and I like the way the blue contrasts with her yellow jacket. So winter chic!
What an awesome hat on Cristina! It's unusual and interesting without being over-the-top or ridiculous. I love the gold color, and it's a perfect size -- extravagant but not overwhelming. Heck, I love the entire look -- even the matching shoes! Exhibit A:
But I do wonder: when her mother and sister were both wearing mantillas, why did Cristina choose a hat instead?
Love, love the Mellerio Floral Tiara -- I don't care how many times it is repeated, even at events for the same wedding. And Cristina has great tiara hair here, doesn't she? Gorgeous!
Infanta Cristina has borrowed one of my favorites of her mother's tiaras for this pre-wedding theatre gala: the Mellerio Floral Tiara. Gorgeous tiara -- but did her dress get caught in a shredder on the way to the gala?
Man -- do you think Infanta Cristina got lost in a grove of shrubs on her way to the royal wedding? Someone really should have helped her clear the brush off her hat!