It's been far too long since we've had royal wedding hattery fun on the blog, hasn't it? Good thing the Dutch royals were happy to oblige us today!
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Love, love, love the tiara that Sophie chose for her big day: this is the Isenburg Floral Tiara, a family piece that Sophie's sister Katharina also wore on her wedding day. I love the unique shape of this one ... let's hope that: a) Georg Friedrich and Sophie get invited to future royal tiara events, and b) Sophie gets to wear this one. Or, actually, maybe we should be hoping that she gets to bust out the Prussian jewels, if there are many left. You know those are pretty fantastic.
Here's a full view of the wedding dress. Not sure about the collar tailoring on the piece, but overall, I think she looks gorgeous:
Congrats to the Prussians!
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And now, saving the best for last: the blushing bride! And a Tiara Alert! I was so nervous she wasn't going to wear one, but of course the new Mrs. Tindall wouldn't let us down! (Well, technically she's now Mrs. Michael Tindall -- it was announced today that she'll be keeping her name, so Zara Phillips she'll remain.)
As for the tiara: it's Princess Andrew's Meander Tiara, an heirloom once owned by Zara's great-grandmother, Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark (Prince Philip's mother). Somehow, it's just perfect for Zara, the royal granddaughter with the Greek name -- modern, simple, and low-key, but still totally gorgeous.
Congratulations, Zara! May you and Mikey T have many years of sporting happiness!
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I bet y'all thought I had a cow today when Charlene showed up to her royal wedding without a tiara on, didn't you? Ha! Actually, though, I have to admit that I think I like this look better than I would have if they'd tried to fit a tiara into the hairstyle. The veil is gorgeous, the hair is sleek and beautiful, and we still had some bling!
The diamond floral ornaments in Charlene's hair are apparently a set of antique brooches dating from the nineteenth century. Rumor has it that they belong to Princess Caroline, who loaned them to her sister-in-law for her wedding day. A lovely gesture!
And a beautiful bride, too. Monaco has found itself a new star!
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Congratulations to Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg -- daughter of Princess Benedikte, niece of Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece, and cousin to half of the princes and princesses in Europe -- on her wedding day! Nathalie is technically already married -- she and Alexander Johannsmann had a civil wedding in May of last year, a few months before their son, Konstantin, was born.
But today is Nathalie's religious wedding ceremony, and with that comes the sparkles: the Khedive of Egypt Cartier Tiara, to be more exact! Here's a little history on the rather romantic tiara, which first belonged to Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden. Today, its owner is Nathalie's aunt, Queen Anne-Marie. It's one of my favorite tiaras -- so delicate and unique!
All female descendants of Queen Ingrid of Denmark have worn the Khedive on their wedding days: so far, the tally of wearers is Queen Anne-Marie, Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark, Princess Alexandra of S-W-B (Nathalie's older sister), and now, Princess Nathalie. Next in line? Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Countess Ingrid von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth (Alexandra's daughter), and Princesses Isabella and Josephine of Denmark.
The other heirloom aspect of Nathalie's wedding ensemble is her veil, which was first worn by Crown Princess Margaret at her wedding in 1905 at Windsor Castle. It's been worn by many of the family brides since, including Crown Princess Mary.
As for the dress: well, she certainly looks happy to be wearing it!
PHOTO CREDITS: REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
Eagle-eyed reader Brian found a photo of another new hatter at the beatification; although photo agencies identified the young woman in the black veil here as Princess Tessy, wife of Prince Louis of Luxembourg, it appears it's actually one of Louis's cousins, Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein.
M-A's mother is Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg, sister of Grand Duke Henri and daughter of Grand Duke Jean. Her father is Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein, the brother of Prince Hans-Adam II. Nikolaos is also Liechtenstein's ambassador to Belgium and to the Vatican.
Wish we could see more of the veil, but from this vantage point, it looks lovely!
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Thanks to lovely reader Brian for passing along this picture of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester at the papal beatification. Birgitte's veil is gorgeous, but I agree with Brian that I wish we could see her face!
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We've been absolutely spoiled with new royal hatters lately, haven't we? Here's yet another new -- and rarely seen -- princess for the blog: the woman on the left is Marie Aglaë, the wife of Hans-Adam, the reigning Prince of Liechtenstein. Hans-Adam and Marie Aglaë's son, Hereditary Prince Alois, does the business of running the principality, but Hans-Adam (the man shaking Queen Paola's hand here) is still the nation's head of state.
Lovely black lace veil on Marie Aglaë -- like Letizia, she must wear black at the Vatican. Here's a question I've always had about the privilège du blanc -- as Spain, Belgium, and Luxembourg are not the only Catholic countries with a reigning monarch or grand duke, why aren't the princesses or princesses consort of Catholic principalities like Liechtenstein and Monaco also afforded the ability to wear white? Anyone know the answer to this one?
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Here's another Catholic queen who is allowed the privilège du blanc -- Paola's wearing the same veil she chose for her last visit to the Vatican, actually. This one's a little too bridal for my taste, with the lacy edging, but clearly King Albert approves!
PHOTO CREDITS: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
Wow, that was fast! Only two days after wearing her first-ever actual hat on the blog, Letizia's out in headwear again -- this time, in a beautiful black lace veil at the ceremony marking the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II.
Letizia's wearing a black veil because she's a Spanish princess, not the queen -- only the queen is allowed the privilège du blanc in the presence of the Pope. One day, when Felipe is king, Letizia will wear white to the Vatican instead of black. (Here's a little more on the privilège du blanc.)
But the woman behind her is one of the lucky few allowed to wear white...