03 July 2015

Programming Note

Have a happy 4th of July, a happy belated Canada Day, and a happy weekend all around!

The blog will return on Monday.

02 July 2015

Tiara Thursday: Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde's Tiara

Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde's Tiara, worn by Maria Teresa
At Luxembourg’s recent National Day gala, Princess Stéphanie repeated a tiara for the first time in the three years of her marriage, after a delightful streak of trying something new with each gala appearance. It's a tiara that was worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa while she was the hereditary grand duchess, and has been worn by many other family members as well.
Charlotte, with an extra diamond rivière attached below the tiara
Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde’s Tiara (which is known by other names too, including the Nassau Sapphire Tiara and the Grand Duchess Adelaide Tiara, take your pick) features a cushion-cut sapphire surrounded by diamonds as its removable center, with a classic diamond wreath design on either side. A top line of diamonds gives the tiara a kokoshnik feel, and it can also be worn with an additional rivière of diamonds on the bottom.
Maria Teresa wears the tiara in 1996. Joséphine-Charlotte (far left) wears the Belgian Scroll Tiara and a sapphire necklace that can also be worn as a tiara
 The tiara dates from  about 1865-1870. It belonged to Adelheid-Marie of Anhalt-Dessau (1833-1916), who was the wife of Grand Duke Adolphe of Luxembourg. From her, the tiara began to pass down through the generations of the grand ducal family. It was associated with her granddaughter, Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde (1894-1924), who took the throne at the age of 17 and whose short reign did not survive the turmoil of World War I. In 1919, she abdicated in favor of her sister, Grand Duchess Charlotte (1896-1985). Charlotte also wore the tiara, mostly in her earlier years.
Stéphanie, wearing the tiara for the first time
 The tiara was not often worn by Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte (1927-2005), wife of Charlotte’s son Grand Duke Jean, but it has been worn on several occasions by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. Maria Teresa started wearing Marie-Adélaïde’s Tiara before her husband took the throne, and she has now shared it with her daughters-in-law.
Tessy (left) and Stéphanie (right). Tessy's sapphire and diamond earrings have also been worn by Joséphine-Charlotte and Maria Teresa
The first daughter-in-law to wear the tiara was Princess Tessy, wife of Prince Louis. She borrowed it for the pre-wedding dinner of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in 2012. Stéphanie was next to join the ranks of family members to don the sapphire tiara, wearing it first to the dinner for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2013. The tiara is part of the Hausschmuck, the grand ducal family’s trust. Like family foundations in other countries, that means the tiara is not personally owned by any single family member and will remain with the family for years to come.

Who do you think wears this one best?

P.S.: Luxarazzi started a bit of summer fun - a tiara race! I shared my thoughts on which one might win the prize over there, and you'll want to get in on the voting action.

Photos: via Getty Images, RTL, Grand Ducal Court/Christian Aschman

Royal Outfits of the Day: July 2

Hey, let's catch up with the York sisters.
Princess Beatrice attended the NSPCC Neo-Romantic Art Gala at Masterpiece London, wearing a dress stolen from Crown Princess Mette-Marit's closet from Reformation. Long florals aren't easy to pull off, but I think this one looks lovely with her hair.

Princess Eugenie, meanwhile, was hanging out with Uncle Chaz and Aunt Cams at the Quintessentially Foundation and Elephant Family's Royal Rickshaw Auction Presented By Selfridges, which is a catchy name.
I love this color on her, and I love that she does an outdoor summer event in the easiest and breeziest fashion. Camilla, meanwhile, has on her standard hot weather uniform of a long tunic top and flowy trousers (a staple for her when touring the Middle East) with a sassy fan, and Charles seems to be reconsidering his stance on neck ties.

Photos: via Getty Images, Reformation

01 July 2015

Royal State Visit of the Day: July 1

King Felipe and Queen Letizia have ventured out on another state visit. You may remember that the President of Mexico was the last incoming state visit before King Juan Carlos abdicated, and now the new generation is continuing to trade visits.

They arrived in Mexico on Sunday, but the fancy formal welcome wasn't until Monday, so a casual yet flippy knit Hugo Boss dress did the trick for the Queen.
(Casual yet flippy is one of my favorite outfit categories.)

Casa de S.M. el Rey
For the official welcome with Mexico's president and first lady, Enrique Peña Nieto and Angélica Rivera, Letizia upped her formality. And for that she chose - you'll never guess - Felipe Varela.
She also wore the Varela suit she wore earlier this month for their first outgoing state visit to France, so I guess this is the official state visitin' suit.

And unfortunately, as it was in France, so it is in Mexico: nothing but suits and cocktail dresses for the big dinner.
And as it was in France, so it is in Mexico: Letizia did her best to be fancy anyway, in knee-length shades of red and coral guipere lace embellished with crystals and dangly diamond earrings. (See here for video.) She's a welcome dose of glamour, especially in front of that backdrop, which turned an impressive space into a press conference with fancy glasses from the prime camera angles.

The next day brought a Nina Ricci outfit which is also from the French state visit. I'm starting to think she just didn't unpack. (Royals: they really are just like us!)

And to close us out, a little print that I hope we'll see paired with some different stuff when repeat time rolls around.

The visit ends today.

30 June 2015

Royal Flashback of the Day: June 30

It's wedding anniversary time! July 1st marks twenty years of marriage for Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece and Princess Marie-Chantal. We've talked about their wedding in the past, most recently last November, with a revisit of her ornate dress and wedding video - always a good rewatch, thanks to its plethora of royal guests. So today we're flashing back to the young couple at another wedding, that of Pavlos' cousin, Prince Joachim of Denmark, and Alexandra Manley in November 1995.
What we have here is basically a template for optimum royal glamour, I'd say. Tiara (the Antique Corsage Tiara, borrowed from Queen Anne-Marie): check. Evening coat: check. Pearls, big ones: check. Gloves: check. Prince in uniform (from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, where he served): check.
It's not a template we see these two replicate today, but the elegance hasn't gone anywhere. (Neither has the luxury - check the wrap below, at Joachim and Alexandra's pre-wedding dinner!)
Sidebar: I think she might be the best wearer of the Antique Corsage Tiara. We don't see her in it today - she's usually in the diamond fringe tiara, with a few exceptions - but these pictures are making me wish she'd take it for a spin again. You know, for old times' sake.

Photos: via Getty Images as indicated