Our favorite Luxembourg outfits

Brittani:

I have to say that I really liked the amethyst gown by Marcin Lobacz that Princess Tessy wore to the Big Dutch Masters Gala on October 13, 2016, in London. It was from his Spring-Summer 2017 Couture Collection. I think the color really flattered her, and I really liked the way it was cut on the shoulder. 

I love a lot of Claire's outfits, and I really wanted to include her wedding gown. BUT, I thought it better to choose regular outfits she's worn. I really like the blue v-necked, sleeveless Jenny Packham gown that Claire wore to the wedding of Marie-Gabrielle of Nassau and Antonius Willms in Spain in 2017.

I've also always really liked the green Reem Acra dress which featured one long sleeve on the left arm. She wore it to the christening of Princess Amalia (the daughter of Prince Felix and Princess Claire) in 2014. More about the outfit can be read here.

Heaven:

I think my favorite Luxembourg outfits is this blue Elie Saab gown worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa in London in 2012. It's no secret Elie Saab is my favorite designer, and I think Maria Teresa wears his designs so well. This gown was my favorite of the collection at the time and it was so flattering on Maria Teresa, i loved it! (Truth be told, I could have chosen almost every Saab gown Maria Teresa has ever worn)

Another favorite is the Elie Saab gown Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore for her pre-wedding dinner in 2012. We never got to see it in full-length but I still think it's the best Stéphanie has ever looked - except for he wedding day of course.

I thought about choosing another Elie Saab gown as my third favorite but that would have been too obvious so I chose this Denis Durand gown Princess Claire wore for the Le Sourire de Lucie gala dinner in 2017. It is not a well-known designer but the gown was beautiful and flattered her a lot and I loved the way she styled it, everything was on point.

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Laura:

A favorite is the red Yves Dooms gown from the official portrait here. I love how stately this gown is. It’s gorgeous and a great color for Maria Teresa. Plus, I think this neckline suits her so well. 

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© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

The red Elie Saab gown from Will and Kate’s pre-wedding dinner. Again, I love red on Maria Teresa. And I love that bow detail. It adds interest but doesn’t overwhelm the look. It’s just a gorgeous, timeless gown. Read more: http://ufonomore.com/blog/2018/4/13/royal-wedding-of-will-and-kate-the-guest-outfits

Also, I like the white Ralph Lauren gown Stephanie wore to Cannes. I think she carries this simple gown well. There’s a bit of detailing around the waist which I like. And I love her bold earrings.

Sarah:

All I have to say about my three picks is: SAAB, SAAB, SAAB. All were by Elie Saab, and I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Samantha:

My first choice is the white Ralph Lauren sleeveless gown that Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore to the opening of the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. 

My second choice is the green dress by Natan that she wore during the Dutch state visit by the King and Queen to Luxembourg in May 2018. 

The white Paule Ka coat she wore for her last official photo released on her birthday is also one of my favorites. 

 © 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

© 2017 Cour grand-ducale / Lola Velasco / tous droits réservés

Royal Wedding of Will and Kate: the guest outfits

On the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding anniversary, we are taking a look at the guest outfits of the ladies we cover. Read about what they wore during the pre-wedding gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park on April 28 and the wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. 

Greece:

Crown Princess Marie-Chantal attended with her husband, Crown Prince Pavlos; brother-in-law, Prince Nikolaos; future sister-in-law Tatiana Blatnik; mother-in-law, Queen Anne-Marie; father-in-law, King Constantine; and one of her sons, Prince Constantine-Alexios of Greece (William's godson). For the pre-wedding dinner, Marie-Chantal was in a Louis Vuitton gown that featured a deep V in the back and a small bow

For the wedding, she was in a light blue Chanel dress and jacket with a pair of Louboutins for the wedding. She was also in a blue Philip Treacy hat

Luxembourg:

Grand Duchess Maria Teresa attended the wedding with Grand Duke Henri. She wore a red Elie Saab gown for the pre-wedding dinner. 

For the wedding, she was in a sky blue Elie Saab dress and jacket

Monaco: 

Then Charlene Wittstock (she would marry Monaco's Prince Albert in July) wore a "dove-gray silk dupioni evening dress with laser-cut silk organza appliqué and a silk chiffon stole," explained the designer Akris (via Order of Splendor).

A gray Akris coat dress was worn for the wedding; she carried a matching Allegra ostrich clutch from the same designer.

Netherlands: 

Then-Princess Maxima wore a pinkish/nude lace Jan Taminiau dress for the wedding. She and Prince Willem-Alexander attended on behalf of the then-Queen Beatrix.  

Norway:

Unfortunately, the only piece from Queen Sonja's ensembles from the pre-wedding dinner and wedding that have been identified was her hat. It was a white Lock and Co. hat with a feather in the center. 

Spain:

Then-Princess Letizia attended the wedding with her husband, Prince Felipe and mother-in-law, Queen Sofia. Sofia's outfits have not been identified, but Letizia's luckily have! For the pre-wedding dinner the night before Letizia wore a strapless, purple (with flowers on the skirt) gown by Felipe Varela. The wedding saw her in a customized pink Pablo Y Mayaya hat that featured lace. Her dress was by Felipe Varela and featured 3/4 length sleeves and floral designs on the pink dress.

Sweden:

Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel represented the Swedish Royal Family at the ceremony. Victoria wore a red short-sleeved Escada gown to the pre-wedding dinner, and for the wedding, she wore a muted orange long-sleeved dress by Escada and a matching hat by Britta von Koenigsegg. 

United Kingdom:

Autumn Philips wore a purple Sassi Holford coat dress for the wedding. Her hat has not yet been ID'd. 

The outfits of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been covered in a previous post. You can read it here

For Sophie, Countess of Wessex, she wore a red Bruce Oldefeld gown for the pre-wedding dinner. For the wedding, she was in a cream Jane Taylor hat, embroidered suit by Bruce Oldfield, and Jimmy Choo shoes. 

Zara Phillips would get married just a few months later, but for her cousin's nuptials, she wore a bespoke black Philip Treacy hat and a Paul Costelloe coat dress. 

Wedding gown of Maria Teresa

When Maria Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla married the then Hereditary Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg on February 14, 1981, she wore a custom Balmain creation for the Roman Catholic ceremony at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. 

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The future Hereditary Grand Duchess (and now Grand Duchess) wore a white silk embellished gown with fitted bodice and a fur trim by the French designer. It featured long sleeves with the fur around the neck, wrist and bottom of the bell skirt. The gown had a train that began at the shoulders like a cape and flowed down. It was two meters and equal to that of her veil.

The future royal held her lace-trimmed veil in place with the Congo Diamond Tiara - a tiara worn by other members of the Grand Ducal Family on their wedding day. 

They first wed in a civil ceremony at the Grand Ducal Palace before the religious service later that day. The couple then appeared on the balcony of the Grand Ducal Palace to wave to the crowd assembled below. They shared a kiss to the thrill of the Luxembourgish people watching. 700 guests then attended a wedding reception inside the Palace.

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Aside from the Grand Ducal Family in attendance, other European royals were represented. They included King Olav of Norway; then-Hereditary Prince Hans-Adam and Hereditary Princess Marie Aglae of Liechtenstein; King Baudouin, Queen Fabiola, Prince Albert, Princess Paola, Prince Philippe, Princess Astrid, and Prince Laurent of Belgium; Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark; and Princess Christina of Sweden and husband, Tord Magnuson. 

Henri met the Cuban born but New York City raised Maria Teresa while studying in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Their engagement was announced on November 8, 1980, and they married less than a year later on Valentine's Day. However, the holiday is not widely celebrated in Luxembourg so the couple later said that they did not recognize the significance of the date - odd since Maria Teresa grew up in New York where it is widely celebrated. 

Together, they now have five children: Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, Prince Felix, Prince Louis, Princess Alexandra, and Prince Sebastian. They also have four grandchildren: Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah from Prince Louis' marriage to Tessy Antony and Princess Amalia and Prince Liam through Prince Felix and his wife Princess Claire.