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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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. 

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

UFO No More Podcast Episode 19: More Royal Wedding Talk (Featuring Grace) and Brittani's Interview with Tessy

On this jam-packed episode of the podcast, Laura talks with Grace from princesscatherinemiddleton.net about Meghan and Harry's wedding.  Grace gave her constructive thoughts on the good and bad from the wedding and how the press handled it.  It was nice to have a voice with some constructive criticism on the show, and we can't thank Grace enough for joining.

Then, Brittani made her second appearance in a row to talk all about her interview with Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg.  There are two part of that interview which you can read here and here.

You can buy the Project Playground bracelet Brittani talks about here.

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Photo courtesy of Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, via Instagram

Photo courtesy of Tessy Antony, Princess of Luxembourg, via Instagram

UFO No More Podcast Episode 17: Royal Wedding Rewind and Predictions

On this episode of the podcast, Laura gets ready for Harry and Meghan's royal wedding discusses great stories from royals from around the world.  She also shares her thoughts on what Meghan will wear.

Thanks to claireofluxembourg on Tumblr and a Twitter friend for their help with this episode.

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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. 

Hereditary Grand Duchess at Luxembourg's 2017 National Day

For 2017's National Day in Luxembourg, only Grand Duke Henri, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume, and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie took part in the public celebrations. 

For the National Day Te Deum service at Notre Dame Cathedral, Stephanie wore a hot pink Georges Rech dress that came to the knee. It also featured a cape like backing with a jeweled neck. She carried a metallic silver clutch and wore matching heels. Her hot pink hat was by the France based milliner Sylvia Martinez of Les Folie’s Bibis. 

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Copyright: © Grand Ducal Court / Claude Piscitelli / all rights reserved

National Day in Luxembourg is celebrated over two days. Day one begins in the evening with the traditional torchlight procession. On day two, there is a Te Deum service with representatives from different faiths in Luxembourg, as well as an official reception at the Grand Ducal Palace. Additionally, there is a military parade earlier in the day. 

Usually, more members of the Grand Ducal Family take part in the festivities. It is not known why only the four took part last year, but some suspect it was due to the announcement that Prince Louis and Princess Tessy were divorcing earlier in the year. Louis would have been at the events solo, and therefore, drawing attention to the ongoing divorce. 

National Day in Luxembourg is on June 23 with the festivities starting on the evening of the 22nd.  You can read more about National Day in Luxembourg, here

UFO No More Podcast Episode 9: The Royal Watcher

On this week's episode of the podcast, Saad Salman (aka The Royal Watcher) joins Laura to talk about a variety of royal topics.  Saad provides his thoughts about a number of things previously discussed on the podcast like royals and mental health and the Kate/Meghan stories.  He also provides a lot of information about the Belgian State Visit last week and the upcoming visits of Jordan to the Netherlands and Luxembourg to France.  A couple highlights of the show are Saad's stories about what he heard directly from a royal about the impact of social media on royals and his experience meeting the Duchess of Cambridge.

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Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie's outfit in her new portrait

Yesterday, the Grand Ducal Court (Cour Grand-Ducale) of Luxembourg released a new photograph of Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie ahead of her 34th birthday on Sunday, February 18. 

The image was taken at an unknown location last year by Lola Velasco. 

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

For the new photo, Stephanie is in a white and black coat by Paule Ka. It features black around the cuffs, neck, belt buckle and down the middle where it buttons. Her Royal Highness is also in a pair of black dangling Kenneth Jay Lane earrings. 

Our fashion editor, Heaven found the coat, while our founder, Sarah ID'd the earrings. 

All of us here at UFO No More are wishing Stephanie a happy early birthday! 

Wedding of Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy

On the 19th and 20th of October 2012, Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy married in both a civil and religious ceremony which reportedly cost 500,000 euros - or $650,000 US. 

Their civil ceremony was held on the 19th (with Stephanie also becoming a naturalized Luxembourg citizen on the same day). It was a small service conducted by Luxembourg Mayor Xavier Bettel which took place in the Town Hall (a break from tradition as the civil ceremony is usually held in the Grand Ducal Palace). Afterwards, the couple greeted the assembled crowds and collected gifts like paintings from children in the crowd. The couple spent over an hour speaking to those in the crowds. 

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Stephanie wore a white suit with minor silver embellishments on the pockets, arms and down the center by Chanel. She wore matching silver heels by the designer. Continuing the Chanel theme, her silver bag was also by the designer.

That evening a gala dinner was held at the Grand Ducal Palace for the guests invited to the ceremony the next day. The guests included an array of foreign royals. Stephanie wore a gorgeous couture long sleeved lace Elie Saab gown with the Vine Leaves Tiara. 

Guests dined on wild sea bass and lobster, chicken, green cabbage, and dark chocolate pears. 

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The Roman Catholic religious service took place in French the next day on October 20th at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg at 11:00 am. It was officiated by Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Luxembourg. Stephanie walked down the aisle with her eldest brother - Count Jehan - due to their father being confined to a wheelchair. However, when she arrived at the altar, her father was helped to his feet so he could kiss his daughter and speak to her and her groom for a few moments. 

Photo: Denis Probst  (  CC BY-SA 3.0 lu )

Photo: Denis Probst (CC BY-SA 3.0 lu)

The wedding attendants included Guillaume's sister, Princess Alexandra and Stephanie's niece, Antonia Hamilton as the maids of honor. The flower girls and ring bearers were Stephanie's nieces and nephew - Madeleine Hamilton, Countess Caroline de Lannoy, Countess Louise de Lannoy, Isaure de le Court, and Lancelot de la Court - and Guillaume's nephew - Prince Gabriel.

The bride and groom exchanged rings made of fair trade gold. After exchanging vows and receiving a blessing from the Archbishop, the Luxembourg national anthem was sung and the couple signed their marriage register. 

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Stephanie wore a custom Elie Saab lace wedding gown featuring three quarter sleeves, high neckline that dipped in the back, and a 4.5 meter train. According to The Royal Splendor, "Masses of fabric went into this creation: 70 meters of silk crepe and tulle for the lining, plus another 30 meters of satin organza, 50 meters of Chantilly lace, and 40 meters of Calais lace. More silk tulle was used for the veil. The leafy pattern embellished all over the ensemble included 50,000 pearls, 80,000 crystals, and 10,000 meters of silver embroidery thread."

She chose to wear her family tiara (the Lannoy) for the occasion as her sisters and sisters-in-laws had done before her. Stephanie also wore diamond earrings, as well.

The wedding was a joyous occasion, but marked with sadness for the future Grand Duchess. Tragically, Stephanie's mother died after suffering a stroke just two months before the wedding. Stephanie wore her mother's ring during the ceremonies to keep her close to her heart. An additional tribute to her mother saw the statue of the Lady of Consolation in the cathedral being draped in her mother's veil.

Aside from the Grand Ducal Family, royal guests included the majority of the Belgian Royal Family; Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; King Constantine, Queen Anne-Marie, Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece; Princess Caroline of Monaco; then-Queen Beatrix, Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima of the Netherlands; King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Martha Louise of Norway; then-Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain; Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, and Prince Carl Philip of Sweden; and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

A reception was held after the wedding at the Grand Ducal Palace where the couple waved to the crowds from the balcony and shared a kiss.

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. 

Princess Tessy at the christening of Princess Amalia

The then Princess Tessy attended the christening of her niece, Princess Amalia, alongside then husband, Prince Louis and their two sons, Prince Gabriel and Prince Noah. The christening took place on July 12, 2014, in Lorgues, France, at the Saint Ferreol Chapel.

For the religious ceremony, Tessy wore a one-shoulder green Reem Acra dress which featured one long sleeve on the left arm. 

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Little Amalia's godparents were her paternal aunt, Princess Alexandra and maternal uncle, Felix Lademacher. Both Alexandra and the Hereditary Grand Duke gave readings during the Roman Catholic service. Father Yves Menjot, parish priest of Lorgues, Saint Antonin and Thoronet presided over the ceremony.

She was born on June 15, 2014, at the Grand Duchess Charlotte Maternity Hospital in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. She is the only granddaughter of Their Royal Highnesses the Grand Duke and Duchess. She has one younger brother, Prince Liam.

At the moment, since her uncle, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and his wife, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie do not have children, she is expected to reign as Grand Duchess. Her father, Prince Félix is second in line to the throne after the Hereditary Grand Duke.

Princess Claire at her son, Prince Liam's baptism

Heaven discovered that Princess Claire of Luxembourg wore a white Beulah London dress with three-quarter sleeves for her son, Prince Liam's baptism in the Vatican City on April 22, 2017. The ceremony took place at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Chapel of the Choir.

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

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

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

Prince Liam's godparents are his paternal uncle, Prince Sébastien and Anna-Maria Pamin.

All of the Grand Ducal Family was present, with the exceptions of Prince Louis's sons (Prince Noah and Prince Gabriel) who were unable to attend due to their schooling in the United Kingdom. His maternal family was in attendance, too, as was some members of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein.

His eldest uncle, Prince Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg, played guitar and sung during the service, but little Princess Amalia stole the show. While her parents were doing a reading, she sat on the steps and yawned. Later, she was seen gently rubbing her baby brother's head. 

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

Prince Liam of Nassau was born on November 28, 2016, at the Beaulieu General Clinic in Geneva, Switzerland. His has one older sister, Princess Amalia of Nassau, who is two-years-old.

He ranks fourth in line to the throne after his uncle, Hereditary Grand Duke, Guillaume; his father, Prince Félix; and his sister, Princess Amalia.

Princess Alexandra at the wedding of her brother, Prince Felix and Claire Lademacher

For the wedding of her older brother, Prince Felix to the German born Claire Lademacher, Princess Alexandra wore a blue Tadashi Shoji gown. Alexandra wore pearl earrings and had her brunette hair in an updo. She also served as a bridesmaid. 

The religious ceremony took place on September 21, 2013, at the Basilica of Sainte Marie-Madeleine in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France. They were first married in a civil ceremony in Königstein I'm Taunus, Germany, on 17 September. It is tradition to hold the civil service in the hometown of the bride. 

During the ceremony, members of the wedding party read "Lord Hear Our Prayer" in different languages including German, Luxembourgish, English and Spanish. Princess Alexandra read the Spanish portion. It is said she is conversational in the language; this does not come as a surprise as her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa is Cuban.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie at National Day 2015

National Day is the highlight of the Luxembourg Grand Ducal Family's annual calendar. Festivities start on 22nd June with fireworks and the ceremonial Changing of the Guard. Then on the 23rd the whole family gather for an official ceremony and a service of thanksgiving at the Cathedral Notre-Dame. 

For the 2015 ceremony, the whole family was in attendance for the Te Deum to celebrate National Day: all four of Maria Teresa and Henri's children were in attendance alongside their spouses (including Louis's now ex wife Tessy). 

Stephanie brought plenty of sunshine to the event with her outfit. She wore a white hat, white open toed shoes, and a bright yellow dress with a boat neckline. The dress is from French designer Paule Ka, a popular brand amongst royal ladies.