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Royal Wedding Gowns – Hereditary Homage

Royalty is about continuity, family, and tradition. No wonder royal brides often turn to previous generations for wedding gown inspiration. Today we will look at three such homages. Previous entries in this series can be found on the header, under Find That Post!/Recurring Feature.

Bride: Mette-Marit
Designer: Ove Harder Finseth
Inspiration: Queen Maud (Coronation Gown)

Mette-Marit’s wedding gown is described as ecru, but to my eyes it has always been a stream of perfectly fitted Scandinavian whiteness. The dress was fabricated from silk crepe, and no adornment mars the flow of fabric from the modest neckline to the long sleeves to the 6 1/2 foot train. The designer used Queen Maud’s coronation dress – among other of her dresses – as an inspiration, and you can definitely see it in the silhouette and train. They still managed to render a dress for Mette-Marit that is both timeless and strangely modern. It’s said that there is corseting in the waist of Mette-Marit’s dress, but all you see is flow, flow, flow.

Mette-Marit’s veil of silk tulle extended past the train, and was anchored by the Diamond Daisy tiara, a gift from King Harald and Queen Sonja. Her garland of green leaves and white and purple flowers was also said to be inspired by tradition, and Queen Maud. Click through the slide show to see both dresses.

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Bride: Princess Eugenie
Designer: Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos
Inspiration: Princess Elizabeth

Designer Peter Pilotto incorporated personal meaning into Eugenie’s dress through the use of embroidered flowers: thistle for Scotland, and also, possibly, Balmoral, a shamrock for Ireland and the Ferguson connection, and the York rose and ivy to represent Ivy Cottage. At the time, the design duo stated that they did extensive archive research into previous dresses worn by members of the royal family and finally settled on a corseted silhouette with full pleated skirt. The homage to her grandmother is most fully seen in the garlands of embroidery on the full skirt.

Princess Eugenie eschewed a veil, allowing the low back of the dress to frame her scoliosis scar. Also, it fortunately allowed the Emerald Greville tiara a lovely, veil free showcase. Click through the slide show to see both dresses.

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Bride: The Honorable Serena Stanhope
Inspiration: Princess Margaret
Designer: Bruce Robbins

Contemporary accounts made much of the fact that Serena’s gown was a nod to her new mother-in-law’s dress; however the truth is more complicated. The gowns both have the distinctive ball gown silhouette: long sleeves, v-necklines, fitted waists and very full skirts. The fabrics are different, though, and the effects also diverge. Serena’s gown is fabricated from oyster satin, with a split waist knotted at the back. The skirt is what I can only describe as an explosion of tulle, which flows into two meters of semi train in the back. A nod to Margaret in the silhouette, and also a big nod to this Christian Dior gown.

Serena wore the Lotus Flower tiara, and a rather fortunately simple tulle veil to finish off her ensemble. Click through the slide show to see both Serena and Margaret’s dresses.

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Which gown pings your “best inspired by” meter?

Random Royaling – Slovenia Visits Norway (Tiara Action!)

Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor visited the Norwegian royals today, and let’s just cut to the tiaras first, shall we?

Thanks to our Norwegian community member Ween we know that Sonja is wearing a 25 year old dress by Eric Mortensen, along with Queen Maud’s Pearl and Diamond tiara. I think we can add Sonja to the Princess Anne school of “retaining both your figure and your wardrobe” club. It is a small and elite group for sure.

Two days ago we had an AWWWWW father daughter moment between Felipe and Leonor, and today it’s a lovely mother son photo. I am intrigued by the brown boot choice, it works better than I expected.

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Sonja was very blue-y during the welcome ceremonies. It’s definitely worth it to click through the photos to see the gifts of fishing equipment for King Harald from his guest. There was obviously some father/son joking going on there – fill it in with your best imagination.

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Kongen og Dronningen ønsket Slovenias president Borut Pahor velkommen i dag. Det er første gang en slovensk president er på statsbesøk til Norge, og Kongeparet er vertskap for besøket. Det hele startet med høytidelig velkomstseremoni på Slottsplassen og kransnedleggelse på Akershus festning. Teknologi og Det grønne skiftet blir viktige tema under besøket. Utveksling av gaver er en del av tradisjonen. Slovenia deler den norske entusiasmen for ski og friluftsliv, og President Pahor hadde med seg slovenske ski til Kronprinsen og et sett med fluer til den ivrige fluefiskeren, Kong Harald. Foto: Stian Lysberg Solum @ntb_scanpix #kongehuset #kongharald #dronningsonja #kronprinshaakon #borutpahor #statsbesøk #slovenia #statevisit @borutpahor @embassy_of_slovenia_in_nordics

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Ween has promised to translate some Harald quips for us! I, for one, am all ears!

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Royal Wedding Gowns – Elegant Coats and Wraps

Welcome our Royal Wedding Gown feature, and to our third post in the series on royal wedding gowns with coats and wraps. We have covered the dramatic and the second and third wedding coats and wraps. Today we are in the final of that series, coats and wraps worn to elegant effect.

Note: We covered Queen Letizia’s bridal ensemble here, so we won’t go over it again in this post. It’s in the poll, though!

Bride: Queen Mathilde
Designer: Natan

Yes, it was Natan, and yes, it was a success. That’s the short story. The long story is that the marriage was in chilly December, it was a union between an aristocrat (Mathilde was a jonkvrouw, a word that always tickles me) and the future King, and it was very royal wedding which included moving from venue to venue on the day itself. Natan had to design a gown with gravitas, and warmth, that would hold up to such a celebration. He also had to allow room for the beautiful but visually heavy heirloom veil from Queen Paola’s family.

He succeeded admirably, I believe. The gown was crepe silk, with front button and waist detailing and a very long train. The veil lay nicely on the 5 meters of silk, and the collar stood up and framed Mathilde’s lovely face well. She accessorized with Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Bandeau tiara.

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Bride: Princess Märtha Louise of Norway
Designer: Wenche Lyche

Princess Märtha Louise has been described as whimsical and quirky, and it is somewhat of a surprise that her wedding gown was rather subdued and conventional, until you look at the details. The coat was inspired by the Märtha lily and the Gothic arches of Nidaros Cathedral, and those details can be seen in the puffy insert of the sleeves at the shoulders, and how the train comes to a v-point at the end. But viewed in its entirety, this gown is classic elegance all the way.

The coat, which was removed for the reception, is embellished with Swarovski crystals. The front of the coat is held together with a clasp in an “A” shape, done up in pearls and representing her husband’s first name, Ari. There is a lovely detail of ivy and five lilies embroidered around the train, as well. The bride wore a silk veil, held in place by Queen Maud’s Diamond and Pearl tiara.

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Bride: Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Designer: Samantha Shaw

1999 was a year for coat wedding dresses. Both Sophie Rhys-Jones and Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz were married that year, Sophie and Prince Edward first, in June. The bride was 34, and the dress was a mature choice. Samantha Shaw designed a v-neck coat of made ivory silk organza, tulle and silk crepe. Although it looked simple from a distance, it was embellished with 325,000 pearl and cut-glass beads. The veil was silk tulle and extended beyond the train.

Sophie’s ensemble often loses points due to the much derided tiara, a gift or loan from the Queen. Many felt it had a cobbled together feel. The rather in-your-face necklace, which was designed by her future husband, is a controversial piece as well. The veil suffered from the notoriously windy entrance to St. Georges Chapel. But if you step back and take it all in from afar, it is a lovely and elegant silhouette.

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Bride: Autumn Kelly
Designer: Sassi Holford

Autumn Kelly married Peter Phillips, the Queen’s oldest grandchild, in 2008. If you cast your mind back to those days, you’ll remember that strapless gowns were simply the height of fashion. Royal brides don’t walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel in strapless, so a lace bolero came to Autumn’s rescue.

The dress itself was done up in Italian duchesse satin and Chantilly lace, and the short-sleeved bolero was also Chantilly lace. It was embellished with beads to give it an extra sparkle. The dress itself had a simple A-line skirt and a three-tiered sash at the waist. There were Chantilly lace inserts on the train and along the silk tulle veil. The bride secured her veil with the Festoon tiara, borrowed from her mother-in-law.

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Which of these elegant coats/wraps is your favorite?
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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

All right! We got through a week without an enthronement! Good job, coming off that high point. Let’s move on into Happy November.

C-C-C-Changes and Strange Stories

There was a Changing of the Guard, literally, in Oslo. The King’s Guard, which had been on duty at the Akershus fortress for over 100 years, will no longer be at that post.

Did you ever dream of seeing your favorite British royals in cake form? Dreams do come true.

I suppose even royals can get bamboozled in the high stakes and sophisticated world of art forgery. We’ll see how this shakes out.

British Good Works and Goodwill

While we are on the subject of Charles, Part 2 of the documentary “Inside the Duchy of Cornwall” is now on YouTube. I found it as interesting as the first part.

The Duchess of Sussex visited the Luminary Bakery, and everyone glowed with goodwill and good baked goods!

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Earlier this week The Duchess of Sussex visited the women of @LuminaryBakery as they celebrated the opening of their new location. It was a special moment to acknowledge the spirit of Luminary and their remarkable business model that opens its arms to women from vulnerable circumstances (be it abuse, poverty, trafficking, marginalisation) and equips them with the job skills and confidence to succeed. Having sat down with @luminarybakery at their flagship location earlier this year and from that inspiring visit choosing to feature them as #ForcesForChange in the September issue of @britishvogue, Her Royal Highness was proud to be invited to attend the launch of their second bakery. This addition will enable the organisation to provide services, support and mentoring for four times the number of women. Luminary Bakery – a sustainable grassroots organisation in the heart of London – is a beautiful example of community and uplifting those during hardship for the greater good. If you find yourself in the area, please visit and support the women of @LuminaryBakery to enjoy their delicious baked goods and to see the impactful work they’re doing. Video © SussexRoyal

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There were many memorial services last week. The Luxembourg royals made an appearance, and we got of glimpse of Princess Claire and her growing-too-fast children.

Haakon attended the memorial at Akershus Fortress.

Mary was Everywhere

Fred, too! They attended the Crown Prince Couple’s Prize Award and Mary wore a dramatic pumpkin one shoulder gown by a new-to-me designer  Soeren le Schmidt.

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The couple visited the Brandts Art Museum prior to the ceremony. That’s a Zara turtleneck on Mary, the only part of her ensemble yet to be identified.

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Mary attended the  award ceremony of FSR-Danish Auditors solo. That is a Max Mara blazer over a yet unidentifed pleated skirt.

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Samfundsansvarlige virksomheder blev i går hyldet, da Hendes Kongelige Højhed Kronprinsessen overrakte CSR Prisen 2019 på Børsen i København. Prisen gik til den bedste CSR-rapport i henholdsvis kategorierne “stor børsnoteret virksomhed” og “stor ikke-børsnoteret virksomhed”. I kategorien “stor børsnoteret virksomhed” gik prisen til A.P. Møller Mærsk og blev modtaget af Executive Vice President Morten Engelstoft. I kategorien “stor ikke-børsnoteret virksomhed” gik prisen til Grundfos og blev modtaget af Poul Due Jensen. Revisorbranchen omsætter for cirka 17 milliarder kroner og beskæftiger cirka 15.000 medarbejdere. Det er sjette år i træk, at Kronprinsessen deltager i arrangementet. 📸 Carsten Lundager ©

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As always, Style of Mary is an excellent resource to learn more about the Princess’ events and wardrobe.

No Benedikte to end with this week – but what else did I miss?

Norway · Photoshops · Tiaras

What If Wednesday: Norway

Let’s take another look at Mette-Marit. I loved putting tiaras on her. Probably because I wish she had some more to wear. LOL. Maybe once she’s queen.

See why I love to tiara her up!? What do you think? Would any of the larger tiaras work for our Nordic Princess? Or is she better suited for the smaller, more delicate ones? Let us know!