Friday 29 April 2011

Royal wedding gowns & tiaras

Royal wedding gowns and tiaras to covet.

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wore a scoop-neck ivory satin gown by Danish designer Uffe Frank, with a veil made from 100-year-old Irish lace that was first used by Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden in 1905. The tiara isn’t a Danish royal heirloom; it’s new to the family, having been gifted to Mary by her royal in-laws, Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik, as a wedding present.

HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden, Duke and Duchess of Västergötland

Crown Princess Victoria wore a cream-colored duchess satin Pär Engsheden gown with a 16.5 foot train and a Cameo Tiara. “The word “cameo” means a precious stone decorated in raised relief.  The tiara is made of gold, pearls and cameos.  The central cameo depicts Cupid and Psyche from Greek mythology.  The seven cameos were not originally carved for the tiara, as can be seen in their different shapes and colours. The cameo tiara was also worn by Queen Silvia at the royal wedding on 19 June 1976, and continues a tradition started by Princess Birgitta, who was the first Haga Princess to marry, and chose the cameo tiara for her wedding in 1961 to Prince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern.

The tiara was probably a gift from Napoleon to his wife, Empress Josephine, in 1809.  It was made at the Nitot studio in Paris.  The empress bequeathed the tiara to her granddaughter Josefina who, on 19 June 1823, became the Crown Princess of Sweden when she married Crown Prince Oscar (the future King Oscar I).

Victoria’s beautiful veil was also an heirloom piece: The Crown Princess wore Queen Sofia’s lace veil. It is the same veil that was worn by Crown Princess Victoria’s mother, Queen Silvia, at her marriage to King Carl Gustaf in 1976.  This veil was given by Queen Sofia to her youngest son, Prince Eugen.

Crown Prince Felipe Crown Princess Letizia of Spain leave the Almundena Cathedral in Madrid after their wedding ceremony. Princess Letizia’s off-white long-sleeved, collared gown with a silk veil and a nearly 15 foot train was designed by Manuel Pertegaz. The dress was tightly fitted on the top half while a flared sweeping skirt balanced the proportions of the attire. The upturned collar and v-neck were embroidered in silver and golden elaborate threading. She donned the same diamond and platinum tiara that Queen Sofia wore at her wedding to King Juan Carlos.

HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and Anthony Armstrong-Jones.

The silk wedding dress was designed by fashion designer Norman Hartnell. Tony Armstrong Jones renowned for his keen eye for design, had suggested that with her petite frame and low height, she should choose a classic unfussy style that would help streamline her look.   So there was no lavish embroidery, thick antique heirloom lace or heavy embellishment.  Thus the bodice had a V neckline to elongate the line from face to waist and the sleeves were also long and slim.  Thus Princess Margaret’s wedding dress was very simple and uncluttered and the silk tulle veil was satin bound.

The Poltimore tiara Princess Margaret wore on her wedding day was purchased prior to her wedding, and was seen wearing the tiara in the form of the necklace prior to her wedding and continued to wear the piece in its various forms on many state occasions after her wedding day. The Poltimore Tiara was originally created by Garrards in 1870 for Lady Poltimore, the wife of the 2nd Baron Poltimore. The tiara was sold in 2006 at an auction in Christie’s which fetched $1.7 million, far more than its $360,000 pre-sale estimate.

Princess Diana wore the “Spencer Tiara” on her wedding day.

This Spencer family piece has an elaborate design of stylized flowers decorated with diamonds in silver settings.

Princess Diana of Wales on her wedding day. I didn’t like her  meringue dress but I do love this behind the scenes photo.

{Images via mad hattery and google images}


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    3 Responses to “Royal wedding gowns & tiaras”

    1. Dina says:

      I still like princess Máxima’s tiara and gown the best :).
      (by the way: great posts these days!)

    2. beachgal says:

      Victoria of Sweden just has the right head for crowns/tiaras – she rarely photos poorly in any I have seen her in.

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