19 October 2017

Royal Jewel Rewind: Luxembourg Royal Wedding (Part 1)

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Five years ago tomorrow, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg married his Belgian fiancee, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, at the Cathedral of our Lady of Luxembourg. Royals from around the world attended the ceremony, and today, we've got a two-part flashback to all of the sparkle. Enjoy, and stop back here later today for part two!




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Stephanie wore jewels from her own family and her new husband's family on her wedding day. Her bridal tiara is the Lannoy family's diamond tiara, a delicate sparkler with a large pear-shaped diamond at its center. (Learn more about the tiara's history, and see close-ups, over here!)


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Her diamond earrings are the same ones she wore for her pre-wedding gala the night before. They were reportedly a wedding gift to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa from her parents in 1981, and they've now been worn by three Luxembourgish royal brides: Maria Teresa, Stephanie, and Claire.


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Stephanie did suffer a slight tiara malfunction on the day. The Lannoy Tiara, which was secured to her hair at each end. Because the base wasn't anchored in the middle, the tiara was able to flip backward. Thankfully, putting it back into position wasn't a difficult task.


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As she did at the gala the night before, Stephanie also wore a necklace hidden under the neckline of her gown. The thin chain almost certainly supports Stephanie's Miraculous Medal pendant. (You can read more about this religious medal over here.) Stephanie is rarely seen without the necklace.


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Here's a close-up view of the simple gold wedding bands that the couple exchanged, engraved with their names and their wedding date. As she did the night before, Stephanie also wore two diamond rings: her own engagement ring and the engagement ring that belonged to her late mother.


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Stephanie's new mother-in-law, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, wore a brightly-colored ensemble by Natan for the wedding. The sparkling flower on her jacket is a part of the outfit, not a separate jewel.


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She did wear sparkling earrings for the wedding; the central stone here looks a bit like a brown diamond.


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Guillaume's sister, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg, served as one of the bridesmaids for her new sister-in-law. She kept her jewelry extremely minimal, wearing only a pair of pearl earrings.


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Another sister-in-law, Princess Tessy, wore gold and turquoise tassel earrings with her dove gray ensemble.


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Here's a good view of the details of the earrings.


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Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg wore pearl and diamond sunburst cluster earrings with her bright red outfit.


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And Countess Diane de Nassau wore a vibrant set of jewels set with multicolored gemstones, including a heart pendant -- appropriate for a wedding!


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Archduchess Marie-Astrid of Austria, who was born a princess of Luxembourg, wore elegant jewels, including a pearl choker with a gem-set clasp. Her earrings featured both pearl studs and pearl drops, and her insect brooch was also set with a pearl.


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Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, also born a princess of Luxembourg, chose diamonds and sapphires for the wedding, including a lovely pair of earrings and a whimsical brooch.


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Margaretha's sister-in-law, Princess Marie Aglae of Liechtenstein, wore a fantastic four-stranded pearl choker with a diamond floral embellishment, plus classic diamond and pearl earrings.


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Queen Paola of Belgium, who is the groom's great-aunt, glittered in diamonds and pearls. Her floral brooch featured a bright red central portion. You can also just spot a second brooch pinned to her hat.


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Queen Mathilde, who was then the Duchess of Brabant, really does excel at daytime glitter. For this wedding, she wore the white and yellow diamond earrings given to her by her husband, plus the beautiful diamond waterfall brooch given to her by Queen Fabiola.


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Diamond earrings with luminous pearl drops were Princess Astrid of Belgium's main accessory -- but don't miss that enormous diamond ring on her finger!


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Simple pearl stud earrings were Princess Claire's jewel selection for the day. The sequined flower on her lapel is part of the jacket -- I suspect Natan here, too.


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The always-elegant Queen Fabiola wore pearls for her great-nephew's wedding, plus a very interesting headpiece!


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From the Netherlands, Queen (now Princess) Beatrix piled on the diamonds, including diamond earrings, a diamond riviere, and a diamond circle brooch.


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And the ever inventive Queen (then Princess) Maxima wore pieces from Queen Wilhelmina's fascinating Borneo Suite. The gold and diamond jewels were Wilhelmina's coronation gift from the Sultan of Kutai in 1898. Note the earrings here, plus the brooch on Maxima's belt.


Stay tuned later this morning for the second part of our flashback to the royal wedding in Luxembourg!