On Saturday, Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg glowed at the first of two ceremonies celebrating her marriage to Nicolas Bagory. There were some interesting royal jewels on display at the civil ceremony—some classic, and some a little more modern.
Thirty-two-year-old Princess Alexandra is the fourth child, and only daughter, of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. She’s a working member of the royal family, and she holds degrees in philosophy, anthropology, and religious studies. Her fiancé, Nicolas Bagory, is a 34-year-old native of France who works, according to the grand-ducal court, in “the creation of social and cultural projects.” The couple announced their engagement last December.
On Saturday, the couple’s wedding celebrations began with a civil ceremony at the Hotel de Ville, Luxembourg’s city hall. Their religious wedding ceremony will be held next Saturday in France.
The civil ceremony was private, but we were given a peek inside by the official photographers of the court.
And we got to see a group photograph from the ceremony as well.
Cameras captured the couple and the royal family on their arrival and departure. Interestingly, Alexandra received a large bouquet of blossoms as the couple arrived at the venue, but as they left the building, showered in confetti, she carried a smaller bouquet of lily of the valley.
Alexandra and Nicolas took time to speak with those who had gathered to wish them well, including numerous flag-waving children.
The bride, appropriately, wore white for the civil ceremony. Her ensemble, as noted by UFO No More, included a Valentino cape and a Chanel handbag.
She accessorized with a gorgeous pair of diamond drop earrings.
She also added a little extra oomph with a sparkly barrette.
And, of course, she also wore her gold and diamond engagement ring.
All of the senior Luxembourgish royals—Alexandra’s parents, brothers, and sisters-in-law—were also in attendance at the civil ceremony.
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, pictured here with Grand Duke Henri, wore an ensemble from Natan for the wedding. The color of the outfit photographed variously as orange and pink depending on the lighting, so we should probably meet in the middle and just call it salmon.
Her earrings were also colorful statement pieces. UFO No More identifies them as crystal and leather earrings from Lucia Odescalchi.
She also wore diamond rings on both hands. On her left hand, she wears a pavé-set diamond rolling Trinity ring, a style popularized by Cartier.
Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie was lovely in a vibrant blue dress from Emporio Armani. I was pleasantly surprised to see her attending the ceremony, as she gave birth to her second son, Prince François, just three weeks ago. (Stéphanie, from one new mother to another, I salute you. I would have 100% taken the opportunity to stay home in my pajamas instead of putting on a dress and heels.)
Speaking of Prince François, here’s a baby picture! He’s a cutie.
Ultimately I am very glad that Stéphanie attended the wedding, both because it’s good to see her looking well and because she wore the most significant earrings we saw at the event. These are the royal family’s diamond and sapphire earrings. They have an unusual stud portion, featuring two sapphires within a single diamond cluster, and a classic pendant drop. Stéphanie has worn them often since joining the royal family a decade ago.
Stéphanie also wore her diamond engagement ring on her left hand and her gold wedding band on her right. Her colorful clutch bag comes from a Turkish brand called Turquoise Tassel.
The royal party was completed by three more princes and a princess: Prince Louis, Prince Felix and Princess Claire, and Prince Sébastien.
Princess Claire wore a mustard yellow dress from Diane von Furstenberg for the occasion.
She also wore small, sparkling stud earrings.
After the wedding, a reception was held at the Grand Ducal Palace. Here’s an official group photograph from that celebration.
Princess Alexandra is the first member of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg’s immediate family to be married in a decade. Ten years ago, there were two quick royal weddings in succession. First was the wedding of Hereditary Grand Duke Guillame and Countess Stéphanie de Lannoy in October 2012. They were married in a civil ceremony at Luxembourg’s Hotel de Ville, with a religious wedding the following day at the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Luxembourg.
Like Alexandra and Nicolas, they also stopped to see the well-wishers and excited children who had gathered to see them after the civil ceremony.
Stéphanie wore a cream-colored suit with silver accents and accessories for their civil wedding ceremony. She also wore her own diamond engagement ring and the engagement ring of her late mother, Alix, who passed away shortly before the wedding.
She also wore modern diamond and pearl drop earrings for the civil wedding.
A year later, in September 2013, Prince Felix married Claire Lademacher in a pair of ceremonies. Their civil wedding was held at the Villa Rothschild in Königstein im Taunus in Claire’s native Germany. A religious wedding followed a few days later in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France.
They memorably departed from the civil ceremony in a red and white minicar with custom plates.
Claire chose a playful white dress with a peplum detail by Jan Taminiau (a favorite designer of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands) for the civil ceremony.
She also wore “something blue” in jewelry form: a pair of diamond and aquamarine earrings.
And here’s one more look at Alexandra’s clean, crisp civil wedding ensemble and diamond jewels from this weekend. We’ll have more coverage of the religious ceremony next weekend. In the meantime, you might want to revisit our speculation about which royal wedding tiara she might wear next Saturday!