Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg tied the (rest of the) knot today in a private ceremony in the South of France—and there was a tiara included in her wedding ensemble!
Last week, Princess Alexandra married Nicolas Bagory in a civil ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Luxembourg. Today, the couple married in a religious ceremony in Bormes-les-Mimosas in Nicolas’s native France. Alexandra arrived for the wedding on the arm of her father, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg.
Numerous family members and friends, as well as lots of well-wishers and members of the press, were gathered outside the church to congratulate the newlyweds.
Princess Alexandra chose a white wedding gown with intricate bodice detailing for the religious ceremony. The fashion hunters at UFO No More think it’s custom Elie Saab (who also designed the dresses worn by Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie and Princess Claire for their religious wedding ceremonies).
Alexandra secured her tulle veil with a tiara that dates back three generations in the grand ducal family: the Chaumet Choker Tiara.
The tiara was acquired by the family (at auction, per Luxarazzi) during the reign of Grand Duke Jean. It was worn by Alexandra’s grandmother, Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte, and numerous other members of the family, including her mother, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa. The tiara can be worn with a set of tall pearl toppers, but Alexandra left those off for her wedding, preferring an all-diamond setting instead.
As the name of the piece suggests, the jewel can also be worn as a choker necklace. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wears it in this form (with a supplemental rivière, plus the Belgian Scroll Tiara and Princess Ingeborg’s Pearl Fleur-de-Lis Brooch) in Sweden in 2008.
She wore the tiara with its pearl toppers for a banquet at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo during the family’s state visit to Japan in 2017.
More recently, we saw Alexandra wear the all-diamond version again for the New Year Gala in 2020.
I expected to see Alexandra borrow her mother’s diamond wedding earrings for the religious ceremony, but she surprised me, wearing a pair of modern diamond and pearl drop earrings from the family collection instead.
They’re the same earrings that her sister-in-law, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, wore for her civil wedding ceremony in October 2012.
Alexandra finished off the look with one more borrowed piece of family jewelry: a two-row pearl bracelet with a diamond clasp.
Here’s Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wearing the bracelet on her right wrist during a state visit to the Netherlands in April 2006. (She’s also wearing lots of other family diamonds and pearls, including the Empire Tiara.)
For her daughter’s religious wedding, Maria Teresa reached for emerald and diamond jewels from the family collection.
She wore diamond and emerald earrings, a gold, diamond, and emerald bangle bracelet, and an emerald and diamond cluster ring with her black and green jumpsuit, also made by Elie Saab.
There were numerous other jewelry-wearing family members there as well, including Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie, who wore the family’s diamond and sapphire earrings for the second weekend in a row.
With her bright red dress, Princess Claire wore major heirloom jewels: the diamond and emerald earrings that belonged to Queen Astrid of Belgium. I also spotted members of the Jordanian royal family in the crowd, including Prince El Hassan and Princess Sarvath.
The couple made their getaway in a charming vintage car, with lots of cheering and flag-waving well-wishers all around them.