HH Princess Alexandra of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg and Count Jefferson von Pfeil und Klein-Ellguth
June 6, 1998
Gråsten Palace, Denmark
If you're asking yourself, "Princess Who? and Count What?" right now, well, I don't blame you. So we'll start with a little genealogy, just in case these kids aren't on your royal radar. Jefferson is a German noble, and Alexandra is a member of the Danish royal family (and a German royal/noble, I suppose).
For her wedding gown, Alexandra called upon Danish designer Jørgen Bender. This was a man with a serious history of royal wedding gowns: he dressed mother of the bride Princess Benedikte for her wedding as well as both her sisters, Queen Margrethe and Queen Anne-Marie, for their weddings. He also designed a wedding gown for another Princess Alexandra: Alexandra Manley, the first wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark.
For this particular Princess, Bender came up with a silk gown most notable for its double levels. Most of the gown is quite simple, with a plain high neck. The stand-out features start with the double bell sleeves:
And continue with the double bell skirt, each top layer including an embroidered swirl motif:
The swirl motif seems to echo the bride's tiara. Like all female descendants of Queen Ingrid of Denmark (genealogy check: Queen Ingrid was Alexandra's grandmother), Alexandra wore the Khedive of Egypt Cartier Tiara, which now belongs to Queen Anne-Marie.
That tiara anchored another piece of tradition: the veil. This antique Irish lace veil was originally a gift to Queen Ingrid's mother Crown Princess Margaret of Sweden. Margaret and Ingrid both wore it, as did Queen Margrethe, Princess Benedikte, Queen Anne-Marie, Princess Alexia, and Crown Princess Mary.
I like the dress, and I think it suits this sweet young bride. That said, I just can't handle this kind of extra high, extra simple neckline on wedding gowns. I mean, it's not a t-shirt. What say you?
P.S.: Don't forget to come back on Friday, when we will return to this wedding because it was a tiara affair, and you know I never miss a chance to talk about that.