HRH The Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg and HRH Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium
April 9, 1953
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Today's gown is a little bit frothy, a little bit lacy, and I fear somewhat lost to the bad picture quality of its time. It was worn by Princess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium, daughter of King Leopold III and Queen Astrid of the Belgians, to marry Prince Jean, son and heir of Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg.
|Joséphine-Charlotte's gown alongside her two daughters, Marie Astrid (center) and Margaretha (right)|
The best part except for the second point of interest in this bridal ensemble, that is. Joséphine-Charlotte pulled two different tiaras out of her wedding experience, which just gets a big standing ovation from me (I mean, if you can't do that when you're the bride, when can you?). The Congo Necklace Tiara was worn for the ceremony and some of the official pictures, while the Belgian Scroll Tiara was worn for different pictures; both were among J-C's wedding gifts. The Congo tiara was also worn by both daughters above, and by daughter-in-law Maria Teresa for their respective weddings.
|The Congo Necklace Tiara, left; the Belgian Scroll Tiara, right|
News report from the weddingRegardless of the initial circumstances, it seems to have been a good match in the end. The couple had five children and were married for more than 50 years. Grand Duchess Charlotte abdicated in her son's favor in 1964; Jean reigned as Luxembourg's grand duke until 2000, when he abdicated for his son, Henri. Joséphine-Charlotte passed away after fighting a losing battle with lung cancer in 2005.
What do you make of J-C's frothy gown?