04 September 2015

Royal Wedding of the Long Weekend: September 4

Prince Pieter-Christiaan of Orange-Nassau (the son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven, and cousin to King Willem-Alexander) and Princess Anita celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary in August, and since I haven't quite processed the fact that it's already September, we're totally not too late to celebrate.
The couple were married on August 25 & 27, 2005, and Princess Anita's wedding gown was designed by Frans Hoogendoorn (my original post on her civil and religious wedding ensembles is here). Just like all her sisters-in-law, she topped her veil with the Dutch Ears of Wheat Tiara.

I can't seem to write anything about this dress without using the word classic about fifty times, because that's exactly what this simple sheath with a lace overlay is. But sometimes you just need something pretty, and this one's definitely got you covered on that front. Not a bad goal for a wedding dress to start with, no?
Video: Outside the church

I'd tell you to keep an eye out for Máxima in the above video, but who are we kidding? She can't be - she won't be! - missed. This is one overcooked look, even on the MAX scale.

You should, though, pay some extra attention to Princess Mabel (in happier times on the arm of Prince Friso for this wedding, above right). She may have made the unusual choice to go hatless at a royal wedding, but her dress itself is something a little extra special.
ANP - ANP Foundation/Archief
It's the dress Princess Beatrix wore to announce her engagement to Claus von Amsberg in 1965. The cutest, right? It is perhaps my absolute favorite example of royals sharing clothes, and perhaps the sole reason I keep hoping others will dig some of those fab retro fashions out of storage and go to town.

And on that sweet note, we're heading for a long weekend - Monday's a holiday in my corner of the world, and it's a holiday for the blog too. We shall return on Tuesday!