01 February 2012

Wedding Wednesday: Willem-Alexander and Máxima's Wedding Guests

And the celebrations for Prince Willem-Alexader and Princess Máxima's 10th wedding anniversary continue with a look at some of the fashions sported by the guests at their wedding, on February 2, 2002, and a little retroactive fashion awarding...

Best in Fur
Princess Marie-Chantal
Left to Right: Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg, Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Princess Mathilde of Belgium, Grand Duchess Joséphine Charlotte of Luxembourg
I suppose that's what you get with a wedding in chilly February: loads and loads of ladies with fur accents. I have to give this one to good old M-C. She stuck with prints after making such an impression at the pre-wedding party, and despite the slightly overgrown animal on her head, that's a gorgeous outfit.

Worst in Fur
Princess Margriet
L to R: Queen Sonja of Norway, Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
Where there's good, there's always bad, be it in the form of mismatched accessories or overly long lengths. But none quite tops Margriet's technicolor fur number. I know it's a wedding, and it's certainly a loved up affair, but it's held on February 2nd, not 14th.

Best in Spring
Princess Caroline
L to R: Queen Noor of Jordan, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Queen Paola of the Belgians, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Princess Irene of the Netherlands
Or, you could go the other way and ditch the February timeline for a spot of wishful thinking in springtime colors. Caroline's take on this works best for me - that oh-so-nonchalant look works perfectly with her gray hat. And she's still in winter fabrics, so you can tell she's not totally confused.

Best in Purple
Queen Beatrix
L to R: Princess Christina of the Netherlands, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Infanta Cristina of Spain
You know I love any event with a purple category, and the mother of the groom runs away with this one. Perfectly dressed and adorably delighted is always a winning combo.

Best in Gold and Such
Princess Marilène
L to R: Queen Sofia of Spain, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden, Princess Marilène of Orange-Nassau, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
I like the gold-ish take on these warm colors; it fancies the whole affair up a bit (something Victoria could have used, in her plain Jane brown suit). Marilène gets this one, as Laurentien was lovely but a little bit olive and I wish Sofia didn't have such a fear of hats.

Worst Dressed
A Tie
L to R: Princess Astrid of Belgium, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Mette-Marit's take on wedding attire is so terribly depressing here she ended up on my list of worst dressed royal wedding guests. And yet, when looking at this wedding alone, she has steep competition for the Worst Dressed Prize: WHAT is HAPPENING on Astrid's HEAD? Just one hat, dear. JUST ONE. (Maybe she brought an extra for Queen Sofia and Sofia told her where to stick it?)

Who makes your best and worst dressed lists here?

Photos: ANP/Getty Images/Hola/The Royal Forums