16 January 2013

Wedding Wednesday: January Brides

A plethora of January royal brides today, and plenty of wedding variety to brighten your Wednesday. (Obviously this isn't all January brides, because come on.)

Princess Juliana of the Netherlands and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld
January 7, 1937 
Juliana, the future Queen of the Netherlands and mother of current Queen Beatrix, wore diamond roses in her hair to wed Bernhard.

Crown Prince Umberto of Italy and Princess Marie José of Belgium 
January 8, 1930  
Marie José's mega tiara was made for her husband's grandmother, Queen Margherita, and is still with the (now exiled) Italian royal family.

Crown Prince Paul of Greece and Princess Frederika of Hanover
January 9, 1938  
Frederika is wearing both Queen Sophie's Diamond Tiara and the tiny Hanover wedding crown, which I must say looks a little odd perched up there.

The Earl of St. Andrews and Sylvana Tomaselli
January 9, 1988
They married in a registry office in Scotland; since she is Catholic, Lord St. Andrews is currently excluded from the line of succession.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and Pieter van Vollenhoven
January 10, 1967 
Margriet is the daughter of Queen Juliana (and sister of Queen Beatrix). It was just announced this month that this happy couple are to be grandparents once again, as their son Prince Floris and daughter-in-law Princess Aimée are expecting their third child!

Princess Astrid of Norway and Johan Martin Ferner
January 12, 1961
Thrifty Princess Astrid (sister of King Harald) had her wedding dress modified for use as an evening gown later on.

January 12, 2012
The couple welcomed a daughter in November of 2012, Princess Zein. (Hamzah also has one daughter, Princess Haya, from his first marriage.)

King Simeon II of Bulgaria & Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela
January 21, 1962
Margarita's diamond tiara includes red and green stones - the colors of the Bulgarian flag.

January 23, 1999
Their secretive wedding was her third and his second. The bride wore Chanel. (Of course.)

Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein and Angela Brown 
January 29, 2000
Another royal (okay, princely if you must) wedding in the United States: these two held their religious wedding in New York City. Maximilian is one of the sons of the current Prince of Liechtenstein, Hans-Adam II.

January 31, 1993
Her Versace gown is the definition of winter theatrics, no?

Who's your favorite January bride?

Photos: ANP/Greek royal family/Hello/Kongehuset/Petra