Prince Carl Philip of Sweden is no longer a single man. On 27 June he announced his engagement to girlfriend of four years Sofia Hellqvist.
Tatiana Santo Domingo and Andrea Casiraghi celebrated their second wedding this weekend and for the occasion the bride chose none other than Valentino to design her perfect winter wedding dress.
Valentino, who also designed wedding gown for Queen Maxima, Princess Madeleine and Princess Marie-Chantal, showed a stunning sketch of the dress on his Twitter and Instagram account.
Celebrities go out of their way to have the most showstopping wedding cake. But they are the only ones, Princes and Princesses also like to impress their guests with amazing creations.
See the ten most show-stopping royal wedding cakes that I have picked out and choose your favourite!
10. Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew
When Sarah and Andrew married in 23 July 1986, they served their guests a 5½-ft. marzipan and rum-soaked cake. The creation, which was prepared at the navy supply school HMS Raleigh, featured 15 ingredients, including rum, brandy and port.
Princess Claire‘s stunning Elie Saab wedding gown caused a stir this weekend and it has already been proclaimed as one of the best wedding dresses of the year.
But wearing a bespoke gown created by one of the best designers in the world just isn’t possible for us mere mortals, so I have picked out six beautiful, Princess-perfect dresses that will help you achieve Claire’s look.
Pronovias: Elie by Elie Saab 2014
If you really want Elie Saab to be the designer of your wedding dress then head to a Pronovias store. There you can search through the Elie by Elie Saab bridal collection for 2014. It is here that you can find two models that are very similar to Princess Claire’s gown.
The first one is the Cignus Model:
Like Claire’s, this long-sleeved, ivory chiffon gown is adorned with intricate floral motifs. The mermaid silhouette also features a dipped back with pretty bow detailing and sheer shoulder panels.
A view of the back:
Second Pronovias option, the Lacerta model:
Made from tulle and Chantilly lace, this gown is decorated with organza flowers and thousands of crystal rhinestones. A bateau neckline and cinchined-in waist perfectly offsets the pleated princess skirt.
Rosa Clará also offer affordable dresses and similar to Claire’s, such as the Canarias model from the Rosa Clará collection.
With layers of pleated tulle and delicate lace, this drop-waist dress with sheer sleeves is an elegant choice.
From the Two Rosa Clará collection you have the Marabú model.
The dress is absolutely stunning and bears a strong resemblance to Princess Claire’s gown.
Mira Zwillinger from Browns brides
Mira Zwillinger creates stunning couture bridal dresses that are meticulously handmade by a team of ten skilled seamstresses – ensuring a perfect fit. Her use of the finest embroidery, ornate beading, luxurious fabrics (laces, chiffons, taffetas, silk crepe and brocade) make her stunning dresses a celebration of elegance and glamour. The Marion model features illusion long sleeves, just like Claire’s.
Many have said that Claire’s gown is similar to Kate Middleton‘s Sarah Burton wedding dress, and Monique Lhuillier have a princess perfect dress that is a mix of both.
This beautiful Catherine gown boasts long sleeves, a bateau neckline and a fitted bodice with a hand-appliqué A-line skirt.
Which one is your favourite?
Prince Felix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg finally tied the knot in France on Saturday. The couple married in a beautiful religious ceremony in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume’s magnificent 13th century Sainte Marie-Madeleine basilica.
Princess Claire did not dissapoint and looked stunning an Elie Saab wedding dress, the family’s favourite designer.
Here we take a close look at her bridal look. Let me know what you think!
Elie Saab created Claire’s stunning long-sleeved wedding gown. The creme-coloured silk dress was embroidered with floral motifs made out of chantilly lace as well as silver thread. It also featured embellishments of clear crystals and sequinned pearls.
The three metre long veil was made of ivory silk tulle and decorated with neo baroque floral motifs.
Claire wore a floral tiara that belongs to the Grand Ducal Collection, made out of diamonds set in yellow gold and silver, featuring a leaves and berries motif. It has a tradition as a wedding tiara and Claire is already the fifth bride to wear it.
She completed the look with diamond drop down earrings, also worn by her sister-in-law Princess Stephanie on her wedding day last year.
The hair and make-up
For her special day, the royal bride chose to wear her hair in a neat and elegant up’do and kept her make-up minimal, opting for mascara and a splash of soft pink lipstick.
When the bride stepped out of the Rolls Royce Phantom that drove her to the church, we got a glimpse of the bride’s shoes. Claire opted for a rounded toe, ankle strap white shoe with medium heels.
The stunning, yet simple, bouquet was made up of white freesias
The wedding rings
Like Princess Stephanie and Prince Guillaume did, the couple chose to have their wedding rings made of fair-trade gold to raise awareness on the importance of ethical trade.
Similarities to Princess Stephanie’s dress
Seeing the two brides, we think the Elie Saab wedding dresses are very similar. What do you think?
What do you think of the bride’s look? Do you think it was too similar to Stephanie’s? Leave your comments below!
After an eight-month engagement and a child together, Princess Caroline‘s son Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo finally tied the knot last month.
Both the ceremony and reception took place in Monaco and the young couple surrounded themselves with 350 close family and friends who flew over to the small Principality from all over the world.
Here we take a look at ALL the details: the two wedding dresses, the lunch party, the fancy dress dinner party, the stunning guests and much more!
Tatiana was the ultimate boho bride on her big day. The 29-year-old stayed true to her style and opted to walk down the aisle in a V-neck Missoni dress with three-quarter-length sleeves.
The dress’s bodice was embroidered with raffia and silk thread, and the full-length circle skirt featured layers of silk organza that matched her five-month-old son Alexander’s bloomers (not pictured on the wedding day).
The bride ditched the traditional high-heeled wedding shoes for comfortable flat silver sandals.
Groom Andrea chose a dark blue suit with a spotted tie and white shirt.
The hair and make-up
Bride Tatiana topped the vintage look off with tousled tresses and a floral headpiece, similar to the she wore for her pre-wedding party.
As for her make-up, she kept her look natural, opting for a bit of blusher and lipstick.
The bridesmaids weren’t given any specific dressing instructions, but almost all were in Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino. Two of the bridesmaids wore a yellow Valentino dress which featured light pink, dark pink and yellow heavy lace at the chest with a flirty cutout, a round neckline, a high waisted and pleated A-line skirt with a scalloped hem and two more flirtatious cutouts on the back.
The other two bridesmaids were spotted in a Dolce&Gabbana bouquet flower and strawberry print dress from the FW14 pre collection.
The bride’s second wedding dress
For the couple’s wedding dinner party, the bride changed into a stunning lace Valentino dress with long sleeves, from the 2013 Resort Collection.
It seems the dress was specially made for the bride. The pattern used for the dress is only featured in the Resort collection as a jump suit and the actual design is from the Valentino Spring/Summer collection.
The wedding parties
Following the romantic ceremony, which took place inside the Palace, Andrea and Tatiana were joined by the likes of Greek shipping heiress Eugenie Niarchos and Tatiana’s influential New York-based siblings for an al fresco lunch by the Palace pool. The guests enjoyed a garden lunch with popcorn and ice-cream cart included.
A rock-and-reggae band performed as guests lounged on casual picnic blankets set up on the hillside. Everyone drank the local electric-blue-coloured pastis and, just as the sun hit its peak in the sky, Princess Stephanie and Princess Caroline’s daughters led the charge and jumped into the pool.
Later in the day, all guests changed into the long gowns and tuxedos for an incredible party which took place at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club.
What did you think of Andrea Casiraghi and Tatiana Santo Domingo¡s wedding? What was your favourite part? Did you like that the bride stayed true to herself?
It has been two weeks since Princess Caroline’s son Andrea Casiraghi and, his then fiancée, Tatiana Santo Domingo celebrated the most stylish royal pre-wedding party of the year.
The couple, who are known for their laidback and bohemian style, ditched their long gowns, suits and tiaras to enjoy a fun and relaxing pre-wedding party aboard Princess Caroline’s yacht Pacha III.
The couple gathered their nearest and dearest at the party, including fashionista Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Eugenie Niarchos and, of course, Charlotte Casiraghi. All the ladies chose to wear white for the occasion and accessorised their summer dresses with stunning white and pink floral headpieces.
The bride stood out from the rest of the girls in a pretty red dip-dye Missoni dress, the fashion label owned by her close friend Margherita Missoni, who was unable to attend the event as she was 41 weeks pregnant with her first son.
Even Tatiana and Andrea’s Boston terrier dog, named Daphne, was ‘dressed’ for the occasion as the picture below shows.
All the guest were treated to exquisite food whilst enjoying views of the Mediterranean sea. A special place on the table was saved for the couple’s stunning cake.
What do you think of Tatiana and Andrea’s pre-wedding party? Would you also love to have it in a stunning yacht?
It has been nearly three months since Princess Madeleine of Sweden married her financier boyfriend Chris O’Neill and in the week that the couple announce they are expecting their first child together, we take a look back at the bride’s look.
Madeleine managed to keep the designer a secret until the very same day she married and it was none other than Valentino Garavani.
The stunning gown was fashioned from pleated silk organza with appliquéd ivory-hued Chantilly lace. The upper section of the bodice was lace with a deep-cut back. Narrow vertical pleats opened up from the accentuated waist, above the wide skirt, which ends with a four-metre-long train.
The princess’s incredible veil, also made from silk organza, trailed almost five metres long and it was also edged with tulle scatted with point d’esprit dots and small Chantilly lace orange blossom.
The bride wore shoes in ivory white organdie with woven point d’esprit dots and her tiara, which is privately owned, was decorated with sprigs of orange blossom.
The bridal bouquet that Madeleine carried consisted of classic white garden roses: Austin roses, Schneewittchen, Winchester Cathedral and Alabaster, as well as lilies of the valley and the traditional myrtle from Sofiero. All the flowers were white, and the bouquet was tied into a round shape.
Hair and make-up
Madeleine wore her hair swept back from her face in a simple elegant chignon. The low bun was held in place by her royal tiara, which was decorated with a delicate garland of fresh orange blossoms.
Her make-up was flawless, a natural complexion appeared to have been achieved through pared-down foundation and bronzer, while several layers of mascara framed her eyes. For her lips, she chose a dark pink lipstick.
The modern fringe tiara was the chosen by the bride. It is dotted on the top with round diamonds and sits on a base accented with a line of diamonds. Like many fringe tiaras, it can be removed from its frame and used as a necklace. To her diamond tiara, Madeleine added large diamond drop earrings from the Bernadotte collection and a diamond bracelet.
What did you think of Madeleine wedding look? What was your favourite detail?
To serve as inspiration to those future brides and boyfriends who are lost and have no idea what engagement ring to go for, I have decided to take a look at the sparklers adorning the fingers of the British royals. From Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana, to Sophie Wessex’s two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones. Take your pick!
Queen Elizabeth received a square-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond side stones set in platinum from Prince Philip. The diamonds all came from the groom’s mother’s tiara.
Queen Elizabeth’s sister Margaret received a ruby engagement ring that was designed by her future husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, it was created to look like a rosebud (a ruby surrounded by diamonds) to honor the princess’ middle name, Rose.
Prince William gave Kate his mother’s distinctive 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring. It cost £28,000 when it was bought by Prince Charles in February 1981, but now it is apparently worth £85,000. William popped the question in the spartan Rutundu Log Cabins during their Kenyan holiday. According to Kate, it was VERY romantic!
When Prince Charles proposed to Diana, he still hadn’t bought a ring. Diana was given several rings to choose from Garrard Jewellers. She finally chose the sapphire engagement ring that now belongs to Kate. Her choice of jewellery caused a stir both in the royal family and the public because her ring wasn’t a unique piece and it was part of the jeweller’s catalogue, making it available to anyone.
The Countess of Wessex
Following in family tradition, Prince Edward also proposed with a ring from the British royal jeweller Garrard. He presented his girlfriend Sophie with a two carat oval diamond, flanked by two smaller heart-shaped gems. Set in 18 carat white gold, the jewel is worth an estimated £105,000.
Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah on March 19, 1986. The romantic prince proposed during a stay at Scotland’s Floors Castle, where apparently their first kiss took place – with a £25,000 Burmese ruby ring, chosen specifically to match Sarah’s red hair. The ring is very similar to Diana’s as it features a coloured gem and it’s also surrounded by diamonds.
For her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne chose a sapphire and diamond engagement ring, again by Garrard Jewelers.
Autumn Kelly debuted the beautiful ring given to her by Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips at an equestrian event in August 2007. All eyes were on the three stone white gold ring, featuring an oval shaped diamond at its centre. The ring is reportedly worth £80,000.
Rather than choosing a family heirloom, as William did, Mike Tindall decided to design his own ring for his royal bride-to-be. The beautiful piece of jewellery features a single solitaire diamond in the centre. It sits on tens of pave set diamonds on a split shank or band made of platinum.
The Duchess of Cornwall
Britain’s future king presented the Duchess of Cornwall with a unique art deco style ring featuring a huge square cut diamond flanked by three diamond baguettes. A family heirloom, it was reportedly given to the Queen Mother in 1926 on the occasion of the birth of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth.
Which one is your favourite? Would you want any of these rings for yourself?
It has been a very special and unforgettable year for Queen Elizabeth: the sovereign marked her Diamond Jubilee, hosted the 2012 Olympic Games and on the 20 of November she celebrates 65 years of marriage. Here we take a look back at her nuptials to Prince Phillip - then known as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten – which took place in 1947 and was broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.
In order to make her wedding dress, the young Princess famously saved up ration cards to purchase the material needed. The beautiful gown, designed by Normal Hartnell, was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with around 10,000 white pearls imported from America, silver thread and tulle embroidery.
Her bridal ensemble also included a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders, and a silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother. Normal Hartnell’s inspiration for the gown was Botticelli’s Primavera, which symbolizes the coming of Spring.
On her feet, the Queen wore ivory duchess satin high heels, embellished with silver and pearls.
Elizabeth’s bridal bouquet was made up of white orchids and a sprig of myrtle – from the bush grown from the myrtle in Queen Victoria’s wedding bouquet. The following day it was laid on the grave of the unknown soldier in Westminster Abbey.
The Wedding Cake
After the wedding ceremony, a celebratory lunch was held at Buckingham Palace where guests were presented with posies of white heather and myrtle as favours. The wedding cake was a grand affair, standing at nine-foot high, weighing 500 pounds and featuring four tiers. Made from ingredients received from the Australian Girl Guides, the cake was cut using Philip’s sword. One layer was kept until the christening of Prince Charles and another was sent back to Australia by way of thanks.
The Fringe Tiara
This tiara, which can also be worn as a necklace was made for Queen Mary in 1919. It’s not, as has sometimes been claimed, made with diamonds that had belonged to George III but re-uses diamonds taken from a necklace/tiara purchased by Queen Victoria from Collingwood & Co as a wedding present for Queen Mary in 1893. In August 1936 Queen Mary gave the tiara to Queen Elizabeth, from whom it was borrowed by Princess Elizabeth for her wedding in 1947.
The Duchess of Teck’s earrings
These earrings, which originally belonged to Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester, were bequeathed to her niece Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck and by her to her daughter, the future Queen Mary, in 1897. They were given by the Queen to her granddaughter Princess Elizabeth on 31 January 1947, and she wore them at her wedding later that year.
The shorter of her two pearl necklaces was the ‘Queen Anne’ necklace, said to have belonged to Anne, the last Stuart Queen. The longer ‘Queen Caroline’ necklace was said to have belonged to the wife of King George II. Both were left to the Crown by Queen Victoria and were given to Elizabeth as a wedding present by her father, King George VI.