Hurray…it’s been a long time since we had a royal wedding in Europe and today did we ever have one! 30 year old Prince Guillaume, the oldest son of Grand Duke Henri and Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, married 28 year old Countess Stephanie de Lannoy.
Prince Guillame holds the title of Hereditary Grand Duke as next in line. Here he is with Stephanie. They announced their engagement this past April:
As a member of the Belgian nobility, Stephanie calls lovely Anvaing Castle home:
She has a master’s degree and has studied Russian literature and is also fluent in German, Dutch, and French. She is working on becoming fluent in Luxembourgish, which is a language that is mostly spoken an not written in Luxembourg. It is one of the country’s official languages, along with French and German.
For his part, Prince Guillame has studied at Sandhurst (like William and Harry and various Jordanian royals) as well as at the University of Durham and Brunei University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Institut Albert-Le Grand in Angers.
Here are the Grand Duke and Duchess themselves. This picture was taken at the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling. As you can see, Luxembourg is not lacking in bling:
Luxembourg is the only Grand Duchy in the world. The country is bordered by Belgium, France, and Germany and is slightly smaller than the state of Rhode Island at 998 square miles.
And, look! Luxembourg was hit with royal wedding fever:
There were even chocolates made:
Today’s wedding ceremony, which we will get to shortly, was preceded by a civil ceremony yesterday. Here is the happy couple before their civil ceremony which was held yesterday at Luxembourg City Town Hall:
Let’s get a look at the whole outfit, shall we?
And here is the Grand Duke and Duchess with their daughter Princess Alexandra (who was one of the bridesmaids today) and son Prince Sebastien:
Prince Guillame’s other brother Prince Louis is already married to Princess Tessy. They married in 2006 in a shot gun royal wedding that we can perhaps get into another time. Here they are arriving at the civil ceremony, looking very swish:
And onto the big event!
The wedding ceremony today was held in Luxembourg Cathedral. Princess Stephanie (she became a princess during the Civil Ceremony, you see) arrived in a car bedecked in flowers:
And OMG look at all that loveliness. Layers and layers of it:
Her dress is by Lebanese designer Elie Saab and is GORGEOUS! It is reported to have taken no fewer than 3,200 hours to make. I can believe it.
People are going to make comparisons to Kate’s dress and I can see why, what with the lace overlay, sleeves, and extensive train. I think Countess Stephanie’s just looks more…floaty, ethereal, and just prettier. After all, she didn’t have to worry about incorporating shamrocks and thistles and such…
Now that we know that the wedding dress designer was Elie Saab, let’s take a step back to briefly discuss the pre-wedding banquet which was held last night. Princess Stephanie chose Elie Saab for this event as well.
Here she is toasting with the Grand Duke:
So gorgeous, right? You may recall that Crown Princess Victoria wore Elie Saab for the events the night before her wedding, so Elie sure has a royal stamp of approval! Here is Crown Princess Victoria in her Elie Saab dress that night, which has some similarities.
Before we jump back to the wedding, let’s take a look at some of the other attendees at the banquet.
The British Royal Family’s go-to wedding guests, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, were there. Looking good, Sophie!
And here we have one of my faves, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway looking lovely in red along with Princess Caroline of Monaco and Princess Marie-Chantall of Greece. Hurray for tiaras!
And to round it out, Crown Princess Victoria wore Elie Saab again! Love it:
Ok, back to the wedding ceremony. We can see the gown better here. Princess Stephanie was escorted by her brother Count Jehan de Lannoy and her attendants were decked out in the colours of the House of Nassau:
Not sure how successful that was, but I appreciate the thought there. The older bridesmaids look lovely. It’s just that that blue and orange on the little ones looks a bit costumey to me. It’s not the best colour combo ever.
And here they are with the Archbishop of Luxembourg before heading into the church:
The Luxembourg version of the Pippa moment! They each got different dress details! Love that.
Now that’s a train! It is 13 feet long:
The couple at the altar:
The bride wore her family’s tiara, and oodles of info on it can be found here.
The ceremony was conducted in both french and english and included a moment of silence for the bride’s mother, who passed away at the age of 70 two months ago.
Afterwards, the prince and prince had their balcony moment at the Grand Ducal Palace. That’s bridesmaid Princess Alexandra in the peachy tangerine:
More festivities like a fireworks display are being held to celebrate.
So what do we think? Is this dress a winner? Was I being too harsh about the blue and orange attendants? Let’s chat.