Thirty years ago today on February 14, 1981, a young and dashing fairytale Prince named HRH Hereditary Prince Henri Albert Gabriel Félix Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg married the beautiful María Teresa Mestre y Batista-Falla at the gothic Norte Dame Cathedral in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Several years prior, the young couple met at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Both Henri and Maria Teresa were studying Political Science and somehow they met (I suppose they had the same classes, but who knows.) In any event, the young couple soon fell in love and decided to marry. According to Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, “The more time we spent together it was more clear to us that we would spend our lives together.”
The soon to be Grand Duchess of Luxembourg wore a silk and fur-trimmed gown custom designed by Pierre Balmain. Her simple yet lovely tiara was a handed down gift from the late Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte of Luxembourg and is known as the Congo Diamond Tiara.
The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, Henri, recently spoke with, Télécran, whereupon he recalls his wedding day:
This day I will always remember as the day that was such great joy. I will not conceal that I was a little excited about the enormous appeal, which had found our wedding in the media. At that moment, but in which my fiancee walked into the cathedral, any nervousness was gone, and I knew that we would now be forever by two for the tasks that would put life and my function to us to overcome together . This moment is one of my best memories.
Practically all members of the major royal and princely houses attended the wedding including HM Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik of Denmark, King Olav of Norway, TSHs Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Hans-Adam and Princess Marie of Liechtenstein, all of the Belgian royal family, and many more.
Today the couple have five children and two grand children. Moreover, the couple are still head over heels in love with each other.
So, Happy 30th wedding anniversary to the awesome Grand Ducal couple of Luxembourg!
You know, I’ve been thinking… there are many tiaras out there that so many royal watchers go gaga over, yet no one ever dares to say that some tiaras are downright fugly.
So, with that being said, I thought I would post the world’s ugliest tiaras. Of course, it’s all subjective, but whatever, again, it’s a slow news day. 🙂
Now, this is a new tiara on the royal and princely scene and I have to be blunt here: It’s fugly. No, really it is. It looks cheap like a prom tiara from Charlotte Russe or Forever 21. I’m going to take a wild guess here, but clearly Prince Gustav of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (Carina’s permanent boyfriend) was on a budget when he purchased this hot mess of a tiara. Clearly, the diamonds cannot be real. Up close they look like Cubic Zirconiums.
By the way, in case you didn’t know, Miss Axelsson is not exactly a princess. However, she does live in a beautiful and massive castle in Germany with her goofy boyfriend, and his father isn’t — allegedly — all that fond of her. But, hey, she allegedly redecorated her boyfriend’s castle and allegedly added a capitalistic coffeehouse on site which brings in money so…
HRH Princess Mabel of the Netherlands
Ah, Mabel. Mabel, Mabel, Mabel. Your sense of style is a legendary hot mess and your bridal tiara is one too. The tiara is too boring and cheap looking (though it probably cost a pretty Dutch penny.) The tiara looks like knives sticking out of her head.
HM Queen Margrethe of Denmark
Gurl… oh no. Just no. That infamous Poppy tiara is just one big FAIL.
Princess Astrid of Norway
Le sigh. It looks like a Burger King tiara made out of gold paper with chewed green, red and white Gummi Bear goo.
No. Just no.
Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg
I can honestly say that it pains me to put Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg on this list. Why? Because I believe she is an awesome woman; however, this tiara is just a one big… No. It’s too large. Too ghastly. Sorry.
Princess Anna of Bavaria
Honestly, I am on the fence about this tiara. It’s okay, but not brilliant.
HRH I Forget Her Name of Savoy
This tiara is simply too BIG. Too ostentatious. Blech!
A kind note to HRH I Forget Your Name of Savoy… if your tiara is ten times bigger than your head… trash it, honey. You look like a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race in a cheaply made Aluminum tiara.
The Hesse Star Tiara
You know, I don’t hate this tiara… I just think it’s too… large. Kind of tacky like a Miss Universe faux-tiara.
Princess Astrid of Norway: Part Deux
Poor Princess Astrid of Norway. She is in the unfortunate position whereupon she is given all the crappy tiaras and this weird winged thing sticking out of her head isn’t exactly flattering on her. It looks like evil hell horns.
Yeah, it’s fugly.
HRH Crown Princess Mary Grey Weird Thingy Tiara
I know I am going to receive a lot of hate mail from readers for adding HRH Crown Princess Mary’s Winter Feather thingy tiara to the list, but in my opinion this tiara is just… blah. Hate it.
HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit and the Amethyst Tiara
Sorry, but this Amethyst tiara looks cheap to me. It looks like a David’s Bridal tiara or a cheap-o plastic tiara purchased from the 99 Cent store in Reseda, CA.
HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden and the Aquamarine Tiara
You know I’m on the fence about this tiara. It’s simple yet boring. And, cheap looking at the same time. It’s not horrid, just… blah.
So there you have it. The Royal Correspondent’s First Annual Fuglist Tiaras 2011.