Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Three royal wedding in Greece

The marriage of the middle son of former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece struck the right note for the first big royal wedding since the monarchy was deposed. (Princess Olga's wedding on Patmos was much more low-key.)

Determined to more successfully walk the tight-rope between dignity and discretion in the shaky economic and political milieu, Constantine invited royal star power to the incredibly beautiful island of Spetses. Letting the setting be the focus of attention, he masterminded a catwalk of royals to and from the rehearsals, church, and reception. Groom Prince Nikolaos was a bit past his prime (as photos of his hairline over the years would attest) and the media were rewarded for their time in the heat by the lovely bride, Tatiana Blatnik, who wore a stunning gown (not by her employer, Diane von Furstenberg). Maybe the cortege of children attending the bride were garbed in Marie Chantal wear - simply dapper boys in white shirts, cream suites, and Tod's-inspired shoes. The little girls were fit for tea in little smock dresses with white flowers in their hair.

Royal watchers are thrilled with the dress code of these recent weddings (Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Nikolaos, Prince Joachim of Denmark) of gowns for the ladies. A great way to break from day separates reminiscent of Ladies That Lunch. Princess Letizia is much more stunning in that pale blue pleated one-shoulder gown than in those white pant suits that cry Hillary Clinton. Empire cut gowns do nothing for Swedish Princess Madeleine and newly-wed Princess Victoria. Strapless made Princess Maxima almost sag-ima though the gown of Princess Marie of Denmark cunningly gave her some lift. Then again, showing everyone how it's done are Prince Pavlos and Marie Chantal, who look younger than when they married 15 years ago!

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