September 18, 2013
I have a smasher of a 1960s royal wedding for you today…..
Princess Sophia of Greece married Crown Prince Don Juan Carlos in Athens, Greece on 4th May 1962…… the eagle eyed may recognise a past Chic Vintage Bride among the bevy of beautiful bridesmaids to the left of the bride, Princess Alexandra of Kent.
In a majestic golden royal coach pulled by six horses Princess Sophia arrived with her father at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Denis for the first of two ceremonies. The wedding dress was a magnificent gown of silver-white lamé encrusted with Brussels lace and antique brocade, by Greek designer Jean Dessés. Princess Sophia’s veil, worn 25 years earlier by her mother Princess Federica of Hanover, was of course topped by a tiara. Understated by royal standards, it was an elegant imperial style tiara, also loaned to the bride by her mother, known as the Prussian or Hellenic tiara.
The diadem was a wedding present for Princess Viktoria Luise (the brides maternal grandmother) from her father, Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Like many a bride (including me), the Princess Sophia arrived at the altar with tears of joy falling down her cheeks, and concerned groom Juan Carlos offered her his handkerchief and his arm to comfort her.
Now here is one last pic of the bridesmaids, whose dresses I think are almost as lovely as the brides with those elegant boat necks, perfectly accessories with pearls!
From left to right the bridesmaids are: Princess Alexandra of Kent, Princess Tatiana Radziwill, Princess Benedikte of Denmark, Princess Irene of Greece, Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, Princess Anne of France, Princess Irene of the Netherlands, and the Infanta Pilar of Spain.