zaterdag 18 juni 2016

Alix de Ligne & Guillaume de Dampierre

18th of June 2016.
Beloeil, Belgium




The Bride: Princess Alix de Ligne (32) is the goodlooking daughter of Belgian prince Michel de Ligne and Brazilian princess Éléonore d'Orléans-Bragance. She grew up in Belgium at the jaw dropping parental estate of Beloeil, and in Brazil since her maternal family is still serious about their own status as former royal family of the Latin American country. Alix and her brother Henri have always spoken Portuguese to each other.


Alix was presented at the Bal des Débutantes in Paris in 2002. 


After management studies in Belgium and a 6 month internship in Japan, Alix studied gemmology in Antwerp and New York. She moved to Paris where she started working for Cartier. I doubt she had to put down a CV.


Three years ago she settled down in Rio, travelling back and forth to Paris at least twice a month. She's now the managing director of H. Stern's jewellery store in Ipanema.

Huh?!: Alix should have been on the fatal Air France flight from Rio to Paris with her cousin, prince Pedro Luis d'Orléans-Bragança, but booked a later flight last minute...

The Groom: French count Guillaume de Dampierre (31) grew up on the equally impressive family estate at Dampierre-en-Yvelines, France.


He studied mechanical engineering in Karlsruhe, Germany. After working for Porsche in Stuttgart, he returned to Paris to study finance, which opened doors at Ernst & Young and later Peugeot.



In 2013 he made the move, together with his girlfriend Alix, to Rio de Janeiro where he learned Portuguese and started working for McKinsey.


The Spark: They fell in love in August 2010, at a party in Paris for Gui's return from an adventurous holiday, crossing the Silk Route (Paris to China) on a motorbike. They've been living together for some years - first in Paris, later in Rio.

The Engagement: was anounced on the cover of "Point de Vue" - who called this union THE royal wedding of 2016.


An interview for Belgian TV - both of them not really used to it, as you can see: http://www.notele.be/list14-l-info-en-continu-media43556-la-princesse-alix-de-ligne-et-son-futur-epoux-se-presentent.html

The Venue: The bride's home, the castle of Beloeil in Belgium.



The Ring: A substantial and modern diamond design by Alix's employer, H. Stern.



The Dress: Designed by Belgian Gerald Wathelet, a favorite of old money aristos. Surprisingly blah.




The Veil: Exceptionally beautiful old lace from around 1810. This particular veil used to be part of the lace that was used on the crib of the "king of Rome", the son of Napoleon I and his wife Marie-Louise of Austria. What a treasure!





The diamond tiara: A de Ligne heirloom.



The guests:

Princess Laura of Belgium and count Alexis de Warren. Hmm... Any news, Laura?




Prince Amedeo of Belgium & his wife, Lili Rosboch


Prince Jean Christophe Napoléon


Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria-Este with two of her daughters: countesses Anna and Margherita von und zu Arco-Zinneberg.


The entire grand ducal family of Luxembourg.




Prince Antonio d'Orléans-Bragança & princess Christine de Ligne with their daughter, princess Marie Gabrielle d'Orléans-Bragança.


And their other daughter - who's pregnant: princess Amélia d'Orléans-Bragança and husband James Spearman.


Princess Marie-Astrid of Luxembourg & husband archduke Carl Christian von Habsburg-Lothringen with their 2 daughters: Marie-Christine (who is obviously expecting her 3rd child) and Gabriella.


Count Philippe de Limburg Stirum and wife, Caroline von Neipperg.


Princess Margaretha of Luxembourg and her daughter, princess Anunciata of Liechtenstein.



Marie-Gabrielle de Nassau & her cousin, princess Marie-Astrid of Liechtenstein.


Queen Mathilde of the Belgians stopped by in the afternoon.


Milliner Fabienne Delvigne


Princess Adélaïde d'Orléans & her brother, prince François d'Orléans.


Teresa von Einsiedel and her brother-in-law, Pierre-Louis Dailly.


Prince Simon de Merode and wife, Anna Pigott.


Prince Hadrien de Croÿ-Roeulx ad his wife, Jacqueline Desmarais.


Fiametta Frescobaldi, the duchess d'Arenberg.


Princess Mélanie de Ligne and husband Paul Weingarten.


Princess Elisabeth de Ligne and husband Baudouin Gillès de Pélichy.




Brazilian soprano Angelica de la Riva sang the "Ave Maria" during the service.


The reception: A beautiful tent was set up in the park. Inside the castle guests were able to watch the Belgian football team scoring 3-0 against Northern Ireland.











Archduchess Catharina of Austria & princess Alexandra of Luxembourg.


The party: A change of jewellery for Alix, and a pretty gown for the mother of the bride.









prince Jean Christophe Napoléon with princesses Luisa & Dorothea Orsini.

The Future: The couple will live in one of Rio's most exclusive areas, Leblon, close to the sea.


Watch a summary of the wedding here: http://vtm.be/royalty/koninklijk-sprookjeshuwelijk

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