The Belgian royals came out in force yesterday for the wedding of King Philippe’s niece, Princess Maria Laura, to William Isvy. As the wedding was not a state occasion, it went ahead despite the news from the United Kingdom. A special prayer was dedicated to the late Queen Elizabeth II during the ceremony. The families are distantly related through Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. Belgium’s first King had also been married to Princess Charlotte of Wales, the only child of King George IV of the United Kingdom.
Princess Maria Laura wore a Vivienne Westwood silk gown with a 4-metre long train. The corset and neckline were inspired by the 18th century, and the fabric across the shoulders is reminiscent of ancient greek statues. The Diva train was added to create a presence in the Cathedral. She also wore the Savoy-Aosta Diamond Tiara, which made its way into the family through Maria Laura’s father, Prince Lorenz. He is the grandson of Emperor Charles I of Austria.
Several foreign royals also attended the wedding, including Princess Claire and Prince Felix of Luxembourg.