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For the service, the princess followed in the footsteps of the women who have gone before her. “She wears the veil of Queen Paola, who got it from her own grandmother and brought it from Italy. Mathilde and Claire also wore it to their wedding,’ says Joëlle Vanden Houden.

“Not only Maria Laura herself wears Gucci – at least during the civil wedding – but also her mother Astrid. She is also dressed from head to toe in the Italian fashion brand for the church part. For the cardigan with feathers on the sleeves, you count a sloppy 6,200 euros down and 750 euros for the silver pumps.”

“The steps to the cathedral proved quite a chore for the bride and groom. Prince Amedeo’s youngest son stole the show when he lost his shoe. Fortunately, 3-year-old Maximilian was quickly helped on his way by his grandfather, Prince Lorenz, father of the bride.”

“The wind played tricks on many guests. Princess Laetitia Maria’s headdress flew and Princess Elisabeth just managed to save hers. Her red copy is by Belgian hatter Fabienne Delvigne, who also designed the bag with her bright red outfit.”

“Maria-Laura breaks with tradition”, says royal family expert Joëlle Vanden Houden, who wrote the book ‘Princess of Belgium’ together with Brigitte Balfoort. “She already did that by wearing pants in her engagement photos. A sign that she’s stuck in life, I thought. At the town hall, she again wore a mini dress: it’s the first time we’ve seen a Belgian princess marry in a short wedding dress. “That she chose a British designer is less surprising. “She lives in London. But her mother, Princess Astrid, doesn’t wear Belgian as often and opts more for Gucci or Chanel.”

With a four-metre long train and a wedding dress by the British designer Vivienne Westwood, she is finally there: the bride Maria Laura arrives at the cathedral, accompanied by her father, Prince Lorenz.

Just as it started to rain and wind in Brussels, guests arrived at the Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula. And wind and hats, that’s a tricky combination.

For the religious ceremony, Maria-Laura chose a design by the British Vivienne Westwood. “The princess has always understood and appreciated the style of Dame Vivienne Westwood,” said Hervé Verhoosel, the family’s spokesman.

It is a silk Cocotte dress, a typical style for the designer and a dress with many historical influences. The corset and neckline are inspired by the fashionable ladies of the 18th century. The fabric hugs the shoulders, falls from the hips and resembles Greek statues. A 4 meter ivory silk train completes the impressive gown. “That length has been specifically added to stand out enough in the imposing cathedral,” says Verhoosel.

The train is removed again for the reception and the evening party. The princess will also wear a tiara from the Savoie-Aoste family.

It has been months since they reappeared in public, but King and Albert and Queen Paola are also present at the wedding, as are King Philip and Mathilde. They arrived at the town hall in Brussels for the civil wedding.

The cathedral is simply decorated with only two impressive flower arrangements behind the altar. The princess chose the flowers herself. She wanted a lot of yellow, so it was a summer bouquet in pink, white and yellow.

The death of the British Queen does not go unnoticed during the wedding ceremony. At the request of the couple, the cardinal will pause for a moment at the start of the celebration.

No Belgian designer for the dress Maria Laura wears to her bourgeois wedding: the short dress with pleats in the front is one from the Italian fashion house Gucci.

Princess Maria Laura and her husband William are married. They came outside the Brussels City Hall and posed for the photographers present.

The civil ceremony takes place in a small circle, with only the close relatives. The witnesses in the town hall are Princesses Luisa and Laetitia, the sisters of Princess Maria-Laura and brother and sister of William.

Everything is prepared at the town hall to receive the couple with the necessary respect.

The choice to get married in Brussels is not an obvious one. The couple lives and works in London, but consciously chooses to bond here. “It’s a symbolic choice,” says the personal spokesman for the couple, Hervé Verhoosel. The civil ceremony takes place in a small circle in Brussels City Hall. This will be followed by a ceremony at 2.30 pm in St. Michael’s and St. Gudula’s Cathedral.

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