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Old 08-29-2016, 06:58 AM
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I agree with you, Denville. It is a beautiful gown for a winter wedding. I have to agree with one of the comments made that at the time, Fabiola was marrying a King and the use of ermine, which is usually associated with coronations, was quite fitting as when she married, she became a Queen Consort. Even her headpiece was worn like a crown instead of tiara style.

There were comment also that the attendants veils/headpieces were a bit over the top but we have to remember that Baudoin and Fabiola were very much Catholics and at the time that they married, Catholic women were very much still obliged to cover up their hair with veils, mantillas and hats.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:34 AM
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The Queen wore the Queen's tiara never worn since Queen Astrid's death in 1935.

Not only catholics are wearing a Veil on their wedding day.

In Brussels Tourists are still bying lace Veils.

What is interesting are the pictures inside the Cathedral 50 years ago.
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Old 08-29-2016, 10:50 AM
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Queen Fabiola's wedding gown is the most majestic Royal bridal gown ever, imo.

It just took my breath away the first time I saw it.

Her late Majesty is #4 or 5 on my Best Royal Brides list.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:01 PM
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It was a masterpiece from Balanciaga.

But the Queen ordered a dress from Balacianga for her State Visit in France. I don't understand but the dress was not finished and the Belgian Royal Couple came at the Opera of Paris 45 minutes too late and General de Gaulle, the then President was not that happy.

Unfortunataly , the Queen was pregant and did a miscariage.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:14 PM
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Yes, that was Fabiola's first pregnancy.

DeGaulle might not have been happy about the Belgian Royals tardiness but he sent his personal physician to attend to Fabiola when she first began feeling unwell during the French State visit in May 1961 shortly before her miscarriage.

Poor Fabiola.
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:47 PM
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It was a gown fit for a queen and what a beautiful queen Fabiola was!
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:59 PM
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A little known fact, but it's Lilian, not Fabiola, who chose Balenciaga as the designer for the dress ...
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:10 PM
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I didn' know that thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:12 PM
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But at the Wedding Prncess Lilian and Donna Fabiola's mother had the SAME color of velvet dress.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:13 PM
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I didn't know that either .

Fabiola's biographer said that Balenciaga was a friend of Fabiola's mother, and that it was Fabiola's mother who selected him to design the all important gown.

He was from Spain and had known the Mora y Aragon for years.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:19 PM
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This information was revealed in the Olivier Defrance's biography about the late princess. He discovered a thank you note from Fabiola to Lilian, praising the thoughtful gesture of her choice of a spanish designer.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:53 PM
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That is fascinating.

Thank you Nico.
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Doña Fabiola's dress was amazing and perfect for a Queen. My only complaint: the gloves! They didn't fit or clashed with the dress's 3/4 sleeves, and bunched up. Either short or very long gloves would have been better since she insisted on gloves.
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Queen Fabiola's wedding gown is the most majestic Royal bridal gown ever, imo.

It just took my breath away the first time I saw it.

Her late Majesty is #4 or 5 on my Best Royal Brides list.
Absolutely agree Moonmaiden. She looked so beautiful in it and as many will agree, that wedding was magical from start to balcony finish hand in hand.
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Old 08-31-2016, 07:46 AM
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We were so happy to see our King happy and smiling.
The same week of the announcement of the Engagement Paris Match front page. "Paola presque Reine, le Roi Baudouin se retire au Couvent "
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:44 AM
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Ha!

How foolish the editors of Paris Match must have felt after such a headline....
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They also had him engaged to every princess in Europe, as did all the royalty rags.
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