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The outfit of the groom's mother was one of the most talked about subjects at the recent wedding of Archduke Christoph and Archduchess Adelaide of Austria as Archduchess Marie-Astrid's suit bore a striking resembles to the outfit that her mother, the late Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte, wore on the day of the enthronement of Grand Duke Henri back in 2000. (Note that the pictures of the archduchess was taken outside in broad daylight while the picture of the late grand duchess was taken inside the palais thus the difference in colour.)
Even if it wasn't the very same suit, it was at least cut in the very same way. The wedding of her second son wasn't the first time Archduchess Marie-Astrid recycled an old outfit for an important event. The pictures below show the born Princess of Luxembourg at three different weddings.
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On the left Archduchess Marie-Astrid wearing a brown and white edition of the aforementioned outfit at the wedding of her cousin Prince Philippe of Belgium, the Duke of Brabant, in 1999. Four years later, she wore the same suit for the wedding of Prince Philippe's younger brother Prince Laurent (middle) and finally on the right picture you can see her at the wedding of her oldest daughter Archduchess Marie-Christine in 2008 repeating the suit once again.
There are a couple of examples of the Marie-Astrid repeating outfits to different events, she is the Luxembourgish Queen of Recycling so to speak, which just shows us that good taste never goes out of fashion.
But clothes sharing certainly isn't a new thing within the Grand Ducal family - nor limited to Princess Marie-Astrid - and sometimes it even crossed the border to neighbouring Belgium.
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For a state visit of the Italian president in 1980, Queen Fabiola, sister-in-law on the late Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte wore an evening gown by French designer Pierre Balmain, who is best known in Grand Ducal family for designing the wedding gowns of Grand Duchess Maria-Teresa, Princess Marie-Astrid and Princess Margaretha. For the latter's wedding in 1982, her older sister wore the same Balmain dress as Queen Fabiola two years earlier.
But Queen Fabiola wasn't the only Belgian queen who lent a dress to one of her Luxembourgish nieces. Above you can see Princess Margaretha and Queen Paola wearing the same flowerly dress.
Especially during the early years of Princess Tessy's marriage we could observe a similar clothes sharing phenomenon.
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They were light hat sharing moments like the National Day 2009 that saw Tessy wearing the very same fascinator that the Grand Duchess had worn for her daughter-in-law's wedding a few years earlier.
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A year earlier there was some heavier clothes sharing going on at National Day. In 2008 then Tessy de Nassau wore the very same dress and blazer combo including the very same hat that the Grand Duchess had worn four years earlier at the Spanish wedding of the Prince of Asturias and Letizia Ortiz.
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The evening of National Day 2008 saw another gown repetition: this black and white number was first worn by Grand Duchess Maria Teresa for an event in Berlin in 2000, in 2007 it was worn by Princess Alexandra for a private celebration of her aunt Princess Margaretha and uncle Prince Nikolaus of Liechtenstein and finally in 2008 by Princess Tessy for her very first tiara appearance at the National Day gala.
Already the newest and soon-to-be newest members of the family are incooperated in the clothes sharing business of the Grand Ducal family.
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For the wedding of Archduke Christoph Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore the same Natan suit that her sister-in-law Princess Alexandra had worn for Grand Duke Jean's 90th birthday celebration on January 2011.
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Meanwhile, Claire Lademacher, Prince Felix's fiancée, did an easy lection of clothes borrowing by taking a fur wrap from her future mother-in-law's wardrobe to top of her Zara coat.
Other clothes sharing examples at the wedding included the gala outfit of Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein. Seems like Anunciata rummaged in her aunt's clothes closet to bring out this pea green and purple taffeta monstrosity from 2003. Well, to each her own or better have a look at the muted section of the wardrobe next time. Also, Archduchess Marie-Christine wore a fur-trimmed cape that looked strinkingly similar to one also worn by her mother.