Claire Coombs

Claire Booth received a diamond tiara from
their majesties King Albert and Queen Paola of
Belgium. The tiara is a family piece, said to
have formally belonged to Queen Elisabeth, it
was a necklace converted to a tiara. The small
diamond tiara consists of several upright spikes
topped by brilliants.

The bride wore a vintage veil of Brussels lace
which was worn by three generations of royal
brides, beginning with Queen Paola's grandmother
Laura Mosselman du Chenoy in 1877. Some other
brides who graced this veil were none other than
the current Queen Paola in 1959, and the Duchess
of Brabant in 1999.

The bridal gown was designed by Edouard Vermeulen
of the House of Natan. He also designed the wedding
dresses for the 1999 wedding of the Duchess of
Brabant, the brides’ sister-in-law, and Princess
Laurentien of The Netherlands in 2001.

The beautiful gown was made of white silk. A panel
of embroidered Brussels lace was used to cover the top
portion of the bridal gown. The neckline was ruffle
shaped and came to the top of the shoulders. The
upper chest and the ¾ sleeves were embroidered
with flowers.

The waistline was of the dress was nicely fit, leading
to a full length, slightly bell shaped skirt. Ms. Booth
wore white shoes. The bridal train was attached at the
waist, and was about 3 meters long. Made of the
same material, the train was slightly shorter than the
historical heirloom bridal veil.

The bride carried a bouquet of white azaleas shaped
like a sphere.