29/04/2011

A Moroccan princess in London

Today, London and the rest of the world were gripped by wedding frenzy, and what a beautiful well-organised wedding it was. The bride was stunning, the dress was stylish, elegant and perfect for the occasion, despite what the jealous nay-sayers complained about. The couple looked totally happy which is wonderful and really the only thing that matters in the end, and I'm joining the millions of well-wishers in hoping that they will have a long blissful life together.

Now, as you may know, I'm part Moroccan part Portuguese, and as a Moroccan subject I was particularly amused to find the wife to my king, Lalla Salma, in the worst-dressed list of the Telegraph, a British newspaper which seems to compensate in silly rankings what it lacks in culture and knowledge of foreign traditions.


Here she is, entering the Abbey in a splendid "caftan". For the benefit of the clueless intern (I hope it is an intern, not a full-fledged journalist) who put Lalla Salma in that list and wrote that she wanted to upstage the bride in a long train, I'll explain what "caftans" are. They are not dresses with trains, or bridal dresses, they are what Moroccan women wear to special occasions, a traditional outfit that is entirely handmade and often embroidered in gold or silver thread. They are perfect works of ancient craftsmanship and are a mark of respect to the hosts when worn to a wedding. I wore three such dresses at my wedding and wear one everytime I'm invited to a wedding at home.

A Moroccan princess, Lalla Salma couldn't be expected to attend in anything but a "caftan". I don't see why the Telegraph writers weren't shocked to see the wife of the Sultan of Brunei or some of the female dignitaries from the Commonwealth countries in traditional attire, yet they decided Lalla Salma was trying to upstage the bride by wearing a train: that's just the way "caftans" are cut.

So, dear Telegraph, next time you want to pull together a worst-dressed list including foreign royals, please kindly do your homework and try to understand what traditional ceremonial attire is for each country.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The UK did not agree and voted Lalla Salma most elegant guest at the wedding. Eat that Telegraph. http://royalweddings.hellomagazine.com/prince-william-and-kate-middleton/20110510700/royal-wedding-vote-results/