16 October 2017

Monday Tidbits for October 16: Birthdays and Norways

Here we go again:

--Prince Christian of Denmark turned 12 on Sunday and the traditional birthday photo (taken by mom) was released. This one made me smile; the casual twist on the usual posed picture feels perfect for this age.
Photo: HRH The Crown Princess of Denmark

--It was Norway's turn for a parliament opening last week, including King Harald and Crown Prince Haakon in full uniformed splendor and Queen Sonja in black and white.
Photo: Stortinget

--Norway's princess crew doesn't attend the parliament opening, but Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Märtha Louise both joined Queen Sonja later in the week for the opening of a new exhibition at the Queen Sonja Art Stable. And shortly thereafter, Märtha Louise's return to competitive showjumping landed her in a cast, yikes. [ParisMatch, Instagram]

--Looks like Prince Louis and Princess Tessy of Luxembourg's divorce might be getting messy. Yikes indeed. [Telegraph]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: QEII is getting back to business (with an assist from Princess Anne) - and she's making one big change for the upcoming Remembrance Sunday ceremony, a change I'm honestly glad to see.

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13 October 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: Queen Letizia at National Day

I was expecting something low key from Queen Letizia for Spain's National Day, but when she stepped out with the fam for yesterday's events, she managed to pull off a most surprising addition to her wardrobe: a brooch. A brooch! On Letizia! Mark this day on the calendar.

Infanta Sofia (in Pili Carrera), the Princess of Asturias (in Carolina Herrera), King Felipe, and Queen Letizia on National Day.
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It's not just that Letizia wore a brooch; it's that she wore just about the most classic brooch you can get and she wore it in the most standard way. Knowing how she loves to put her own spin on things, I found the traditional look to be the most surprising thing of all.

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The brooch is a Spanish royal heirloom last worn by Queen Sofia. This type of design - a large pearl surrounded by diamonds with a pearl pendant - can be found in strikingly similar models in multiple royal vaults, including the British collection. Again, classic and traditional as can be. The diamond and Australian pearl earrings she paired with it have been worn many times.

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The jacket and skirt are from Felipe Varela. They're also right along those classic/traditional lines. In fact, I'm getting strong flashbacks to Queen Elizabeth II in the 1940s and 50s. Letizia would fit right in on the set of The Crown in this ensemble. And that's not a bad thing, because there's no better choice for a brooch showcase than an outfit with a little QEII vibe. She's chosen well. A+!

12 October 2017

Royal Dresses of the Day: Mary and Kate Try Temperley Lace

Psst: No Tiara Thursday today. (I know, I know.) (I did update yesterday's post with a second tiara at the state banquet, if you didn't catch that.)

This week has given us double the lace and double the Temperley London. Which is either an extremely unfortunate coincidence or the greatest thing ever, but you'll be the judge of that:

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The Duchess of Cambridge attended a reception at Buckingham Palace for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday.
Oh, did you think Mette-Marit was the only one out there having some old-timey fun?! No, no. Kate can party like it's 1899, too.
Temperley London Eclipse corded lace midi dress
Actually, I kinda like this. Not so much in love with the dark tie details, is the thing.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary visited a contemporary art museum during their official visit to Japan.
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Temperley lace with a neck tie, take two! The unexpected choice of a light blue shoe - they're properly light blue, not just looking that way because of this blue pic - makes the whole thing for me. So much more interesting than another nude pump, or black or whatever. Down With Default Neutrals: it's my new favorite crusade.
Temperley London Berry Lace Dress

11 October 2017

Tiara Watch of the Day: Queen Máxima in Portugal

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima began their state visit to Portugal yesterday, including a state banquet in the evening.
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Straight off of her latest production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, it's Máxima in all out MAX mode! This is some dress, huh? If anyone ever invites her to an enchanted woodland state banquet, she's all set. The gown is Jan Taminiau (of course) and while she has worn it for a previous private event, this is its big public debut. Balancing out that egg-sized gemstone around her neck, she chose the Dutch Emerald Parure Tiara, a relatively small diadem from the Dutch collection.

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I love this ensemble more than I thought it was possible to love a shiny jade thing, but I will say this: that delicate top is not at all up to the task of managing the weight of the large golden collar and sash. She's falling down on one side.

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Speaking of sashes and collars (pause for a brief Sash Nerd moment), both Wax and Máx received the Grand Collar of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator. The President received the Order of the Netherlands Lion. Most of the orders in regular use don't have you wear the collar AND the sash at the same time, but they all have their own rules. It's just a lot of stuff, both worn at once.

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Prior to the state banquet, they held the official welcome ceremony. This is a new Natan dress for Máxima, but you could've fooled me. All these blush/beige outfits with the big hats are starting to blend together, in spite of my usual affection for a soft pink.

And prior to the prior to, the couple arrived the evening before in Lisbon. Máxima was wearing some kind of giant bug thing, which frankly feels like a personal insult. If you require a visual for this world of NOPE, you can click here. I'll remain here, choosing to think about absolutely anything else instead.

UPDATE: A bonus tiara! As often happens when royals come to visit, the Duke and Duchess of Braganza were invited to the banquet. (The Duke is the head of the House of Braganza and claimant to the Portuguese throne.) The Duchess really went for it, wearing Queen Amélie's Diamond Tiara, also known as the Dom Luís Diadem. That's her big gun, very rarely used. Her diamond choker, another Braganza heirloom, can also be worn as a tiara.
The Duchess of Braganza at the state banquet.
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10 October 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: An Instagram Grab Bag

Here comes a grab bag straight from the world of royal Instagram, an assortment of outfits ranging from interesting!, to uh..."interesting":

Queen Rania attended Amman fashion week.
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Did she miss my rants about SHOOTIES? Is that what this is about? Otherwise, it's fashion week, and Queen Rania's gonna Queen Rania. (My caps lock-required term encompasses shooties, booties, or whatever you want to call them, by the way - as long as they're worn with a shorter skirt or pant in the stumpiest of ways.)

Crown Princess Mette-Marit with medalists from Eurosurf 2017.
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Are we sure that Mette-Marit isn't pulling off the world's most elaborate Little House on the Prairie cosplay? You can't really be sure, can you.
Bijou heart-print dress with Victorian-inspired details, from Ganni (per Heaven)
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Go ahead and yell at me that it's NOT a "prairie dress", and I just don't understand TRENDS (as some of you always do when this topic arises), but listen, it's definitely also a long cosplay con.

Greece's Prince Nikolaos and Princess Tatiana attended the One Greece 2017 Sydney Gala Dinner in Australia.
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Let's end this with a reason to use your caps lock powers for good, because GASP and OOHHHHHH! Tatiana's relationship with Greek designer Celia Kritharioti just keeps going from strength to strength, and those strengths now include capes and I LOVE.

09 October 2017

Monday Tidbits for October 9: A Wedding Watch, a Tiara Watch

Weddings and tiaras, great way to start the week:

--Wedding Watch: Prince Philip of Serbia married Danica Marinkovic in Belgrade this weekend. Philip is the son of Crown Prince Alexander and the grandson of Peter II, the last King of Yugoslavia. The bride wore a wedding gown from Serbian designer (and regular royal favorite) Roksanda Ilincic. Guests at the wedding included Queen Sofia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Guillaume and Princess Sibilla of Luxembourg. More photos can be found here and here; a video of guest arrivals is here. [Metro, Gala, YouTube]
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--Tiara Watch: The Sultan of Brunei has been celebrating his Golden Jubilee with a series of lavish celebrations. His 50 years on the throne put him second only to Elizabeth II on the list of longest-reigning current monarchs. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were sent to represent QEII at the festivities, and they've packed in a full working visit while they're on location. I wish I could bring you more - there was a banquet with tiaras - but some links will have to suffice: the Countess of Wessex Blog has full coverage (state banquet here), Go Fug Yourself also had some nice shots of Sophie this week, and there are some general looks around the big banquet here. Sophie wore the Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara to the banquet.
The Wessex couple at the banquet. See full video here.

--Princess Benedikte wore a berry brooch good enough to eat as she opened an exhibition on Danish tailor Holger Blom. The designer did a lot of work for Queen Ingrid, and one of her gowns is on display. [Billed-Bladet, TV2]
Queen Ingrid's Holger Blom dress on display.
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--And finally, I chimed in over at Luxarazzi with a little wish list of grand ducal outfits I'd like to see the Luxembourg ladies trade - because they love to swap clothes so often, Luxarazzi's on volume 10 of their clothes-trading catalog.


Coming up this week: Bits and bobs from Norway, Greece, Denmark, and others...


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06 October 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: A Swedish Catch Up

We have some recent stuff from the Swedish royal ladies, but first, one that I meant to post about some time ago, and then my attention got predictably dragged elsewhere...

The Swedish royal family attended their annual Sweden Dinner in September.
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I think evidence of a bright purple choir robe in action should be documented here, don't you? Queen Silvia's dress is a repeat from Yuki (designer Gnyuki Torimaru). He's known for cutting in a circle and creating sculptural designs with draping from there, which can either end up as a wonder of construction or as...well, as a bright purple choir robe. Or both. Take your pick.

This appearance also needs to be documented here because Queen Silvia wore a new (I believe) pearl necklace with an amethyst centerpiece, and anything involving new amethysts needs its day in the sun. I don't really know what's going on with the shape of that centerpiece, okay, but there it is.

And now to the week at hand:

Crown Princess Victoria attended the opening of the Swedish Church meetings at Uppsala Cathedral on Tuesday.
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This feels like a refreshing color change, no? Very professional. And even a hat (mmm...hat-ish object) to finish out our hat-tastic week. (No fan am I of these not-hat hats, but in this case, it fits the occasion just right.)

Queen Silvia and Princess Madeleine were in New York for the World Childhood Foundation, including a gala on Monday.
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Is that a ruffle on the edge of Princess Madeleine's sleeves, or is she being followed around by a vaguely sinister aura? Better award some pre-Halloween bonus points, just in case.

Crown Princess Victoria in Rodebjer, Queen Silvia in Alexis, Princess Madeleine in Self-Portrait (per UFO No More)

05 October 2017

Tiara Thursday: The Bedford/Tavistock Amethyst Tiara

The Bedford/Tavistock Amethyst Tiara
This tiara tends to be referred to by either the Bedford or Tavistock names; the Marquess of Tavistock is the courtesy title for the heir to the Duke of Bedford, so both ultimately refer to the same family, the Russells. The tiara's largest oval Siberian amethyst was set into a diamond honeysuckle motif surround around 1810. That piece later became the center of this tiara, which adds six more oval amethyst stones of graduated size and diamond vine leaves to either side. In his book Tiaras: Past and Present, Geoffrey Munn highlights the cleverness of adding vine leaves to the grape stones, noting that "the word 'amethyst' derives from the Greek amethustos, literally meaning 'not drunken', referring to the belief that an amethyst placed in a glass of wine would allow one to drink without fear of intoxication." (You gotta love a tiara that comes with a built-in wink.)

Lydia, Duchess of Bedford, wearing the tiara and necklace in the 1950s
The tiara has an accompanying amethyst necklace featuring large amethyst stones in diamond surrounds and an amethyst pendant. This type of simple necklace design is a favorite in parures of colored stones. (The Bavarian royal family had a similar amethyst necklace and earrings, a set they auctioned in 2013.)

The amethyst bracelet
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There was also an amethyst bracelet, a hinged bangle with three large oval amethysts and approximately 10 carats of diamonds in a leaf and flower design, set in silver and gold and made around 1890. This piece came up for sale in 2009. The bracelet belonged to Mary Russell, Duchess of Bedford (1865-1937), the wife of the 11th Duke. She was a fascinating figure, a vocal suffragette and noted ornithologist who founded four hospitals and decided to take up flying at the age of 63. That passion for aviation ultimately led to her death in a plane crash at sea in 1937.

The tiara is still with the family. It was displayed earlier this year alongside their larger tiara, the Bedford Floral Tiara, in an exhibition for Chaumet in Beijing. The Bedford Floral Tiara is a Fossin design commissioned in 1830 from Chaumet. Both can be seen glittering away at the exhibition in the Instagram video above.

Nicole, Duchess of Bedford at the State Opening of Parliament in 1969 (left, just behind the row of entering ladies of the royal family)
Good amethyst tiaras seem hard to come by (unfortunately, says this ardent fan), but I think this one cracks the code of a great amethyst tiara design. The purple stones are large, they look good enough to eat, and they're nicely complemented by the floral diamond motifs. As a matter of fact, it may just be my current amethyst favorite. 

Is this an amethyst fave for you, too?

04 October 2017

Royal Hats of the Day: Danish Royals at the Opening of Parliament

A continuation of our hat-tastic royal week, right this way...

Yesterday was Denmark's turn on the merry-go-round of parliament openings. Members of the royal family - Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Mary, and Princess Benedikte - were present to observe the proceedings (no speech from the throne here, nope). Hats in place and ready to be evaluated:

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I am so interested in Crown Princess Mary's selection of purple accessories - a repeated purple Jane Taylor pillbox with a purple purse - to go with this blue-ish Claes Iverson coat. (The coat's a repeat from the Belgian state visit.) I find am now very personally invested in purple as the new neutral go-to.

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Princess Benedikte sported a towering pile of plain hat bases, and she made it work because she is Benedikte and this is her superpower.

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Look at that tilting topper and then look at Princess Marie, because do you think that her hat should've chosen either the net or the flower? I do, but I don't know which one I'd pick. I love her in a brimmed hat anyway, and I extra-approve of a hat that can cover the eyes at an event like this. You know catching a shot of the royal guests mid-blink and calling it a nap is a tradition.

For the pièce de résistance...Queen Margrethe wearing her trademark Teletubby hat! This hat gets a little sillier every time she wears it, which is how I've come to grow rather fond of this strange little chapeau. Keep on keeping on, Your Maj.

See videos of the royal arrival here and here.

03 October 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: The Countess of Wessex Hats Up

It feels like it's been too long since we saw the British royals in Special Occasion Mode. Hats and the lot, you know. I suppose it hasn't actually been that long and you have to take the Queen out of the equation, because hats and the lot is her Permanent Mode, but still. What I'm trying to say here is that I'm delighted to see that Sophie hatted up nice and proper last week.

The Countess of Wessex attended the Headley Court Farewell Parade on Friday.
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You know this is Special Occasion Mode because it's a repeat from a Very Special Occasion: QEII's 90th birthday service in 2016.

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This is such a Sophie classic. It's two of her favorite designers, a bespoke Suzannah coat dress in a sleek silhouette with a Jane Taylor hat and a sweeping updo. She loves a midi length, and this one is careful not to overwhelm. Chic, I say.

The "Sophie" Wrap Coat Dress from Suzannah
Only fitting they named the design after her.

02 October 2017

Monday Tidbits for October 2: Family Business

It's all in the family this week. (And every week, but you know.)

--A new round of family photos came out this week from the Dutch royal house. The new pictures of Queen Máxima and the three Dutch princesses were taken on the occasion of King Willem-Alexander's 50th birthday. Kinda fierce, if you ask me.
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--Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary also highlighted family this week, bringing along all four of their children to officially open Lego House. [JV]

--Sweden, too: Crown Princess Victoria was joined by Princess Estelle for a visit to a research laboratory, and Estelle joined Prince Daniel for a video for the Generation Pep organization. [Facebook]
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--Over at the Jewel Vault, the Queen has started to emerge from her Balmoral break with an engagement in Aberdeen (solo, so there goes my little theme here).

--And finally, of general interest for this group, I think: Yves Saint Laurent has just opened a museum in Paris. [Harper's Bazaar]


Coming up this week: A countess out and about, and more...


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29 September 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: A Benelux Grab Bag

The Benelux (Belgium-Netherlands-Luxembourg) ladies have been busy this week, including a little meet up between two of those countries. And, obviously, plenty of their favorite designer:

Queen Máxima attended the World of Health Care conference on Thursday.
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Here's that favorite designer right off the bat - this dress is a repeat, it's Natan, and it's cute. Super cute, I say! I love the way the seams are used to play with the pattern.

In Luxembourg, Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa hosted a meeting of the heads of state of German-speaking countries, including King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.
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I confess I liked Mathilde's outfit a whole lot better when I was under the impression, thanks to seeing it first in a small Twitter pic, that it was a patterned jacket with a maroon skirt. But this'll do, sure, why not. (It's also Natan, natch.) I also confess that while I am seriously impressed that Maria Teresa went the extra mile to get the exact scarf to match her suit...

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...I'm glad she ditched it later. This suit is sleek, don't mess up the lines. The Hereditary Grand Duchess (and Hereditary Grand Duke, of course) joined in the party, so hi Stéphanie! Not much to argue with when it comes to simple white dresses.

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And lastly, just because we don't see them much around here, Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie of Liechtenstein were in attendance. A tweed suit's also not much to argue with, and that kinda sums up this whole event. Which is not a bad thing! It's like a gentle send-off as you head into your weekend.

28 September 2017

Tiara Thursday: The Chaumet Pansy Tiara

The Chaumet Pansy Tiara
The pansy flower symbolizes remembrance, or thoughts; its name comes from the French pensée, or "thought". With a meaning either romantic ("thinking of you") or memorial, pansies have been regularly used in jewelry designs, especially during the Victorian and Edwardian eras when the language of flowers was popular. But the flower doesn't seem to have caught on in the world of tiara design, making this example of a pansy tiara an instant standout among diamond floral tiaras.

The Chaumet Pansy Tiara is a Fossin design dating from around 1850, an example of the themes of romance and nature produced during Jean Baptiste Fossin's ownership of the esteemed French jewelry house. The tiara features three pansy flowers with surrounding foliage, made of pavé-set diamonds, silver, and gold. The three large flowers are detachable for use as brooches.

The tiara worn on the cover of ¡HOLA!
The tiara is usually listed as part of a private collection; Tiara by Diana Scarisbrick credits ownership to the Hon. Mrs. John Hastings Bass. It's a piece that has been regularly featured by Chaumet, appearing in their exhibitions and publicity materials. It's also been modeled in photoshoots, as shown here.

A model wears the tiara for a photoshoot
Symbolism aside, the pansy's irregular shape may make it a tough one to incorporate into a successful tiara design. The Chaumet tiara in use seems a bit top heavy, despite the leaves used at the bottom to even things out. I still find it a nice break from the usual diamond floral tiara designs - a distinctive entry in a deep field.

What say you: A successful floral design, or no?

27 September 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: Evening Glam for Mary and Marie

Queen Margrethe held a military dinner at Fredensborg Palace on Tuesday evening with Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, and Princess Marie in attendance. Sure was nice of them to offer up some Danish glam to brighten the middle of our week, wasn't it?

(Brighten being the operative word here.) I think this is the third time we've seen this David Andersen dress, and I'm not tired of it yet. It has every reason in the world not to work; that vibrant combo of bright pink with a purple belt could be cheesy or juvenile, it could be eye-searing. But it's not. It's fun and sophisticated. It works.

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Mary was flying solo because Crown Prince Frederik has been on an official visit to China, so she brought along her rubies for companionship, as one does. The brooch from the Danish Ruby Parure got a new positioning (and provided quite a bit of sparkle, see here for video from the arrival), and she also wore the ruby bracelet and a reduced version of the ruby earrings.

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For Princess Marie, a new black dress with a bit of sparkle was in order. And an excellent red lip, too. It's a good look for Marie. It's just too bad Mary that used up all the evening's color and didn't leave any for the others to play with. (That's my working theory, at least.)

26 September 2017

Royal Dresses of the Day: Double Herrera for Queen Letizia

Twice the new dresses, twice the Carolina Herrera, twice as nice for Queen Letizia? Let's judge:

On Monday, King Felipe and Queen Letizia opened the Palacio de Congresos de Palma.
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Letizia's worn this type of dress before. Letizia's worn plenty of florals before. And yet somehow this particular combo strikes me as a surprising pick for her. Like I need a moment to adjust to this dress as worn by Letizia and not, say, Queen Mathilde or something.
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And even after a moment, I'm still not sure if I like it. Most peculiar.

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Last week, King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended a concert commemorating the 15th anniversary of Vocento.
On the plus side, things that are red and twirly still generally flip my skirt, so at least I know the world isn't upside down.

25 September 2017

Monday Tidbits for September 25: A Horse, Of Course

Starting with some cuteness:

--Princess Madeleine posted pics of Princess Leonore reuniting with her horse Heidi, awww. Heidi was a christening present from Leonore's duchy, Gotland; the two first met in 2016.
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--Mark your calendars: Sweden's Prince Gabriel will be christened in the Royal Chapel at Drottingholm Palace on Friday, December 1st.

--Over at the Jewel Vault, QEII's Balmoral sojourn continues and sightings are being compiled right here. Last week gave us an opportunity to examine some Balmoral interiors, in addition to the usual Sunday church car pics.

--A brooch alert of a different sort: Queen Victoria's 14th birthday gift to her daughter Princess Beatrice was this turquoise, diamond, and gold brooch from Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent. And now you can get out your checkbook and make it yours, because it is coming up for sale at a November auction. [Express, Tennants]
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--Prince Harry found a new chauffeur while in Canada. [BBC]

--And finally, here's a blindfolded Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. I could give you an explanation, but really, isn't it better without?
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Coming up this week: A little Swedish, a little Spanish, and more...


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20 September 2017

Royal Event of the Day: Dutch Royals at Prinsjesdag 2017

Programming Note: The blog returns on Monday. 

It's time for Prinsjesdag! The Dutch monarch addresses the government every September, reading a speech from the throne detailing plans for the coming session. Queen Máxima, Prince Constantijn, and Princess Laurentien all accompany King Willem-Alexander for the event. It's a special occasion with a special dress code - a throwback of sorts, with long dresses, orders, and hats, which was a much more common formal day dress code for royal events years ago - and that usually adds up to Máxima maxing out with a specially coordinated outfit. It's often one of her sartorial highlights of the year. And this year {drumroll please}...

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...{sad clatter of drumsticks dropped half-heartedly on the floor} This year was, you know, fine. Listen, it's perfectly nice! A workhorse solution to this dress code, basically.

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It's also just a longer, slate blue/gray version of a Natan dress that Queen Máxima and her Natan twin, Queen Mathilde, already own in pink. Which is a bit of an anticlimactic choice for a special event, you know what I mean? Disappointed by my own overly high expectations, AGAIN. I think there are better ways to do subdued, if that's what she was after (and, as always, there are many reasons she may have been after that).

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The use of aquamarine gems from Queen Juliana threw a bit of color interest into the ensemble. And adding a diamond necklace from the royal vaults is a little bit more jewel power than Máxima usually gives us for this occasion; it is during the day, after all, hence why there are no tiaras.

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Maybe she was hedging her bets a bit with bonus diamonds, just in case her dress didn't bowl us over. That's a solution I can get behind.

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Even Princess Laurentien feels a little subdued this year, no? Her dress is from Hardies, jacquard with a mermaid scale feel. The two Dutch ladies make a bit of a twin act, in these two belted dresses with their brimless hats.

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But of course, Laurentien's hat is a tilted not-hat hat, because there has to be a little Laurentien touch in there somewhere, right?

19 September 2017

Royal Flashback of the Day: Princess Sofia's Wedding Gown

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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia recently becoming parents for the second time is more than enough excuse to take a little trip down memory lane back to their wedding, right? Specifically, to Sofia's wedding gown, because we have another installment of reader pictures from the Swedish royal wedding gown exhibition at the Royal Palace several months ago. Special thanks once again to Janet and Viola for sharing their views! (I'm adding links to these detailed exhibition posts to my original post on the display, by the way.)

Courtesy of Janet
Princess Sofia's 2015 wedding dress came from Swedish designer Ida Sjöstedt. Sjöstedt's designs have become regulars on the royal scene since then, worn by Sofia as well as Princess Madeleine and Crown Princess Victoria.

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The dress has a strapless base dress made of silk crepe with a train, and a long-sleeved Italian silk organza overlay with applied lace.

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I didn't find this dress all that memorable, as royal wedding gowns go, at the time. But the great thing about seeing it on its own is that you get to see all kinds of detail you missed during the wedding broadcast - and I can see a lot of soft detail here that definitely didn't stand out at the time.

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The other great thing is that we get a chance to focus on some of the accessories, because a big, long veil is a thing of beauty. Sofia's is made of tulle with hand-embroidered cotton lace.

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Wedding shoes! Sofia's are from Charlotte Olympia, and while the heart-shaped sole is a brand signature and not a wedding special, that detail is a sweet fit to the occasion.

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These simple dresses were worn by the young bridesmaids, which included Princess Estelle.

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The exhibition also displayed a part of the wedding day that was only seen in paparazzi-style pictures from outside the palace: Princess Sofia changed into a simpler, one-shoulder lace gown for the party portion of the wedding reception.

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And the backs! The lace overlay on the wedding dress looks particularly fine here, and it's interesting that the lace appears to be an apron-style front on the reception dress.

You knew I wouldn't leave you without the full kit to encourage your Tuesday procrastination, right? You need all the evidence if you're going to reevaluate your opinion of Sofia's dress, after all.

(So have you? Reevaluated your opinion, that is. Does the dress on display change your mind?)