17 October 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: Kate Takes a Spin with Paddington

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attended an event for children from charities they support, where they met cast members from Paddington 2.
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Well, this is cute. Probably my favorite Orla Kiely she's worn. Which, come to think of it, isn't saying much, but still! I mean it about the cuteness.

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It definitely benefits from a dash of retro styling, so the chunky heel shoes were a good start.

Wait, what's that? You don't care even a little bit, you just want to see her twirl with Paddington Bear again? Fine, fine.

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.

Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

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.
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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