29 June 2016

Royal Outfits of the Day: June 29

We're going to check in with a couple of Queen Letizia outfits real quick. Don't worry, I won't take us back as far as those leather culottes she won't let die.

June 22: Queen Letizia attended a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction, and to pay tribute to Queen Sofia's work with the foundation.
This is a real handy appearance because it basically sums up the style differences from one queen to the next - from brocade suits to summer separates, from adherence to the classic queen uniform to flexibility for trends - in one easy image. Just in case you need that. For academic purposes.

June 28: Queen Letizia attended a conference for the Food and Agriculture Organization.
House of HM the King
Could she be the opening to an HBO show in this blazer, or have I been watching too much Game of Thrones? Could go either way.
Repeated blazer from Felipe Varela
I do love this jacket with a crisp white trouser. Excellent conference attire, and one of many examples of a Letizia outfit that falls partway between those aforementioned queenly styles.

28 June 2016

Royal Wedding of the Day: June 28

June 19th was King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia's 40th wedding anniversary! (It was also Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel's 6th wedding anniversary.) The couple met at the 1972 Olympics and four years later, Silvia went straight from commoner to queen. Let's take a look back:

Lennart Nilsson

Silvia wore a wedding gown by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior, an almost starkly simple design in silk duchesse, previously covered in depth here. The lack of embellishment on the gown allowed the Cameo Tiara to take center stage, but it might also have allowed some unexpected things to take the center stage too: the fold at the top of the family's historic veil (said to have been a solution concocted when the veil turned out to be longer than the train), or the tissue strapped to her wrist by a rubber band (a precaution insisted upon by her mother, which ended up showing from underneath her sleeve every time she waved).

It's far from my favorite royal wedding gown, but I'll be interested to see what those of you that see it in person think (remember, it will be going on display starting in late October in Stockholm). Perhaps the real fantastic elements here will be better appreciated when seen in close up. I'm getting that feel from the interesting seaming hinted at by the close up below, anyway.

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Of course, a royal wedding gown also must be seen in movement to be fully appreciated and of course I have you covered there too; see below or check out another video here. Silvia's gown does seem more stately in the right context than it does in random pictures.

Fair warning, there's an immediate difference between that video and videos from more recent Swedish royal weddings: no tiaras! Apart from the Cameo Tiara for Silvia, obviously. Unlike the sparkling weddings the family throws today with guests in white tie and tiaras, Silvia and Carl Gustaf's guests wore morning dress or uniform for the gentlemen and long dresses with hats for the ladies. (Thank heavens they've come to their senses in the years since.)

27 June 2016

Royal Jubilee of the Day: June 27

Grab your nearest crown prince and give him a twirl, it's Silver Jubilee time in Norway! Celebrations for King Harald's 25th year on the throne continued last week with the whole royal family gathering in Trondheim, where Harald and Queen Sonja's consecration was held in 1991.

Queen Sonja choose to echo the ivory ensemble she wore back then with an elegant white outfit and a lovely hat. Princess Astrid was also on the best dressed list in her bright aqua. And so were the kids, of course, because I'm a sucker for a traditional costume.

Shopping from the Huh? headwear department, we have Crown Princess Mette-Marit and her face veil. Just a face veil, like Princess Madeleine at Princess Leonore's christening, but with even fewer ornaments to give it any sort of hat-like presence.
Why bother being anti-hat if you're going to keep just the silliest bits? Sometimes I just don't know, man.

You'd think a ruffled suit and a non-hat would mean we'd reached Peak Mette-Marit, but you'd be wrong, because the flower crowns were yet to come.
The family attended a garden party, and the ladies changed clothes and donned floral wreaths because hey, why not? Honestly, though, if any royal family can make flower crowns work without looking ridiculous, it's this one - and work it they did. It was fresh, pretty, and fun.

Here's where we run into that little Who wore it best? I mentioned last week. On the very same day that Mette-Marit was gallivanting about in all the ruffles and eyelet she could find, Princess Claire was wearing the very same dress for Luxembourg's National Day.

Dress by Vilshenko (with thanks to Laura), as worn also by Princess Claire
The thing about this dress is, if you're going to wear it, you'd best find yourself a flower crown to go along with. Mette-Marit takes this one home, no competition.

There have been several events for the Silver Jubilee tour recently, and this is but a taste. For more on this day, check out a gallery here, or video of the church service here.

Photos: NRK screencaps, via Getty Images as indicated, Lyst, RTL screencap

26 June 2016

Sunday Tidbits for June 26: Mirror, Mirror on the Dress

Tidbits ahoy:

--The Norwegian royal court published a new photo of King Harald with Crown Prince Haakon and Princess Ingrid Alexandra, as they mark the 25th anniversary of Harald and Sonja's consecration. The picture, taken in front of the Norwegian crown, recreates a 2006 photo which marked the 100th anniversary of the coronation of King Haakon VII and Queen Maud. More on some of the recent Silver Jubilee events coming up this week.
2016: Torgrim Melhuus, TiTT Melhuus as / NDR / Det kongelige hoff
2006: Lasse Berre, Det kongelige hoff

--Zara Tindall, who won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics in team eventing, has missed out on selection for the British equestrian team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. [BBC]

--She won't be the only royal rider absent in Rio: Princess Nathalie of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg has said her horse is not stable enough to compete. Nathalie won a bronze medal in team dressage for Denmark in 2008, and also competed in London in 2012. [Der Westen]

--I am intrigued by Queen Rania's Loewe mirror-embellished dress, but I wonder if people would keep checking themselves out in your shoulder all night long. [Lyst]

--The Earl and Countess of Wessex were in Canada for a visit this week, where the sartorial highlight was a little LBD on Day 2. For Sophie, just to clarify. [Countess of Wessex Blog]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, a society wedding went down (more on that tiara on Thursday). Also, the Queen has been tweeting again, but is still not live tweeting Downton Abbey like I asked her to. I mean, I can send her the DVDs.

Coming up this week: Flower power in Norway, and more...

Sunday Tidbits is your place throughout the week to share things we haven't covered yet and for all your off topic chats. Enjoy!  

24 June 2016

Tiara Thursday (on a Friday): The Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara, with Bonus National Day Fun

One of the most distinctive pieces in the vast Luxembourg tiara collection is the Chaumet Emerald Tiara, with its pointy shape and an egg-sized emerald front and center. Another Chaumet piece in their collection is also quite distinctive, though perhaps in a quieter way: the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara.
Cour grand-ducale
This particular Chaumet tiara features ribbons of diamonds and diamond garlands weaving around each other, topped by diamonds alternating with taller round pearls. Some say a classic diamond fringe tiara is like a fence on top of the head, but - thanks to that lattice-style design - this might be the tiara that gives me the most fence-like feel. (In a lovely, delicate way, mind you.)
The tiara, shown with sapphires on top
As the name suggests, the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara is a flexible piece. The diamonds and pearls along the top are detachable, meaning the tiara can be worn more than one way; the lattice portion can also be used as a choker style necklace (as shown on the Grand Duchess below, along with the Belgian Scroll Tiara).
The tiara has been worn by several grand ducal ladies. Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte (mother of the current Grand Duke) wore it at least once, as did her daughter her daughter Princess Margaretha; Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has been wearing it since her days as the Hereditary Grand Duchess. National Day 2016, celebrated this week in Luxembourg, added another princess to the list.
Cour grand-ducale/Olivier Polet/tous droits réservés
For more gala pictures: Wort, Tageblatt

A rousing round of tiara switcheroo (which we love) at the National Day gala gave us a few debuts. Grand Duchess Maria Teresa looked amazing, repeating the Elie Saab dress she wore to Crown Princess Victoria's wedding with a new wrap orientation and the Belgian Scroll Tiara; Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie wore a small butterfly tiara first seen in 2014; Princess Claire wore Grand Duchess Marie-Adélaïde’s Tiara for the first time; Princess Tessy wore the Diamond Vine Leaves Tiara for the first time, along with quite a dress in the Nassau colors. And Princess Alexandra, the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess' only daughter, made her debut in the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara. She wore it without the pearls.

Earlier, the family attended the traditional Te Deum. (See a gallery here.)
RTL video; see the Te Deum here
Stéphanie and Tessy provided all the hat interest the whole family needed with a sampling of fancy napkin fold couture. Which was excellent, because the day's best dressed was MT, impeccable but maybe a wee bit bland in her gray. Claire also livened things up by unknowingly wearing the same dress as Crown Princess Mette-Marit on the very same day - but M-M is another story for another day.

Other National Day events were also happening, and Luxarazzi has you covered there.