26 October 2014

Sunday Tidbits for October 26: From Weddings to Mourning and Back

Happy Sunday to you! Here are some tidbits for your (hopefully) lazy day, and your chat thread for the week:

--Mark your calendars: The Swedish royal court announced that Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist have set a wedding date. The couple will marry on June 13, 2015, in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm (the site of Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill's 2013 wedding). It's a Saturday. No time has been released yet, but both Victoria and Madeleine had afternoon weddings. [Kungahuset]

--Crown Princess Mary was in Tajikistan this week as part of her role as patron of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Coverage has been a bit scarce, but here are some links with a couple pictures (articles are in Danish): children's hospital visit, being made an honorary professor, visiting a taekwondo center, a banquet on the first day, and the end. [Billed Bladet]

--I didn't realize that Princess St├ęphanie, who celebrated her second wedding anniversary this month, has only just done her first solo engagement. Luxarazzi helpfully includes dates of first solo flights from other princesses as a frame of reference, proving that there is no one standard for these types of things. [Luxarazzi]

--In New York City? The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Anna Wintour Costume Center has an interesting new exhibit. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire explores the elaborate mourning practices of the 19th and early 20th centuries and features mourning gowns worn by both Queen Victoria and Queen Alexandra. It runs through February 1, 2015. [Met Museum]

--The purple coat worn by the Countess of Wessex this week needs to be in my closet, please and thank you. [Countess of Wessex Blog]

--Still remembering Oscar de la Renta: I loved this slideshow of his greatest runway hits which doubles as an amusing look at fashion through the decades, plus remembrances from Sarah Jessica Parker and Anna Wintour. [NY Mag, Hollywood Reporter, Vogue]

--The adorable Empress Michiko turned 80 this week, and here's a look at her life in hats. I'm starting to think she had some sort of screw installed in her forehead just so she could get those wee saucers in just the right place, every single time. [Royal Hats Blog]

--This video, a behind the scenes look at what goes into creating one look from a Christian Dior Haute Couture collection, is a bit old, but it's been making the rounds this week. It's mesmerizing. [YouTube]

--In case you missed it, the state banquet from this week's British state visit was covered at the Jewel Vault and updated multiple times. Also, QEII is tweeting now. (Well, just the once. Still waiting for her to start live tweeting Downton.) [Jewel Vault]

Photo: Erika Gerdemark, kungahuset.se