--The next generation heir group (the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Norway, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Denmark, the Crown Princess of Sweden, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, plus assorted kids and minus Prince Daniel, who stayed home with a cold) got together in Norway this weekend, and nobody invited me, but it's fine, whatever. The group is looking a little sparse since their last officially unofficial gathering in 2013, because abdications have moved the Dutch, Belgian, and Spanish couples up the ladder.
|Photo: Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen, Det kongelige hoff|
--Was last week International Give Hairnets A Chance Week? We already talked about Queen Máxima, who visited a cheese factory in an outfit made better by mandatory protective coverings; the Prince of Wales covered up for a dairy visit in Yorkshire; and the Countess of Wessex protected her cute Erdem dress while at a bakery. And now I'm hungry. [ParisMatch, Countess of Wessex Blog]
--Princess Sofia is hitting the ground running, already making a solo foreign trip (to the Global Child Forum in South Africa) and making a well-received speech there. Here's a link to video of her speech, which she delivered in English. [Hello, YouTube]
--Another royal in a figure skater dress - but this time, literally: Princess Alexandra of Hanover, daughter of Princess Caroline, skated for Monaco in the ISU Junior Grand Prix. One of her programs is below, and here's a link to an interview with her in English. [YouTube]
--I'll file this one with the rest of the outfits I wouldn't ever pick off the rack, but which work surprisingly well in action: Princess Beatrice at the Rebecca Minkoff show in NYC.
--And finally, in too cute not to link news: Princess Anne and granddaughter Mia Tindall make for an adorable duo. [Daily Mail]
Coming up this week: Prinsjesdag in the Netherlands, Parliament opening in Sweden, and a trip stateside for Spain.