27 September 2015

Sunday Tidbits for September 27: Portraits and Pairings and More

An unexpected amount of reburial news (of all things) this week, but here we go anyway:

--More new official portraits! Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary this time, with Mary wearing the red velvet Birgit Hallstein gown I love so much, and parts of the Danish Ruby Parure (tiara, smaller versions of the necklace and earrings, brooch without pendant, and the ring she's added to it). [Kongehuset]

--Sophie goes Top Gun! The Countess of Wessex suited up for flight during a visit to RAF Wittering this week. She also sported a rather chic black dress at another engagement. [Countess of Wessex Blog]

--It's been nearly 100 years since Tsar Nicholas II and his family were murdered by Bolsheviks during the revolution, but the Russian imperial family is still not resting peacefully. Nicholas, Alexandra, and three of their daughters were reburied in St. Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg in 1998, but efforts to bury their final two children (Alexei and Maria, whose remains were found in 2007) with them have been halted by the Russian Orthodox Church's desire for further authentication. Nicholas and Alexandra's bones have now been exhumed as part of the investigation. [BBC]

--The heart of Queen Marie of Romania [1975-1938] is finally to be laid to rest in the Romanian castle where she died. She requested that her heart be buried in Balcic, but the area was eventually returned to Bulgaria, and the organ has been moved a few times since. [Guardian]

--Let's pull out of somber mode with another queenly pairing! Queen Silvia and Queen Rania teamed up for the World Childhood Foundation Gala in New York City this week, and I'm gonna go ahead and say that the good cause is reason enough to overlook that dubious choice of trousers. (There are always lots of royals roaming around NYC and DC this time of year, thanks to the UN. Silvia's visit was pretty quiet, but here's one article.) [Washington Post]

--And finally, I do not cover first ladies or female politicians here because this is not a place to discuss politics, but I enjoyed this gallery and maybe you will too: Michelle Obama's state dinner fashion, and how she often ties her dresses in to her honored guests via designer selection. We see royals do this all the time, and she's the best non-royal example I can think of when it comes to using clothes as a nod to the occasion. [New York Times]

Coming up this week: Anniversary celebrations in the Netherlands, and more...