22 November 2015

Sunday Tidbits for November 22: Trips, Trips, and Also Trips

Some of our regular cast members have been on the go lately with working trips here and there and everywhere, so let's play catch up around the world:

--Queen Mathilde made sure to pack only her most colorful prints for a visit to Ethiopia in her role as Honorary President of UNICEF Belgium earlier this month, and it was just the right thing. [ParisMatch]
Belgian Monarchy Twitter

--Queen Máxima also brought the color (and the lobsters!) for her visit to Bangladesh as part of her work for the UN in inclusive finance. I love our Dutch queen in this Michael Kors pink and camel number, which I find vibrant in a sophisticated way. [Refdag, Hello]

--Crown Princess Mary traveled to Senegal on a private trip with the Orchid Project as part of her advocacy for reproductive and sexual health and rights, and stopping female genital cutting. [Orchid Project]

--Here is Crown Prince Haakon holding a baby sloth in Brazil, so happy Sunday to you. He traveled with a Norwegian delegation for an official visit/trade mission packed with events on business and the environment: day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4. [Konghuset]
Photo: Marianne Hagen, the Royal Court of Norway

--Crown Princess Mette-Marit was at work back home. She and the kids attended a memorial for Paris in Oslo, and I'd love to see this coat at a happier event so that I can properly lavish some praise on it. [Zimbio]

--A Canadian mining firm working in Botswana has found the second largest diamond ever, 1,111 carats and nearly the size of a tennis ball. It's the biggest gem quality stone found since the Cullinan Diamond (and we know where that went). Perhaps the Queen of Canada should discreetly mention how skilled she is at taking care of such treasures... [CBC]

--The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were out and about again, in North Wales. Shenanigans ensued. [Hello]

--And finally, at the Vault we looked at one of QEII's sparkly wedding gifts, since this week marked the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh's 68th wedding anniversary. Sixty-eight! It boggles the mind. The British Monarchy tweeted a video with a letter from King George VI to his daughter after her wedding, and it really is just too sweet. [Twitter]

Coming up this week: double queen style in Spain and more...