13 December 2015

Sunday Tidbits for December 13: Birthdays and Nobel Leftovers

A tidbits edition sprinkled here and there with extra Nobel goodness for you:

--First of all, have you checked back at the big Nobel post? It has been updated several times, just sayin'.

--Birthdays Part 1: The Dutch royal court released a lovely new picture for the Princess of Orange's 12th birthday, featuring the A-team on their horses.
Left to Right: Princess Ariane (and Fredje), Princess Catharina-Amalia (and Safary), Princess Alexia (and Pixie)
© RVD, photo: Jeroen van der Meyde

--Birthdays Part 2: Monaco's princely twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, celebrated their first birthday, so that's adorable. [MonacoInfo YouTube]

--Birthdays Part 3: We have new photos for Crown Princess Masako too, as she celebrated her 52nd birthday looking well. [Imperial Family of Japan Blog]

--A Nobel tangent of sorts: Princess Madeleine and Chris O'Neill appeared on the talk show Skavlan for an interview, and it's pretty charming. Their segment is below, or you can see the whole show (which also featured Adele and Jamie Oliver) here. The interview is in English. [YouTube, SVT]

--Queen Rania welcomed the German president and his partner to Jordan in a fascinating coat featuring some serious embroidery. I can't tell if I love it, period, or if I just love a break from some of the more boring entries this Royal Coat Season. Either way, I'm digging it. It's from Nafsika Skourti in Jordan.[Instagram]
Queen Rania Instagram

--A few weeks ago, we discussed we discussed the tiara of Queen Nazli of Egypt and its elaborate matching diamond necklace, which was up for auction. The necklace sold for a mere (ha) $4,282,000. (Sotheby's)

--Hey, here's a close up of that swimming pool of aquamarine Princess Madeleine wore on her finger at the Nobel ceremony, the ring she inherited from Princess Lilian. [Instagram]
A photo posted by Svensk Damtidning (@svenskdamtidning) on

--At long last, I have finally covered one of my favorite sets of jewelry in the Duchess of Cornwall's collection: her magnificent pink topaz pearl choker and the matching pink topaz earrings. You know how I feel about the pink gems. [Jewel Vault]

--And finally, no Nobel coverage can be complete without some Bonus Nobel Hair! Just a moment of appreciation, please:

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