17 January 2016

Sunday Tidbits for January 17: Elsewhere Around the World...

King Harald's jubilee is most of what's going on in this mid-January slow time, but let's briefly check in with the rest of the world before we return to Norway:

--The Swedish royal family is getting back to work after the holiday. The King, Queen, Crown Princess, and Prince Daniel met with the Foreign Minister to discuss upcoming state visit plans (of general sparkly interest to us all!).

--Queen Rania continued her working visit in Europe. This week, she dropped in on the Norwegian royal family, and met with Queen Mathilde. [Billed-Bladet, Purepeople]
Belgian Monarchy Twitter

--Crown Princess Mary collected group hugs on an engagement for the Danish Heart Association, where she sported an interesting take on the midi skirt from Alexander McQueen. [ParisMatch]

--The Japanese imperial family's New Year events continued this week, including their annual poetry reading (which also showcases their own form of modern court dress). [Imperial Family of Japan Blog]
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--This is terrible: the Earl and Countess of March were attacked and robbed at their home, Goodwood House. Priceless heirlooms were taken included a diamond tiara and an emerald and diamond ring tied to Charles II. [Telegraph]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, we parsed the release of the annual lists of official gifts for the British royal family, with fingers crossed for something fabulous.

Coming up this week: the Norwegian jubilee, and a look at their new official photographs...