22 May 2016

Sunday Tidbits for May 22: New Baby, New Tiara Event

Let's go:

--Tiara event! And the one time per year we get to see a crown in actual use: ICYMI, the State Opening of Parliament was covered at the Jewel Vault this week, with Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall in attendance. Camilla's hitting the rare occasion when I don't really mind an exact repeat, because the look is just that good.
UK Parliament via CC BY-NC 2.0

--Prince Amedeo of Belgium and his wife, Elisabetta (Lili), welcomed a daughter this week! Amedeo is the son of Princess Astrid of Belgium, and a nephew of King Philippe. Their baby girl is named Anna Astrid after her grandmothers.

--Another unexpected edition of who wore it best: the Duchess of Cornwall or Dame Helen Mirren in a black and blue lace Bruce Oldfield dress? Not even a twirling Dame Helen can make me believe the transition at the waist isn't awkward. [Go Fug Yourself]

--Here's a really interesting look behind the scenes of the making of Queen Mathilde's two hats for this week's Jordanian state visit, from Fabienne Delvigne. [Facebook, h/t Royal Hats Blog]

--What's the King of Bhutan been up to? Oh, just personally cooking a lunch for schoolkids.

--The Women Deliver conference was held in Copenhagen this week, keeping Crown Princess Mary busy and attracting a host of royal guests, including Princess Mabel, Queen Máxima, Princess Benedikte, and Crown Princess Mette-Marit.

--And finally, we'll see Mary and Mette-Marit together again soon: Haakon and Mette-Marit will also be attending Prince Oscar's christening on Friday. SVT will broadcast the christening starting at 11:30 local time (here's a time zone converter), and we will have an open post here.

Coming up this week: Catching up with Máxima (speaking of tiara events), and more...

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