17 October 2016

Monday Tidbits for October 17: Unfortunate News, Unfortunately

Death, illness, and accident - good grief, royal houses, you better have something delightful up your sleeves for this week. We all need a little cheering up. But we'll get back to the fashion by the end here, so hang in there:

--Thailand is in mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn - an heir that raises concerns for many - asked for a delay before taking the throne, to mourn his father with the Thai people. King Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned for 70 years following the death of his brother (from a gunshot, under suspicious circumstances) in 1946. He was the longest reigning living monarch in the world. The official mourning and funeral process for the late king will take months and more. [NY Times, BBC, Smithsonian, WSJ]

--Princess Christina of Sweden is suffering from chronic leukemia, the palace announced this week. She's feeling good but will undergo treatment and scale back her royal duties accordingly. Princess Christina is already a breast cancer survivor. [Kungahuset]

--Crown Prince Frederik had to miss a reception honoring the Danish Olympians and Paralympians after he suffered a fracture of the cervical spine due to an accident on a trampoline. He'll be fine, but will be wearing a neck brace for a while. Queen Margrethe couldn't resist poking a little fun at her son, noting in her speech that it's not so surprising that something should go wrong when you're jumping on a trampoline at nearly 50 years old. Crown Princess Mary was joined by Prince Christian and Princess Isabella at the event. [DR, Svenskdam]
DR screencap

--Over at the Jewel Vault, the new holder of that longest reigning living monarch title went for a spin in her open top Range Rover and presumably held her tongue while unveiling an ~interesting~ new portrait.

--And finally, back to the fashion: Crown Princess Victoria put her own spin on the rich fabric + uneven hem trend (as seen on Mary last week, in a different skirt) while attending an event this weekend. I realize that some of you may consider this another dose of unfortunate news, but I think she looked smashing. [Expressen]

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