13 December 2017

Wednesday Tidbits for December 13: A Farewell, a New Portrait

Let's go:

--King Michael I of Romania passed away last week at the age of 96, after a life so packed with history an obituary can barely scrape the surface. His funeral is on Saturday; the Prince of Wales, the King and Queen of Sweden, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain will be among the mourners. Michael’s heir is his eldest daughter, Margareta, who has been styled as Her Majesty the Custodian of the Romanian Crown by the royal household since his death. (House law signed by King Michael in 2007 states that the head of the household has the title of king or queen, whether the family is reigning or non-reigning.) [New York Times]

--A new portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh was released and it is fantastic. Per the palace: “The portrait, by Australian born artist Ralph Heimans, has been produced for display at the Natural History Museum of Denmark at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark. The Museum is holding a retrospective exhibition of Mr Heimans' work in 2018."
 "Part of the exhibition explores the historical connections between the Royal Families of Great Britain & Denmark. The portrait is set at Windsor Castle and The Duke of Edinburgh is depicted wearing the sash of the Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest-ranking honour. Windsor Castle holds special significance in regard to The Duke of Edinburgh's ancestry. At the end of the Grand Corridor is the Tapestry Room where His Royal Highness' mother, Princess Alice, and maternal grandmother, Princess Victoria were born.” Prince Philip was, of course born a Prince of Greece and Denmark. Mr. Heimans also painted a Diamond Jubilee portrait of the Queen, which is also fantastic. [National Portrait Gallery]

--Here’s Queen Mathilde, trying to sneak in another contender for her best outfit of the year just under the wire. This pink gown was paired with the Wolfers Necklace Tiara in necklace form and was worn to receive the Honorary National German Sustainability Award.
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--And finally, an opportunity to see some historical royal fashion in person: the Fashion Museum in Bath has a family tree of royal clothing going on exhibition in 2018, including items worn by Queen Alexandra, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and Princess Margaret. "Royal Women" runs from February 3, 2018 to April 28, 2019. [Telegraph]


Coming up this week and next: It's time to start wrapping up 2017...


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12 December 2017

Tiara Watch of the Day: A Second Night of Nobel Sparkle

They’ve gone and done it again, those Swedish royal ladies. For the second night in a row, I am charmed by one and all. And they’re going for the title of Year’s Most Color Coordinated Family while they’re at it.

The royal family with laureate Kazuo Ishiguro and wife Lorna MacDougall.
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A pastel spring palette for all, anchored by the deep blue of Queen Silvia's Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure. The whole thing starts with Crown Princess Victoria's floral dress by Camilla Thulin. Man, I love a floral ball gown.

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And that is a BALL GOWN, make no mistake! Grand with a bit of whimsy. With a nature-themed tiara in Princess Lilian’s Laurel Wreath, she’s perfectly coordinated.

Princess Sofia’s throwing in the greens with a caped (!) dress and the return of the emeralds on her wedding tiara. The elastic (or whatever) at the waist seems a little flimsy for the rest of the drama, though I'm prepared to overlook it since we have a case of Tiara Hair Worn Down done right.

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It's good, right? As is Princess Madeleine (another member of the list of royals that can handle a tiara worn with hair down, incidentally). Madeleine’s appearance at Carl Philip and Sofia’s wedding in this Elie Saab gown is one of my all-time favorite maternity gala appearances; it’s just as grand the second time, paired again with the Modern Fringe Tiara.

Shall we catch up with the Norway Nobel crew, while we're at it? For their second night, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. You'll never guess what she wore...
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It's more Erdem x H&M! We knew it was going to be popular, we just didn't know how popular. We should have made Bingo cards with these pieces, guys. Missed opportunity.
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10 December 2017

Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes, 2017

For the first time in quite some time, I really like all the ensembles our Scandinavian royal friends wore for the Nobel Prize ceremonies – in both Norway, where the Peace Prize is awarded, and in Sweden, where the rest are awarded. This is particularly great in the case of the Swedish royal ladies, because we can focus on the tiaras. And they gave us a lot of tiara fun to talk about… (Revisit our open post for links to watch the ceremonies.)

Biggest Tiara Surprise
Crown Princess Victoria
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I always seem to predict a nice jewel tone for Victoria, so this light blue was a big surprise. An even bigger surprise: Victoria wore the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara for the first time! She made it her own by adding a diamond rivière to the base. (She’s done this sort of temporary addition in the past to the Button Tiaras.)
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Queen Silvia’s diamond floral earrings were a good balance for the large collar on this Jennifer Blom dress. You could take that down a notch and be none the worse, my single quibble with this otherwise delightful mass of light blue pleats.

Most Improved Tiara
Princess Sofia
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Sofia just showed us that her Emerald and Diamond Tiara could lose its emeralds and open up its shape. She wasn’t done showing us her tiara’s many tricks, apparently, because now she’s replaced those emeralds with pearls. This tiara has never looked better.
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The dress is from designer Ida Lanto, and that’s a princess dress if I ever saw one. Between that and the intense sparkle from her tiara, Sofia was operating at her highest princess level tonight.

Best Tiara Showcase
Princess Madeleine
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Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Tiara isn’t an easy one to wear. Amethysts good enough to eat, but a wide circumference that’s tripped up many an experienced tiara model. Unless you’re Princess Madeleine. This is the second time she’s aced an amethyst outing.
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She added other pieces from the Amethyst Parure to her look, which was just the first in a purple group tonight (much to my delight). Her bespoke dress from maternity label Séraphine is “pure mauve silk, featuring sumptuous hand-beaded overlay in precious gold silk.” Sumptuous indeed.

Achievements in Tiara Tackling
Princess Christina
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She’s the best wearer of both the Dreaded Button Tiaras, she makes the tall Cut Steel Tiara look right at home, and now she’s tackled the Cut Steel Bandeau like a champ and came out on top. Princess Christina, folks. Give her a round of applause.

Most Predictable Tiara
Queen Silvia
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As demonstrated by our recent flashback, Silvia’s been alternating the Leuchtenberg Sapphires and the Nine Prong Tiara for several years now. Last year we had the sapphires, so…Pronger, you’re up. She’s predictable but on trend with that purple dress, at least according to Pantone’s Color of the Year. It’s a repeat from the state visit to Germany by designer Georg et Arend (per The Royals and I).

Most Predictable in Daywear
Queen Sonja and Crown Princess Mette-Marit
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Holding down the daywear fort, the Norwegian royals attended the Peace Prize ceremony earlier in the day and this is both exactly as you would expect (oh look, Mette-Marit’s worn a floral!) and even better than you’d expect (but get that floral in my closet right now, that looks rich). Well done, ladies.

Nobel fun continues with a dinner in Norway and, on Monday, another tiara dinner in Sweden. Stay tuned!

Who wins your prizes at this year’s festivities?

Open Post: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, 2017

Here's your open post for those wishing to watch the Nobel Prize Award Ceremonies in Stockholm live today. The gala ceremony begins at 4:30 pm local time (that's 10:30 am Eastern). It's scheduled to last until 6:00 pm. At 7:00 pm the Nobel Banquet begins and this is also broadcast for several hours, so there's lots of time to check in.

Streaming is available via the Nobel Prize organization and through Swedish broadcaster SVT.

Livestream links:


The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded earlier in Oslo. You can click here for video.

We will have a full recap post of both ceremonies later in the day. Until then, please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

Update: Post is up!

08 December 2017

Royal Coat of the Day: The Duchess of Cambridge in Manchester


Programming Note: We will be up and running on Sunday for the Nobel Prizes! An open post with streaming links will be up for the Swedish ceremony, which begins at 4:30 pm in Stockholm. (That's 10:30 am, Eastern.) And we'll have our post up after the festivities are over.

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There's been another addition to the Royal Coat Museum, and maybe I want to steal it. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Children's Global Media Summit in Manchester on Wednesday.
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I mean, I won't, okay. Unless you could get rid of those top two pocket flaps, and in that case, funnel allllll the houndstooth (as the brand refers to it, for those quibbling about pattern description...) right over here. Right. Over. Here.

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Red was a good combo with the coat. (Although I'm not sure what wouldn't be a good combo with it, such is the case with the good ones...)

L.K. Bennett Delli Check Coat and Goat Elodie Dress

07 December 2017

Tiara Thursday: Six Years of Nobel Sparkle

The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony is coming up this weekend, on December 10th. It's usually the last tiara event of the calendar year, tiding us over until the Danish and Japanese families ring in the next one with their own tiara events. I always like to review a few past Nobel looks in advance, so I'm re-upping a post from last year with the sparkle of 2016 added!

In 2017, the Swedish royal calendar says we can expect the King, Queen, Crown Princess, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine, and Christopher O'Neill to attend the award ceremony. Princess Madeleine will be skipping the banquet that follows because of back problems due to pregnancy (it's several hours long). The whole gang will then also attend the King's Dinner held at the Royal Palace the following day, which is another tiara event.

Get your wish lists ready! And to help you with that, here's what we've seen in the past few years...

2016 Ceremony
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Queen Silvia: Leuchtenberg Sapphires
Crown Princess Victoria: Cut Steel Tiara and a bespoke H&M gown
Princess Sofia: Cut Steel Bandeau, worn for the first time, and a House of Dagmar dress
Princess Madeleine: Connaught Tiara and a Fadi El Khoury ensemble


2016 King's Dinner
The Royal Family with Yoshinori Ohsumi and Mariko Ohsumi
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They surprised us with a group shot from the dinner last year! (Can we get that again, pretty please?)
Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Princess Lilian's Laurel Wreath Tiara and a repeated Jenny Packham dress
Princess Sofia: Four Button Tiara worn for the first time, and a Stylein dress 
Princess Madeleine: Modern Fringe Tiara with the Connaught Tiara worn as a necklace for the first time in a long time


2015 Ceremony
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Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Connaught Tiara, worn for the second time in full, with pieces from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure and a By Malina dress
Princess Sofia: Her wedding tiara, emerald and diamond earrings from Queen Silvia's collection, and an Oscar de la Renta gown
Princess Madeleine: Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik Tiara and a Fadi El Khoury gown
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Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2014 Ceremony
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Crown Princess Victoria: Baden Fringe Tiara and a mega gown by Pär Engsheden. This was Victoria's first time wearing the large diamond cross necklace from the family collection, and she wore the family's large diamond lozenge brooch in her hair.
Princess Sofia: She wore a little brooch in her hair with her Ida Sjöstedt dress, but no tiara since she wasn't married yet
Princess Madeleine: A Fadi El Khoury dress with the Modern Fringe Tiara and pieces from Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2013 Ceremony
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Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2012 Ceremony
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Crown Princess Victoria: Four Button Tiara with an added diamond rivière at the bottom, an Elie Saab gown, and the Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure, worn for the first time
Princess Madeleine: Queen Josephine’s Amethyst Parure, worn for the first time, and an Angel Sanchez dress
Princess Christina: Six Button Tiara


2011 Ceremony
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Queen Silvia: Nine Prong Tiara
Crown Princess Victoria: Six Button Tiara, with pieces of the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure worn for the first time with her Pär Engsheden gown
Princess Christina: Queen Sophia's Diamond and Pearl Tiara, which has since been stolen

06 December 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: Catching Up with Mathilde and Máxima


Psst: Tiaras were out in London last night, plus a major new necklace loan for Kate! That's all been covered at the Jewel Vault, so hop right over here for that discussion.

It's been a minute since we hit up these two M&Ms. HIGHLIGHTS:

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited the province of Flemish Brabant.
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This is a COAT right here. Mathilde loves some pattern and Mathilde loves some orange and this is maybe Mathilde's best combo of the two. 10/10 for coziness.

Queen Mathilde visited the Academy of Arts in Mons.
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Speaking of Mathilde loving some pattern, this is lovely, no? Like a holdover from her India trip she couldn't wait to put to use.

Queen Máxima presented the Prince Bernhard Culture Foundation Award.
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It's her strangely fluffy-trimmed outfit from a few weeks ago, take two! Luckily, the second time's a charm. Make it a winter dress instead of sleeveless and make it a rich tapestry-looking fabric, and you tip the scale from silly to swanky. This is also the rare occasion on which I am super into her shoes.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.
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From winter to summer, and who can blame her? A sunshine ensemble for a sunshine stroll - and the one thing buoying up a mixed bag of ensembles from the rest of the trip. So we'll end it here.

05 December 2017

Royal Dress of the Day: A New Designer for Letizia

The King and Queen of Spain attended the AS Sports Awards and the 'As' Newspaper 50th Anniversary Dinner on Monday evening.
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Delpozo is a Spanish label seen all over the red carpet; the late Jesús del Pozo was a favorite of Infanta Cristina, making her magnificent outfit for Felipe and Letizia's wedding and other ensembles. But the label, now revived with Josep Font as creative director, had not yet dressed Queen Letizia. Not until right now. And I daresay this debut was worth waiting for.

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Delpozo was an instant guess upon seeing this in action, because of that dash of architectural, voluminous work on the shoulder - just a touch, still very wearable. A fantastic neckline and excellent hair and earring selections complete the look. That's an A+ from me.

Delpozo Pre-Fall 2017

04 December 2017

Monday Tidbits for December 4: Decking the Palace Halls

ICYMI, we had a bonus Harry and Meghan post on Friday. Elsewhere, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

--Windsor Castle's 20 foot Christmas tree is dripping in gold, another 15 footer is decked in red, and this time lapse video of the set up is the stuff Christmas decorating dreams are made of. [The Sun]

--Buckingham Palace teased their bright color scheme on social media last week, and are preparing to reveal it this week. [Instagram]
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--Meanwhile, over on the Danish royal family's Instagram account, they're sharing a selection of Queen Margrethe's personal Christmas decorations, one each day. The Queen, ever the artist, likes to make her own decorations. She made the nativity scene below in 1985 and it adorns her work room at Marselisborg Palace. [Instagram]
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--Not to be outdone, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary shared a video of their family decorating the tree at home in Frederik VIII's Palace at Amalienborg. [YouTube]
HRH The Crown Princess

 --Prince William went all the way to Finland to deliver Prince George's handwritten letter directly to Father Christmas himself! George would like a police car, please, and assures you he's been nice this year. [Telegraph]

--Okay, okay, William was also in Finland on an official visit to "meet community leaders, mental health campaigners, young people in the tech industry and learn about the unique Finnish education system," while the country celebrates its 100th anniversary year of independence. This included a chance to chat with Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands and Prince Daniel of Sweden, which is fun.
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--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, the Queen got to hang out with some puppies and that's pretty much like Christmas for her. She also did a Take Your Grandson to Work Day, just to finish up this little coincidental William theme we've got going on.


Coming up this week: We need to catch up with Max and Mathilde, and some other stuff. Also, mark it on your calendars, the Nobel Prize Ceremonies are on December 10th! Plenty of time to prepare your tiara-gazing snacks. (We'll do the open post thing.)


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01 December 2017

Bonus Royal Event of the Day: Harry and Meghan in Nottingham

A big royal event in Sweden today doesn’t mean we’re sleeping on the other thing going on, not to worry.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Nottingham today, her first official royal engagement.
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I like this a lot! Feels like even Harry stepped up his coat game for the occasion, because that’s what you gotta do when you’re accompanying the newest contributor to the Royal Coat Museum. This long, navy addition is from Mackage.

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Meghan’s Joseph skirt and Wolford turtleneck are really the perfect solution for a semi-casual royal day out like this, to match up to Harry’s tie-less outfit. Looks great seated, too. (That’s a weird category to comment on, but there it is.)

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While I’m not one for making big predictions on her future royal style based on a single event, this does seems to bode well for someone who’s marrying the Windsor clan’s biggest fan of the casual royal engagement. Nicely played.

Royal Fashion Awards: Prince Gabriel’s Christening

Prince Gabriel and Princess Sofia
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Lemme just repeat what I said last year: It just wouldn’t be a royal year without a Swedish christening! It’s HRH Prince Gabriel Carl Walther, Duke of Dalarna’s turn this year; he’s the second son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. Baby sashes, kids all over the place, and…folk dress? Oh yeah. (If you missed the christening, check out our open post. You can rewatch at the link.)

Best Surprise
Princess Sofia
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So here I was, prepared for another lacy Ida Sjöstedt number, and Sofia bursts in with the jaw dropper! This is the traditional folk dress of Älvdalen, where Sofia grew up, and I understand that it was handmade by relatives. Älvdalen is in Dalarna; Prince Gabriel is Duke of Dalarna. This brings that special nod to Sofia’s heritage full circle in a beautiful way, I think.

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Not that you ever have to convince me to love these traditional costumes anyway, as longtime readers will know. We usually see the Swedish royal ladies wearing the national version on National Day, so it’s a special treat to see them wear versions belonging to different regions. Excellent.

Best in Heirlooms
Prince Gabriel and Prince Alexander
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The tiny man of the hour wore the family christening gown, first worn by Prince Gustaf Adolf in 1906. The gown is made of cotton batiste and Valenciennes lace (bobbin lace) with a petticoat of satin woven silk. He also bundled up against the December weather in the accompanying cap and cape, which has the names of all the children that have worn it embroidered in the lining. Plus, King Grandpa presented him with his baby sash of the Order of the Seraphim. (He may not have been entirely pleased about that or the whole bit where he had to leave his mother's arms. I am pleased enough about the baby sash for us both, kid, don't worry.)

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Squirmy big brother Prince Alexander was dressed in an outfit his dad wore in 1981, because the only thing this family loves more than baby sashes is breaking the heirloom clothes out of storage. Bless.

Best in Christening Color Schemes
Queen Silvia
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Grandma Silvia’s definitely of the "soft colors = baby events" school of thought, judging from her christening choices to date, and her repeated blue ensemble is another chapter in that book. Hard to argue with that.

Best in Seasonal Spirit
Crown Princess Victoria and Family
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This Christmas red’s got me swooning. Perfect belt to balance the voluminous skirt (and it looks like the belt matches the shoes, nice), perfect updo. She had a little bow in the side of her hair, which you can't see here. Victoria, well done.

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Well-coordinated with her mini me, as always! Estelle got to pour in the christening water and help bless it, and she took her job seriously.

…Coziest? I mean, I guess.
Princess Madeleine
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I don’t know, guys. This is definitely a war between the busy dress and the textured coat, and it’s all a bit haphazard.

Valentino dress, h/t to Heaven
Princess Leonore and Prince Nicolas weren’t at the christening because the kids have jet lag from a recent U.S. trip and so they stayed at home in London while their parents made a quick trip to Sweden, according to the royal court’s spokesperson, so I’m feeling like a generous pass on this whole thing goes to pregnant godmother Madeleine too. I give it one shrug in her general direction.

Best in Bonus Guests
Princesses Margaretha and Christina
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Lovely blue for two of Carl Philip’s aunts! Even uncle Tord (Magnuson, Princess Christina’s husband, in the center) got in on the action.

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Speaking of coats fighting with busy outfits underneath, here’s one more guest for the road: Princess Ursula of Bavaria. Knock it back a touch on the accessories, methinks. She was there with her husband, Prince Leopold, who is one of Carl Philip’s godparents.

Who gets your royal fashion awards for the day?

Prince Gabriel's Christening: The Open Post

Photo: Erika Gerdemark, The Royal Court, Sweden

Greetings! This is the place to chat if you'll be watching and enjoying the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden, son of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. The service is scheduled to begin at noon, local time, and will be held at Drottningholm Palace Chapel. The christening broadcast, via Swedish broadcaster SVT, will be available to watch for a month afterward.

Update: The christening is over. You can rewatch at this link. The broadcast will be available until December 31. 


The godparents are:
  • Princess Madeleine, Carl Philip's sister
  • Sara Hellqvist, Sofia's sister
  • Oscar Kylberg, Carl Philip's friend and business partner
  • Carolina Pihls, Sofia's friend and business partner
  • Thomas de Toledo Sommerlath, Carl Philip's maternal cousin

We'll be back with a wrap up post later in the day. Please mind the comment policy as always, and have fun!

30 November 2017

Tiara Thursday: The Queen Mother's Cartier Bracelet Bandeau


Programming Note: Tomorrow, December 1, is the christening of Prince Gabriel of Sweden! As we have done in the past, we will have full coverage here. There will be an open post with streaming link for those that want to watch live together - or join in later - and we'll have a post up later in the day.

The christening is at noon (12:00), local time. (That's 6 am, Eastern.)

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The Queen Mother's Cartier Bracelet Bandeau
Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother had a set of bracelets made by Cartier. There's a quintet of these bracelets, featuring three different colors of stones as the baguette center in a diamond bracelet: one ruby, one emerald, one sapphire, and two with all diamonds.

Four of the bracelets; the fifth is another in all diamonds
The bracelets were gifts from her husband, George VI, when the two were newly married and were titled the Duke and Duchess of York. The couple were regular customers at Cartier.

Queen Elizabeth, as Duchess of York, wearing the bracelets
These bracelets were gifts given individually at Christmas and for her birthday in 1923-1925. The fifth bracelet - the second one all in diamonds - is not always referenced, and this set is often referred to as a quartet rather than the quintet that it is. All five are pictured together in Dressing the Queen by Angela Kelly. Elizabeth often wore all of the bracelets at once, as one large and colorful stack of bracelets.

Worn in the bandeau style
In 1925, Cartier supplied mounts allowing any three of the bracelets to be worn together as a bandeau tiara. The young Duchess of York did this through the early 1930s, in an era when a bandeau would have been a particularly fashionable choice.

She doesn't seem to have used the bandeau mounts later on, though she did continue to use the bracelets. Considering that her tiara-wearing habits changed as her husband took the throne in 1936 and she became Queen Elizabeth, this is not surprising; also left behind were options like the Strathmore Rose Tiara, the Lotus Flower Tiara, the Aquamarine Pineflower Tiara, the Persian Turquoise Tiara, and the Cartier Halo Tiara.

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The Queen wears the emerald bracelet between the two diamond bracelets
The bracelets are now with Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen was seen wearing a couple of the bracelets as early as the 1970s. Given that she rarely wears hair ornaments outside of a more traditional tiara, it is once again not a surprise that the bracelets haven't been used in their bandeau style. Will we ever see these used in the hair again? It would take someone with a little creativity in the tiara department, that's for sure. (Perhaps more than we find in the current members of the British royal family...) Needless to say, I'm all for someone giving it a shot.

What's your bet: Will these bracelets ever be worn as a tiara again?

29 November 2017

Tiara Watch of the Day: Sparkle in Sweden and in State Visit Land

Wooooooo, so many tiara appearances to catch up on! And since we're in post-Thanksgiving catch up mode, we're hitting them all at once. Take a deep breath and dive in:

The Swedish royal family held a Representation Dinner at the palace last week.
Prince Daniel, Princess Sofia, and Prince Carl Philip
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A tiara appearance and a tiara development, this is: Princess Sofia is wearing her Emerald and Diamond Tiara in a more open fashion than she has done before and she's wearing it without the emeralds! Fabulous ideas, both changes. This makes it more versatile as an all-diamond design and takes care of the awkward perch it held on the very top of her head previously. Together with her repeated Zetterberg Couture gown and her double dates, she's WINNING. (Crown Princess Victoria was in Germany on another engagement.)

Queen Silvia and King Carl Gustaf
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Amethysts with a red gown, you say? Amethysts with any gown, I say. (Queen Silvia's wearing Queen Josephine's Amethyst Parure.)

Queen Margrethe went on a state visit to Ghana last week, including a state banquet.
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Wearing the petite Danish Turquoise Bandeau for a state banquet like this (abroad, not a white tie event) is a typical choice for Margrethe. I'm just not sure I agree with her that it goes well with allllllllll her turquoise jewels. The necklace, earrings, and brooch were all gifts from her husband. And they - with their bright blue color and bright yellow gold settings - are loud.

The Grand Duke of Luxembourg, accompanied by Princess Alexandra, is on a state visit to Japan, including a state banquet hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
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First of all: Princess Alexandra stepping in to accompany her dad is ADORABLE. (Grand Duchess Maria Teresa has a fear of flying, and had to pull out of the trip.) She and Empress Michiko make a very sweet pair.

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Second of all: Alexandra's selection of a bolero from her mother's closet is an awkward way to finish the look, but it is delightful to see her this blinged up, wearing the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara plus a delicate diamond necklace her mother has worn in the past. She was given Japan's Order of the Precious Crown, Second Class; for her father, the Order of the Chrysanthemum, Collar and Grand Cordon.

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Empress Michiko opted out of a tiara, as has been her practice for a few years now. No need to worry, though, because it was ALL TIARAS ON DECK for the rest of the imperial ladies.

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Tiaras and parures on deck, thankyouverymuch. The Japanese Pearl Sunburst Tiara for Crown Princess Masako, her favorite.

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As Princess Mako prepares to marry and leave active royal life, she only has a couple tiara appearances left - and the same may go for Princess Mako's Tiara, unless another family member adopts it down the line. For even more princesses present, check this gallery and this huge one.

Phew! From a Thanksgiving coma to a tiara coma, that's the way to go.