11 December 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for December 11: Trips and Trees and Tiaras Galore

First things first, if you missed out on any of the Nobel fun yesterday, click thyself back and enjoy! More tiara fun awaits us this week, after these quick tidbits:

--Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary made an official visit to Latvia to celebrate the country's 100th anniversary of independence. The trip involved baby blue shoes in a snowy wonderland and this princess-proper arrival outfit, which I would enjoy twice as much without all the bobbly thingys (technical term). [Paris Match]
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--Meanwhile, Queen Margrethe ran into the Duchess of Gloucester at a gala dinner for the Danish-UK Association in London. The Duchess is Danish herself, born in Odense. [Instagram]

--The Duchess of Cornwall completed one of her very best annual engagements last week, inviting children with life-limiting conditions to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree. This year, a fun addition: reindeer! [Town & Country]
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--Over at the Jewel Vault: Flame Lily Alert!

--I expect we'll be talking about this one next week because the time approaches to round up our 2018 bests, but for those that can't wait: The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to present Clare Waight Keller with the British Designer of the Year Womenswear award last night. [Vogue]

--And finally, a seasonal requirement: Christmas trees at Buckingham Palace, set to (what else) the Nutcracker.


Coming up this week: First we will have MORE TIARAS, from the Netherlands and also night 2 of Nobel glitter. Then it's time to start wrapping up the year with our traditional Best Of reviews!


Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

10 December 2018

Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes, 2018

Another year, and my hopes to see the Cameo Tiara in action are once again denied. Nevertheless, the Swedish royal family provided plenty of oohs and aahs as they attended the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm today – with supporting content from the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, too. (Head over to our open post for links to the ceremonies!)

Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and Crown Princess Victoria wait to leave the palace in this photo shared by the Swedish royal court.
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Most Notable Repeat
Crown Princess Victoria
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It’s actually a little surprising it took this long for one of Queen Silvia’s old Nobel gowns to take the stage again, given how much digging through her wardrobe her daughters have been doing in recent years.

One Nina Ricci gown, two royal appearances
Victoria chose the Nina Ricci gown her mother wore to the 1995 Nobel ceremony today – classic old school Queen Silvia, with the BIG skirt and the BIG back bow. It could be very easily dated and I’m sure for some of you it will be…but call it my weakness for a giant ball skirt, I think she’s pulling this off.

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Victoria wore the Connaught Tiara once again, with Silvia’s diamond floral earrings and the rose brooch from the Braganza parure.

Best Continuation of a Theme
Queen Silvia
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Did Queen Silvia note her daughter’s divine use of the Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure with a green gown last month and decide it was a splendid idea to continue? All I know is that it was a splendid idea. If Victoria was classic old school Silvia today, Silvia herself is classic new school Silvia. She broke her streak of evenly alternating the Nine Prong Tiara with the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure for a second Pronger year in a row, and I don’t even mind.

Best in Tiara Wrangling, Again
Princess Christina
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I’m too lazy to see how many years in a row Princess Christina has won my heart by making some of my least favorite Swedish tiaras look good. She’s the undisputed queen, owning the Six Button Tiara like only she can. Also, I love when she does this evening coat-style look. Luxurious fabrics galore.

Best Dressed
Princess Sofia
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The power of a red dress is real, and this Zetterberg Couture number is a RED DRESS. I’d take the sleeve pouf down a notch, yeah, and yet I still love what Sofia's got going on here. This look has impact.

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Sofia also has some jewel intrigue happening; I thought her pearl choker (which is a debut for her tonight) was the same historical piece previously worn by Princess Madeleine, but it is different and something privately owned. Tall chokers are not easy to wear and she’s doing it in truly regal fashion. I love that she’s carried the pearls through with the rest of her jewels, using the pearl version of her Emerald and Diamond Tiara, plus pearl earrings and a pearl brooch.

And a Special Nod to…
Donna Strickland and Frances Arnold
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I really never include the Nobel laureates here because, well, it's just best if we stick to our royal wheelhouse. But I must say this year what an absolute treat it was to see the two women laureates looking so elegant on their big night. Donna Strickland (in red) is a co-laureate for the Nobel Prize in Physics – just the third woman to win it, and the first in 55 years – for her work in groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. Frances Arnold (in blue) is a co-laureate for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – the fifth woman to take the prize in history – for her work in the directed evolution of enzymes.

Meanwhile, in Oslo…
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The treat of the day in Norway was not in jewel form – different ceremony and different subject matter, so appropriately not a gala event – but in simply seeing Crown Princess Mette-Marit looking well in her new Fendi dress. She was a late add to the guest list. Queen Sonja repeated her purple velvet Pucci jacket, much worn and with good reason. Plus a sequin beret, because why not?


Who makes your best dressed list for Nobel 2018?

The festivities are not done! There’s a dinner in Oslo tonight and another tiara event in Stockholm tomorrow night, when the King hosts his traditional palace dinner for the laureates.

Open Post: The Nobel Prize Award Ceremony, 2018

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, note that comments that go into moderation on open posts may not be approved, and enjoy!

07 December 2018

Royal Outfits of the Day: Letizia at the Spanish Constitution Anniversary

Programming Note: The Nobel Prize Ceremonies are on Monday! As we've done in the past, we'll be offering an open post during the gala ceremony in Sweden with streaming options. It starts at 4:30 pm local time, which is 10:30 am Eastern. 

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The Spanish royal family marked the 40th anniversary 
of the Spanish Constitution yesterday.
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Special event? Must need a dash of red. Such seems to be the thinking of Queen Letizia these days, and can we really argue with her?

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This is the third time we've seen this Carolina Herrera dress so far, I believe, after its debut at another special event: the family's trip to Asturias in September. She bumped up the special occasion-ness (that's a thing, go with it) this time with a bigger pair of ruby and diamond earrings. (Can we really argue with that either? I think not.)

The King and Queen attended a concert for the anniversary the previous evening.
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For a concert the evening before, Letizia went for some fake out va-va-voom in the form of a lined lace plunge. I'm not averse to the faux plunge. I'm just averse to the way the lace looks like an afterthought and to...sort of the whole rest of the top. A shame! Some swishy magic could have happened here.

06 December 2018

Royal Outfits of the Day: Festive Skirts with Mary and Kate

'Tis the season for tartans and tweeds.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a party for families of military personnel deployed in Cyprus this week.
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'Tis especially the season for red skirt versions and 'tis the trend to make them midi length.

Emilia Wickstead skirt, worn with a Brora cardigan
Pair them with a cashmere cardi and some boots for a little casual Christmas party fun...

Crown Princess Mary marked the UN's International Day Of Persons With Disabilities this week.
Or dress them up with a belted blazer and pumps...

Alexander McQueen Frayed Tweed Midi Skirt
Any way you want to do it, it's festive perfection. Well played to them both.

04 December 2018

Breaking Jewel Sightings: The Windsors at the Diplomatic Reception

Well, well, well. It's been quite a number of years since a decent number of photographs were allowed from inside the annual Buckingham Palace Diplomatic Reception. This year I guess they decided to give us a holiday treat! I'm surprised enough I decided we'd do it breaking news-style here.

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Swanky gold adorned the Queen's usual white uniform tonight - actually a really good version of her typical evening gown. Diamonds joined the party in spades. And you can even get a peek at some bling for the men, there; this is the event of the year where the royal men wear the actual Garter from the Order of the Garter on the leg. (Click the names of all the pieces listed here for more info where available.)

Diamond Bracelet
Evening Watch 


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The Duchess of Cornwall also stuck with white, which has become her typical evening uniform of late. This one's an oft-repeated Bruce Oldfield ensemble. She did bring us something new on the jewel front, though: massive pearl and diamond earrings! The pearls are the size and shape of Queen Victoria's Pearl Drop Earrings, although the top portion appears slightly different. Innnnnnteresting.

Pearl Drop Earrings


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A new and unmistakably Jenny Packham dress for the Duchess of Cambridge tonight. Bit of a fairy princess flair, no? She paired it with what has swiftly become her go-to tiara and earrings combo.

Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings (from the collection of Diana, Princess of Wales)
Queen Mary's Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet


The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not attend. They were at another event this evening. (Hard to say if they'll attend this event in the future. I've seen people claim it's restricted to just these attendees - the Queen and previously Prince Philip with Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate, but that's not actually true. Other family members attended in the past and they've just used this line up for the past few years. Time will tell.)

Royal Outfits of the Day: Queen Letizia's Recents

If you're going to double up on any style, you might as well make it the swishy, belted style:

Queen Letizia marked the 40th anniversary of the Public State Employment Service last week.
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Can the simple fact that a coat is from Carolina Herrera save it from blerghdom? This repeated beige number votes yes.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia opened an exhibit at the Reina Sofia Museum yesterday.
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This gray number would be equally at home in Queen Mathilde's closet, no? Maybe even more at home, in fact - but a little flip with the belt gives it a little Letizia flair. Two for two in swishy, belted successes.

03 December 2018

Monday Tidbits for December 3: Journeys for Princesses and Elves

Here we go:

--Tiara sale update: Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara sold at the top of its estimate: 2,000,000 DKK, or just over $300,000. The sale was held on November 30. [Bruun Rasmussen]
Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara
Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers

--The Danish royal family is doing another advent calendar-style series on their Instagram page this December! They introduced the series with a video of Queen Margrethe hiding some rice pudding in the palace attic for the palace elves (nisse, crafted by the Queen herself) to find. The palace treasures these little creatures find as they hunt for the porridge are items chock full of family history, and they're being posted on the royal Instagram each day. [Instagram, Wikipedia]

--Meanwhile, Crown Princess Mary embarked on a real journey to Kenya. Some of her own photos and stories from the trip can also be found on the Danish royal family's Instagram. [ParisMatch, Instagram]

--The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and Anne's sharp suit went on an official visit to Chile. [Instagram]
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--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, a new portrait for the Queen.


Coming up this week: We may have some tiaras in cars because the Buckingham Palace Diplomatic Reception is this week. Maybe also a Spain check in, and other stuff too...


Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!