22 March 2015

Sunday Tidbits for March 22: Future Plans, Other News, and Puppies

Bonus dog tidbits at the end for you. But first, some items to put on your royal watching calendar (you have one, right? Of course you do):

 --We have official details on the wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Miss Sofia Hellqvist! The festivities kick off on Friday, June 12, with a private dinner for guests. The wedding itself will be on Saturday, June 13 at 4:30 p.m. CET in the Royal Chapel at the Royal Palace of Stockholm followed by a dinner and dance. The newlyweds will follow their ceremony with a carriage ride through Stockholm. This time indicates a full white tie wedding with tiaras for all. Can you see me doing my happy dance?! [Kungahuset]
Erika Gerdemark, kungahuset.se

--And while we're planning big shindigs, the guest list for Queen Margrethe's April birthday celebrations is shaping up. The Swedish royal family have added the event to their calendars with King Carl Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria, and Prince Daniel traveling to Denmark for the fun. And in his state banquet speech this week, King Willem-Alexander confirmed that he and Queen Máxima will also be present.

--Ooh, this year's summer exhibition at Buckingham Palace looks delicious: A Royal Welcome focuses on official visits to the palace (state visits, garden parties, etc.), including the opportunity for visitors to enter through the grand entrance and see the place set up as it would be for a state banquet, plus a selection of the Queen's gowns and JEWELS. Obviously, I expect full reports from any attendees. [Telegraph]

--They also have an exhibit that will be of interest to all of our floral-oriented folks: Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden is at the Queen's Gallery from now until October. [Telegraph]

--Princess Beatrix and Princess Mabel teamed up this week for the presentation of the first Prince Friso Engineering Award. [Paris Match]

--Over at the Jewel Vault, the Queen got another new brooch, and I covered a very frequently requested jewel (and one of my favorites from her collection).

--Backtrack for a second to that Norway/Latvia state banquet and Crown Princess Mette-Marit's dress, which got sadly washed out in the photos. A little more info: It's by Norwegian designer Leila Hafzi, known for sustainable and ethical practices, and includes a chiffon overlay and a lace underlay. She uses lace made by a project in Bangladesh that helps provide a source of income for the women involved in the craft. In other words, completely up M-M's alley. [Instagram]

--As promised, some dog treats (that's not quite right...) for you: Mette-Marit brought her dog, Muffins Kråkebolle, with her to a Red Cross event at a nursing home this week. [VG; also see this video from MSN]

--And finally, corgis racing at the Barkingham Palace Gold Cup (I mean, stop it) have determined that Baby Cambridge will be a girl named Alexandra. So that's all sorted, then. [YouTube]

We have lots coming up in the next week, including catch ups with Victoria and Mathilde, the ongoing adventures of Wax and Max, and Felipe and Letizia's first outgoing state visit. Stay tuned!