17 August 2015

Monday Tidbits for August 17: First Days, National Days, and More

A few tidbits from our usual suspects and a few from people we don't often cover to kick off our week:

--Some members of the British royal family emerged this weekend to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, and you can discuss that over at the Vault. (Also at the Vault last week: one of Her Maj's more obscure demi-parures, featuring the unusual combo of sapphire and turquoise.)

--File this under Hmm...: King Michael of Romania removed the title of Prince of Romania and styling of His Royal Highness from his grandson, Nicholas. He has also removed Nicholas from the line of succession, where he was poised to inherit leadership of the royal house after his aunt, Crown Princess Margarita, and his mother, Princess Elena. The statement clarified that it was not a punishment for Nicholas, who has accepted the decision. But the strained wording has sparked an inevitable round of rumors anyway. Hmm indeed. [Guardian]

--Liechtenstein's princely family celebrated their National Day this weekend. [Luxarazzi]

--Some previously unseen photos from the wedding of Charles and Diana are to be auctioned. [BBC]

--Breaking Beard News: Prince Harry has gone scruffy once more. [Facebook]

--Of general interest: Dressing Downton, an exhibit of costumes from - you guessed it - Downton Abbey, is currently on tour in the U.S. The exhibit is in Oshkosh, WI now, with stops in Richmond, Chicago, Cincinnati, South Bend, Anaheim, Nashville, and St. Augustine to come (all the way through January 2018). The costumes are one of the best parts of that series, so this one definitely goes on the must-see list. [Dressing Downton]

--Did they find the tomb of Queen Nefertiti? [National Geographic]

--And finally, standing guard at Fort Blergh while the others are away, Denmark's Princess Marie accompanied her son, Prince Henrik, to his first day at school. Dad Prince Joachim and little sister Princess Athena were also along for the ride. [ParisMatch]

Coming up this week: A royal birthday to mark, and more.