20 September 2015

Sunday Tidbits for September 20: Reigning Visits and Raining Visits

Our return to weekend tidbits begins, unfortunately, on a sad note.

--Tragic news for Dubai's ruling family: Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, son of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, has died of a heart attack. He was just 33 years old. [The National]

--A partial gathering of reigns in Europe: The annual informal meeting for heads of state of German-speaking countries (those with German as at least one of their official languages, that is) was held in Liechtenstein on Thursday, hosted by Hereditary Prince Alois and Hereditary Princess Sophie. The King and Queen of the Belgians and the Grand Duke of Luxembourg were present on the royal side, along with the German, Austrian, and Swiss presidents. [Luxarazzi]

--For those in the Netherlands: Check out Queen Máxima's magnificent Jan Taminiau inauguration dress, which just went on display as part of an exhibit on Dutch fashion at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. [Gemeentemuseum]

--Princess Mako of Akishino, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has been studying at the University of Leicester for a year, but they've just had a press opportunity. This description of the press conference is...well, typical of the imperial court, I guess. [Leicester Mercury]

--Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit made a county visit to Akershus last week. They seem to have spent most of their time getting thoroughly drenched in the rain, but Haakon's commitment to wearing ties remained strong despite the foul weather gear. Three galleries from the trip: one, two, three. [ParisMatch]

--Over at the Jewel Vault, we've been talking about luscious earrings and modern brooch sets.

--And finally, which tiara of Queen Elizabeth II's turned out to be your favorite? The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland, of course! I kinda figured that would be the case, but I admit, I'm surprised to see it wasn't a closer race.
I don't know about you, but I'm suddenly feeling quite sad for the poor Five Aquamarine Tiara.

Coming up this week: the younger Windsors return to the scene, and more.