08 September 2015

Tuesday Tidbits for September 8: A Long Reign, A Mini Tiara Watch, and More

Everything's coming up Queen Elizabeth II as she approaches the day she takes over as the British monarch with the longest reign (September 9!). A few links for Her Maj to start us off:

--A slice of wedding cake from the Queen and Prince Philip's 1947 wedding was sold at auction. What do you do with that, other than recreate your favorite Seinfeld episode? [BBC]

--Here's a fun look at her fashion throughout each of the 63 years of her reign. [Telegraph]

--Some stills from behind the scenes of the documentary Elizabeth R have also appeared, and they're an interesting glimpse of moments when she's not "on". [Telegraph]

--Meanwhile, over at the Jewel Vault, I've been flashing back to state visits from each decade of her reign. This past week included clips from that documentary, appearances of my elusive but beloved amethysts, Crown Princess Mette-Marit looking amazing, a massive tiara in action, and a talking hat. We also covered the family's appearance at the Braemar Gathering, with a chic Autumn Phillips in attendance. [Jewel Vault]

Elsewhere and otherwise:

-If you missed Friday's big news, Crown Princess Victoria is expecting Estelle Jr. baby #2! Dee-lightful, and we covered the announcement plus an evening dinner late on Friday.

--Queen Letizia held audiences in a repeated white Felipe Varela skirt with purple flowers. I like this (because, purple), but I'm also 99% sure I had that bedding set in 6th grade.

--Crown Princess Mary repeated a soft pink Valentino dress for an awards ceremony this week (Queen Máxima owns the same one). Pretty dress, prettier shoes. [Daily Mail]

--You remember that stunning installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London last year? Thousands are up in a gorgeous installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. [BBC]

--Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit visited Trondheim this past week, focusing on research and innovation projects. This is one of her classic repeated dark suits, but it does...uh...suit her. [NTNU Trondheim Flickr]
Photo: Idun Haugan/NTNU on Flickr via Creative Commons

--And finally, a mini Tiara Watch! This Vogue slideshow includes Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis wearing her mother's Christian Lacroix couture and her family's heirloom emerald drop tiara, plus a look inside their family castle. [Vogue, h/t SydneyLux]

Coming up this week: Charlene and more.

Photos: via Twitter, ITV News video screencap, Getty Images, and Flickr