25 October 2015

Sunday Tidbits for October 25: All the Tiara, Coat, and Swishy Skirt News You Need

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Now, let's get to our tidbits:

--Tiara Watch: Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik are visiting Indonesia for a state visit. Margrethe got right in the spirit at the state banquet with a shawl that tied her dark blue dress to her turquoise jewels (the Danish Turquoise Bandeau paired with the earrings and pendant brooch given to her by Prince Henrik). The hosts' traditional shirts and other outfits set the tone for the evening, and a small tiara with opaque stones really was the perfect choice for a queen here. The Danish monarch was quick to quiz the President on batik when she arrived, so I'm sure she was delighted with this state banquet scene. [Kongehuset, Jakarta Post]
Billed-Bladet video screencap. Click here to see video.

--Raf Simons is ending his successful run at the creative helm of Christian Dior after three and a half years. I wasn't always a fan of his celeb creations, but he knew just what suited the Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Charlene, and Queen Mathilde (who no doubt started her relationship with Dior specifically because Simons is Belgian). [New York Times]

--I'm pretty sure the Duchess of Cambridge has some sort of grand scheme involving plans for the opening of a future Royal Coat Museum. She'll have an entire wing dedicated in her name, and it will be a site of pilgrimage for coat devotees who will come to thank the one that did so much for the outer garment cause. The newest addition to the collection, worn for a day of engagements in Scotland Friday, is another custom coat from Scottish designer Christopher Kane. [Hello]

--Prince Harry attended a service to honor the 75th anniversary of the armed forces' explosive ordnance disposal units. And he's about to head stateside, visiting Fort Belvoir, Virginia with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden on October 28th in support of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando. [White House]

--Swishy Skirt Alert: I think I may have just found the one thing I'd covet from Queen Sofia's wardrobe. She got all fancy in a full black skirt (which makes me want to play dress up all over again) with an ivory jacket to receive the Hadrian Award in New York. [Hola]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, we ended the state visit shenanigans with another new brooch debut for QEII, and talked about one very glittery pair of the Duchess of Cornwall's earrings.

Coming up this week: Sashes and trips in Sweden, awards in Spain, probably some more state visit shenanigans, etc....