25 January 2016

Monday Tidbits for January 25: Birthday Portraits Galore and More

January is one busy month on the royal birthday circuit, eh?

--The Norwegian royal court's bounty of official portraits kept rolling last week, releasing a few more for Princess Ingrid Alexandra's 12th birthday. She is again wearing the ruby and diamond heart pendant from Queen Sonja, as we discussed in our look at their last portraits.
Photos: Jørgen Gomnæs / Det kongelige hoff

--Princess Athena of Denmark also starred in a new set of portraits, for her 4th birthday. [Kongehuset]

--And Queen Mathilde also had a new portrait released, as she thanked everyone for the well wishes on her 43rd birthday.

--Princess Hisako in a beautiful kimono at an exhibition of Modern Female Calligraphers, what's not to love about that? [Imperial Family of Japan Blog]

--Sotheby's will auction a selection of items, some jewelry included, that belonged to the late Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, the last of the Mitford sisters. The auction will take place in March. [Sotheby's]

--And finally, use a YouTube app to view the Buckingham Palace expedition, a virtual tour that puts you right inside the palace from wherever you may be. [YouTube]

Coming up this week: Double queens at a concert, checking in with Sweden, and more...