17 July 2016

Sunday Tidbits for July 17: Abdication...or Not, and More

(Updated to add: Next post will be on Tuesday!) Picking up with this week's international royal intrigue:

--More on the big question in Japan: "Emperor Akihito does not necessarily intend to relinquish the throne early, but has indicated he is prepared to abdicate if he becomes unable to fulfill his duties, government sources said Saturday." [Japan Times]

--I feel obliged to tell you when royal paths cross: Before heading home to celebrate Crown Princess Victoria's birthday, King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia stopped in Germany to attend the opening of the CHIO Aachen equestrian festival, where they met up with Princess Benedikte. [Zimbio]

--A little bonus tiara action, if you haven't seen it already: Hereditary Prince Franz Albrecht zu Oettingen-Spielberg and Cleopatra von Adelsheim were married in Germany last weekend. The bride wore a romantic dress by Luisa Beccaria and a lovely tiara from the groom's family; Beatrice Borromeo was in the wedding and (according to media reports) Prince Harry was in attendance. [Schweizer Illustrierte, Hola]

--Speaking of: Prince Harry took an HIV test live on Facebook, just to show how quick and easy it is, which is pretty excellent. [Washington Post]
Kensington Palace video screencap

--Over at the Jewel Vault: Take Your Grandparents to Work Day turned into Swap Out Your Prime Ministers Day. Most politics are improved by the addition of emeralds, I find.

--And finally: Princess Alexandra is, as ever, the loveliest.

Coming up this week: Danish summer fun, and more...

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