08 August 2016

Monday Tidbits for August 8: Unexpected Sparkle and More

But some sad news to start us off, I'm afraid:

--Queen Anne of Romania, born Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma, has passed away. She met King Michael while in London for the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh, just before Michael was forced to abdicate his throne. She was 92 years old. [Telegraph]
King Michael and Queen Anne, 2014

--Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and Ari Behn are divorcing. The couple married in 2002 and have three daughters. [Kongehuset]

--Let's brighten things up with an unexpected tiara appearance: The Cartier Essex Tiara is owned by the jeweler and occasionally loaned out, which is how it comes to grace the head of...Rihanna! Check out the sparkle in W Magazine's Instagram video of the shoot. More tiaras for everyone, that's my motto.
Steven Klein for W Magazine

--"A Palace Was Unearthed Where Legend Places King Arthur's Birthplace," oooh. [Smithsonian]

--Over at the Jewel Vault: A rare necklace and bracelet set and one (mercifully) rare dress, plus a look at the Queen's outfits for Olympic opening ceremonies from pink bell hats to parachutes. Turns out, by the way, that this new Buckingham Palace exhibition has corrected a decades-long case of mistaken designer identity for one of Her Maj's most famous hats. [Royal Hats Blog, Jewel Vault]

Coming up this week: Summer fun in Spain, and more...

Tidbits is your place throughout the week to share things we haven't covered yet and for all your off topic chats. Enjoy!