31 October 2016

Monday Tidbits for October 31: Elephants and Scarves and More

A Happy Halloween to you! Wear a tiara, just because you can. Here's other stuff:

--Prince Harry made a visit to Nottingham last week, where he was up to his usual charming shenanigans. He is also included in a video and photos from his time with African Parks' 500 Elephants Conservation Project in Malawi. Photos and his own captions can be seen on Kensington Palace's Instagram. [Hello, Instagram]

--A lovely new portrait will be released for the 11th birthday of the Princess of Asturias, featuring her with her father, King Felipe. [La Razon]

--Crown Prince Frederik made his first public appearance following his trampoline accident, with a scarf casually looped in an attempt to cover his neck brace. Is this the start of a parade of formal scarves and cowls? I'm into that.
A photo posted by DET DANSKE KONGEHUS (@detdanskekongehus) on

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: the Queen went to a supermarket, so get your best captions ready.

Coming up this week: Tiaras in Norway, bejeweled goodies coming up at auction, etc...

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

28 October 2016

Royal Outfit Grab Bag of the Day: October 28

Hmm. HMMMM, I say.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima made a regional visit yesterday.
I adore this color combo, I really do. But you see, I just can't decide which of the many and competing distractions in this outfit I should pay attention to first. Plush toy hat! Beaded explosion earrings! Muppet coat! So many options for distraction on the textures alone - this is too.many.textures. - and that doesn't even include whatever's happening on the shoulders.

Queen Letizia held audiences at Zarzuela Palace yesterday.
Listen, if you don't want to look as though you were just about to go work out until you remembered like 30 seconds ago that you had an audience, you're gonna have to do better than a plain shirt with these fancy track pants.

Crown Princess Mary presented the DANSK Design Talent - Magazine Prize yesterday.
Hmmmmhmm. That's one hmm for the accessories, which don't seem to go with the sleek belt, and a Hmmmm for the dress. The last one's the good kind of hmm. Are you following me? It's a very sophisticated system I have set up here.

27 October 2016

Tiara Thursday: The Fouquet Aquamarine Tiara

The Fouquet Aquamarine Tiara
Georges Fouquet (1862 – 1957) was a member of a French family of jewelers, and a man distinguished as a master jeweler particularly for his work with Art Nouveau designs. He was also a big fan of aquamarine stones, and in 1908, he created the pieces that form this tiara.

These five graduated floral motifs are separate brooches with large cushion shaped Siberian aquamarines surrounded by arches of rose and circular-cut diamonds forming petals. The petals are accented with natural pearls. There was an original tiara design of kokoshnik form to house the brooches (above, or here); the current format, with all five standing upright on a utilitarian band as shown at the top of this post, is a later setting.

The Duchess of Kent wears the tiara in 1991
The later setting was already in place when this tiara popped up on the royal scene, worn by the Duchess of Kent. She wore it on only a couple of occasions in the 1990s, using it alongside the Kent Diamond and Pearl Fringe Tiara and the smaller version of the Cambridge Sapphire Parure Tiara which were also in her collection at the time.

The tiara was worn to the State Opening of Parliament in 2013 (bottom right corner)
As spotted by commenter Jelena over at the Jewel Vault, it can be seen in this video starting around 12:32.
The tiara was later worn by an unidentified woman attending the State Opening of Parliament in 2013, so it is unclear when it left the Kents' possession. In 2014, the tiara was sold by Sotheby's at a November auction, where it brought in $204,500.

The brooches, detached
Incorporating larger aquamarine stones into tiaras has been attempted multiple times (the Brazilian Aquamarine Tiara, the Swedish Aquamarine Kokoshnik, the Russian Aquamarine Kokoshnik, and so on) and it seems to be a tricky task to accomplish successfully. Juxtaposing the solid stones with the airy petals around them is an interesting idea, but I can't help but find the flower effect too sweet, too twee - something highlighted by the button style of the current tiara. Cast my vote for brooches only.

As a tiara or as brooches, which do you prefer?

26 October 2016

Princely Outfit of the Day: October 26

I had Fashion Plates when I was a kid. You know, that toy where you mix and match portions of outfits for a creation of your own. Did you have Fashion Plates? I'd like to play Fashion Plates with Princess Charlene's whole look here.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene attended the Princess Grace Awards on Monday in New York City.
Give me the skirt, which is lovely and flowy. Give me the hair, because you need that edge in the hairstyle to cut through some of the whimsy of the floral motifs scattered on the skirt. (Obviously also give me the earrings, but that should go without saying.)

And then give me something else entirely to replace the bodice and waist, which is just kind of there and is trying to trick me into believing that she felt a matching brooch was somehow needed. (It wasn't.)

Dress is by Christian Dior; the skirt motifs were presented differently on the Spring 2017 RTW runway. Christian Dior Couture is a sponsor of the Princess Grace Awards.
Fashion Plates, yes. That's what we need.

25 October 2016

Royal Outfit of the Day: October 25

The King and Queen of Spain have made their annual visit to Asturias for the Princess of Asturias Awards. So that's one new Felipe Varela outfit, coming right up...
This year, we've got a nude dress with a tulle overlay embroidered in black and crystals. With a soft low ponytail-with-a-twist and her black diamond earrings from De Grisogono, it's a very detailed look. Honestly, it's too detailed to be leaving me as meh as it is.
Maybe I am once again in need of a different shoe. Or maybe I just need to stop getting my hopes up for annual events that I think might produce a year's best. Yeah, it's probably the last one.

One more for the road, because this post needs some color:
The couple also visited the Los Oscos Region.
Ahhh, there we go. Bonus points for this fab pink coat because it is from Asturian designer Marcos Luengo, and because it's nice to see her add another designer to the mix.

24 October 2016

Monday Tidbits for October 24: Another Wedding Gown on Show

Here we go:

--Australians, you have a chance to view the bow-tastic wedding gown of Princess Mabel, wife of the late Prince Friso and daughter-in-law of Princess Beatrix. The creation is part of an exhibition on Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf at the National Gallery of Victoria. If you've ever wondered what 248 bows look like on a single gown, well, now's your chance to see it up close. [NGV]

--Princess Sofia went basic for a trip to Värmland with Prince Carl Philip (it's their duchy), but I do like her black and white coat. [Hello]

--The Princess Royal looked every bit her mother's daughter - just check the jewels - while celebrating 30 years of the St John Ambulance Cadets this week. (The brooch is a dead ringer for the Jardine Star Brooch, but it is from Anne's own collection.)

--Prince Albert has purchased the childhood home of his mother, Princess Grace, in Philadelphia. "We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do with it," he said. "We’re looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work." [People]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault, QEII offers a peek at the photographs set around her audience room.

Coming up this week: Last week's big annual event in Spain, and more...

21 October 2016

Royal Wedding Flashback of the Day: October 21

The Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary this week. Let's celebrate too, by getting lost in this dreamy dress all over again:

Christian Aschman/Cour grand-ducale
It's been a while since I looked back at this wedding, and I really have found myself freshly falling in love with this dress. It's not just that it's Elie Saab Couture - although, fair enough, that alone is a bit of kryptonite for me - it's that it was so perfectly made for this occasion and for this cathedral. It really is a royal wedding dress.

Guests start arriving at 12:00; the bride arrives at 40:00.
After luxuriating in the information coming out of the Swedish royal wedding gown exhibition, I'm now dying to see this one given similar treatment. If there was ever a creation that deserved a closer look, right?

This wedding was a feast above and beyond the wedding gown, though. Tiaras galore, guests and hats and more! You can relive the whole thing with the full roundup of our coverage here.

Christian Aschman/Cour grand-ducale
Happy weekend!

20 October 2016

Tiara Thursday: The Yusupov Diamond Sunburst Tiara

The Yusupov Diamond Sunburst Tiara
The Yusupov family held the greatest private fortune in imperial Russia and had a jewel collection to match, one built thanks to a couple generations of serious stone admirers. Prince Felix Yusupov (1887-1967) was the heir to the lot, and he wanted to marry Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970), a niece of Tsar Nicholas II. Some in her family were opposed to the match because Felix had what was considered a checkered past, but he won the endorsement of the Dowager Tsarina, and the couple wed in 1914. (Prince Felix had quite the life. As a young man, his exploits included dressing up in his mother’s clothes and jewels for nights on the town and he had romances with both sexes. In 1916, he was part of the group that murdered Rasputin. Later, a libel lawsuit he brought against the makers of the film Rasputin and the Empress set legal precedent leading to those disclaimers you see in films proclaiming that the work is fictitious and all persons portrayed in it are fictitious.)

Prince Felix and Princess Irina
Anyway, Prince Felix and Princess Irina made a glamorous couple. Together, they took great care with Irina's jewels; when they departed on their honeymoon, they made a pit stop in Paris to drop her collection off with jeweler Chaumet, who redesigned whole sets (rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and pearls) while they were traveling.

A Chaumet display of Yusupov jewels
Chaumet was also behind the diamond sunburst tiara pictured above, one of Irina's wedding gifts from her husband. The dynamic diadem features layers of diamond rays bursting out from a central round diamond. It was a fresh take on the famous kokoshnik-inspired Russian fringe tiaras, and one that looked very fashionable when worn low in the style of the day.

Princess Irina in the Yusupov Diamond Sunburst Tiara
When revolution came to imperial Russia, the Yusupovs were able to make it out with a few of their most valuable gems. These were mainly single stones of such great size and importance they carry their own names: the Polar Star Diamond (41.285 carats), the rose Ram’s Head diamond (17.47 carats), the Pelegrina Pearl (133.16 grains, not to be confused with La Peregrina, of Elizabeth Taylor fame), and several others. These items were slowly sold off for funds in exile. A pair of diamond earrings said to have belonged to Marie Antoinette also made it out of Russia, and eventually ended up with American collector Marjorie Merriweather Post. Those earrings are today in the Smithsonian.

Those pieces aside, Prince Felix hid most of the family jewelry in the Yusupov Palace in Moscow. The Yusupov jewel collection was one of considerable fame, so of course the Bolsheviks came looking for it. One of the Yusupovs' loyal employees refused to give up the location and was executed, but the jewels were ultimately discovered and confiscated.

Looking over the confiscated Yusupov jewels
The family's collection is pictured above, ready to be examined and likely dismantled in preparation for sale. Visible on the table is the Yusupov Rock Crystal Tiara, another of Princess Irina's wedding presents; the family's version of a classic pearl drop lover's knot tiara can also be seen. Their Diamond Sunburst Tiara is upside down in the middle of the table, and it has never appeared again. Alas, it was probably dismantled to be sold stone by stone.

If the tiara were around today…which royal do you think would wear it best?

One final note: Cartier also made at least one tiara in a very similar design (with a yellow diamond or star sapphire center), which is still in existence. I've often seen this identified as the Yusupov tiara, but it is not.

Photos: Chaumet/DR

19 October 2016

Royal Outfit of the Day: October 19

If you weren't a fan of the Duchess of Cambridge's recent stab at floral prints, boy oh boy, has she got a treat for you.

The British royal family hosted a reception for Olympic and Paralympic athletes yesterday.
Kensington Palace Twitter
Heh. Really, I'm not at all surprised she's dipped into Alexander McQueen's recent range of poppy prints. You can get into the symbolism of poppies if you like (we'll be seeing lots of them for remembrance soon, as November approaches), but I don't think she needed a reason and I like that she's worn it at an event outside of that.

She chose this dress for an event where it's hard to get a look at the full ensemble view, which means we can't properly assess this skirt length situation (this is, I would say, the hardest of all lengths to pull off), and that's SNEAKY, so...well played.

This reception was packed with royals - you know how they love their Olympics - and there's more on the Queen's brooch selections for the day over at the Vault.

18 October 2016

Royal Exhibition of the Day: October 18

The ladies of the Swedish royal family joined forces yesterday (minus Princess Madeleine, who had two sick kids) to open the Royal Palace's new exhibition, Royal Wedding Dresses 1976-2015. It includes the wedding gowns of Queen Silvia, the late Princess Lilian, Crown Princess Victoria, Princess Madeleine, and Princess Sofia.

Photo: Kungahuset.se
Queen Silvia's speech opening the exhibit was really sweet. She remembered her husband's aunt, Queen Ingrid of Denmark, calling her after her engagement and inviting her to Copenhagen, where she gave her the traditional sprig of myrtle used by all family brides. And to her daughter and daughter-in-law, she said, "I had the great fortune to have three children who have been wise enough to follow their hearts. Just as I did myself." See? Sweet. (You can read the speech - text in Swedish - here.)

Photo: Kungahuset.se
A group of royal wedding gowns is always going to be worth your time, but this one includes even more treats: veils, accessories, pre-wedding event dresses, the dresses that Sofia and Madeleine changed into for the party portion of their receptions, young bridal attendant outfits, and more. Excuse me while I investigate flights to Stockholm...

Update: Readers who visited the exhibition were kind enough to share their pictures, and we have been exploring the gowns in depth, one installment at a time. See the links below for the installments to date:


The exhibition also yielded some fabulous HQ shots of these dresses, and they reveal details unseen when the gowns were in action. (Click the photos below to enlarge.)

Queen Silvia, 1976. Gown by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior.
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria, 2010. Gown by Pär Engsheden.
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Madeleine, 2013. Gown by Valentino Couture.
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden

Princess Sofia, 2015. Gown by Ida Sjöstedt.
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden
Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck, The Royal Court, Sweden

17 October 2016

Monday Tidbits for October 17: Unfortunate News, Unfortunately

Death, illness, and accident - good grief, royal houses, you better have something delightful up your sleeves for this week. We all need a little cheering up. But we'll get back to the fashion by the end here, so hang in there:

--Thailand is in mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn - an heir that raises concerns for many - asked for a delay before taking the throne, to mourn his father with the Thai people. King Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned for 70 years following the death of his brother (from a gunshot, under suspicious circumstances) in 1946. He was the longest reigning living monarch in the world. The official mourning and funeral process for the late king will take months and more. [NY Times, BBC, Smithsonian, WSJ]

--Princess Christina of Sweden is suffering from chronic leukemia, the palace announced this week. She's feeling good but will undergo treatment and scale back her royal duties accordingly. Princess Christina is already a breast cancer survivor. [Kungahuset]

--Crown Prince Frederik had to miss a reception honoring the Danish Olympians and Paralympians after he suffered a fracture of the cervical spine due to an accident on a trampoline. He'll be fine, but will be wearing a neck brace for a while. Queen Margrethe couldn't resist poking a little fun at her son, noting in her speech that it's not so surprising that something should go wrong when you're jumping on a trampoline at nearly 50 years old. Crown Princess Mary was joined by Prince Christian and Princess Isabella at the event. [DR, Svenskdam]
DR screencap

--Over at the Jewel Vault, the new holder of that longest reigning living monarch title went for a spin in her open top Range Rover and presumably held her tongue while unveiling an ~interesting~ new portrait.

--And finally, back to the fashion: Crown Princess Victoria put her own spin on the rich fabric + uneven hem trend (as seen on Mary last week, in a different skirt) while attending an event this weekend. I realize that some of you may consider this another dose of unfortunate news, but I think she looked smashing. [Expressen]

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

14 October 2016

Royal National Day of the Week: October 14

King Felipe, Queen Letizia, the Princess of Asturias, and Infanta Sofia attended celebrations for Spain's National Day on Wednesday.
It was blue last year and teal the year before for Queen Letizia, but one thing never changes: Felipe Varela is her man for the National Day job. Leonor and Sofia wore Carolina Herrera coats, so the family covered all their favorite designer bases.

There's tons of detail on this new dress, beading and such on an already textured background, but it's saved from overload by the simple black and white color scheme. And it ended up being a bright spot in a rainy background outside, so bonus points for weather coordination (no matter how coincidental it might have been). This might be the rare occasion for which I would have preferred a black shoe, though.

Other accessory quibbles aside, her styling from the shoulders up is divine as usual. Letizia turning into the queen of earrings and updos has to be one of the more delightful surprises in the past few years of royal looks, right?

13 October 2016

Tiara Thursday: Queen Geraldine’s Sapphire and Diamond Tiara

Earlier this year, we featured the diamond tiara of Queen Geraldine of the Albanians, a lovely floral diadem with a ram’s head right in the middle. (Symbolism. We’ll get to that.) I mentioned at the time that the Albanian royal family was uncommonly fond of this symbol when it came to their jewelry; ram’s heads featured in tiaras worn by all of the sisters of King Zog, Geraldine’s husband, and Geraldine herself had a second tiara showcasing this symbol.
Queen Geraldine's Sapphire and Diamond Tiara
This second tiara is a small piece including sapphires and diamonds in a floral design with the heraldic symbol of the Albanian royal house resting underneath a diamond and sapphire floral arch. That symbol is a helmet topped by a ram’s head, and it is also the symbol of Skanderbeg, a fifteenth-century warrior often referred to as Albania’s national hero. King Zog proclaimed himself King of the Albanians in 1928 and claimed to be a successor to Skanderbeg, making this an important symbol for the royal house.
Queen Susan
Several pieces of the family’s jewelry were sold in the decades following their 1939 exile. A sapphire and diamond necklace, bracelet, brooch, and ring were sold by King Leka, Zog and Geraldine’s son, in the 1980s, but this tiara remained with the family. It was worn by King Leka’s wife, Queen Susan, and is now worn by a new Albanian bride.
Crown Prince Leka II, son of the late King Leka and the late Queen Susan, married Elia Zaharia on October 8, 2016, in Tirana. The new Crown Princess Elia wore the sapphire and diamond tiara on her wedding day, along with a gorgeous wedding gown. It’s quite the fairytale look, wouldn’t you say? Stunning, I thought.
Crown Princess Elia
Kevjassintkevin via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0
Seeing the tiara on its own, the bejeweled animal at the center is the first impression you get, and it’s a strong impression given how rare it is to see something like that as part of a tiara design. But that impression changes when the small jewel is in use. Here, it simply looks like a petite floral tiara; you have to know what you’re looking for in order to make out the crest motif. The new Crown Princess wore it well.
The royal wedding drew guests from some twenty royal houses and included a white tie reception. Some guests went for tiaras, like Princess Michael of Kent in the Kent Festoon Tiara; others, like Queen Sofia of Spain, went without.

Better in use, yes or no?

Photos: Albanian royal family, via Wikimedia Commons and Getty Images as indicated

12 October 2016

Double Tiara Watch of the Day: October 12

Ready for more dispatches from fall state visit season? We're cutting straight to the tiaras, just because we can:

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde are in Japan for a state visit, where Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted a state banquet in their honor.
I had high hopes for some serious tiara weight here, in a monarchy-to-monarchy state visit. Not from the Empress, of course; she stopped wearing tiaras a few years ago. But Mathilde wasn't feeling it either, opting for her simple Wolfers Necklace Tiara. Okay, Mathilde. I'm gonna let this slide because a) the dress is basically handling the majesticness of this look on its own, and b) we still have a state visit from Belgium to the Netherlands coming up for some true diamond power.

Belgian Monarchy
It's a pretty good gala dress, though, isn't it? (By Dries Van Noten, per ModeKoninginMathilde.) Showcases the yellow and red sash of Japan's Order of the Precious Crown, but doesn't try to match it. Together with the warm tones of her outfit from their official welcome ceremony and first meeting with the imperial couple (above), she had a whole autumnal thing going on for the day. It's the pumpkin spice latte of state visit wardrobes, and I'm digging it.

VTM screencaps
Lest you think Queen Mathilde was the only lady in a tiara, the rest of the imperial ladies were out in force sporting their regular full parure looks. I spy Crown Princess Masako in the Pearl Sunburst Tiara, Princess Kiko in her own parure, Princess Mako in her own parure, and Princess Kako also in her own parure, at least. Really a very sparkly display, overall. (For more, click: here for some looks at Mathilde and the setting, here for a video with state banquet highlights at the end, and here for a gallery focusing on the Japanese family. Sayako Kuroda, the daughter of the Emperor and Empress, was also in attendance.)

The Norwegian royal family welcomed the President and First Lady of Singapore for a state visit, with a state banquet on Monday night.
So anyway, like I said, we're cutting straight to the tiaras. Yeah, focus on the tiara. It's the Amethyst Necklace Tiara for a change, that deserves some love, right? It does. Looks like Princess Astrid went for the Vasa Tiara. Queen Sonja shook it up a little bit for herself, in the Modern Gold Tiara. (But only a little bit, because she still wore a 25-year-old Erik Mortensen dress and some things never change. See Sonja and more of the rest here.)
Sandra Mansour gown, per Heaven and The Royals and I
Okay, and the dress...well, I do think it's been done a disservice by the flashes and whatnot that are just a part of the traditional state visit stroll at the palace, because we're losing all that skirt detail and thus are losing the best part of the dress. But that doesn't mean it was a wise choice in the first place. Oh well. We'll always have the tiaras.

11 October 2016

Royal Florals of the Day: October 11

My love of floral patterns is really getting out of hand.

The annual Crown Prince Couple's Prizes were presented this weekend. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary presented prizes honoring work in cultural and social areas, and for up and coming innovators.
Ulrik Jantzen/Bikubenfonden via CC BY-ND 3.0
Mary nabbed this skirt from designer Jayson Brunsdon after she sported it in a photoshoot for Australian Vogue. The length and volume could make it tricky to style, but she wisely keeps it simple in a black top with a wrap detail (as she did the last time she wore it). The brocade is so deliciously rich, it's an excellent choice for a semi-formal evening event. This plays right into my floral obsession.
Ulrik Jantzen/Bikubenfonden via CC BY-ND 3.0
(Sidebar: I always look forward to this event to see what jewels Mary will wear - it's been a bit of a showcase in the past. After last year's inventive use of the brooch from the Danish Ruby Parure, she reached into her considerable collection of aquamarines and produced her lovely girandole earrings.)

The Duchess of Cambridge (with the Duke and Prince Harry) attended an engagement with Heads Together yesterday.
But the bad thing about florals, of course, is that you're only ever one step away from a wallpaper pattern. And once it has occurred to you that a certain dress would be the wallpaper of Dolores Umbridge's dreams, there's really no turning back.
Dress by Kate Spade

10 October 2016

Monday Tidbits for October 10: Quadruple Queens

Through your bleary Monday eyes, you will notice that we have a brand new banner up top, kindly created by our awesomely talented commenter Impy the Painter! Please drop by the comments and give her some jumpy claps.

To the tidbits, with quadruple the queen news:

--Queen Letizia went literal in red this year for Día de la Banderita, raising funds for the Spanish Red Cross. The outfit works best in motion, I think (and don't miss her collecting from the press at the end of that video). At another engagement, she wore an oversized coat and played it just right by pairing it with a slim trouser to balance out the volume. [YouTube, Zimbio]
House of HM the King

--I wish she'd pass that note on balancing volume along to Queen Máxima. A voluminous skirt worn with a draped top is just too much for one outfit. [ParisMatch]

--A proud Queen Rania accompanied King Abdullah to Germany, where he was awarded the Peace of Westphalia Prize. Proud - and sparkly, in Dior. (For the day, she wore a sharply shaped black suit.) [Instagram]

--The link to the Jewel Vault in the sidebar on this blog disappeared for a while, a temporary technical glitch that has been fixed now. Anyway, QEII is back and in action and handled an investiture on Friday in purple and pearls.

--And finally: Harry + kids, say no more.

Coming up this week: A royal wedding with a goat tiara (oh yeah), the Belgiums in Japan, 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!

07 October 2016

Royal Brooches (and Tiaras!) of the Day: October 7

Double the brooches and double the diadems to close out our week, as we check in with two sparkling queens: 

King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia are on a state visit to Germany this week.
Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/The Royal Court, Sweden
Queen Silvia brought the Connaught Tiara for the state banquet on the first day of their state visit to Germany, a great choice for a black tie banquet. She paired it with massive pearl earrings, a lovely diamond collet necklace, and a dress that I'm just not sure about.
Silvia's in her home country, so she upped her tiara power accordingly by bringing another tiara to wear for night two, bless her sparkly soul. And she wore it with purple!
'Twas the Baden Fringe Tiara! This was a lovely surprise. While the tiara has made the rounds in the family and has graced Silvia's head plenty of times in the past, it's so associated with Crown Princess Victoria that it feels a treat to see it featured on someone else.
But enough about the tiara. (I know, I can't believe I typed that either.) Let's talk about that brooch! Spectacular, isn't it? It's new - and by new, I mean old but criminally underused. Like the tiara, it was worn by Victoria of Baden. It can be seen in the picture below, just above the spot where Queen Victoria has strung the Baden Fringe across her person as though arming herself for battle.
What other long-unseen treats would you like to bring out, Your Maj? I, for one, am here for whatever you've got.

Queen Mathilde traveled to Paris to visit two exhibitions featuring the works of Belgian artists.
Photos: Belgian Monarchy
The Danish royal family went wild with the brooches at their parliament opening, Queen Silvia went for it in Germany, and Queen Mathilde hopped in on the action when she visited Paris. Brooches are having a good month.
This simple but intriguingly sleeved dress - in a killer color - is the perfect place to park a little sparkle. Mathilde debuted this brooch last year, I believe, and she's worn it several times since. (As well she should, it's gorgeous.) Let's all cross our fingers that this is merely a warm up for Mathilde and Philippe's state visit to Japan, which happens next week.