28 December 2018

Readers' Favorite Outfits of 2018, Evening Division: Vote Now!

Quick programming note: Our next post will be coverage of the annual New Year banquet sparkle, stay tuned.

Yesterday was the Day & Cocktail Division; today we move on to the Evening Division in the race to elect your favorite 2018 royal outfits.

The Evening Division is a curated selection of 25 evening outfits for your voting fun (full length; anything shorter was categorized as cocktail). Links to past coverage are included below. You may select up to three outfits to vote for. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page. (If you're unable to see the poll, try a different browser.) {Update: Voting is now closed.}

Elysee/Sara Friberg, Kungl. Hovstaterna/Konghuset/Belgian Royal Palace
1. Queen Mathilde at the French state banquet in Armani Privé
2. Princess Sofia at the Nobel Prize Awards in Zetterberg Couture
3. Crown Princess Mary at the New Year’s Gala Banquet in Soeren Le Schmidt
4. Crown Princess Victoria at the King’s Dinner for Nobel Laureates
5. Queen Mathilde in portraits in Armani Privé

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6. Crown Princess Victoria at the Nobel Prize Awards in Nina Ricci
7. Crown Princess Mary at Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th Birthday in Lasse Spangenberg
8. Princess Eugenie at her wedding reception in Zac Posen
9. The Duchess of Cambridge in Norway in Alexander McQueen

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10. Queen Máxima at the Luxembourg/Dutch state banquet in Jan Taminiau
11. Beatrice Borromeo at Monaco’s National Day Gala in Armani Privé
12. Crown Princess Victoria at the Italian state banquet
13. Crown Princess Mary at a gala banquet in Jesper Høvring
14. Queen Letizia at the Royal Theater in Pedro del Hierro

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15. Princess Charlene at the Ocean Gala in Oscar de la Renta

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16. The Duchess of Cambridge at the British/Dutch state banquet in Alexander McQueen

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17. Princess Benedikte at Crown Prince Frederik’s 50th Birthday

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18. Queen Máxima at the British/Dutch state banquet in Jan Taminiau

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19. Queen Letizia at the Chinese state banquet in Felipe Varela
20. The Duchess of Sussex at the British Fashion Awards in Givenchy
21. Crown Princess Mette-Marit at the Parliament Gala Dinner
22. Charlotte Casiraghi at the Rose Ball in Saint Laurent
23. Princess Charlene at the Red Cross Ball in Atelier Versace
24. The Duchess of Sussex at her wedding reception in Stella McCartney

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25. The Duchess of Cambridge at the Diplomatic Reception in Jenny Packham

You may vote for up to THREE outfits. {Update: The poll is now closed.}

27 December 2018

Readers' Favorite Outfits of 2018, Day & Cocktail Division: Vote Now!

It's time once again to elect your favorite royal outfits of 2018!

We have two votes: today's Day & Cocktail Division (which I am defining as day plus anything evening that's shorter than full length) and tomorrow's Evening Division. I chose 25 of our favorite outfits worn in 2018 from each division for your voting pleasure - not necessarily the 25 most commented on outfits, just aiming to get a well-rounded selection that represents this royal year.

First up: the Day & Cocktail Division! Links to past coverage where available are included below. You may select up to three outfits to vote for. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page. (If you're unable to see the poll, try a different browser.) {Update: Voting is now closed.}

Kensington Palace/Hosue of HM the King/Belgian Monarchy/Royal Family/Erika Gerdemark, Kungahuset.se
1. The Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace in Emilia Wickstead
2. Queen Letizia at the Spanish Constitution Anniversary in Carolina Herrera (also worn in Asturias)
3. Queen Mathilde at the Canadian state visit
4. Queen Máxima at the British/Dutch state visit in Claes Iversen
5. Princess Madeleine at Princess Adrienne’s Christening in Giambattista Valli

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6. Beatrice Borromeo at Monaco’s National Day in Armani Privé

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 7. Queen Mathilde in Austria in Natan
8. The Duchess of Cambridge in Cyprus in Smythe
9. Queen Letizia at the Princess of Asturias Awards in Felipe Varela

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 10. Crown Princess Mary in Latvia in Strenesse
11. Autumn Phillips at the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding in Hen House
12. Princess Beatrice at Princess Eugenie and Jack’s wedding in Ralph & Russo
13. The Duchess of Sussex at the Sentebale Polo Cup in Carolina Herrera 

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14. The Duchess of Sussex at the Queen’s birthday concert in Stella McCartney

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15. Queen Máxima at the Appeltjes van Oranje awards in Natan

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16. Lady Sarah Chatto at Princess Eugenie and Jack’s wedding in Jasper Conran
17. Crown Princess Victoria in France in Camilla Thulin
18. Queen Mathilde at the French state visit in Natan

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19. The Duchess of Cambridge at the V&A in Erdem

Royal Family Channel/Lithuanian President/Palazzo Quirinale/House of HM the King/Danish Ambassador
 20. The Duchess of Cambridge at Prince Louis’ Christening in Alexander McQueen
21. Crown Princess Mette-Marit in Lithuania in Brock Collection
22. Crown Princess Mary in Italy in Mark Kenly Domino Tan
23. Queen Letizia in the Dominican Republic in Carolina Herrera (also worn in Bailen)
24. Crown Princess Mary in Seattle in Preen

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25. The Duchess of Sussex in Australia in Oscar de la Renta

You may vote for up to THREE outfits. {Update: The poll is now closed.}

26 December 2018

Royal Christmas of the Day: The Windsors at Sandringham

Yesterday's Christmas church stroll by the British royal family was pretty sartorially predictable. Predictably! Maybe the most surprising outfit was the Queen's, but she gets her own post at the Jewel Vault (click here). As for the rest of this lot...

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No one that has been paying any attention will be the least bit surprised to see that the Duchess of Cambridge has ordered up another color of a favorite outfit (a Catherine Walker coat, owned also in green, with another Jane Taylor headband, and worn with her oak leaf brooch). Likewise, no one that has been paying any attention will be the least bit surprised to see that the Duchess of Sussex has ordered up another navy outfit (Victoria Beckham this time). Per usual x2.

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Deep colors were also the name of the game for Autumn Phillips and Princess Beatrice, both sporting Claire Mischevani, and Princess Eugenie in festive red. I'd tweak all three of these looks just a littttttttle bit, although I am prepared to offer up my applause to Beatrice for throwing a hat brim into the family mix.

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On the lighter side, have some refreshing bright blues courtesy of the Countess of Wessex (in Suzannah) and the Princess Royal. Is Sophie my fave this year? Maybe. Just maybe.

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And finally, bless Zara Tindall for bringing some cheer into my Christmas review by flying the flag for the Purple Is A Neutral club. Every little bit helps our cause.

21 December 2018

Year in Review: 2018's Honorable Mentions

Did you fall in love with a 2018 royal outfit from someone not yet featured? Here, my friends, is the place to proclaim your love. The honorable mentions begin...

...right after this programming note: Our next post will be the Christmas round up, probably on the 26th, and then you'll want to stay tuned to cast your votes for your 2018 favorites!

Princess Eugenie in Zac Posen at her Wedding Reception
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Our one limited glimpse of this gown in action is all I need to call it one of the most interesting - and intricately made - dresses of this royal year.

Princess Beatrice in Ralph & Russo at Princess Eugenie's Wedding
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Satisfying my need for more royal Ralph & Russo, this was a stunning turn for Princess Beatrice. Another contender for the year's best was her faux bow Gucci dress.

Lady Sarah Chatto in Jasper Conran at Princess Eugenie's Wedding
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Eugenie's wedding offered a few bests for the year. Sarah broke from her usual color schemes in a big way, to delightful effect. Another nod from the event goes to Lady Gabriella Windsor, who combined her blues in a fun way.

Princess Charlene in Oscar de la Renta at the Ocean Gala
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What, like a sparkly caped thing wasn't making this list?

Princess Sofia in Zetterberg Couture at the Nobel Prize Ceremony
This high-impact gown won my heart at the Nobels. Sofia also impressed earlier in the year with her green halter top dress at the Polar Music Prize.

Princess Madeleine in Giambattista Valli at Princess Adrienne's Christening
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Did this floral really win me over, or was it just the fact that Madeleine wore pieces of the Cameo parure for the first time? Probably the latter, but hey, whatever makes it memorable.

Charlotte Casiraghi in Saint Laurent at the Rose Ball
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Listen, I just love the fact that what was arguably the most fun evening ensemble of the year came from Charlotte. Feathers for everybody!

Beatrice Borromeo at...a Bunch of Events
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I think I loved everything we covered Beatrice wedding this year, which is some kind of record: black velvet maternity from Alberta Ferretti at the Rose Ball, fur and fringe at the Ocean Gala, the delicious Armani Privé ensemble above from National Day, and the liquid gold number she wore to the National Day gala. 

What other royal outfits made your list of 2018 favorites?

20 December 2018

Year in Review: The Duchess of Cambridge and Crown Princess Victoria's 2018 Bests

Our next two ladies in the spotlight ended up on opposite ends of the spectrum for my personal 2018 favorites.

The Duchess of Cambridge in Erdem at the V&A
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For my end of the year favorites, I usually draw heavily from the year's tiara appearances - but weirdly enough, my top Kate outfits for the year stayed on the less formal side of things. The accessory interest on this Erdem tops my list.

Runners up:

    Crown Princess Victoria in Nina Ricci at the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony
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    Victoria, on the other hand, ended up with a list completely taken from the year's tiara appearances. It was a bit of a three-way tie, but I'm giving top prize to the go big or go home spirit of her foray into Queen Silvia's closet for the Nobel ceremony.

    Runners up:

    What were your favorite 2018 outfits from Kate and Victoria?

    19 December 2018

    Year in Review: Queen Máxima and Crown Princess Mary's 2018 Bests

    Next up in our review of 2018's individual bests: two who brought their A-game for two of 2018's biggest royal events.

    Queen Máxima in Jan Taminiau at the British State Banquet
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    This outfit is one of the only tmes I have quibbled with a cape, and yet the memory of this appearance with the Stuart Tiara at full blast is so strong I didn't even come up with any runners up from the evening category.

    Runners up:

    Crown Princess Mary in Lasse Spangenberg at Crown Prince Frederik's 50th Birthday
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    Detailed but delicate, Mary's tiered and lacy dress would definitely make my top 5 dresses of 2018 list. Near to the top. Princess perfect, as per usual.

    Runners up:

    What were your favorite 2018 outfits from Mary and Máxima?

    18 December 2018

    Year in Review: Queen Mathilde, Queen Letizia, and the Duchess of Sussex's 2018 Bests

    We did a little Readers' Favorite Outfits vote(s) last year and we're planning on doing it again this year! This week, I'm picking my personal best outfits of the royal year for some of our regulars, plus others. I take your faves into consideration when deciding what we'll vote on, too, so make sure you comment with your personal favorite outfits on the appropriate post!

    My picks for the best outfits of the year begin with the Ladies in Velvet.

    Queen Mathilde in Armani Privé at the French State Banquet
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    I called it when this event happened and I'm sticking to my guns: nothing else even comes close to topping my list of Mathilde's best outfits of 2018. That color! That shape! That fabric! *chef's kiss*

    Runners up:

    Queen Letizia in Felipe Varela at the Chinese State Banquet
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    This is a 2017 repeat but it really shines for me in 2018. It's sleek, luxurious, and the perfect modern way to showcase some of Spain's biggest gems.

    Runners up:

    The Duchess of Sussex in Givenchy at the British Fashion Awards
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    I honestly didn't know what I was going to pick for our newest regular in her first full royal year - until THIS happened. Wouldn't have objected to a dangly earring here, but otherwise: SOLD.

    Runner up:

    What were your favorite outfits from 2018 for these three women? 

    17 December 2018

    Monday Tidbits for December 17: Holiday Cheer and Poll Results

    More 2018 wrap up fun awaits us, but first, the results from last week's two polls and some of the usual holiday cheer:

    --In the vote for your favorite 2018 tiara surprise, who rose to the top but the one and only Queen Máxima and her use of the Stuart Tiara! Máxima took home 47% of your votes, easily holding off your runner up with 34%, Princess Eugenie and the debut of the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. Another big British tiara moment, the Duchess of Sussex in Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau Tiara, took third place with 10% of your votes.
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    --Princess Eugenie missed her chance to take the tiara prize, but the love for her wedding look carried her to victory as your favorite 2018 royal wedding gown! Eugenie and her Peter Pilotto gown grabbed 49% of your votes. Meghan followed her with 31% of the tally, while Alessandra took 14% and Ayako nabbed the remaining 6%.
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    --The usual parade of royal Christmas cards is in full swing! The Windsors contributed with the release of cards from Chaz and Cams, the Cambridge fam, and the Sussex pair.
    Taken by Hugo Burnand in the gardens at Clarence House over the summer.
    Taken by Matt Porteous at Amner Hall.
    Taken by Chris Allerton during their Frogmore House wedding reception.

    --Over in Denmark, Queen Margrethe and the crown princely family held a Christmas event at Christiansborg Palace. The Queen's little elves are still finding family treasures around the palace on the family's Instagram, including a pair of Prince Henrik's monogrammed shoes. [Instagram]
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    --And in Sweden, the royal court shared a picture taken by Crown Princess Victoria of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar celebrating St. Lucia Day last week.
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    --And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: a little holiday party fun for Her Maj, plus a vibrant pink outfit.

    Coming up this week: We continue finishing up 2018 with plenty of outfit favorites. Get your memories rolling and your suggestions ready.

    Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

    14 December 2018

    Year in Review: 2018's Royal Wedding Gowns

    2018 loaded us up on royal wedding gowns, with two big headliners from Britain and others beyond. It's all leading to the inevitable year-end question: which one was your favorite?

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    Alessandra de Osma wore an embellished gown from Jorge Vázquez to marry Prince Christian of Hanover in Peru in March. I think it's fair to say she claimed the title of Biggest Wedding Tiara of the Year by topping her look with the Hanover Floral Tiara.

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    Meghan Markle turned to Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy for her May wedding to Prince Harry. She took home the Longest Wedding Veil of the (Royal) Year prize with her Commonwealth floral-embroidered veil anchored with Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau Tiara.

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    Princess Eugenie made a touching statement at her October wedding to Jack Brooksbank by asking Peter Pilotto to make her a veil-free gown that showcased the scoliosis surgery scar on her back. She grabbed the Most Colorful Wedding Tiara of the Year award by becoming the first (known) member of the royal family to wear the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara.

    Princess Ayako claimed the Most Colorful Wedding Ensemble title with her array of traditional looks for her October wedding to Kei Moriya. Pictured is just one of her looks - and she even managed to squeeze in one final tiara appearance.

    This isn't all of 2018's wedding treasures, mind you; we covered a couple more in Tidbits mentions and there were a bunch of noble weddings we didn't cover. We've got enough here to pose the question, though:

    Which royal wedding gown of 2018 was your favorite?
    Vote in the poll below!

    13 December 2018

    Year in Review: 2018’s Tiara Happenings

    Yes, it’s time to begin wrapping up 2018. We’ll start with a round up of this year’s tiara happenings. It’s been an eventful year in diadems! There were quite a few developments beyond the royal tiaras we saw worn this year; tiaras were sold (Queen Alexandrine's Russian Sapphire Tiara, the whole Bourbon-Parma auction, and more), tiaras went on display (the trio of Fife tiaras at Kensington Palace!), and unfortunately, certain things also disappeared (shame on you, thieves of Swedish royal regalia and the Portland Tiara).

    This year also gave us plenty of opportunities to see tiaras in action, from a big tiara’d up royal gathering (that marvelous festival of fringes at Frederik’s 50th birthday party) to wedding tiara surprises and more. You can scroll back through alllllll the tiara appearances we covered in 2018 here.

    And those events produced some notable tiara happenings…

    The Reappearances
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    Any 2018 tiara round up has to start with the reappearance of the Stuart Tiara, right?! Some of us have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for Queen Máxima to resurrect the biggest of all the Dutch big guns, unseen since Queen Juliana’s reign. She delivered twice: debuting a smaller version in Luxembourg and the whole monster in the United Kingdom.

    Weddings brought even more reappearances – and, in the case of the British royal family, confirmation that two mysterious tiaras do indeed still exist in the vault: the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara (worn by Princess Eugenie) and Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara (worn by the Duchess of Sussex). Slightly outside of the royal realm, another wedding also gave us an opportunity to see the Spencer Tiara in action once again.

    A New Tiara
    Princess Marie’s tiara access finally increased in 2018, with the addition of the Nuits Claires Tiara courtesy of an arrangement with Mauboussin. It’s a rare treat to see a newly made tiara in action.

    The Debuts
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    Queen Letizia headlined last year’s tiara happenings by wearing the Fleur de Lys Tiara for the first time. She followed that up in short order by debuting the two other largest tiaras in the Spanish collection: the Cartier Diamond and Pearl Tiara and Queen Maria Christina’s Cartier Loop Tiara. Elsewhere, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie continued her run through the Luxembourg vaults by debuting the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl Choker Tiara.

    What was your favorite tiara surprise of 2018?
    Vote in the poll below! (If you can't see the poll, try using a different browser.) 

    12 December 2018

    Tiara Watch of the Day: More Sparkle in Sweden and the Netherlands

    The Dutch and Swedish ladies are here to squeeze in the last tiara events of 2018, bless 'em.

    The King and Queen of the Netherlands welcomed the President and first lady of Cape Verde to the Netherlands for a state visit on Monday, including a state banquet.
    Queen Máxima continued her recent Claes Iversen streak with this burnt orange gown for the state banquet. This is the third time we've seen this dress and the second time with a tiara - to be honest, it would be neither my first pick for a triple repeat nor my first pick for one tiara appearance, let alone two. Máx clearly disagrees. Fair enough.

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    Anyway, she's provided ample distraction by loading herself up with the biggest diamonds worn in the most amusingly casual fashion. The Dutch Diamond Bandeau's tossed on like an afterthought (I mean, it's a good hairdo, this is just one of those times when she really is wearing it like any old headband, which I find hilarious). And she's continuing to find new-to-her treasures in the family vault; this mega brooch with a big fat yellow diamond in the center belonged to Queen Emma. The brooch was one of Queen Emma's wedding gifts, part of a set that also included the diamond rivière that was later made into the Diamond Bandeau. It's a diamond reunion!

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    We also have some Bonus Beatrix, yay. Princess Beatrix wore the Antique Pearl Tiara, a diadem I enjoy more each time we see it. 

    The Swedish royal family hosted the King's Dinner for Nobel laureates last night.
    Meanwhile in Sweden: another killer red gown! This is a drop dead gorgeous moment for Crown Princess Victoria. She paired this fab dress with Princess Lilian's Laurel Wreath Tiara, one of a full diamond tiara line up for the ladies on this evening. (Including Princess Christina wearing the Six Button Tiara again, as you can see if you click through that gallery.)

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    Princess Sofia's custom gown from Valerie by Valerie Aflalo was a bit fussy for my tastes (the sleeves, I blame the sleeves). Like most things, it could have been improved by an amethyst tiara - she was already wearing the earrings, bracelet, and brooch from Queen Josephine's Amethyst Parure. Swap out the all-diamond version of your Emerald and Diamond Tiara while you're at it, Sofia!

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    Queen Silvia wore a pink Jacques Zehnder dress - itself a former Nobel ceremony selection - with a refreshing tiara choice: the Baden Fringe. We've seen her wear it in 2016, 2017, and now 2018. (And before that, obvs, this is just a seeming renewal of enthusiasm.) No one wears it like Crown Princess Victoria does, but I must say, I enjoy seeing other takes on it. Fringes (or amethysts) for everyone!

    11 December 2018

    Tuesday Tidbits for December 11: Trips and Trees and Tiaras Galore

    First things first, if you missed out on any of the Nobel fun yesterday, click thyself back and enjoy! More tiara fun awaits us this week, after these quick tidbits:

    --Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary made an official visit to Latvia to celebrate the country's 100th anniversary of independence. The trip involved baby blue shoes in a snowy wonderland and this princess-proper arrival outfit, which I would enjoy twice as much without all the bobbly thingys (technical term). [Paris Match]

    --Meanwhile, Queen Margrethe ran into the Duchess of Gloucester at a gala dinner for the Danish-UK Association in London. The Duchess is Danish herself, born in Odense. [Instagram]

    --The Duchess of Cornwall completed one of her very best annual engagements last week, inviting children with life-limiting conditions to help decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree. This year, a fun addition: reindeer! [Town & Country]
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    --Over at the Jewel Vault: Flame Lily Alert!

    --I expect we'll be talking about this one next week because the time approaches to round up our 2018 bests, but for those that can't wait: The Duchess of Sussex made a surprise appearance to present Clare Waight Keller with the British Designer of the Year Womenswear award last night. [Vogue]

    --And finally, a seasonal requirement: Christmas trees at Buckingham Palace, set to (what else) the Nutcracker.

    Coming up this week: First we will have MORE TIARAS, from the Netherlands and also night 2 of Nobel glitter. Then it's time to start wrapping up the year with our traditional Best Of reviews!

    Tidbits is your spot for royal topics we haven't covered separately on the blog, all week long. Please mind the comment policy, and enjoy!

    10 December 2018

    Royal Fashion Awards: The Nobel Prizes, 2018

    Another year, and my hopes to see the Cameo Tiara in action are once again denied. Nevertheless, the Swedish royal family provided plenty of oohs and aahs as they attended the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm today – with supporting content from the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo, too. (Head over to our open post for links to the ceremonies!)

    Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, and Crown Princess Victoria wait to leave the palace in this photo shared by the Swedish royal court.
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    Most Notable Repeat
    Crown Princess Victoria
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    It’s actually a little surprising it took this long for one of Queen Silvia’s old Nobel gowns to take the stage again, given how much digging through her wardrobe her daughters have been doing in recent years.

    One Nina Ricci gown, two royal appearances
    Victoria chose the Nina Ricci gown her mother wore to the 1995 Nobel ceremony today – classic old school Queen Silvia, with the BIG skirt and the BIG back bow. It could be very easily dated and I’m sure for some of you it will be…but call it my weakness for a giant ball skirt, I think she’s pulling this off.

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    Victoria wore the Connaught Tiara once again, with Silvia’s diamond floral earrings and the rose brooch from the Braganza parure.

    Best Continuation of a Theme
    Queen Silvia
    Did Queen Silvia note her daughter’s divine use of the Bernadotte Emerald Demi-Parure with a green gown last month and decide it was a splendid idea to continue? All I know is that it was a splendid idea. If Victoria was classic old school Silvia today, Silvia herself is classic new school Silvia. She broke her streak of evenly alternating the Nine Prong Tiara with the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure for a second Pronger year in a row, and I don’t even mind.

    Best in Tiara Wrangling, Again
    Princess Christina
    I’m too lazy to see how many years in a row Princess Christina has won my heart by making some of my least favorite Swedish tiaras look good. She’s the undisputed queen, owning the Six Button Tiara like only she can. Also, I love when she does this evening coat-style look. Luxurious fabrics galore.

    Best Dressed
    Princess Sofia
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    The power of a red dress is real, and this Zetterberg Couture number is a RED DRESS. I’d take the sleeve pouf down a notch, yeah, and yet I still love what Sofia's got going on here. This look has impact.

    Sofia also has some jewel intrigue happening; I thought her pearl choker (which is a debut for her tonight) was the same historical piece previously worn by Princess Madeleine, but it is different and something privately owned. Tall chokers are not easy to wear and she’s doing it in truly regal fashion. I love that she’s carried the pearls through with the rest of her jewels, using the pearl version of her Emerald and Diamond Tiara, plus pearl earrings and a pearl brooch.

    And a Special Nod to…
    Donna Strickland and Frances Arnold
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    I really never include the Nobel laureates here because, well, it's just best if we stick to our royal wheelhouse. But I must say this year what an absolute treat it was to see the two women laureates looking so elegant on their big night. Donna Strickland (in red) is a co-laureate for the Nobel Prize in Physics – just the third woman to win it, and the first in 55 years – for her work in groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics. Frances Arnold (in blue) is a co-laureate for the Nobel Prize in Chemistry – the fifth woman to take the prize in history – for her work in the directed evolution of enzymes.

    Meanwhile, in Oslo…
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    The treat of the day in Norway was not in jewel form – different ceremony and different subject matter, so appropriately not a gala event – but in simply seeing Crown Princess Mette-Marit looking well in her new Fendi dress. She was a late add to the guest list. Queen Sonja repeated her purple velvet Pucci jacket, much worn and with good reason. Plus a sequin beret, because why not?

    Who makes your best dressed list for Nobel 2018?

    The festivities are not done! There’s a dinner in Oslo tonight and another tiara event in Stockholm tomorrow night, when the King hosts his traditional palace dinner for the laureates.