09 January 2018

Tuesday Tidbits for January 9: Jewel Heists and Picture Highlights

HELLO. It's been a minute since we tidbit-ed together. Let's see if we can remember how it goes:

--Here are two sweet photos of Princess Charlotte, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge to commemorate Charlotte's first day at the Willcocks Nursery School yesterday. (And also, I assume, to commemorate her first contribution to our Royal Coat Museum.)
The Duchess of Cambridge

--I'll buy a ticket for the movie adaptation of this jewelry heist: A pair of jewel thieves pulled off a daring burglary in Venice, stealing earrings and a brooch from the Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajahs exhibition before disappearing into the crowds. The pieces are from the Al Thani Collection, which is owned by Qatar's ruling family and is regularly displayed around the world. [Guardian]

--In more photo news, new portraits of Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent of Denmark were released. The twins celebrated their seventh birthday yesterday.
Jens Rosenfeldt

--Aww, good news: Zara and Mike Tindall announced they are expecting their second child! The baby will join daughter Mia, who turns four later this month. The couple lost a baby after announcing a pregnancy in 2016. [BBC]

--The annual television programs remembering the royal year the Scandinavian monarchies always present us with a few never-before-seen goodies. Case in point: King Harald and Queen Sonja's big 2017 birthday banquet featured their grandkids interviewing some of the royals in attendance, and it's super cute. (Turn on the closed captions for English, and check out Scandinavian Royalty's YouTube channel for the 2017 documentaries and more.) [YouTube]

--Over at the Jewel Vault: I published my big yearly wrap up of QEII's jewels, including my tally of which brooches were worn most often. There's also an alert for a new documentary on the coronation, featuring the Queen herself and one massive brooch.

--And finally, taking a cue from 2017's bests to get a jump on her list of potential 2018 bests, Crown Princess Mette-Marit indulged in the power of a fab red dress at a sports gala this weekend.
Embed from Getty Images

Coming up this week: Time to start digging into the results of your 2017 Favorites vote, plus an update on a fan favorite diadem...

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