17 February 2017

Royal Outfit Grab Bag of the Day: February 17

A feast of leftovers to round out your week:

Queen Máxima attended a dinner last week during the annual working visit she and King Willem-Alexander make to Germany.
I see you trying to distract me with your magnificent diamond necklace, Máxima, but it will not work: I know you're sporting a formal jumpsuit with an elastic waist. It may have a cape back and it may be Valentino, but still. I see you.
Valentino Cape-Back Silk Jumpsuit, per ModekoninginMaxima
Most of their trip was solid repeats for our Máx, which is why we haven't paid the trip much attention here. ParisMatch has a gallery of every outfit she wore in Germany, should you be so inclined.

Princess Madeleine opened the 'Room for Children' at the Southbank Centre's 'Imagine' Children's Festival in London on Tuesday.
I guess I haven't had the opportunity to yell about SHOOTIES much lately, so...there's that. (SHOOTIES - the caps lock is important - is my generic term for any boot-ish thing of this nature that chops the line of the leg in such a brutal fashion, you see.)
Miu Miu boots worn with a Vilshenko blouse and a Valentino skirt, per Swedish Royal Fashion
All of these pieces have great potential. Let's try again. In three separate outfits, pretty please.

Queen Letizia and King Felipe attended the 'El Valor Economico del Espanol' conference on Monday.
PALATE CLEANSER. (Kind of a familiar palate cleanser, actually. Anybody else remember Queen Rania during her 2015 trip to Spain? I suspected it would be better without Rania's distracting shoe choice,and so it is.)

16 February 2017

Tiara Thursday: Queen Maud’s Turquoise Tiara

Queen Maud's Turquoise Tiara
One of the largest turquoise tiaras still in use belongs to Princess Astrid of Norway, sister of King Harald V, with royal roots that go back even further. The tiara comes from Queen Maud, Astrid’s grandmother, and from Maud’s mother, Britain’s Queen Alexandra, before that. It’s a tall diadem with scrolling diamond elements of alternating heights accented by multiple turquoise stones. It’s also a circlet, meaning that it connects in the back to form a complete circle. Princess Astrid usually wears it with diamond and turquoise earrings, a necklace, and a bow brooch.

Princess Astrid
There’s little photographic evidence of the tiara in use before it came into Princess Astrid’s possession (here’s a rare example of Queen Maud wearing it), but it is the largest tiara in Astrid’s collection and she has used it for some important occasions. She wore it for the 2001 wedding of Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit; she gave a nod to the tiara’s history and the genealogical ties that bind the Norwegian royal family and the British royal family by wearing the tiara during a 2005 visit to London to mark Norway’s 100th year of independence.

Princess Astrid wears the tiara in a portrait released for her 85th birthday, standing between portraits of her parents
Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen/The Royal Court, Norway
To me, this turquoise tiara has a sort of theatrically medieval flair to it - which I love - thanks to its height and circlet design. Given that Princess Astrid’s tiara collection includes the most unusual pieces the family has to offer, this one fits right in.

Does this have a spot on your list of favorite Norwegian tiaras?

15 February 2017

Royal Gown of the Day: February 15

We talk about a lot of gowns here, but it's still pretty rare for us to get a legit ball gown in action. I'm talking one of those sweeping skirt, let's-go-waltzing kind of things, you know?

The Prince and Princess of Monaco attended the 2017 Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco yesterday.
I would not have pegged sleek Charlene to be the one to give us a proper ball gown, I must say, but I am HERE FOR IT. Especially a Carolina Herrera red ball gown, of all things. (This is not so far from another Herrera red gown that I've admired for a long time, so I am admittedly even more biased than usual.) (I also can't be the only one noting the similarity between this and one of Crown Princess Mary's all time great gowns, that red Uffe Frank from her pre-wedding gala, which means you might as well triple my bias level.)

Red silk faille off-the-shoulder v-neck dress from Carolina Herrera
Princess Charlene opted for long, skinny earrings for her glam appearance, and my one note - because you  knew there'd be one - is that I think this could have handled a wider, more substantial earring. My love for the skirt, however, far outweighs that note. Do you have notes, or are you sold?

14 February 2017

Tuesday Tidbits for February 14: Pets and Portraits

Instead of chocolates and flowers, I got you these tidbits:

--Princess Astrid of Norway, sister of King Harald, is celebrating her 85th birthday! The royal family held a dinner for her at the palace and released this lovely group shot:
Morten Brun/The Royal Court, Norway

--An updated portrait published for Princess Astrid's birthday features the princess and her dog Pepita, a Japanese Chin. Why don't we have more official portraits including royal pets, huh? (They also published a gala portrait, but I'm going to save that for our Thursday tiara chat.)
Sven Gj. Gjeruldsen/The Royal Court, Norway

--Here, have some art: “Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World” is at the Yale Center for British Art in Connecticut through April 30th. The exhibition will also be at Kensington Palace this summer. [Vogue]

--I love a good mystery: Researchers are trying once again to find a concealed chamber in the tomb of King Tutankhamun, which may or may not contain the remains of Queen Nefertiti. [Chicago Tribune]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: the Queen is back to work (in purple!) and Camilla has remembered that she has a plethora of colored gems at her disposal, bless.

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

13 February 2017

Royal Gown of the Day: February 13

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) on Sunday. Prince William is President of the Academy.
You know what Kate's dress reminds me of? Some of the gowns QEII wore in her youth, with floaty full skirts loaded with heavy floral embroidery (such as this one, which was even divided into tiers by ribbon on the back).

The Duchess wore a customized version of this black mix violet jacquard dress from Alexander McQueen, with a tiered skirt of layered organza.
I think the Queen would've changed the straps and so would I (personal preference and all that), but the comparison is a good thing. A GREAT thing, in fact - definitely a front runner for the Best of 2017 list. A bit of romance loaded with diamonds and crowned with an updo? As if I would ever object.

And oh yes, let's talk about those diamonds. These earrings have been around since 2011; apparently they are not a loan from the Queen. If they are indeed the real deal, a wedding gift might be the best guess at possible provenance. Kate also borrowed the Queen's Wedding Gift Bracelet once again - really, who can blame her for falling in love with that?