07 October 2015

Royal Parliament Openings of the Day: October 7

Denmark and Norway have joined the ranks of royals attending to the business of opening their respective parliaments, and now we shall attend to the business of reviewing their parliament opening sartorial business. (Got it? Good.) It's the two queens in red that need our greatest attention here, methinks.

The Danish royal family attend the opening of Parliament in Copenhagen as guests, watching the proceedings from their box, and the usual crew did so yesterday: Queen Margrethe, Prince Henrik, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim, Princess Marie, and Princess Benedikte.
Billed-Bladet video screencaps
Most of this, I must say, is fairly snooze-worthy (except Marie's purple hat, but I'm really just wishing the rest of the outfit had lived up to the hat's sassy potential). Even Mary went with a sedate black and gray palette. You know what does interest me, though? The fact that Queen Margrethe choose this outfit - this warm, autumnal red - to pair with her vibrant turquoise brooch and earrings. (I didn't necessarily say it was the good kind of interest.)

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Their Nordic neighbors in Norway attended their opening of Parliament on Friday. Crown Princess Mette-Marit doesn't attend this event, but Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon were present as usual while King Harald read the speech from the throne. (He accidentally skipped a page of the speech at one point and just kept rolling on. Oops.)
Photo: Morten Brakestad / Stortinget via Creative Commons. Click here for a gallery.
Queen Sonja likes a color scheme of black and/or red and/or white for this event, and this year's outfit fell right in line, though it does make me question the date on this number a little more than I have in other years. But really, this is all about that hat.
Photo: Morten Brakestad / Stortinget via Creative Commons
That hat! It has a certain...planetary flair to it, no? I've decided that this is what became of someone's solar system model from the school science fair, and I don't care to hear any different. Always reusing, those royals.

06 October 2015

Royal Color Scheme of the Day: October 6

They usually end up united by their mutual favorite designer, but even though they varied their labels yesterday, our Benelux queens remained united by color.

Queen Mathilde was on state visit duty, welcoming the President of Turkey to Belgium.
This repeated Ann Demeulemeester is not actually that shiny, but it's probably a good idea to go even more matte than this when faced with a whole lotta camera flash. I think the strong blue, which is perfect on her, is really our saving grace here. (Oh, and it doesn't appear this visit will include a fancy state banquet, alas.)

Also picking up those bright blue vibes was Queen Máxima, who met with the President of Rwanda. Her repeated dress is from Dutch brand LaDress.
We all know that Máx's love for a voluminous sleeve knows no bounds, but this is one of the only (if not the only) daywear versions I'd happily take home with me. But when it comes to this color? Well, they can all come home with me.

05 October 2015

Royal Outfit of the Day: October 5

I think it's safe to say that someone was feeling a little bit retro this weekend.
The annual Crown Prince Couple's Prizes were presented on Saturday and, obviously, the Crown Prince Couple were on hand to do the honors. The prizes honor work in cultural and social areas, and include an award for up and coming innovators.

Just like last year's appearance, this year's was apparently designated as another opportunity for Crown Princess Mary to sneak in as much of her magnificent Danish Ruby Parure as she can, despite the cocktail dress code. The studs from the ruby and diamond earrings, the bracelet, and the ring are all present, but the showstopper is the brooch fastened to the scarf detail on her black top. (The scarf thingy - technical term - is hard to see in these pics, I know. But very To Catch a Thief, no?) Completing the retro scene, a fancy little full black skirt.
This year's appearance is also an opportunity for me to say for the millionth time how much I love her increased, and increasingly creative, use of the ruby set after her modifications. I love it so much, it overrides any other quibbles I could produce about this outfit (like, oh, maybe a full skirt with all its details and a scarf top is a bit much here). I can say just one thing to sum it up: THAT BROOCH.

Photos: Jakob Boserup/Bikubenfonden via Creative Commons

04 October 2015

Sunday Tidbits for October 4: Fabulous Pearls, Fabulous Reds, and More

A lot of royal stuff is coming up this month, but we'll start with details for just one...

--Mark your calendars: Prince Nicolas of Sweden's christening is next Sunday, October 11,  at noon in the Drottningholm Palace Chapel. After originally saying they would not be broadcasting the event live, Swedish broadcaster SVT had a change of heart and will start their coverage (broadcast and streaming) at 11:50. SVT usually allows international streaming for royal events. [SVT]

--I like this red dress on Queen Letizia, worn while opening vocational training courses this week. (Of course I like it, it's Carolina Herrera.) [Zimbio, FarFetch]
House of HM the King

--This gallery would more accurately be titled "Twist and shout: The 17 best photos of dancing British royals," but giggles lie within anyway. Fans of dad dancing, the Windsors have some moves for you. [Hello]

--Here's one for the pearl fans: On October 7th, Sotheby's is auctioning the Cowdray Pearls, "one of nature's most opulent creations."  These are 42 natural saltwater gray pearls of extremely high quality and a gorgeous range of shades, in a necklace by Cartier. The pearls take their name from their former owner, Viscountess Cowdray, Lady Pearson, and they are in a set with a pair of earclips. The pre-auction estimate is set at a cool $4.5-7 million dollars. [Sotheby's]

--Prince Harry's hike with Walking With The Wounded this week is for a good cause and it's another opportunity to see him in casual gear. So, win-win. [Telegraph, YouTube]

--And finally, Queen Mathilde is back in action and back to her brights. And also back to her matching shoes...obviously. [L'Echo]

Coming up this week: A couple parliament openings, Danish catching up, etc.

02 October 2015

Royal Flashback of the Day: October 2

I'm in the mood for some tiaras. (As always.) We're scheduled to have some of those in the weeks coming up, because we're entering heavy state visit season, but why wait? Let's flashback to some proper princess grandeur today. And if we can get some purple and some Elie Saab in there while we're at it...

Ahhhh, that's better. Crown Princess Victoria first wore this purple Elie Saab gown (shown on the runway in a yellow shade) to the Nobel Prize Ceremony in 2009. The basic shape is, well, basic, but its interest comes from its most questionable feature: a surprisingly large protuberance ruffle over the shoulder and down the back.

The Nobel appearance included the necklace, earrings, and a brooch from Queen Josephine's Amethyst Parure, but Victoria stuck the Six Button Tiara on top. Naturally, this made me long for the correct amethyst tiara instead.

I only had to wait a few years to get what I wanted:
Repeating the dress at the dinner before King Willem-Alexander's inauguration in the Netherlands in 2013, it's a wash of purple and it's delicious as can be. It's not the first dress that I would pick for tiara events (precisely because of that back ruffle, which complicates the dress when a tiara occasion is going to complicate things with orders and jewels and whatnot anyway), but she's done it in grand style.

Photos: Nobel Prize screencap, Vogue.com, via Getty Images