24 January 2017

Royal Outfits of the Day: January 24

Two dark outfits, two lingering questions:

Crown Princess Mary had a day of engagements last week.
A solid working outfit, with the typical Mary addition of some subtle color interest in the accessories (her purse, which isn't shown here, matched her shoes). The question: blouse sleeves below jacket sleeves, yay or nay? Usually a nay for me, and yet maybe they're the right touch for this outfit.

The Countess of Wessex attended an engagement on her 52nd birthday last week.
The dress, I love - edging toward a polka dot print, just a little bit playful. The question, though, is the layer on top: a simple cardigan, yay or nay? It's maybe a bit too casual for me, even on an outfit that's not terribly formal in the first place.

Such crucial questions, I know. Really the weight of the world resting on this stuff. Be sure to weigh in.

23 January 2017

Monday Tidbits for January 23: Birthdays and Celebs and More

Happy Monday, let's get tidbitting:

--Sweden's Princess Birgitta celebrated her 80th birthday with a party at Drottningholm Palace. The royal court released a photo of Birgitta with her siblings (Princess Margaretha, Princess Désirée, Princess Christina, and King Carl Gustaf) for the occasion, and you know I'm loving the balance of purple.
L to R: Margaretha, Carl Gustaf, Birgitta, Désirée, Christina
Jonas Borg, Kungahuset.se

--Sad news from Luxembourg last week: Prince Louis and Princess Tessy are divorcing after 10 years of marriage. Louis is the third child of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa; he and Tessy married several months after the birth of their first son, Gabriel. They later had a second son, Noah. [Wort]

--Celebs, meet the royals: King Philippe met with Matt Damon (who advocates for access to safe water and sanitary facilities for all), while Queen Mathilde met with Shakira (a UN Special Advocate), at the World Economic Forum. [Twitter]
Royal Palace

--The potential abdication of Emperor Akihito is causing all sorts of commotion. One interesting snag: a new emperor means a new era name, which means problems for calendars. [Japan Times]

--And finally, over at the Jewel Vault: the annual royal gift list, and a bright day out at the Women's Institute for the Queen.

Coming up this week: The Danes kick off 2017's royal state visit fun.

20 January 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: January 20

It's funny how an outfit that starts out as a combination of such basic, solid pieces...

King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited an international tourism fair this week.
...can turn into a world of NOPE by the time you finish scrolling. This is where people like to jump in and say but she's on trend!, as though being trendy automatically means that the outfit is well executed, and I'm gonna argue here that this is just not a great adaptation of the whole cropped pant + boot thing. The length of the pant leg and the height of the boot fight with each other when she moves; either the pant gets caught on the boot, or you can see just a sliver of leg underneath, which feels unintentional. If she was going for seamless, she needed a taller boot. Or, you know, to wear these pieces in an entirely different fashion. That would've worked too.
Boots from Uterqüe, purse from Adolfo Domínguez

19 January 2017

Tiara Thursday: The Kent Festoon Tiara

The Kent Festoon Tara
This tiara, with diamond scrolls topped by single pearls, is one of the more recognizable pieces belonging to the Kent branch of the British royal family. How it came to be in the Kent family is not precisely known; it belonged to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1906-1968), who received jewels from her husband, the Duke of Kent (son of King George V and Queen Mary) and had jewels both inherited and gifted from her many royal relations. These included jewels left to Marina by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll (daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert) on her death in 1939. The tiara probably dates from around 1900 and though it rests in a case from Cartier, Tiaras: A History of Splendour notes that it may not actually be a Cartier creation.

Princess Marina
Princess Marina wore the tiara regularly, including at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and it was briefly worn by her daughter, Princess Alexandra. She left the tiara to her youngest son, Prince Michael, and it is now worn by his wife, Princess Michael (Marie Christine). The current row of pearls at the base has been added while the tiara's been in their possession, nicely echoing the pearls that top the tiara.


Princess Michael
Princess Michael has made this one of her signature pieces. Prince and Princess Michael are often attendees at state banquets and from time to time have stepped in as the Queen's representatives for the traditional gala Guildhall banquet that takes place during state visits; with those appearances plus portraits, the tiara is worn regularly. It's a tall tiara - one that Princess Michael showcases extremely well - and it just might be my favorite Kent diadem.

Is this your favorite Kent tiara, or do you prefer another?

18 January 2017

Royal Outfit of the Day: January 18

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry had an event for Heads Together yesterday.
Accessories that pick up a non-dominant color from your print? Whaddya know, my matchy line remains blissfully uncrossed. A commitment to interest in accessories: that's a New Year's resolution I can get behind.
Dress from Erdem