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Royal of the Week – Princess Benedikte

A Classic Edition Princess of the highest order, Princess Benedikte is our current royal of the week. Post your favorite ensemble, gif, hat or whatever from her many years of Princessing. This is a royal who gives you lots and lots of room for choice.

It was difficult for me, but I finally decided I would just go with a recent best, which was her appearance at her sister, the Queen’s, birthday last year. It will have to tide us over since the fabulous 80th birthday celebrations for Daisy have been postponed (sob).

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Royal Rooms

One of the few benefits of the present sequestering is that we get to see much more of the personal working spces of royals. Voyeur that I am, I love this. I know a few of you do, too, if the “guess the photo on the table” game we play whenever we post a photo of HerMaj at an audience is any indication. It’s also interesting to see how difference cultures and different tastes play out in royal decor.

Here’s a sampling of the interior of a few royal studies. You lucked out in that I did not include a photo of me in sweats at my Ikea desk. We’ll stick to the more glamorous people.

Belgium

I wonder, if like many of us, if Philippe is camped out temporarily at the dining room table?

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⁣ ⁣ Skypegesprek met Prof. Marc Van Ranst en het team van het Rega Instituut voor Medisch Onderzoek. Het Rega Instituut is een voortrekker in de strijd tegen infectieziekten.⁣ —————⁣ Conversation par skype avec le Prof. Marc Van Ranst et son équipe de l’Institut de Recherche Médicale Rega. Cet institut est à l’avant-garde de la lutte contre les maladies virales.⁣ —————⁣ Skype conversation with Prof. dr. Marc Van Ranst and his team of the Rega Institute for Medical Research. The Rega Institute is a pioneer in the fight against infectious diseases.⁣ ⁣ #marcvanranst @kuleuven #SamenTegenCorona #EnsembleContreCorona #GemeinsamGegenCorona #TogetherAgainstCorona #Corona #Covid_19 #COVID19 #COVID19BE #CoronaVirus #MonarchieBe #BelgianRoyalPalace

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Britain

The Queen holds her first ever audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson from her study at Windsor. Not too many family photos in view, but I am intrigued by the many porcelain animal sculptures on disply.

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William and Kate are at work,too, in what looks like Kensington Palace offices. I am speculating that it’s not Anmer since they are wearing the clothes they wore for their last appearance in London. Bonus points for guessing the books on Kate’s desk.

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Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time. Last week ☎️ The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be. Today Public Health England has published new guidance to help support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak; take a look at our Story or visit the link in our bio 📱 to find out more. Speaking about the new guidance, The Duke and Duchess said: • “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. • By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead”. • The Government has also announced a grant for @MindCharity to help fund their services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time.

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Denmark

Fred at work in his spacious office with the bonkers wallpaper. The entire family did a PSA in the yard, too.

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Jeg har i dag gennem FaceTime været på besøg hos Røde Kors, der har etableret et væsentligt beredskab for at hjælpe danskere, der er berørt af corona. Enten fordi de har spørgsmål eller har brug for hjælp til at handle, hente pakker eller medicin på apoteket. Jeg har mødt de frivillige, der i et callcenter besvarer og hjælper folk, der har spørgsmål om corona. Jeg har også mødt frivillige, der i et hjælpecenter sørger for at få matchet folk, der gerne vil hjælpe andre, der har brug for hjælp. Som dansker er jeg stolt over det store samfundssind, der udvises for tiden. Over 11.500 har meldt sig som frivillige hos Røde Kors. Så hvis man har brug for hjælp og ikke selv kan komme ud, er der hjælp at hente. Røde Kors hjælper, så vi fortsat kan passe på hinanden ved at blive hjemme, men uden at miste kontakten til hinanden. Det er også grunden til, at jeg i dag ikke har besøgt Røde Kors fysisk, men digitalt. #sammenhverforsig 📸 Fotos af H.K.H. Prins Christian og Jacob Dall, Røde Kors©️

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I am so intrigued by the hand sculpture in the background.

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“Jeg har en appel til alle: Corona-virus er en farlig gæst. Den spreder sig som ringe i vandet, og det går stærkt. Én person kan smitte mange – endda uden selv at føle sig syg, og smitten går videre rundt til endnu flere, en lang og skræmmende kæde. I den kæde vil mennesker dø. Et barn kan miste sin bedstemor, en datter sin far, en hustru sin mand. Venner vil pludselig ikke være der mere. Det er den kæde, vi skal bryde, og som vi kan bryde. Det kan kun ske, når vi alle tænker os om og gør det samme på samme tid – og i rette tid. Myndighedernes råd er egentlig ret enkle: Vask hænder. Hold afstand. Undgå fysisk kontakt. Bliv hjemme.” Læs hele Hendes Majestæt Dronningens tale til befolkningen på Kongehusets hjemmeside. 📸 Kim Refslund, DR ©

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The Netherlands

If you take even a cursory tour through Getty, you’ll see that WAX has been energized by this virus, and has been everywhere (six feet from everyone). He is great at this kinging business. It’s almost a shame to show him sitting, but this is a royal room post, so here we are. Who is in that photo behind him?

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Norway

My favorite interiors are in this country. We featured Haakon yesterday in his office, but I think he likes to move around the palace. It looks like he is in the living room here, but correct me if you think I am wrong. He keeps up the sartorial standards, anyway. It’s also a good time to peek back at Harald in the best office ever.

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«Arbeidet dere på sykehusene gjør er utrolig viktig for oss alle sammen. Det er en fellesinnsats i helsesektoren nå som det står respekt av. På vegne av alle oss andre i samfunnet, så vil jeg si at vi setter veldig pris på den innsatsen dere gjør», sa Kronprins Haakon i et videomøte med ansatte ved Haukeland universitetssykehus i dag. Administrerende direktør Eivind Hansen ledet møtet fra Bergen. ⁣ ⁣ Tidligere i dag deltok Kronprinsen også i et videomøte med rundt 150 av de ansatte i Folkehelseinstituttet. Gruppen orienterte om status for norske smittetilfeller, tiltak og råd. «Med den kunnskapen som dere har, sammen med handlekraft, er jeg sikker på at vi kommer gjennom dette på den beste måten vi kan», sa Kronprinsen. ⁣ ⁣ Foto: Aleksander Valestrand, Anne Taule og Katrine Sunde / Haukeland universitetssykehus og Det kongelige hoff.⁣ ⁣ #kongehuset #kronprinshaakon #crownprincehaakon

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Spain

We focused on the people yesterday, but today we’ll pull back so you can take in the room. In particular, look at that great carpet. I hope Iselen can clue us in on which palace we are gazing upon.

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Sweden

I hope one of our Swedish community members can identify which palace Victoria and Daniel are in here, because this is a great room for an audience. I am mentally moving everyone several feet apart in my mind, though. This was back a couple of weeks ago.

Ah, better. Victoria works in her office with some light and scrolly wallpaper behind.

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Såväl privat, offentlig som ideell sektor påverkas av coronakrisen. Runtom i Sverige arbetar människor dag och natt för att vårda sjuka och minska smittspridningen. Många känner oro för framtiden, blandat med oro för nära och kära. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Under förra veckan började Kronprinsessan och Prins Daniel att ringa runt till ett stort antal svenska organisationer och företag för att informera sig om läget. Under telefon- och videosamtalen, som fortsatte under gårdagen, framför Kronprinsessparet samtidigt sina hälsningar till alla de medarbetare och medlemmar som berörs av coronakrisen – och som bidrar med viktiga insatser för att mildra dess effekter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: Victor Ericsson/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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Carl Gustaf and Silvia are isolating as well. Do you think the white horse placed against the dark painting was deliberate?

Carl and Sofia have lovely light-filled workspaces, too.

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The Royal Response, Part II

For the most part, the royals are not attending their usual activities. A new world is emerging and some of the world’s oldest and most traditional institutions are stepping up to the challenge.

Belgium

Mathilde encourages young people to read during quarantine, I approve that message and the bright yellow she is sporting.

The Duchess of Brabant has returned home and the family is reunited. The family continues their efforts to keep loneliness at bay for thos seniors confined to care centers by making breakfast and phone calls.

Bhutan

Jetsun Pema sends us a lovely message from her mountain country.

Britain

Both the Cambridge and Wessex families clapped for the NHS workers who have been toiling on the front lines of the pandemic.

Camilla, who continues to grow and grow in my estimation, has a message for those who are isolated and at risk of domestic violence.

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“This is a hard time for everyone, as we are all asked to stay at home to stay safe. But for some of you it is even harder, because home is not a safe place. I can only imagine that being asked to stay there could feel very isolating and frightening for you and your family. It may mean spending more time with the person who is harming you. If this is your situation, or you are worried about someone else, I want you to know that you are not alone. Even if you cannot leave your home, you can call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline or contact one of the domestic abuse charities. Please stay safe and get help.” – The Duchess of Cornwall . ☎️📞 If you are in immediate danger, please call 999 and ask for the police. If you are not in immediate danger, please call one of the following 24 hour helplines: England: 0808 2000 247 Northern Ireland: 0808 802 1414 Scotland: 0800 027 1234 Wales: 0808 8010 800 Charity @safelives_ have an online resource that provides information about staying safe during COVID-19 – you can read it by following the link in our bio. @RefugeCharity @womens_aid #EveryonesProblem 📸 PA

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Denmark

The Royal Run has been postponed, but it will happen in due time.

Norway

Haakon has been working while in isolation, and I chose this particular photo because I love that he does NOT lower his sartorial standards on Zoom.

The Netherlands

Maxima paid a visit to a plant nursery, lending the royal support to a company who has seen their business plummet during the crisis. I applaud the Namaste greeting, and the social distancing on display.

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Spain

Felipe and Letizia have lent support to charities supporting relief efforts through video conferencing. Letizia was fortunately not diagnosed with the virus, and has returned to work.

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Sweden

The Swedish royals have stepped up to provide support to organizations still open and servicing customers. While the King and Queen remain isolated, Sofia and Carl have visited grocery stores, and Victoria and Daniel completed a series of visits, including one to a military field hospital.

As we have been doing so sucessfully, normal commenting rules apply. As always, keep you and yours safe and healthy. Our community is our strength.

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Royal News – Prince Charles

Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested and does not have the virus. They remain in Scotland, in self-isolation at Birkhall. It is reported that Charles has a mild case, and that he remains “overall in good health”.

From Buckingham Palace: “The Queen remains in good health. The Queen last saw The Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of 12th March and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”

There is a new article about Prince Albert, where he discusses his condition, the measures being taken in Monaco, and the Olympics.

We’ll leave the comments on this thread open for any further developments, but as we have been doing, let’s keep our commenting to Charles, Albert and their current situations. Thank you, everyone.

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Debo’s Diamonds

I have a confession: if I could have been anyone in history, I would have been Deborah Mitford Cavendish. Mostly because I would love to have the run of Chatsworth, although I understand managing it was a huge enterprise. I wouldn’t have minded the other perks, which included lots of diamonds. Let’s take a look.

In 2016 Sothebys held an an auction of a collection of Elvis memorabilia and personal items that belonged to Deborah. The brooch below was designed by Andrew, 11th Duke of Devonshire, and given to Debo on their diamond wedding anniversary, In the same lot were a set of aquamarine clips.

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The beautiful butterfly brooch below, described by Getty as a diamond ruby pin (although it looks as if those stones are yellow to me), was dated to 1880.

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A collection of Debo’s brooches that would make Max jealous! Bonus photo of the Duchess wearing an unidentified, but sparkly brooch, in her later years.

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Which brings us to the famous two Devonshire tiaras. The Duchess is pictured below in 1961 wearing the Devonshire tiara while dining at the Dorchester. The tiara has been described by Sotheby’s as “Cast in silver and gold with numerous diamonds of various size and cuts, the tiara truly dazzles. But it’s also versatile: various pieces of the design can be removed, allowing the tiara to be work as a necklace or divided up into brooches.” Take your time to see it up close on the Sotheby’s site. It’s actually my favorite of the two, because the other is a monster.

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Finally, we come to the skull crusher! The heavy, dramatic palmette tiara is beautiful to look at on a stand but must be a bit of a trial to wear. Mary Cavendish, the 10th Duchess of Devonshire, took the challenge on during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

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There are few photos of Deborah wearing it. The most famous was taken during her 80th birthday party. She did have a funny anecdote of a case of inappropriate tiara wearing.

One memorable evening we were staying at Windsor Castle for a dance given by the Queen. I came down to dinner, got up as I thought our hostess and the other guests would be, the big tiara firmly in place. To my horror none of the other women wore theirs. It is far worse to be overdressed than underdressed a I sat through dinner wishing I was anywhere else. When the dancing began, I took it off, put it under a chair and enjoyed myself enormously. I suppose Windsor Castle in the only house where you could be sure of finding the blessed thing still there at bedtime.

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Are you as intrigued with Debo’s life as I am? Post your thoughts and photos below.