Spain

Random Royaling – Princesa de Asturias Awards

The King, Queen, Princess of Asturias, and the Infanta have arrived in Oviedo for the Princess of Asturias Awards, which covers two days of activities. Iselen has posted several photos on the week’s Bits and Bobs, and we will chance putting one Getty Embed here in the hopes it will stay put for the day and tomorrow!

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Iselen has found a lovely video for us!

Day 2, day time. More family coordination on a master class level.

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Schedule

Link to the full schedule for Thursday and Friday. The actual awards ceremony will take place Friday, at 6:30 PM local time, in Teatro Campoamor (Oviedo – Asturias). I am still seeking a link to the Princess’ speech, so stay tuned!

Princess of Asturias Speech

The family group enters the hall.

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Thank you, Iselen, for finding the link to the speech. Worth a listen. And if you’re like me, grab a hankie. The Princess did very, very well.

Belgium · Britain · Netherlands

Random Royaling – Tour Updates

Note: Typically, we don’t circle back like this but we have been experiencing persistent issues with Getty images disappearing after 24 hours. It makes commenting on old posts, including Bits and Bobs, hard. Thus, here are some tour updates from Kate, Maxima and Mathilde. Busy lives, folks!

The Duchess continues to make the salwar kameez look very stylish and comfortable. Speaking of comfortable, she seems to have a hit a certain stride during this trip, and is very comfortable herself. Things to note: flat shoes on Kate, and the color of William’s suit!

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Black and white chic, and some doggy love.

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Maxima packed all her hats for the India trip, it seems. I would like to see the row of hat boxes boarding the plane.

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Hat free, but I am digging this dress.

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Evening, and another sari adjacent look. I really like the jewels here.

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Mathilde and Philippe attended a gala concert with Stephanie and Guilliame. I LOVE THIS ON YOU TILS. Keep this up.

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Super quick catch up! Sorry about the Getty issues – send good vibes that the server issues are fixed soon.

Japan

Hofdame Hall of Fame – Empress Michiko Evening Division

The results are in, and for once, we all agree!

As the Japanese enthronement approaches, we turn our eyes to the last Empress, currently the Empress Emeritus. Empress Michiko wore some stellar evening wear during her husband’s long reign. We have tried to nominate dresses from several of her sartorial eras.

Before you ask, “What, no kimonos?”, let us explain. It seems that the kimono was a form of dress that the Empress wore for daytime events, for the most part. So we will circle back when we review her day wear. That should *not* stop the community from nominating a kimono, if you do find one that was also terrific evening wear. Let’s jump in!

Our Hofdame Hall of Fame winner is the dress worn for the enthronement ceremonies in 1990. In the official photos, it seems the dress was either blue or white, but either way, it’s a favorite ; ). We believe that the dress was re-worn for a state dinner with the U.S., and it appeared white in those photos.

We love the simplicity and sumptuousness, coupled with her signature sheer cape.

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The first runner up is the dress Empress MIchiko wore to a 2007 dinner held at Uppsala Castle, Sweden, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Swedish biologist Carolus Linnaeus. What we particularly love about this are three things: the sheer extended sleeve, the sophistication of the tailored dress as an evening gown, and the fact that she wore a tiara, outblinging the blingy Swedes.

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Our second runner up is young MIchiko in a ballgown worn at her wedding to Prince Akihito. The Western style gown was seen in photos taken after their April 10, 1959 nuptials at the Imperial Palace. She was indeed a perfect princess.

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Which of Michiko's gowns deserves to hang in the Handbag Hall of Fame?
Belgium · Luxembourg

Random Royaling – Belgium Luxembourg State Visit

Tiara week marches on! Lucky us. The Belgian royals have arrived for the State Visit with their neighbors in Luxembourg. Because we know our community, let’s just jump to the bling close-ups immediately.

Here are three lovely ladies sparkling at the first night’s State Banquet: Mathilde, in the full Nine Provinces, Stephanie wearing the Citrine as only she can, and the gracious Maria Teresa wearing the Belgian Scroll. I think the tiara hair is particularly good here, across the board. I am also thinking that the Citrine earrings would find a very nice home in my jewelry box.

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Pulling back for the long shot, we see some amazing dress to room coordination. Stephanie is picking up the colors in the couch and carpet, MT the drapery, and they allowed the visiting Queen her fabulous pop of color. MT’s dress is by Carolina Herrera, and Mathilde’s magenta number is a bespoke creation by Armani Prive.

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The Grand Duke gave Mathilde and Philippe a daytime tour, which unfortunately was mostly conducted in the rain. Mathilde was in a Natan floral green dress with a ruffled high neckline, which she covered with a cozy green coat, also by Natan.

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The Queen and King traveled to Luxembourg by train, and Mathilde wore a soft pink coat with shoulder button fasteners, by Giorgi Armani.

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On Day 2, Stephanie accompanied the Queen to an academic seminar on medical innovation. Mathilde’s dress is new, by Dries Van Noten.

How do you feel about the sartorial efforts here? Remember, we have more tiaras in Norway tomorrow, so don’t overload here ; ).

Britain · Netherlands

Random Royaling – Tours on the Indian Subcontinent

Note: We have made a last minute editorial decision to move our regular wedding post out two weeks to allow more space to talk about the fantastic tours going on right now. We’ll regroup on weddings after the State Visits, tours, and next week’s Enthronement ceremonies are behind us.

We are using the more expansive definition of the subcontinent here to include both India and Pakistan, since we have European royals visiting both countries. We’re covering the clothes here, and have a special guest post on the jewels worn by Máxima.

Let’s check out the sartorial aspects of these trips so far.

The Duchess Makes a Grand Entrance

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the Pakistani Air Force Base Nur Khan in Islamabad to begin a four-day official visit to Pakistan. Kate wore an ombré bespoke outfit by Catherine Walker, modeled loosely on traditional salwar kameez. The dress colors range from pale to deep blue, layered over a white underdress. The dress has long sleeves with fabric covered buttons and a neckline that features draping running across the front and back. Sweeping entrance, indeed!

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She continued with this style of dress both for a visit with the President of Pakistan and his wife, Dr. Arif Alvi and Samina Alvi, and on a trip to the Margallah National Park foothills, to discuss childhood education. I think these clear, bold colors suit her and the visit.

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William and Kate have arrived for the evening reception in a colorful conveyence and looking mighty colorful themselves! Early reports are that Kate is wearing a gown by Jenny Peckham.

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Queen Máxima is Maxtastic

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima are in India on a State Visit. After the welcome ceremony, the couple visited the Raj Ghat monument dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Máxima stepped out wearing a gray-blue Natan lace dress and an aquamarine brooch and earring set.

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The absolute sartorial throw-down occurred at the official state banquet hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind at the Presidential Palace. Máxima wore a one-shoulder dress thought to be by Jan Taminiau. The gown is fashioned from a real Indian sari, which she bought during the state visit to India in 2007. The fabric was purchased in Jaipur, also known as the pink city, because of all the pink buildings. She has accessorized to the ultimate Max level here, wearing the Dutch Diamond bandeau, and oh, so much more.

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More Maxima!

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Head over here to read about the jewels!