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Royal Mythbusters: Tiaras

Myth (noun\ (ˈmith ) – a widely held but false belief or idea.
synonyms:  mistaken belief, false notion, fiction, delusion, figment of the imagination.

Which rule shall we take on next? How about this oldie but goodie: only married women are allowed to wear tiaras. “She’s forbidden to wear a tiara because she’s not married yet” spout all of the so called “experts” at least 148,000 times a year.

From the experts at Brides Magazine – “Believe it or not, per royal tradition, unmarried women are prohibited from wearing tiaras in public”.


Royal ladies in Denmark don’t have to wait until marriage for tiaras. Daisy in the Alexandrine diamond drop in 1958. Benedikte and her floral in 1962.

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The good folks at The Cut schooled us on royal wedding etiquette.- “It’s considered a massive faux pas to wear one (tiara) when the bride is planning on wearing one, so please leave yours at home.”


We all know the Swedes would never leave their tiaras at home for any reason, especially for one as silly as that. Victoria wore her first tiara in 1995 as a guest at Prince Joachim and Alexandra’s wedding, while Madeleine started with Princess Martha Louise’s wedding in 2002.

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From jeweler Geoffery Munn, another so called expert (He is so wrong on so many levels that I wonder if he’s ever even seen a royal in a tiara before) – “The ancient etiquette is that you wear one for the first time on the occasion of your marriage. This is because they symbolise the loss of innocence and the crowning of love.”


Norwegian royals start young as well. Princess Astrid was the First Lady of Norway after her mother’s death in 1954, so you know she wore tiaras pre marriage. Martha Louise wore them as well.

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From MSN – “It has been tradition for numerous years that only a married woman, or bride, can wear a tiara.” 


The Netherlands rolls the same as everyone else. Beatrix and Irene in tiaras before their marriages as well.

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“Well,” I hear them saying, “maybe those other royals do, but they certainly don’t do it in Britain!” From The Sun’s experts – “Only married women wear tiaras at social events.”


Princess Margaret started wearing tiaras in the early ’50s. Anne in the late 60s.

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Of course these are but a drop in the Unmarried Lady Tiara Bucket. There are at least million more examples from every royal house out there.

Do you have a favorite Unmarried Lady Tiara Moment? Toss it in the comments below!


Brit Brief Open Post #2 – Ascot Days 2,3,4 and 5!

Welcome to your new home for all Ascot discussion! Day 1 was HUGE, so we needed to make a shift. Same rules apply, so fill up the comments with all of your photos and Ascot discussions! And thank you for making our Handbag as fun as it is!

Day Two

Here is the Day 2 rundown, starting with HerMaj, again in blue, this time in a lightly textured Stewart Parvin coat with a silk floral dress underneath – also, great sighting of Prince Albert’s sapphire brooch!

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Cams wore her honking great big aquamarine with three pearl strands, and coordinating with HerMaj in a lovely light blue. It’s amazing how often that coordination happens ; ).

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Princess Anne decided to bring out the florals and I am not mad about it at all – florals and a velvet blazer, no less. And a horse on her hat, of course. More of this, Anne!

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The 20th Anniversary Kids were there too. I like this look from Suzannah on Sophie much better than yesterday’s Wickstead, even if the hat isn’t my cup of tea. Check the comments below for a look at the whole outfit.

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Day Three – Ladies Day

Let’s just get this one out of the way immediately: Sophie in a Wickstead crepe jumpsuit and a Jane Taylor band hat. I love the hat. If you don’t want your illusions about the jumpsuit ruined don’t click through the photos. Who am I kidding? I am pretty sure all of you have seen this already and have OPINIONS.

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The Phillips clan checking in today. Zara and Autumn are both wearing Claire Mischevani, and I think it is sublime on Autumn and serviceable on Zara. Maybe I am just not that thrilled with the color on Zara, or maybe it’s that I wore those ruffles in my sixth grade photo. Zara’s hat – which I love – is by Juliette Botterill and Autumn’s hat is a Bee Smith .

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Princess Eugenie and new bride Gabriella (with handsome husband escort, Thomas Kingston) came dressed to party. Eugenie is wearing a super flattering design by Cefinn and a Bundle MacLaren hat. I don’t have an ID on Gabriella’s dress or hat, but I will say I am glad to see the netting on hats making a comeback.

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Her Majesty, the Queen, has also entered the house. I can’t even call her Betty here because this is grade A++ royaling. Described as a dove grey coat with yellow floral accents around the neck, it is a perfect complement to the Daffodil Spray brooch. Swoon and bow down, folks.

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Princess Michael was also there, in head to toe black and white chi-chi. No intel on her coat, but her enormous butterfly brooch is certainly eye-catching.

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Day Four

We must lead off with HerMaj, in a brilliant, visible raspberry coat by Angela Kelly. This is a terrific color to show off the Jardine Star, the most beautiful of all her brooches. Yes, that is its official title ; ).

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Lady Helen and Tim Taylor rode in the first carriage with the Queen. I know I said yesterday that I was glad hats with netting were making a comeback, but perhaps this hat has a surfeit of netting? You tell me. Tim Taylor has always made me swoon and it is no different here.

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Yes, Sarah, Duchess of York was there, and yes, she went entirely multi-colored. I actually like the idea of a green, yellow and purple convergence, particularly in these vibrant hues, but I would like the hat and clutch to match. I could probably offer other suggestions for things I would like, but Sarah will Sarah – as we say around here – and she is not going to listen to me.

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Let’s do a mini Spam a Man on this post. Because…..well, I don’t have to tell you why. Just look at these gents!

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Day Five

On the final day of hattage and sartorial fun, the Queen arrived with Prince Andrew in the first carriage. She is wearing what is being described as muted lime green, a color that I didn’t know could be muted ; ). The Queen Mother’s Shell Brooch blends and flows with it, so I approve of this choice.

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Peter and Autumn Phillips also made another appearance, and, yes, jumpsuits are on the agenda again. Jumpsuits with gigantic trouser/pants. She topped it with a hat that comes with built-in defense weaponry. Oh well, the entire ensemble is a good color for her, right?

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That’s a Wrap!

Five days of brooches and fabulous hats. Brooch tally, from last to first: Queen Mother’s Shell, Jardine Star, Daffodil Spray, Prince Albert’s Sapphire, and the Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake. Ensemble Color tally, from last to first: muted lime, non-muted raspberry, dove grey, mottled blue and baby blue. Her choices are harder to predict than an accurate March Madness bracket. Thank you for keeping us on our toes, Your Majesty, and thanks to you, our commenters, for providing such fun contributions. It was a great week here at The Bag.

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Denmark Celebrates Dannebrog

Denmark celebrated the 800th anniversary of the Danish flag (Dannebrog) on June 15th. According to myth, the flag fell from the sky during a battle between the Danish King Valdemar and local chieftains in Estonia in 1219. Celebrations took place in multiple locations through out Denmark, and also in Estonia where Queen Margrethe began a two day visit in commemoration of both Dannebrog, and Estonia’s 100 years of independence.

Margrethe was greeted by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. (Doesn’t she look sharp!? I love that coat!) Later she visited the “Danish King’s Garden” where she saw the sculpture, “Memorial for Old King”. The sculpture was erected in 1969 on the occasion of the 750-year celebration of the legend of Dannebrog, and Her Majesty was given a copy of the oldest known version of the flag.

Photos:  Keld Navntoft, Ritzau Scanpix © – Kongehuset

Back at home, Fred and Mary attended the ceremonies in Vordingborg, which was King Valdemar’s city. Doesn’t she look fabulous!? This is the Mary of old, right here. Quite possibly our first “Poppins” appearance of 2019.

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And finally, Joachim and Marie attended a service led by Bishop Peter Skov-Jakobsen in The Church of Our Lady – Copenhagen Cathedral. I love everything about Marie’s look, especially the color of her dress and the hat. I’ll take both please, and thanks!

Photos:  Chris Christophersen © – Kongehuset

I thought all of our Danish ladies looked especially nice for such a special occasion. How about you? Which of the three was your favorite?

And if you’re interested, more information on Dannebrog’s fall, as well as Day Two of Margrethe’s visit can be found at both the Kongehuset website, and at their Facebook page, Det Danske Kongehus


Open Post – South Korean State Visit to Sweden

From Norway to Sweden, South Korea is making its way through Scandinavia, and there are TIARAS a foot!

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook are in Sweden for a two-day state visit. The purpose of the state visit is to promote the 60 year diplomatic relationship between Sweden and the Republic of Korea.

Vickan and Daniel were on hand to greet the President and First Lady, along with C-P and Sofia. Maddie and Chris weren’t there, but did attend the State Dinner later in the evening.

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The State Dinner was held at the Royal Palace later in the evening.

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The table settings were something to behold as well.

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Day two of the State Visit from South Korea. Nothing as exciting as tiaras I’m afraid, but we here at Lilibet’s Handbag are equal opportunity royal event bloggers.

Queen Silvia and Mrs. Kim Jung-sook visited Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde for a guided tour and tour of the prince’s old home and garden in the Royal Djurgården in Stockholm. They also visited Svensk Form at Skeppsholmen to attend the “Korea Sweden Young Design Award” ceremonies. After the ceremony, the prize winners were given the opportunity to show their work.

All photos: Kungahuset on Facebook

And although it has absolutely nothing to do with the State Visit but everything to do with Sweden, Happy Fourth Birthday to Prince Nicolas!

Photo: Kungahuset on Facebook

More to come! Make sure to share any photos or information you find out there. Open Posts are a way for us all to get involved!

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HEY! It’s A Random Royal Rundown!

I have no idea what’s going on, but we had ten- TEN- royal ladies out and about today. And that’s not counting the two state visits going on at the moment. So what’s a blog to do? Why toss up a random post of course!

Sophie is in Lebanon right now, undertaking the first ever official royal visit to the country! She met with a Syrian refugee family receiving UK funded assistance via the UN’s World Food Programme. Camilla, patron of Fulham Palace, attended a reception to mark its reopening following restoration. Kate was at Action on Addiction’s gala dinner, and Beatrice was at a Pitch@Palace event hosted by Andrew at St James Palace.

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Next up is Tilly in a flattering dress! She and Philippe attended the The King Baudouin African Development Prize awards. The prize rewards outstanding contributions made by individuals or organisations in the area of development in Africa. This year’s winners were Lagos Nigeria Laureates Bilikiss (R) and Olawale Adebiyi.

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Over in Spain Leti was taking care of business in Burgo de Osma, where she closed the Journalist’s Seminar ‘Como Los Medios De Comunicacion Pueden Ayudar A Repoblar La España Rural’, while the in-law’s were busy presenting the ‘Fundacion Mapfre Awards 2018’ at Casino de Madrid.

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And last but probably not least we have Vickan and a special guest hiking through Dalarna. Dalarna is Prince Gabriel’s territory, so it was nice of Sofia to tag along and represent. For the record I am HIGHLY JEALOUS of these two wearing gloves, hats and jackets. It’s currently this side of Hades where I’m at.

I don’t recall having such a busy day in quite a while. I suppose they’re making the most of it before they disappear for the summer. Boo.