Random Royaling – Birthday Edition

Sunday was Crown Princess Victoria’s 42nd birthday. To celebrate the family followed tradition and started the morning at Solliden.

Later in the day they attended Victoria’s birthday concert.

Queen Silvia and Crown Princess Victoria wore traditional dress for this event, as per usual.

Prince Carl Philip, Princess Sofia, Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill were all in attendance at the concert.

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Not to worry…Bits and Bobs will return tomorrow!


Wimbledon Championship Weekend Update (Plus Lion King Premiere!)

This weekend marks the end of Wimbledon, and today’s Women’s Finals between Serena Williams and Simona Halep, as well as the Men’s Doubles Finals between France and Colombia, saw some heavy hitting royal attendees. Kate, Meghan and (surprise!) Pippa were there to cheer on the action. (Meghan headed home after the Women’s match, so only Kate and Pippa took in the Doubles match.) Kate arrived first to attend a luncheon and meet with junior players in her role as patron, then it was on to the Royal Box.

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Lady Sophie Windsor was there as well, in a fabulous Catherine Walker creation. It looks so cool and comfy. And I don’t even mind the wedges!

One of the cutest things I’ve seen in a long time was Wimbledon Champion Simona Halep’s post match interview. She’s apparently a huge fan of Kate and the British royals! She mentioned them several times, and seemed really tickled when she was told she would get to meet them. If you haven’t seen the interview, you really should. It’s great.

And she did get to meet her!

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Well , whew, the Men’s Final was about as exciting a finish as you could wish for, right? Congratulations to Novak Djokovic on a hard fought, thrilling win.

Congrats, also, to Kate who wore a beautiful light blue Emilia Wickstead. Both coloring and silhouette flattered her. What Kate Wore has the details, including intel on the baroque pearl earrings and the chunky heel shoes.

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Just because I like this expression ; ). The Great Kate Face is full effect here.

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She also got her husband to coordinate with her, so we get Wills in shades o’ blue. I may be projecting, but I don’t think he is as interested in the tennis as his wife. Points, though, for looking cool in shades, dude.

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The Duke of Kent was in attendance, too, although there was a changing of the guard as Kate awarded the trophies. It’s always a bit bittersweet to see these changes.

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Also, bonus post since we aren’t likely to circle back to them for a couple of days, here are Megan and Harry at the Lion King premiere. Meghan is wearing a Jason Wu mesh panel dress, a pair of cool NIkos Koulis ‘OUI’ Diamond earrings, and snazzy Aquazarra “Potrait of a Lady” shoes. See Meghan’s Mirror for more details. Harry is, of course, wearing Harry Clothes.

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Brit Brief – Wimbledon Appearances

If you want to bone up on the history of the royal family and Wimbledon, check out this TIme Magazine supplied by our own geogirl. The Standard also has a comprehensive 87 page slide deck of various royal appearances, if you have the time and inclination. However, if you just want to hit the high points, we have condensed the best of the best for you here – at least how we see it! We’ll leave this post open for you to attach any images from Wimbledon 2019 that take your fancy.

Queen Mary did NOT dress down for any sporting event, and certainly not for the Wimbledon finals of 1926. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
The Duke of York participated in the 1926 tournament, an experiment he did not repeat. He does hold the honor of being the only British royal to do so. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Here is a bit of fabulous history! Princesses Juliana and Ingrid attending the 1933 tournament. I am fascinated by Juliana’s fun footwear. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Queen Victoria of Spain – in all season fur – visits with the very beautiful Helen Wills Moody, eight time champion, in 1938.
Her Majesty congratulates Darlene Hard and the one and only Althea Gibson in 1957. Getty Images.
Princess Anne brought Carnaby Street right on to the court in 1969. Getty Images.
Princess Alexandra in gloves and metallic strapped shoes in 1971. And a turban! And Evonne Goolagong!
Do you recognize these children at the 2001 tournament?

Let us know who you see in 2019 below!


In Defense of the Tiara – Sofia’s Wedding Tiara

This week we’re talking about the newest addition to the Swedish vaults – Princess Sofia’s Wedding Tiara.

I hear you…it’s not technically a fringe, but definitely fringe adjacent.

The History

Sofia Hellqvist received this tiara from her future in-laws on the occasion of her marriage to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden on June 13, 2015. It was reported that the tiara was originally a necklace which was a gift for Queen Silvia from a Thai prince. Sils sent the necklace to a Thai jeweler to be transformed into a tiara for her future daughter-in-law.

The tiara is a series of graduated palmette motifs, originally topped with pear shaped emeralds. Sofia, true to her new family’s jewel loving roots, she has been re-configuring her tiara since she received it. The first step was opening the base, so it sat more comfortably on her head. Then she removed the emeralds and wore the tiara without toppers, and then replaced the emeralds with pearls.

The Case for the Tiara

LiL: I’m going to jump in here with a like. I wasn’t sold on it at her wedding, or for it’s first appearance or two after, but since the adjustments? *chef’s kiss* I think it’s perfect for her. It also helps knowing that Sils spreads the tiara love, so she isn’t saddled with it for life, unlike poor Marie over there in Denmark appears to be with hers. I wonder if we’ll see any of the other princesses take it for a spin?

OC: I’m in the definitely not a fringe camp. Regardless, I don’t mind this tiara one bit, especially when it’s more fanned out. The pearls are my preferred version.

LG: I’m with LIL and OC on this one. The original was ok, but the way it perched on Sofia’s head was not great; I actually kept hoping it wouldn’t fall off during the wedding! The redesign though…right up my tiara loving alley. The more open design fits her much better, and being able to switch out the jewels on top, always a win!

The Handbag: I probably should work up an against comment since I am the last one in. I just…can’t. I don’t know if it’s the charm of its owner, or the message sent by her in laws with the gift, or the versatility of the piece itself, but I quite like it. Of course, it’s no wall. But it’s a pretty thing.

The Case against the Tiara


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