Sweden

Spam the Swedish Queen-In-Training – Estelle turns 8!

Princess Estelle of Sweden turns 8 on Sunday! Last week she visited the Church of St. Nicholas to acquaint herself with the organ (with the help of some pretty patient teachers). Estelle wore a lovely grey cardigan sprinkled with embroidered flowers, from Bonpoint Her mother repeated her Toteme Studio coat. The video is utterly charming, and worth two minutes of viewing. 

For her birthday, let’s share some Estelle photos. Since birth she’s been in the spotlight, so there are quite a few choices.

Norway

Spam the Norwegian Family – Happy Birthday Astrid and Harald

Two of our favorite classic Norwegian royals have recently celebrated birthdays. On February 21st King Harald is 83, and his sister – the wonderful Auntie Astrid – was 88 on February 12. Let’s celebrate all the joy they have brought to royal watching by spamming our favorite photos.

My favorite Astrid is in full Norwegian mode, striding off to view the Nordic World Cup. Rock on with your winter self, Astrid.

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But from the way back machine, I like this one of the gals, just hanging out.

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Happy Harald, enjoying some sailing back in 2006. Sunshine and sea, a most excellent combination.

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It’s good to have siblings through nine decades, right?

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Britain

Random Royaling – A Long Look Back

Divorce is a sad, complex subject and not one we tackle here in our drama-free world. That said, the recent announcement of two divorces in the British royal family are going to leave a sartorial hole that makes me rather wistful. Although we may see glimpses of Autumn Philips and Serena Armstrong-Jones now and then, they won’t be nearly as visible as private citizens. Let’s look back at their styles, and remember what fun and fabulousness there was.

I am going to stay off the topic of the divorces, and simply focus on the fashion. I invite you to join me in the same vein in the comments. Both lovely ladies deserve their privacy moving forward, but let’s help them wave goodbye to public life with a fashion retrospective.

Serena Armstrong-Jones

Were you aware that the Countess had a mini-me in her daughter Margarita? The family is so low-key that I didn’t realize the strong resemblence between mother and daughter, here wearing some matching sparkles at a friend’s birthday party in 2017, and in coordinating black and white at the service of Thanksgiving for Lord Snowdon.

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Channeling the sixties at the service for the Queen’s 90th birthday. I LOVED THIS.

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Channeling Princess Alexandra at Ascot in 2014.

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I love this necklace/collar combination, worn in 2007 for the service for the Queen and Prince Phllip’s sixtieth wedding anniversary.

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And……she’s had her wacky moments. Here she is, departing for her honeymoon in a hat that could be seen from the moon ; ).

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Autumn Philips

Ah, Autumn. You sure gave Charles a run for his money, style-wise, at the 2019 Braemar Games.

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A few Ascot looks – like I said, I will miss her. She gave us something to talk about without getting too wacky.

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What struck me going through the photos was the array of fabulous hats – how did I ever not realize her talent at this? – and her beaming, laughing face. She’s just pure joy to people watch.

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In 2008, showing that she had hat game from the beginning.

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Show us your favorite moments in the comments – fashion talk only, please! Thanks, all!

Britain · Sweden

Spam a Musical Encounter

For those who don’t know, the Handbag is a Motown native. This girl loves her Barry Gordy styled music, and so do some royals.

Princess Christina of Sweden, anyone? Doesn’t she look just pleased as punch to meet the Supremes? Please check out Miss Ross’ hair – I think there is more than one royal person in this photo ; ).

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Princess Margaret, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to know what to make of the fabulous Motown costume machine, which included in this case a fair amount of decolletage. Ah, well, Margo, they seem to be very interested in you!

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Since not everyone is a Motown maven like me, I encourage you to spam your favorite royal and musician encounters in the comments, regardless of genre!

Netherlands

Random Royaling – Let’s Look at Max’s Hat

It’s something!

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In preparation for the Indonesian State Visit in March, the King and Queen attended “Indonesia and The Netherlands seminar: a joint future” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on February 18, 2020. According to Modekoningin Maxima, the designer of the “beret style hat with pheasant feathers” is unknown, although I like OC’s idea that it’s the other, greater half of her hat from the Luxembourg wedding (shown below, in case you forgot!). The dress is an A-line by Natan, and it is a repeat.

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Since WAX is rapidly becoming a pin-up favorite around here, drink in his coordination with his wife here. I love to watch WAX kinging it up – he loves his job and it loves him.

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So what do you think of the statement beret?