Random Royaling – Camilla in Ireland

We have a lot going on this week and I wasn’t going to cover this, but Camilla swept into a reception wearing this glorious evening gown and all plans were laid aside. She has been going from strength to strength on these last few tours and when an homage is due, it’s due.

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Charles and Camilla attended a dinner to celebrate UK/Ireland relations at Glencairn. We’ll see how this shows up on everyone’s monitors, but the official report is that this is pastel green, with crystal embellishments on the shoulder and cuffs. She has added a lovely, swishy silk scarf in the same color. I think we spy her Van Cleef & Arpels Magic Alhambra Diamond earrings. Not to be left out, Charles looked swanky in what I believe is a black suit.

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What does everyone else think? Is Cams our new slayer of evening wear? Leave a comment and let us know!


Catching Up With Princess Charlene

We haven’t stopped by Monaco lately but some things are happening there that I think we should discuss. For one thing, Charlene appears to be growing out her hair, and I am seeing signs of the razor bob. Every since our Queen Letizia left that style behind, I have been hoping and praying to see it on someone again. I think it works for Char here.

The whole family attended the Sainte Devote Rugby Tournament, so, bonus sighting of cute Monaco twins in sunnies.

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She also popped over to China, as one does, to attend the “Grace Kelly From Hollywood to Monaco” exhibition at the Galaxy Macau Exhibition Hall. She wore what I can only describe as a liquid Tom Ford, although officially it is the “Long Sleeve Crocodile Print Sheath Dress”, which certainly ties into our theme of royals gone wild this week. She carried a Louis Vuitton BB Capucines Handbag, with what looks like the Beijing skyline (correct me if I am wrong on that one!)*. I know it’s all not typical royal wear, but man does she wear this type of thing well.

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Palace Princier de Monaco

Finally, the wedding ensembles of both Charlene and Albert are on display in China. I don’t know that I ever realized how much embroidery was on the front of her gown. I am feeling much warmer toward this dress now.

*AG says she thinks it’s Shanghai on the purse.

So what do you think of Char’s appearances? Is anyone out there as excited as I am for the return of the bob?


Brit Brief Open Post – RHS Chelsea Flower Show

You’ll be seeing some of these open posts for upcoming British events, like the flower show and Ascot. They’ll appear under “Most Recent Posts” and then in the sidebar for the rest of the week. We want to allow everyone here to post photos and comments as the events unroll. We’ll be updating the actual post, too, but we are super excited to see what you guys post, too. I suspect many of you find better photos than we do!

We’ll also feature a reader comment from this post. You all are often more creative describing events than we are! We don’t want anyone to miss your words of wisdom.

We’ll start off with the Duchess of Cambridge, who has been working on her “Back to Nature” garden in advance of the show. The garden features incredible edibles, plants for crafts, a tree house, diverse plants and one swinging Duchess ; ).

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Here’s some great photos shared by the family themselves!

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Kate gave a tour of the garden to some local schoolchildren, wearing an eyelet blouse and cropped flappies, sort of a Meryl Streep Out of Africa vibe. I assume those flappies are conducive to movement, right?

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KP has released a short clip of Kate discussing the exhibit.

Video from Twitter of George giving Mom’s garden a 20 out of 10.

We have a new video out of Australia this time around. Their morning show sent a correspondent who has an interesting tidbit about Kate getting her exhibit “Her Maj ready”!

Share your comments and photos from the famous flower show here!


Norwegian National Day!

Our favorite Bunads were out for National Day last Friday, and they brought the royal family along with them! Let us take a look.

The whole gang was on the stoop, Muffins Kraakebolle and Milly Kakao included, to wave at the little kiddos in the National Day parade. (Looks like Sverre Magnus has entered the, “Uh..NO!” stage where bunad is concerned. He’ll come around.)

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My favorite M-M is a happy M-M. Doesn’t she look great?

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A queen (in-waiting) and her pupper.

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On the balcony.

I love National Day. I love bunad. I love that the royal family looks like they love National Day and bunad. What about you? Is bunad your thing, or are you on Sverre Magnus’ team?


Brit Brief Open Post – Lady Gabriella Windsor Wedding

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Lady Gabriella Windsor, the daughter of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, married Mr. Thomas Kingston at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. It was a private wedding, but a large assortment of royals turned out for the event, including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Lady Gabriella wore a lace open necked dress by Luisa Beccaria. Town and Country described the dress as, “…lace that is then embroidered with flowers and embellishments. The front of the dress is quite pure and fluid, while the back of the dress is more dramatic—the skirt fans out into a long train.”

I am not entirely sure I will get buy-in on this at all, but I feel a bit of homage to Aunt Alexandra here.

Scottish businessman Angus J. B. Ogilvy marrying Princess Alexandra of Kent. (Photo by Brian Seed/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

The bride’s full face veil was anchored by the Kent City of London fringe, also worn by her Aunt Alexandra on her wedding day.

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The child attendants, who included her nieces Maud and Isabella Windsor, wore dresses designed by Luisa Beccaria as well. They were made from eight layers of powder pink tulle and organza, finished with floral motifs. The three pageboys wore Mikado suits.

If you want a peek inside the reception after the ceremony, see the Tweet below. You also catch a glimpse of the cake!

The official photos are out and they are aces.

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We will update this post with more information and photos as they become available, but please feel free to discuss anything related to the weddding in the comments below!