According to the blog Gods and Foolish Grandeur, Princess Vera Nikolaievna Lobanov Rostovsky lived in the area now known as Cannes, France and was widowed early. Left wealthy, she embarked upon establishing a rather large jewelry collection. Be sure to check out the blog for more photos of the rather spectacular collection!
The tiara made its way to the House of Savoy, and the Duchess of Aosta last wore the tiara in the fashion of the time, low and across the forehead. She also took advantage and removed the center element and replaced it with a colored gemstone.
Fun facts: The Duchess of Aosta’s daughter’s daughter-in-law is Princess Astrid of Belgium (via daughter Margherita’s son Lorenz). Wouldn’t it be fun to see Astrid wear this piece?
The Duchess’s daughter’s granddaughter (via daughter Margherita—>Maria Beatrice—>Olympia, Princess Napoleon) might actually have reason to wear a tiara, so why not this one? You may remember her unusual wedding gown from her 2019 marriage which gathered mixed reviews. I think she could really style this piece up nicely.
No one seems to know where this tiara resides at this time, so it really is a guessing game if it will turn up in the public eye again.
What do you think of the Lobanoff tiara? Who of the modern royals would you like to see wear it?
A Classic Edition Princess of the highest order, Princess Benedikte is our current royal of the week. Post your favorite ensemble, gif, hat or whatever from her many years of Princessing. This is a royal who gives you lots and lots of room for choice.
It was difficult for me, but I finally decided I would just go with a recent best, which was her appearance at her sister, the Queen’s, birthday last year. It will have to tide us over since the fabulous 80th birthday celebrations for Daisy have been postponed (sob).
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has a real talent for wearing substantial headgear. More often than not, there is a spectacular display of floof, which is officially defined as the stuff on a hat that isn’t a structural part of said hat.
Let’s start with one of the Duchess’s early events–the blessing of her marriage to Charles. Arguably this is more of a headpiece than a hat, but it’s on her head so we’ll go with it. Gold and tipped with Swarovski crystals? I’m here for it.
One of the few benefits of the present sequestering is that we get to see much more of the personal working spces of royals. Voyeur that I am, I love this. I know a few of you do, too, if the “guess the photo on the table” game we play whenever we post a photo of HerMaj at an audience is any indication. It’s also interesting to see how difference cultures and different tastes play out in royal decor.
Here’s a sampling of the interior of a few royal studies. You lucked out in that I did not include a photo of me in sweats at my Ikea desk. We’ll stick to the more glamorous people.
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I wonder, if like many of us, if Philippe is camped out temporarily at the dining room table?
The Queen holds her first ever audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson from her study at Windsor. Not too many family photos in view, but I am intrigued by the many porcelain animal sculptures on disply.
William and Kate are at work,too, in what looks like Kensington Palace offices. I am speculating that it’s not Anmer since they are wearing the clothes they wore for their last appearance in London. Bonus points for guessing the books on Kate’s desk.
If you take even a cursory tour through Getty, you’ll see that WAX has been energized by this virus, and has been everywhere (six feet from everyone). He is great at this kinging business. It’s almost a shame to show him sitting, but this is a royal room post, so here we are. Who is in that photo behind him?
My favorite interiors are in this country. We featured Haakon yesterday in his office, but I think he likes to move around the palace. It looks like he is in the living room here, but correct me if you think I am wrong. He keeps up the sartorial standards, anyway. It’s also a good time to peek back at Harald in the best office ever.
I hope one of our Swedish community members can identify which palace Victoria and Daniel are in here, because this is a great room for an audience. I am mentally moving everyone several feet apart in my mind, though. This was back a couple of weeks ago.
The Duchess of Brabant has returned home and the family is reunited. The family continues their efforts to keep loneliness at bay for thos seniors confined to care centers by making breakfast and phone calls.
Maxima paid a visit to a plant nursery, lending the royal support to a company who has seen their business plummet during the crisis. I applaud the Namaste greeting, and the social distancing on display.
The Swedish royals have stepped up to provide support to organizations still open and servicing customers. While the King and Queen remain isolated, Sofia and Carl have visited grocery stores, and Victoria and Daniel completed a series of visits, including one to a military field hospital.