Britain

Random Royaling – Cams on Tour

My royal girlfriend crush hasn’t been featured as much on this blog lately. Let’s rectify that terrible situation. She is in New Zealand with her prince and the woman is looking GOOD.

Here she is in her walkabout white. She and Charles and attended the Welcome Ceremony and visited the waterfront Wynyard Quarter in Auckland.

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This pale blue worn to the Mt Roskill War Memorial has a particularly lovely hem detailing on the jacket. It is a flattering style for the Duchess, and looks very easy to wear. It’s a good day when you have a diamond and sapphire dragonfly brooch sighting.

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They just love their beverage samples, these two.

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For the reception hosted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House, Camilla debuted a jumpsuit. I really never thought I would type those last four words in a row, yet here we are. Looking good, too. Amazingly so.

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Possibly my least favorite, but if you click through you see it improves with the addition of a boy and dog!

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Camilla, tossing some shade ; ). Sharp eyed observers will notice she has been wearing The Queen Mother’s Rock Crystal brooch regularly on this tour, a choice of which I heartily approve.

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I leave you with a little love.

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Monaco

Random Royaling – Monaco’s National Day

It’s that time of year again! Monaco’s National Day, which typically means coats with a snazzy hat or two.

This year, Princess Charlene – our Char – went all dramatic in white head to toe, with a fedora and white gloves. Quite a focal point, although I think I liked the ensemble better once she removed the hat. I need to ask OrangeChia not to look too closely at Prince Albert’s uniform, because I do believe that is a blue and black combination.

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The twins came out on the balcony to give a wave, and the beret is giving me a bad case of the ” I want that hat” blues. Jacques and his white gloves are quite an addition to the sartorial scene.

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The Grimaldi Girls both appeared here, and I actually think Stephanie’s ensemble gets my win. I will forever want coats to cover dress hemlines, so I want Caroline’s coat to be an inch or two longer. Stephanie is purely great.

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The rest of the gang made their appearance, and were a mixed bag in so many ways! UFO Nomore has identified the outfits of Beatrice, Tatiana and Alexandra as Dior. Marie Ducruet wore a Catherine Walker coat.

There is also some balcony baby action going on, in case you need a break from the onslaught of fashion with a capital F.

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Albert continued his black and blue theme for the gala evening event, and Charlene flipped her ensemble and wore a black royal lady trouser suit. Caroline was in velvet Chanel.

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You can catch glimpses of the rest of the Monaco team in the background here at the gala, representing in black velvet. New My Royals has few more photos, where you get better shots of the ensembles.

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Coats, gloves and hats and velvet for evening – did National Day work sartorially for you?

Monaco · Photoshops · Tiaras

What If Wednesday:Charlene The Tiaraless

It’s not that she doesn’t have any, it’s just that she refuses to wear them! Even to events where others are! Oh, so frustrating. None of these are available to her of course, but that hardly matters. She wouldn’t wear them even if they were!

Cartier Halo Scroll

Baden Fringe

Diamond Daisy Tiara

Queen Alia of Jordan’s Diamond Halo Tiara

Belgian Diamond Bandeau

Meander Tiara

Dutch Diamond Bandeau

What do you think? Does she do these tiaras justice? Let us know!

Britain

Battle of the Dresses – McQueen vs. Temperley

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stepped out yesterday to attend the Royal Variety Performance, looking like the glamorous young pair that they are. The Duchess wore a bespoke McQueen in black lace against a lighter fabric lining. She wore Erdem floral earrings and carried a Jimmy Choo clutch. An elegant showing….

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….and one that looked very familiar. The Duchess owns a similar Temperley dress, featuring black Amoret lace over a light lining, which she wore in 2012 and 2013.

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Which dress wins the Battle of the Black Lace?
Netherlands

Royal Wedding Gowns – The Dutch Aesthetic

Welcome our Royal Wedding Gown series, where we look at royal gowns from a different perspective. Today, let’s discuss some of the common elements that make up the Dutch aesthetic. We talked about Queen Maxima’s wedding gown at length here, and Princess Irene’s dress here, so we won’t be including them in the post today.

Previous entries in this series can be found in the Recurring Feature section, Weddings, found under “Find that Post!” in the header bar.

Bride: Princess Beatrix
Designer: Caroline Bergé-Farwick of Maison Linette

I’ve never doubted that Princess Beatrix is a strong character with decided opinions, and it was said that when she was engaged to Claus von Amsberg in 1966, she insisted on a lot of input into the design of her wedding gown. The resulting dress had a relatively simple silhouette, with a high neckline and 3/4 length three-quarter sleeves. On the skirt, the defining feature is the split over-skirt that extends from the waist and forms the train that flows behind for several meters. The fabric sports a swirled pattern over the skirt and train.

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From the neck up, Beatrix is all impact. She wears the large version of the Württemberg Tiara, the trademark beehive, and massive fluffy tulle. In fact, when I think of this wedding, the tulle is what I remember. It is definitely a look not to be missed or forgotten.

Bride: Laurentien Brinkhorst
Designer: Edouard Vermeulen of NATAN

Laurentien married the youngest son of Queen Beatrix, Prince Constantijn, in 2001. Yes, there are a lot of Natan elements here, but the dress and the wearer triumph over them. The silhouette appears simple at first, but there is a lot of design going on. The bodice features a bateau neckline, which drops to a deep v in the back. The sleeves open up to a bell effect. The skirt, much like her mother-in-law’s, sports a slim under-skirt with a split skirt over it, flowing into a long train.

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Laurentien wore the Laurel Wreath tiara, which, again like her mother-in-law, secured an explosion of fluffy tulle.

Bride: Annette Sekrève
Designer: Frans Molenaar

Annette Sekrève married Prince Bernhard of Orange-Nassau, the son of Princess Margriet and Pieter van Vollenhoven, in 2000. Her gown, like many of the other Dutch gowns, sported no beading or lace, but instead featured a lot of fabric. The coat dress had a scoop neck with a collared neckline, and was secured with buttons down the front. The coat split over a slim under-skirt, and led into the train that flowed behind.

The Ears of Wheat tiara, also worn by the other daughters-in-law of Margriet and Pieter, is almost indistinguishable under, you guessed it, lots of fluffy tulle.

To see more of the Dutch aesthetic (Lots of tulle! Simple silhouettes!) look back at these gowns:

Princess Margriet
Princess Marilene
Princess Aimee
Princess Anita

Which bride does the Dutch Bridal look best?