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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

The hofdames are on summer vacation for the next two weeks. Never fear, posts will pop up daily, but they will be of the easy breezy summer type. Since Wimbledon is on hiatus for the year, we’ll have some quick look backs at iconic previous Wimbledon events, we have guest post with a fun scavenger hunt activity, and the intrepid LiL continues with her Designer Diary Thursday series. You won’t be bored, but this Bits will have to do for two weeks.

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Max and Wax have been out and about. The Belgians released a family photo and everyone is tall, tall, tall. And leggy! See it all here.

Sweden

I don’t know about you, but when Captain Sweden and the lovely Sils get their summer on, I am reminded of sherbet and ices and all kinds of summer glory. I know summer is brief in that part of the world and I applaud that they dress to dive in and just enjoy it.

Britain

Well, darn you Duchess for just missing my print post by a day. The opinions on prints were decidedly mixed there, but I think Kate looks very summery. She would fit right in walking hand in hand with Sils and CG.

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Denmark

I feel like we haven’t checked in with Mary lately, but even without our oversight she continues with her stylish ways. The message here is worthy, but my shallow side is simply marveling over her master class in earring and neckline combination.

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Som protektor for Copenhagen 2021, der er fællesbetegnelsen for LGBTI+-begivenhederne WorldPride og EuroGames, holdt H.K.H. Kronprinsessen i dag tale ved eventet Global Pride, som er et 24-timers online event med talere og kunstneriske indslag fra hele verden. Det virtuelle event er svar på de mange aflysninger af nationale Pride-arrangementer verden over pga COVID19. Se hele Hendes Kongelige Højheds tale her. ⁣ ⁣ Til næste år er København vært for det internationale event Copenhagen 2021, der har til formål at sikre lige rettigheder for LGBTI+-personer over hele verden. Copenhagen 2021 finder sted den 12.-22. august i 2021 i København og Malmø.⁣ ⁣ 🎥 Global Pride ©

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Norway

This is for LiL, and all those dreaming of vacationing abroad while we are all stuck in our respective countries. There is joy in staycationing, but I invite you to join me in fantasizing about visiting the summer palace of Oscarshall, on the peninsula of Bygdøy in Oslo.

Please add anything I may have missed, and we’ll see everyone in two weeks! Enjoy the quick pop-up posts in the meantime.

Belgium · Monaco · Spain

Random Royaling – Summer Dresses and Masks

Philippe and Mathilde recently visited the Institute of Tropical Medicine. Mathilde repeated her floral Natan, worn previously for Albert and Paola’s anniversary celebrations.

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Earlier in the month, Mathilde visited the Van Eyck museum in Bruges, wearing another floral Natan. A Natan is a Natan is a Natan but the matching mask makes my day.

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Felipe and Letizia are paying a visit to the Canary Islands to support their pandemic recovery efforts. Letizia is wearing a summery midi by Zara and espadrilles by Macarena. The royal lady ponytail is very much appreciated by this hofdame.

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Albert, Charlene, Jacques and Gabriella watched the traditional Fête de la Saint-Jean from the balcony of the Palace The celebration starts the evening before, and includes a bonfire, which seemed to be a favorite with the kids. Charlene is sporting her braids, and there are some excellent photos at New My Royals that show them to full effect. The dress may be black or dark navy, but the styling reads very summery to me. Excellent effect with the red lip, as always Miss Charlene.

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Let us know what you think of the summery style of these royals!

Belgium

Random Royaling – The Masked Mathilde

Modeling good behavior and a twist on the Natan style, Queen Mathilde cut quite a figure in a flowing royal lady orange pantsuit and matching protective mask. She recently visited the Gediflora Chrysanthemum nursery, which specializes in the propagation of chrysanthemums, focusing on sustainable entrepreneurship.

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I spent a good twenty minutes on Getty looking at the gorgeous photos of the Old Masters Museum visit by Tils and Phil. You should check them out, too. They are full of gorgeous light and beautiful art. Mathilde wore a floral Erdem midi, which reminds me strongly of the Vilshenko that Mary and Charlene wore a few years back.

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Mathilde, accompanied by Princess Eléonore, visited the  Kamiano restaurant for homeless people. The restaurant has provided strong support to vulnerable populations during the pandemic. Tils wore a pale blue Giorgi Armani blazer, and alas, no matching mask.

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How do you feel about Mathilde’s pandemic wear?

Belgium · Netherlands · Sweden

Random Royaling – Queens-in-Training (Updated)

The Netherlands

OC made me laugh when she said, “Clearly this one wants to be known for handbags.” That makes Amalia fit in perfectly at this particular blog, and, if she’s emulating Betty, I am all for it. In all seriousness, the Princess of Orange looks fantastic. They all do.

Belgium

All the royal children got into the act, calling on senior citizens to bring a little royal sunshine into their lives. They look more comfortable than their parents do working from home, particularly Elisabeth who has made that corner of the library quite a stylish office.

In later breaking news, it was announced that Elisabeth has finished her studies in Wales, and will enter a one year program at the Royal Military School.

Sweden

The ultimate Queen in Training (really, she needs no more training, she’s the pro), gave a video address to the European Conference on Rare Diseases. It’s always good to hear Vickan speak, isn’t it? She projects such gravitas.

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I dag höll Kronprinsessan ett inledningstal på den europeiska konferensen ECRD2020, om sällsynta diagnoser. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kronprinsessan, som är beskyddare av @sallsyntadiagnoser, inledde den digitala konferensen med att bland annat säga: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “That is why organizations such as yours, and meetings such as this, are so important: To give voice to those who need to be heard. To share knowledge and experiences. And to remind us, that even when the world gives you plenty of reasons to feel that way, you are not alone.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 Kungafamiljen är angelägen om att visa sitt stöd för de insatser som görs i olika delar av samhället för att bekämpa covid-19-pandemin. Genom samtal, digitala möten och besök informerar sig Kungafamiljen om hur pandemin påverkar Sverige. Besök planeras utifrån rådande rekommendationer och med en strävan att inte i onödan ta verksamheternas tid och resurser i anspråk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🎥: Victor Ericsson/Kungl. Hovstaterna

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Random Royaling – Royal Good Deeds

Belgium

Mathilde and Eléonore helped distribute take-away meals for the homeless and the vulnerable at the Kamiano homeless restaurant in Brussels. During the coronavirus pandemic, more and more homeless people have relied on Kamiano for a hot meal.

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⁣ ⁣ Distribution de repas à emporter pour les sans-abris et les personnes vulnérables par des bénévoles du restaurant pour sans-abris Kamiano à Bruxelles. Depuis le début de la pandémie du coronavirus, de plus en plus de sans-abris font appel à Kamiano pour un repas chaud.⁣ —————⁣ Take-away voedselbedeling voor daklozen en kwetsbare personen, voorzien door vrijwilligers van Sant’Egidio/Kamiano in Brussel. Sinds de uitbraak van de coronapandemie kloppen steeds meer dak- en thuislozen aan voor een warme maaltijd.⁣ ⁣ @santegidio_be #distributionderepas #voedselbedeling #bénévoles #vrijwilligers #EnsembleContreCorona #SamenTegenCorona #GemeinsamGegenCorona #TogetherAgainstCorona #Corona #Covid_19 #COVID19 #COVID19BE #CoronaVirus #MonarchieBe #BelgianRoyalPalace

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Bhutan

There is a reason the royal family of Bhutan is beloved, and a reason the country is one of the happiest on earth. Their King is a great leader. Bert Hewitt, an American retiree, was diagnosed with COVID-19 while in Bhutan. His condition was so serious he was not expected to live. With the help of the Bhutanese government and King Jigme Wangchuck, he was evacuated to the U.S., and eventually recovered.

Hewitt contracted the virus on a cruise prior to entering Bhutan. His was the first case in that nation, and the government immediately commenced contact tracing on all his interactions. The King was personally involved in the process, spending the night at the hospital to oversee the first phase. It’s an amazing story of an involved monarch.

Britain

The Countess of Wessex joined a volunteer group of sixteen people, packing and delivering food to St. Peter’s Hospital. She also met with hospital administrators during the visit. The group, “Nourish our Nurses” makes the food delivery run weekly.

Spain

Queen Letizia visited a local Red Cross office and volunteered for several hours. She joined a meeting and participated in several events run by the volunteers. The Red Cross in Spain has mobilized 40,000 volunteers and reached 1.5 million people. Queen Letizia Style blog has more on the event and on Letizia’s clothes.

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