Greece

Random Royaling – Nikolaos and Tatiana

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Yes, Nikolaos and Tatiana *are* beautiful, but they are both also dedicated to bringing beauty into our lives in other ways. Nikolaos’ photographs were recently displayed at the “Aegean Desert” exhibition. I enjoy seeing both the photos and the bond between Nikolaos and his father here. There is obvious pride and love between the two. On the sartorial side, Tatiana’s royal lady pants are @goals for me.

Tatiana attended a fashion show that featured the designs of Mary Kantrantzou. It was held in Greece at the Temple of Poseidon, a beautiful space, and also benefited a children’s cancer charity. A triple win, there. I find myself wanting to see some of Kantrantzou’s designs here on Princess Mary, and I’d like to see the astronomy gown on the celestial carpet from the Netherlands, worn by anyone feeling adventurous.

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A quiet moment after the most breathtaking, moving show at The Temple of Poseidon last week in Athens. Calling it a fashion show doesn’t do it justice. It was unique- poignant, powerful & beautiful- highlighting not only the beauty of Greece and the talent of @marykatrantzou but the life-saving work of @elpida_association- celebrating 30 years of working with children with cancer. At the end of the show, the children, survivors of cancer, walked down the runway to a standing ovation. There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience… even writing this now, I am again moved to tears … thank you @marykatrantzou @elpida_association for putting together a show and a celebration of life- of the past, the present and hope for the future. I feel blessed to have witnessed this and grateful to be part of Elpida’s legacy with an amazing group of women @elpidayouth. #sounio #elpida #hope #grateful #blessed #beauty #speechless

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© Yannis Vlamos (Astronomy Gown)

More on the show from Vogue.

Hope these two inspired all of you toward a beautiful weekend! Let us know how you feel about the events below.

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Royal Wedding Gowns – 1930s Glam Squad

Welcome our Royal Wedding Gown feature, where we look at royal gowns from a different perspective. Today we’ll talk about how flat-out glamour, paired with royal accessorizing, can transform an ordinary bridal look into that worthy of a royal wedding.

You’ll notice that the thirties plays a big role in my glam squad contingent, and there’s a good reason for it. Despite the terrible Depression, or maybe because of it, some of the most glamorous looks of the last century came from that decade.

Previous entries in this series include: Danish Heirloom Lace , Royal Wedding Venues, Venue Size and Scale, Historical and Artistic References, Orange Blossoms, British Embroidery. and Sparkles and Glow.

Bride: Princess Ingrid of Sweden
Designer: Unknown

Princess Ingrid of Sweden married her third cousin (from both sides of the family) Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark on May 24, 1935. Her wedding was a significant media event of the day, and anticipation was high with regard to her wedding dress. She did not disappoint. Her dress was described as a “simply cut” white gown, done up in either silk or crepe satin. Features of the gown included high neck, a draped bodice, and long sleeves. The royal touch was the 20-foot train, trimmed with lace worn by Ingrid’s mother Princess Margaret of Connaught on her own wedding day in 1906. As we discussed previously, the heirloom lace veil has since been worn many descendants of Ingrid or their brides on their own wedding day. The fitted gown had a high glamour quotient, but was “royaled up” both by the train, the lace, and by the sentimental addition of the diamond “Daisy” brooch, gifted to Ingrid by her father and reportedly fashioned from diamonds owned by her mother. Ingrid’s daughter Margrethe also wore this brooch on her wedding day.

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Bride: Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
Designer: Edward Molyneux

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Princess Marina was considered to be one of the most glamorous women to marry into the House of Windsor.  For her 1934 wedding to Prince George, Duke of Kent, British designer Edward Molyneux fashioned her a 3/4 sleeve, cowl-necked gown made from silver and white brocade with a flower design. To up the pizzazz even further, he lined it with silver lamé. Since it was a royal wedding, he also added a fifteen foot court train. The bride wore a veil of handmade lace and white tulle that had been worn by her mother and sister at their weddings. You can now send your hearty thanks to Princess Marina for securing the whole shebang with the Kent City of London Fringe Tiara, starting the now de rigueur tiara appearance at British royal weddings. Now that’s royaled up glamour!

Bride: Marie José of Belgium
Designer: Unknown, but said to be by some sources her husband
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Our next 1930s bride is Marie José of Belgium, or, as she is rather dramatically known, the last Queen of Italy.  She was also called the May Queen, due to her short 30 day tenure during that month. If you want to read about her rather scandalous life, the Wikipedia entry is a good gateway. But we are concerned with her gown.

On January 8, 1930, she became the Princess of Piedmont  (Principessa di Piemonte) when she married  Prince Umberto of Italy. She wore a gown that owed a lot to the previous decade. It was a loose shift design, with detailing at the hip. In a twist on royal wedding dresses, the design was said to have been highly influenced by her husband. She wore a lace veil secured by the dramatic version of the Musy Tiara, recently featured here.

There are also a few contemporary photos said to be of the couple on the same day, where the bride is wearing a shorter bridal gown, sans the Musy tiara. If anyone has insight on this sartorial mystery, let us know!

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A final look at our glam squad. Sigh.

Who's the glammest to you?
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ROYGBIV–Floral

Welcome, friends, to our final entry in the ROYGBIV series, Floral! We’ve gone through the official colors of the ROYGBIV spectrum (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue & Indigo, Violet) plus the not-so-official categories of Pink, Black, White, Black & White, Silver & Gray, Gold, and Stripes while reviewing royal fashions and I’d like to thank our community for its enthusiastic participation. Please feel free to go back using the links and have a quick review of your favorites! It’s been a fun series to write and I hope that you all have enjoyed it.

Sweden

Look how gorgeous and restrained Christina looks here in this simple garment. Lovely. Just lovely.

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And even though I desperately wanted to repeat Madeleine’s Erdem (which can be seen on ROYGBIV Blue), I forced myself to show another of her many, many florals. Giambattista Valli, it is. It’s super busy and that can be a turn off for some, but I think this lady can pull it off just fine.

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Victoria’s wears this bold pink floral quite well, and it’s definitely one my favorite of her floral dresses. She wears a lot of floral, but there always seems to be something that is just off to my eye. This tailored day dress can do no wrong in my eye.

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Silvia looking fab in this somewhat subtle silver (as subtle as silver can be!) gown during a recent state visit.

Britain

Betty Senior glides around in this gorgeous floral with her beloved Charles and young Harry. Day hat netting also on parade.

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Here we have a trifecta of 1940s floral dresses on display with a crazypants hat. Matching pearls, matching florals. As one does.

Just LOOK at this vision.

I mean…THAT HAIR! Glorious.

I love this departure from The Lady’s normal style (OK, and it doesn’t hurt that my favorite color is involved). Welcome to Tuvalu, 1982. Check out the caption link for a ton of floral photo fun!

Denmark

Mary’s Ralph Lauren black floral is, in my book, a divine day dress. The pattern isn’t overwhelming, and it’s just…well, cute and professional at the same time. Loving the lighter accessories here. I admit, I also wanted to repeat her floral from Wax’s inauguration, but we can’t have repeats here!

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Look at this lady who, dare I say, looks fresh as a daisy in this floral geranium pattern! Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

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Marie wore this cute dress for Nikolai’s 18th birthday celebrations…I like all the details here and this is a perfect deployment of a neutral shoe.

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Spain

Letizia wears florals A LOT. It’s hard to choose favorites, so I’ll link to herroyalhighnesses on Instagram as the account has shown a plethora of florals that I think La Reina wears well. There’s a few clunkers here as well, so have fun deciding which is which!

Sofia (with her Dutch bestie) wore this subdued floral at The Crown Princess couple of Sweden’s wedding.

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Norway

Mette Marit also wears a ton of florals, but so often they are in the form of seriously frilly and unflattering so-called prairie dresses. I applaud this appearance at Margrethe’s 70th birthday party where she deployed an evening gown with a restrained (for her) floral skirt. Very, very pretty.

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Astrid wearing a beautifully cut gown, back in the day.

Netherlands

I love, love, love Maxima’s van Gogh dress. Plus, The Egg.

And my lady love Beatrix, looking absolutely divine during Jordan’s visit to the Netherlands in 2018.

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Greece

Marie Chantal attended Mr. & Mrs. Norway’s joint 80th birthday celebration in a super flattering gown, which may be one of my favorites of hers ever.

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Tatiana wore this super glam floral Herrera, also at Vic & Dan’s 2010 wedding. It really is the event that keeps on giving!

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Which of these florals tickles your fancy? What are your favorite royal fashions? Show us in the comments!

Next week, we’ll wrap up the jewels portion of our series with Floral Jewelry–start your research engines!

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ROYGBIV—Gold

Welcome to this Thursday’s edition of ROYGBIV. Today we’ll be looking at gold entries. For me, gold clothing is hit or miss. It can either be so incredibly gaudy or really classy. Here’s hoping I picked some entries that please your eyes! If you’d like to look back on our lengthy ROYGBIV series, just search for it using the tag feature on the sidebar.

This one is a doozy. Depending on where you are in the world, get yourself set up with a snack, a cup of coffee or tea, or an evening cocktail and let’s get started!

Britain

Oh Betty. You slay me sometimes. Somehow this design manages to make the more senior lady look positively svelte!

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And we’ve got this gorgeous gold beading a few decades prior to appreciate.

Monaco

OK, I admit this gold entry barely makes it into our category as it was pre-royal days, but this Edith Head creation from To Catch A Thief must be posted. Click the caption to read a great article with more snapshots and design sheets. The sculptural details pull me in on this one.

Greece

Alexia rocking the gold sequins here in a tasteful way.

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Her Royal Highness Princess Alexia of Greece and Denmark celebrated her 53rd anniversary this past Wednesday and we wish her the best year yet! . Princess Alexia was born to King Constantine II of The Hellenes and Anne-Marie of Denmark, Queen of The Hellenes, in 1965. Between her own birth and the birth on 20 May 1967 of her brother Pavlos, Princess Alexia was heir presumptive to the throne of the Hellenes, then an extant monarchy. Greece's order of succession to the throne was determined by male-preference primogeniture, similar to the succession laws of Spain, rather than Salic law, prevalent in much of the continent, which precluded the succession of women. Educated, like her brothers, at the Hellenic College in London, she then went to the Froebel College of the Roehampton Institute, a division of the University of Surrey, in 1985 and took a BA in History and Education in 1988. In 1989, she achieved a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and became a primary school teacher in the inner city area of Southwark in London between 1989 and 1992. Before moving to Barcelona where she became a teacher of children with developmental disabilities. #greece #princessalexia #alexiaofgreece #greekroyalfamily #hellenicroyalfamily #greekroyals #royalbirthday #europeanroyals #monarchy #princessofgreece #greekroyals #greekroyalty #royals #royalty

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Marie Chantal SLAYED in this crusty gold Elie Saab for the 2012 Luxembourg wedding.

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Belgium

Paola wearing the heck out of this high neck look.

Thailand

Sirikit representing! Let’s also appreciate that bold lip.

Morocco

The gorgeous Lalla Salma…

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Former US First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside her daughters, Malia and Sasha, in matching dresses for a traditional iftar dinner with Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco (R) on June 28, 2016. • • • Бывшая первая леди США Мишель Обама вместе со своими дочерьми, Малией и Сашей, во время традиционного ужина ифтар с принцессой Марокко Лаллой Сальмой (справа), 28 июня 2016 г. ___________________ 📸 Photo credit to the respective copyright owner(s). #aroyalmoment #michelleobama #lallasalma #maliaobama #sashaobama #morocco #iftar #2016 #monarchy #flotus #usa #firstlady #obama #princess #kaftan #maxidress #мишельобама #обама #максиплатье #кафтан #морокко #сша #ифтар #наряд #ootd #ootn #style #instaroyals #🇲🇦

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Spain

Look at this delicious vision, so proud at her son’s 2004 wedding! Check out the last photo in the slideshow to see her golden gown from the pre-wedding gala.

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Denmark

You didn’t think I would do the gold category and not include THE gold dress, did you??

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Benedikte shines in this lovely gown from a few decades back. I don’t often see a resemblance between Bene and Daisy, but I see it here, for sure.

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Princess Benedikte of Denmark was born as the second child of King Frederick IX of Denmark and Ingrid of Sweden. Princess Benedikte has two sisters, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Anne Marie of Greece. Princess Benedikte can speak Danish, English and German. Her Royal Highness married to Richard, 6th Prince of Sayn-Wittgenstein- Berleburg. The couple was very happy and they had 3 children. You can notice that Princess Benedikte has good relations with her sisters. #birthday #royalbirthday #princess #denmark #danishroyals #queen #king #prince #danishroyalfamily #royalfamily #royal #royalty #royaltyfamily #royaljewels #royaljewellery #tiara #crownprincessmary #crownprince #crownprincess

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Marie looks fabulous in this gold applique.

Norway

Auntie Astrid rocking the gown here with delicate pink floral accents. I almost feel like the necklace is too heavy, but hey, it’s Astrid. She does as she does.

Here’s Sonja back in the sixties!

Luxembourg

Maria Theresa wore this fab creation to Guilliame and Stephanie’s 2012 civil ceremony. Chef’s kiss!

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Sweden

Making her debut in today’s category is Desiree, sister to the King. I thought she carried this bevy of sequins off quite nicely, as I would expect any woman from Sweden to do! I especially like the neckline and that she wore the Cut Steel tiara. Nice touch.

Sister-in-law Silvia looks great here in 2015.

And here is Victoria, in one of my favorite Jenny Packham gowns of all time. Stunning.

Netherlands

Maxima knocked me out at Prinsjesdag 2013 in this golden creation. I cannot wait to see it again.

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I mean, come on. Look at this lovely lady. You can see what those stairs look like now if you review our recent post on the Huis ten Bosch renovations.

And with my beloved Oma, I leave the gold category to you!

What say you about this gorgeous gold entries? What would you like to see worn again? Would you like another royal to try one of these entries? Show us your favorites in the comments!

Next week we will do Stripes and then wrap up our series with Florals. Feel free to post your blergh/sparkleblergh choices here as well!

Britain · Greece · Spain

Random Royal Rotogravure

Here is a glitzy, high profile example of the extended family vacation. It was so nice they did it twice (scratch that – at least three times). Top photo is 1987, middle 1988, and bottom 1990.

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Kind of like your family summer snapshots, right ; ) ?