Housekeeping – Welcome (And thank you, again. And again!)

We have had an uptick in readership, which we attribute to royal-seeking refugees from other outlets. Royal news is hard to come by these days. We understand and we are here for you at the Handbag!

We’ve also had email inquiries and questions posted on our other platforms from folks who are interested in the blog. We’ll address the major ones here.

  • How do I post photos? We use Disqus as our commenting platform. Disqus can be tricky, but posting photos is fairly simple if you know a few things. First, it appears that Chrome is a better browser for photos than IE or Firefox. Second, you can either upload photos from your hard drive, or drag and drop them.
Write your post. When you are ready to add a photo, look at the bottom of the dialog box and find the picture icon. Click it.
You can insert an image, or drag and drop it. Select the image. To insert, click open.
To drag and drop, simply drag the selected image to the dialog box.
When the image is positioned, click “Post as……”
  • How do I jump in with that first comment? Well, we are royal savvy in the sense that we have been talking about them for years. That said, our knowledge is hardly comprehensive. We learn new things from commenters every single day. Just post that comment. “Hello! I love this coat.” That works!
  • Big Red? Big Bird? Tils? Daisy? Who are these people? What everyone is talking about? We have a vocabulary page and a nickname page to get you familiar with some of the nicknames and shorthand.
  • I would like to learn more about (fill in the blank here). How do I suggest that? Email us at or plop a suggestion in the comments. We all read all the time.
  • What are the rules? The commenting policy is here. It’s pretty simple. Stay on topic. You can be honest but do it with respect and civility, and do not try to start arguments.
  • Do I have to be a commenter from any previous blog to be part of the club? No, you do not! All are welcome here. To this end, we do ask that Handbaggers limit the references to OoS or the Mothership in the comments. Not everyone will have that shared experience, and we strive to include all in the conversation.

Thank you everyone for supporting us during this adventure. We appreciate you all, old and new.



Hello everyone! The Hofdames would like to take a moment to clarify how our community will be handling coronavirus discussions.

We are not qualified to have medical discussions about public health issues. We will do our best to mention if any royal events are being cancelled because of a lockdown or due to an abundance of caution, but that is the extent of it.

We will not entertain any speculation about coronavirus, any jokes, or really any discussion of it. We are grateful to our community for staying on topic for the most part, and we know we’ll all do our best to remain cautious and respectful moving forward in this situation.


Housekeeping – Hall of Fame

You know we are all about community involvement here, and in that spirit, we are opening up the Hall of Fame posts to guest authors. Currently, our resident Spanish expert, Iselen, has two posts for Queen Letizia (daywear and formalwear) in our queue. I know everyone is looking forward to her insights – I can promise you some good background information on those posts.

If you would like to participate:es

  • You can remind yourself of the royals have already covered by visiting the Hofdame Hall of Fame page. We would like to focus on new royals when possible.
  • Determine which royal you would like to cover, and whether you want to focus on daywear or evening wear. Remember, you can chose a historical or contemporary royal.
  • Shout your choice out in the comments, or send us an email at
  • Submit three photos: two runners-up and your winner, with some text on the gowns and why you chose them. The Hofdames will format it into a post to run in the future. Send it to our email at

We are excited to see what the community provides! Thanks!

Here is our current list of guest authors. A huge thanks to everyone for lending their voice to our community!

  • Princess Beatrix, day and evening – Hofdame OrangeChia
  • Crown Princess Victoria, day – Hofdame LuckeyGirl
  • Queen Letizia, evening and day – Iselen
  • Duchess of Cornwall, day – Jane Maple
  • Duchess of Cornwall, evening – Elizabeth Davies
  • Queen Margrethe, day – msb
  • Queen Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor, Queen Maud – geogirl
  • Queen Sonja, Princesses Astrid and Ragnhild – Ween
  • (Former) Princess Alexandra of Denmark (Countess of Frederiksborg), evening – Mrs. Diamond
  • Princess Alexandra (Great Britain) – Jane Maple
  • Duchess of Cambridge, evening – Robin


It’s coming up to our two week end-of-year break for the holiday season. Some of our community will be celebrating with us and some will not, but we want to continue our peaceful, drama-free atmosphere here for all. There will be some quick hit posts every day, and some Open Posts for certain events. Please check in when you can!

Our normal commenting policy will be in effect, which means comments should remain royal-related. If you would like to engage with someone on a personal level, please email your address to If both parties are agreeable, we will be happy to facilitate the exchange of addresses.

We like to keep the comments focused primarily on the working royals, but at times private citizens do make official appearances with them. This occurs often during the holidays, when royal boyfriends, girlfriends, and just regular friends are in evidence. In those cases, comments on the fashion of the civilians are fine. We prefer to stay away from any type of other discussion about their personal choices or lives, though.

Thank you for visiting us throughout the break! We appreciate your involvement in this community. It’s been a great place to be all year and we are looking forward to 2020.

The Hofdames leave you with some wise counsel from The Duchess of Cornwall, the patron of The Silver Line UK.



Good morning/Afternoon/Evening Handbaggers! We have a bit of Housekeeping to get you updated on, so let’s dive on in!

Did you know we have a booming Instagram account? Well we do, and it offers a different perspective on the day’s posts, as well as hosting some original content. You can find the link to our IG page at the top of the Home Page, so go take a look!

When you click on the link, it will take you to the page below. You can click on the photos to be directly taken to our page, and don’t forget to follow us if you have an IG account!

We’ve also added Instagram to the “follow us” section at the bottom of the Home Page …

…as well as a link to get you straight to posts from the last 30 days, just in case you missed a few days. Why you would miss a few days I do not know, but whatever. ;0)

That will take you here:

So that’s it for now. We’re continually trying to make accessing our blog as smooth and as easy as possible, whether you prefer to do that via the original blog format, or though more of an “on the go” format.

As always we thank you all for helping to make The Handbag a success, and ask that you continue to provide us with any suggestions you might have to make our little corner of the “Royal Internet” a happy little home away from home.