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Random Royaling – 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.

Elie Wiesel

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a contingent of royals from Sweden, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and Belgium attended the official ceremony in Oswiecim, Poland. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took part in a commemorative ceremony held at Methodist Central Hall Westminster. Prince Charles, Grand Duke Henri and Crown Prince Haakon were among world leaders attending the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. There will be no fashion commentary in the post and we ask respectfully that we also refrain from it in the comments.

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Holacaust Memorial Trust

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Never forget.

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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

Royal watching got even more complicated this week. We’ll go over the extraordinary first, and then head into the mundane (which is still pretty exciting).

Changes and Controversy

First up, the Sussexes. Yes, even though they won’t be working royals we will still feature them occasionally. We aren’t currently covering each new release of information because, frankly, it is controversial, and it has the potential to take us far from our drama-free mission. Going forward, we will treat the Sussexes like the other British non-working royals. We’ll cover the clothes at their individual events – Invictus, etc., – and definitely give their ensembles a once-over when they appear with the rest of the Windsors at family events.

In Luxembourg the Waringo Report will be released in a few weeks, and it has the potential to significantly change things up in the Ducal household. You can find more information at the link, but we ask that we keep gossip about it off the blog. It, too, has the potential for great controversy. In the meantime, we’ll focus on more happy news out of the Cour, including new tiara surprises, how good the hereditary Grand Duchess has been looking, and the upcoming birth of the heir.

A hat tip to Lesleyc for this next bit of intriguing royal news. The erstwhile Italian royals (the monarchy was abolished in Italy in 1946) are battling the question of absolute primogeniture between two branches of the family. My writing skills are not nearly good enough to describe the various branches of the House of Savoy and their positions on the matter, but this article in The Telegraph details it in all its colorful glory. If anyone can clarify further in the comments, please do!

Manners from Marie-Chantal

Marie-Chantal has carved a bit of a career for herself out of high-end child rearing. She started by selling classic kid clothes and now she is dipping her toe into publishing. She has a book out on manners, and I have a bit of curiousity about how the really rich approach this topic. If it happens to cross your path, let us know what you think of it!


The theme for the January 16th poetry reading was hope, and I think we can all get behind that message. I was particularly touched by the Empress’ poem, and my sartorial side was intrigued by her single lapel dress. You can read all the poems here.


The circus came to Monaco, as it does yearly, and we have COLOR IN THE ROOM. On day one, I liked Stephanie’s coat and one shoulder orange-red dress very much, and her daughter Pauline Ducruet wore a flowing dress I would classify as interesting on anyone else, but she looks chic.

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On day two, mother and both daughters (Camille Gotlieb joined the fray, in lavender and BIG sleeves) appeared as a trio. I like the black on Stephanie, and the girls are looking pretty snazzy without being ridiculous. Ok, maybe the big sleeves are a tad…..absurd.

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Day three! I think this is among the best ever of Stephco’s ensembles. The chic black and white works with her own high contrast coloring, and I am seeing something Char-like in Pauline’s ensemble, in a good way.

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Day four brought another good outfit from Steph (all our Stephanies are doing SO WELL, sniff). Love the color, and she is altogther well-pulled together. Pauline looks cute and funky.

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I wanted to end with Benedikte, but I couldn’t find anything recent for her, so we’ll end with her great nephew instead. Prince Nikolai of Denmark continues his modeling career, and I thought his runway appearance might send you off to your week in a good mood.

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Random Royaling – Luxembourg Tiara Surprise

Wow, after a couple of contentious weeks of royal watching, this surpise was just nice.

Grand Duke Henri, Hereditary Grand Duke Guilliamle, Grand Duchess Stephanie and Princess Alexandra received representatives of the judiciary and diplomatic corps during a New Years reception at the Grand Ducal Palace. Unfortunately, Grand Duchess Maria Theresa was unavailable. She is out of the country visiting her younger brother, who is seriously ill.

The dress code for this event was upgraded to uniforms, gowns and tiaras this year. In previous years, it has been a cocktail event. Apparently gala dress code is being moved from National Day, which is a day that is packed full of activities, to this event. I am not complaining. We are a bit tiara-deprived this month.

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Stephanie looks simply wonderful here. She is wearing a blue dress by Seraphim LTD (identified by UFOnomore) and the Sapphire Necklace Tiara, which the now (sadly defunct) Luxurazzi has described here. Grand Duchess Josephine-Charlotte wore it in tiara form, but Maria-Theresa has only worn it as a necklace. Three cheers to Stephanie for bringing it back as a tiara, although it appears the sapphires are a bit hidden in her hair. And that necklace – well, let’s just say she ices up very well.

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I am living for her hair, here, too. I provides a wonderful tiara backdrop! Svenja on Twitter has some lovely photos.

Alexandra is wearing a top and jacket previously worn by her mother (and also previously worn by Alex herself). I have mixed feelings about the Luxembourg clothes sharing, as you know. I do not have mixed feelings about this outing of the Chaumet Diamond and Pearl choker, which looks just right here.

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What do you think of this tiara surprise?

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Community Bits and Bobs

We are turning it over to you for the next two weeks! Remember our Comment Policy, and have fun!

Christmas Day Appearances

Other than British royals, we sometimes see the Danes and Norwegians headed to services on Christmas Day.

Scheduled Christmas Speeches

The schedule below is based on previous year’s events, and so it remains tentative. We’ll update as information becomes available.

Christmas Eve, December 24

  • Belgium, given by King Philippe 
  • Spain, given by King Felipe
  • Luxembourg, given by Grand Duke Henri

Christmas Day, December 25

New Years Eve, December 31

  • Denmark, given by Queen Margrethe
  • Monaco, given by Prince Albert of Monaco
  • Norway, given by King Harald

New Year’s Levees and Events


  • January 1st – New Year’s Day Banquet at Christian VII’s Palace, Amalienborg, 7:30 p.m. local time
  • January 2nd – New Year’s Receptions for Supreme Court judges, the Royal Guard and Regiments Officer Corps at Christian VII’s Palace
  • January 3rd – New Year’s Reception for the military, patronages, and other leaders, at Christiansborg Palace


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Hofdame Bits and Bobs

This would be more appropriately named “Hofdame Bits and Bobs – Christmas Card Edition”. Let’s get some housekeeping out of the way first.


As we mentioned before, the blog is on semi-break for the weeks of December 23 and 30, so the Hofdames can focus on real life and Christmas cheer. However, if you do have time to peek in, we have cued up some guest posts, some quick hit posts, and some trivia. There will be something new to see every day.

Instead of Bits and Bobs for the next two weeks, we will have a Community Bits and Bobs, so you can post royal-related news in our absence. Our regular commenting rules apply.

We’ll have an Open Post on Christmas Day for the British after-church service walk and to discuss the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day speeches. There will be an Open Post on News Year’s Day for the Danish and Japanese New Year’s events, which begin on the first. Again, heed the commenting policy, and enjoy!

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Catch up on anything we missed last week!

Photos from all royal houses for last week.
Sophie attended the Sovereign’s Parade looking fabulous in a blue coat.
Japan’s Crown Princely couple are visiting Okinawa.

Newsworthy on the Net

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie attended the Midi de l’Art.

As part of her birthday celebrations, one of our Queens-in-Training, Catharina-Amalia, co-wrote a musical, and played herself!

Daisy in red and all is good.

The Monaco Twins are five, and Gabriella is showing off some cape action.
Oma comes face to face with a little girl who owns a bigger tiara than she does!

Christmas and New Year’s Greeting Cards

The lovely Jordanian Royal Family wishes you a very Happy 2020. Genetic gifts obviously run in the family.

The Spanish Royal Family released their card, using a photo from the family’s visit to Asiegu earlier this year. I know that everyone likes to see how Sofia-the-Younger is signing her name these days. It seems to me that everyone got into the game and signed with a bit of personality.

Juan Carlos and Sofia-the-Classic also released their card, and I see that zazzy signatures run in the blood.

The Norwegian Royal Family released a lovely red-themed photo.

Victoria, Daniel and a cherry Oscar picked out trees. Bonus – Victoria is wearing one of my favorite suits.

The Cambridge Christmas card.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Christmas card.

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