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Not-So-Bitty Bits and Bobs

Things are picking are picking up, little by little. Warning – pure charm attack ahead.


Wills and Kate continue to be the face of young Britain, now brought to you in person. At least for a couple events. Not to be outdone, Chuck and Cams show they are adapting well to the digital age, and can still knock it out of the park for the traditional visits. The Spains have been working and exhibiting good mask behavior. See it all here.

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The Spanish royals continue their absorption of culture with a visit to a contemporary flamenco performance. Shallow sort that I am, I just sit in envy over their long slim legs. Letizia is wearing a Massimo Dutti skirt and Leonor is in Hugo Boss.

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It seems like a thousand years, not nine months, since the enthronement. The Sparkle Sisters, Mako and Kako, appeared at the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Empress Kojun’s death. The attire is subdued, as required, and the masks add an eerie flavor to the appearance. Nevertheless, I was glad to see them. Naruhito and Masako, as well as most of the Imperial Family, were also there.

Do you like tea? I do, and am fascinated by the proper preparation of the beverage. Let’s just say here in the U.S. we make a bad job of it for the most part. Princess Akiko held an online seminar on tea and it all looks interesting.


Happy birthday and a happy father’s day to Prince William. Kate snapped the photos on the now-famous Anmer swing, to honor her husband the father of her kids. He’s 38 which is mind boggling to the couple of hofdames who remember waiting for his birth back in the hot summer of 1982. We will not reveal which ones but one of them is typing this with her ancient fingers ; ).

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This montage just slays me.


The over-the-moon Luxies released a series of photos of Prince Charles and I don’t blame them. He is winning all the beautiful baby contests these days.

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Let’s end as we like to, with some Classic Princessing. Princess Margriet opened a food forest for pygmy monkeys (yes, you read that correctly). She looked utterly charming in her gray and white and utterly charmed by the monkeys.

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Tiny Tweaks-Luxembourg Topaz & Pearl Tiara

Luxembourg has among its collection a topaz (possibly citrine, but it doesn’t matter for our purposes here) and pearl tiara worn by quite a few members of the family.

Hereditary Grand Duchess Stephanie wore it to Sweden #3’s wedding.

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Grand Duchess Maria Teresa wore it during a 2012 visit to Germany but mostly wore it in her younger years.

And Grand Duchess Josephine Charlotte even obliged us by wearing the tiara in traditional position as well as almost in bandeau position. I quite like it farther forward, but don’t think that would fare well in today’s times.

What tiny tweaks would you make to this tiara to make it more perfect?


Arrivals – Meet Charles Jean Philippe Joseph Marie Guilliame (Updated)

….of Luxembourg.

Yes, le bébé is born. Meet little Charles who has many more names ; ). Feast your eyes on his very excited papa, and proud grandparents. Hello, little one!

Gui is over the moon, isn’t he? Congratulations to Stephanie and Guilliame. Many happy years ahead.

He was definitely worthe the wait. There is a handsome young man if I ever saw one.


Name Game – Le Bébé Luxembourg

We’re re-posting this for some evening entertainment. It was posted this morning but fell of the home page somehow. Crazy ways these days.

Time flies! Well, for the Hereditary Grand Duchess it probably didn’t, since she has been doing the literal heavy lifting for many months. As we all know, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Duchess are expecting their first child any day now, and we are opening up a post for gender and name guesses.

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The Handbag: I am going with a girl, and for the name let’s just say “Maria Astrid Charlotte Gabriella”. Sounds grand enough, right?

OC: My guess for a girl is Josephine and my guess for a boy is Jean Henri. That’s all I can muster!

LG: Girl – Alix Josephine Marie Victoria / Boy – Jean Henri Guillaume Philippe

LiL: I’m going out on a limb here and calling twins. The poor thing was positively HUGE the last time I saw her in March. That prediction comes with a lot of names so I’m keeping it simple. Charlotte and Jean will be in there somewhere. Probably a Henri and a Astrid as well.

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Royal Rooms, Part II

As long as the royals keep giving us glimpses into their private living arrangements, we’ll keep bringing them to you!


If this is how the Norwegians dine, I’m in. I am all about Scandinavian decorating, it seems. Ingrid Alexandra took the photo of the family sitting down to some chili con carne ; ). Not sure who cooked the dish, but maybe MM’s had her specs on to read the recipe.


Both Henri and MT give us a glimpse of a much more formal atmosphere. I like that feminine wallpaper, MT.

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D’Grande-Duchesse schafft an dëser Zäit vun hirem Büro vu Schlass Bierg aus. ⁣ Si ass a Kontakt mat deenen Associatiounen wou si d’Présidence oder den Haut Patronage huet wéi zum Beispill d’Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise oder d‘Association Nationale des Infirmières et Infirmiers du Luxembourg (ANIL). Hir Suerg gëlt awer och deenen Associatiounen déi sech em déi Persounen këmmeren, déi dacks um Rand vun der Gesellschaft stinn wéi d’Fondation Maison de la Porte Ouverte déi sech ëm Frae këmmert, déi Affer vun haislecher Gewalt sinn an d’Association Stëmm vun der Strooss, déi sech deene Mënschen unhëlt, déi keen Dach iwwert dem Kapp hunn. Iwwer de Kontakt mat den Direkteren vun den Altersheemer ass si och mat de Senioren am Land verbonnen. ⁣ ⁣ An dëser schwéirer Zäit, wou all Gedanken, all Wuert an all léiwe Geste wichteg sinn, ass d’Grande-Duchesse mat hirer Ënnerstëtzung bei deene Villen, déi all Dag mat groussem Engagement um Terrain schaffen.⁣ ________________________________________⁣ ⁣ S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse continue à travailler depuis son bureau au château de Berg.⁣ Elle est en contact avec les associations dont elle a la présidence ou le haut patronage, notamment la Croix-Rouge luxembourgeoise et l’Association Nationale des Infirmières et Infirmiers du Luxembourg (ANIL), mais aussi avec les associations qui encadrent des personnes fragiles: les femmes victimes de violences conjugales à travers la Fondation Maison de la Porte Ouverte, les personnes sans domicile fixe avec l’association Stëmm vun der Strooss et les personnes seniors grâce au contact avec les directeurs de maisons de soins pour personnes âgées.⁣ ⁣ En cette période difficile où chaque pensée, chaque mot, chaque geste comptent, la Grande-Duchesse reste proche avec son soutien auprès de tous ceux qui se battent avec tant de dévouement chaque jour sur le terrain.

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Henri, on the other hand, has opted for a more manly background, complete with a lion stalking the sill.

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An dëser Zäit vu Confinement huet de Grand-Duc sech mat der Grande-Duchesse op d’Schlass Bierg zréckgezunn. Dat hält hien awer net dovunner of, sech zäitgläich iwwer d’Situatioun vun der Kris z’informéieren, mee och Courage ze maachen a seng Dankbarkeet auszedrécken. ⁣ ⁣ Dem Grand-Duc ass et dofir wichteg, am permanenten, deegleche Kontakt mat deene Mënschen ze sinn, déi och an dësen Deeg musse schaffen a sech mat aller Kraaft géint de COVID-19 asetzen oder d’Land um Lafen halen: Fleegepersonal, den öffentlechen Déngscht, d’Liewensmëttelbranche, d’Wirtschaftsakteuren, d’Berufskummeren, mee och karitativ Organisatiounen a Bénévoler.⁣ ⁣ D’Roll vun eis All, ob mir vir bäi stinn, aus der zweeter Reih hëllefen, oder eis einfach nëmmen un déi strikt Reegelen halen, ass an dëser Zäit vu gréisster Wichtegkeet.⁣ ⁣ _____________________________________________ ⁣ Confiné au château de Berg avec S.A.R. la Grande-Duchesse, S.A.R. le Grand-Duc est en contact quotidien avec l’ensemble des forces vives de la nation mobilisées dans la lutte contre le COVID-19: soignants, services publics, salariés des réseaux d’alimentation, acteurs économiques, chambres professionnelles, œuvres de bienfaisances, bénévoles.⁣ ⁣ Il s’agit de s’informer en temps réel comme d’encourager ou d’exprimer la profonde reconnaissance de notre population solidaire. ⁣ ⁣ Le rôle de chacun qu’il soit en première ligne, en deuxième ligne ou tout simplement en observant les règles strictes de confinement est essentiel.

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Charles took a look at his daughter-in-law’s book collection and said, well, I will show you a REAL library, my dear. Seriously, though, in my world all books are good. It’s nice to see the prince has recovered and has some kind words for those working so hard to keep society going.

Pulling back to see the family photos and the “wrapped in plastic since the Queen Mum’s era” decor.

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Another look at the DNA room (where the tilework (thanks to Artagnan and Marina) is said to depict the DNA strings of WAX and MAX), and of WAX standing the required six feet from his audience. I do like a tall man in a cutaway coat. If you would like more information on the DNA room, there is more information at the Jacob van der Beugel website. Thank you to community member Marina for this link.


Mercy, it’s been fun to follow Philippe around the palace, hasn’t it? He made use of another dining room table, and then, perhaps bored with that large workspace, pulled up a palace footstool as a makeshift desk.

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⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🧑⚕️ 👩⚕️ Echange par skype avec des médecins et infirmières ainsi qu’avec une pharmacienne et avec le responsable de la logistique de l’UCLouvain Saint-Luc à Woluwe. Merci pour votre dévouement !⁣⁣ —————⁣⁣ 👩⚕️ 🧑⚕️ Skypegesprek met artsen, verpleegkundigen, apotheker en logistiek manager van het Universitair ziekenhuis UCLouvain Saint-Luc te Woluwe. Dank voor jullie inzet!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ @cliniques_saint_luc #EnsembleContreCorona #SamenTegenCorona #GemeinsamGegenCorona #confinement #TogetherAgainstCorona #Corona #Covid_19 #COVID19BE #COVID19 #CoronaVirus #BelgianRoyalPalace #MonarchieBe⁣ ⁣ 📸 Royal Palace, Belgium⁣ 📸 CUSL/S.Wittebolle

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What is your favorite part of royal room gazing?